Poker Culture

The game and jargon of poker have become important parts of American culture and the English Culture. Phrases and cliches like ace in the hole, ace up one’s sleeve, beats me, blue chip, call one’s bluff and others are used in every day conversation, even by those unaware of their origins at the poker table.

Poker’s popularity experienced an unprecedented spike at the beginning of the 21st century, largely because of the introduction of online poker and the invention of the hole-card camera, which turned the game into a spectator sport. Viewers could now follow the action and drama of the game, and broadcasts of poker tournaments such as the World Series of Poker brought in huge audiences for cable and satellite TV distributors.

The Poker Culture section of provides you with a Poker Glossary