The magnificent Rampling has the gravitas and the poker face necessary to pull off the mysterious role.
A career in politics could in fact prepare someone quite well for a life at the poker table.
The Wire Act now only restricts sports betting, not online lotteries, poker, or gambling in any other online forms.
They bemoan the fact that poker games are too often delayed because people get up to take smoke breaks.
And The poker House was based on your real-life story of being sexually assaulted as a teen.
The ship's doctor was there, playing a quiet game of poker with a few of the passengers.
"There was one rule in poker your pa had," said Uncle Peter.
Even Wardle's fat boy at Manor Farm could have lasted through the evening if the poker had been forced into his hand so often.
Hatteras withdrew the poker, and instantly plunged it in the wall.
He could shoot with the best, but his one pride was the brand of poker he handed out.
"the iron bar with which men stir the fire" [Johnson], 1530s, agent noun from poke (v.).
card game, 1834, American English, of unknown origin, perhaps from the first element of German Pochspiel, name of a card game similar to poker, from pochen "to brag as a bluff," literally "to knock, rap" (see poke (v.)). A popular alternative theory traces the word to French poque, also said to have been a card game resembling poker. "[B]ut without documentation these explanations are mere speculation" [Barnhart]. The earlier version of the game in English was called brag. Slang poker face (n.) "deadpan" is from 1874.
A good player is cautious or bold by turns, according to his estimate of the capacities of his adversaries, and to the impression he wants to make on them. 7. It follows that the possession of a good poker face is an advantage. No one who has any pretensions to good play will betray the value of his hand by gesture, change of countenance, or any other symptom. ["Cavendish," "Round Games at Cards," dated 1875]
To any one not very well up in these games, some parts of the book are at first sight rather puzzling. "It follows," we read in one passage, "that the possession of a good poker face" (the italics are the author's) "is an advantage." If this had been said by a Liverpool rough of his wife, the meaning would have been clear to every one. Cavendish, however, does not seem to be writing especially for Lancashire. [review of above, "Saturday Review," Dec. 26, 1874]