"card game," 1834, Amer.Eng., perhaps from the first element of Ger. Pochspiel, name of a card game similar to poker, from pochen "to brag as a bluff," lit. "to knock, rap" (see poke
(v.)). Another version traces the word to Fr. poque, also said to have been a card game resembling
poker. The earlier version of the game in Eng. was called brag. Slang poker face "deadpan" is from 1885.