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Now, Words and Their Stories, a program in Special English by the Voice of America

It is surprising how many expressions that Americans use everyday pin for the card game of poker. For example, you hear the expression ace in the hold used by many people who never think going near a poker table. An ace in the hold is any argument, plan or think kept hit until needed. It is used especially when it can turn failure into success.

 

In poker and most card game, the ace is the highest and most valuable card. It is often a winning card. In one kind of poker game, the first card to each player is given face down. A player does not show this card to the other players. The other cards are dealt face up. The players bet money each time they receive another card. No one knows until the end of game whose hidden card is the winner. Often the ace in the hold wins the game.

 

Smart card players especially those who play for large amounts of money closely watch the person who deals the cards. They are watching to make sure he is dealing honestly. They want to sure that he is not dealing off the bottom of stack of the cards. A dealer who is doing that has stacked the deck. He has fixed the cards so that he will get higher cards. He will win and you will lose.

 

The expression dealing off the bottom now means cheating in business as well as in cards. And when someone tells you that the cards are stack against you, he is saying you do not have a chance to succeed. In a poker game you do not want to let your opponents know if your cards are good or bad. So having a poker face is important. A poker face never shows any emotion, never expresses either good or bad feelings. No one can learn by looking at your face if your cards are good or bad. People now use poker face in everyday speech to describe someone shows on emotion.

 

Someone who has a poker face usually is good at bluffing. Bluffing is trying to trick a person into believing something about you that is not true. In poker you bluff when you bad heavily on a poor hand. The idea is to make other players believe you have strong cards and are sure to win. If they believe you, they are likely to drop out of the game. This means you win the money they have bet.

 

You can do a better job of bluffing if you hold your cards close to your west. You hold your cards close to you so no one can see what you have. In everyday speech, holding your cards close to your west means not letting others know what you are doing or thinking. You are keeping your plans secret. We are not bluffing when we say we hope you have an enjoy today’s program.

 

This Special English Program Words and Their Stories written by Marilyn Christiano, This is Bob Doughty.

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