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How has the poker game influenced popular culture?

Since the inception of poker in the years of the 19th century, the game has infiltrated the many aspects of the world’s culture. A lot has happened in the world of Art, music, film and so much more whose influence can be associated with the poker game.

Following are some of the ways the game has influenced culture.

The Art

The 16 painting series, by Coolidge, Dogs playing poker, saw the world sing to the tune of that piece of work that is built around the big game-poker. Many artists have sought a lot of wisdom from this game with allusions to poker that make sense to even the toddlers. When artists want to get the best out of their artwork, they’ve borrowed a lot from this game.


Lady Gaga’s song in the recent years, the ‘poker face’ is a perfect example of how this game has influenced the works of most musicians. The tact and the creativity employed in playing this game is what move many musicians to borrow a lot from it. Poker has influenced music from the oldies like ‘The Ace of Spades’. The list of such songs is inexhaustible.


Numerous films with storylines and scenes feature poker players. Whenever an artist in this genre wants to portray a state off affluence characterized by money and beautiful women, then the poker game comes handy. ‘Casino Royale’ for instance, is a good example of such a film so much influenced by the casino setting. Others like the ‘Rounders’ show how a former gambler would start playing poker to help a friend clear off debts. In most of these films, playing this game has been demonstrated as a way of getting rich quick and living large.


There are specific locations that are famous with poker, both poker online and generally Casino games. Las Vegas, for instance, is now the world’s most renowned gambling capital. Whenever the word Vegas is uttered, what comes to the minds of everyone is ‘gambling’. In fact, in the year 2015 alone, the city raked over $6.3 billion, a figure that very few countries, especially in the developing world, can raise. Las Vegas, therefore, I the preferred destination for the gamblers and lovers of the game.

Language and books

Poker has infiltrated many languages in the world with most of the terms used while playing the game coming into the main languages of the world.  There are so many poker-related stories that are intended to build-up and so many poker strategy books retailing online.

Poker is a game that has influenced many cultures of the world and continues to do so every day. From language to music and so much more, it has taken the center stage.

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