SHAGGY DOGS: TO CALL a person’s bluff is to test their claims and issue a challenge for them to reveal the truth.
Judi Online, from which the phrase derives, is essentially a game of deception where each player pretends to have the winning hand and the others have to consider the truth of that assertion against the value of the cards in their own hand.
Once play begins, the chips (money tokens) are placed on the table and then the chips are down (things are getting serious). The expression poker-faced, meaning to reveal no outward emotion, comes from this part of the game. Some players, suspecting others have a superior hand by the way they are upping the stakes (putting more chips on the table) may pass their cards back to the dealer, face down, so the others won’t know how they have been betting. This is known as “folding the cards” and a player who does this has folded, as a business might these days when it ceases to trade.
However, at any point players can pay more money in to the “pot” (hence gone to pot) and call another person’s bluff by paying them to reveal their …Read More