Antedating of "Joker" (Cards)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 25 02:14:21 UTC 2013

joker (OED, 3.b., 1885)

1880 _Turf, Field, and Farm_ 26 Nov. 347 (American Periodical Series)  In a game of draw poker, with the joker in the pack and straights allowed, what is the value of a straight, and a straight-flush?

Fred Shapiro

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