E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
in the game called Poker, is to stake on a bad hand. This is a dodge resorted to by players to lead an adversary to throw up his cards and forfeit his stake rather than risk them against the bluffer.
The game proceeded, George, although he affected no ignorance of the ordinary principles of poker, played like a novicethat is to say, he bluffed extravagantly on absurdly low hands.Truth: Queer Stories, Sept. 3rd, 1885