Strip poker is a strip game and a variation of the traditional poker where players remove clothing when they lose a round. Any form of poker can be adopted to a strip form; however, it is usually played with simple variants with few betting rounds, like five card draw. Strip poker can be played by single-sex groups or by mixed groups in social situations.
The rules of strip poker are flexible and intended to generate an atmosphere of fun, and to lighten the social atmosphere by the removal of clothing in place of or in addition to the betting of other games, but sometimes it is also to heighten the sexual atmosphere. Like other adult party games, activities besides removing clothing and playing cards might be involved. ("Truth or Dare?" type options are often included.)
Generally, each game starts with players wearing the same number of articles of clothing, though that is not necessary. In place of money and betting, the players who lose a round would remove an article of clothing. There are different rules as to what happens when a player has removed all their clothes. Some groups allow the person to put their clothes back on and continue playing, while others allow the person to continue playing without clothes, until everybody has removed their clothing, and others for the game to stop at that point, with the players either putting clothes back on, or remaining unclothed or semi-clothed for the rest of the evening.
Strip poker has been adopted for a person to play alone, either by use of video games or online; and several TV shows have been based on the game.
It has been suggested strip poker originated in New Orleans in the United States around the same time as original poker in the 19th century, played in brothels. However, strip poker more likely began as a prank among boys, and as late as the 1930s, the current co-ed version was called "mixed strip poker" in England to differentiate it from all-male, non-sexual variety.
Strip poker and poker seem to have developed simultaneously, possibly as early as 1830 in saloons/brothels and poker houses. It is said that the girls working in the brothels to pass the time became interested in the game and were allowed to ante in using articles of clothing. They could stay in the game as long as they had articles of clothing left. Alcohol, sex, and poker games simultaneously led to the development of what we all know now as "Strip Poker".
 On TV and video
Strip poker based television shows include:
Strip poker productions on pay per view or DVD often feature pinup models. Examples include:
Strip poker on music video:
Both examples featured Playboy models, World Wrestling Entertainment models and other pinup models in a no-limit Texas Hold'em competition. National Lampoon's Strip Poker was filmed at the Hedonism II resort in Negril, Jamaica. Strip Poker Invitational productions were filmed in Las Vegas. Both productions aired on Pay-Per-View in 2005.
 Computer games
The first Strip Poker computer game was written by the German game designer Dieter Eckhardt in the late 1970s using the computers of an astronomical observatory near Düsseldorf. Strip Poker computer games were produced from the earliest stages of video game production and have continued to be released, increasingly from pornospecialist distributors.
In 1982, an American computer game company, Artworx, produced a Strip Poker game for the Apple II computer. It has been ported to many other computers since then, and is still available today.
 Strip variants of other games
Many other games besides poker have "strip" variants. In particular, many "strip mahjong" video games have been published, especially by Japanese software companies. As all forms of poker, strip poker also has variations. Recently, strip poker has been available online. One can come on one of such sites, and pick up the player - usually the girl - and play strip poker. In this game strip Poker online or a strip poker web cam game is conducted using virtual chips. The first player pays only for the time spent in the private poker room. Usually this game is played between two players, the girl from the site and the strip poker site visitor. Both players can communicate with each other through web cams.Game rules can be varied; usually the players discuss them before the game begins.
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