You might not realise it, but football and poker are inextricably linked and have been for many years.
Often, a team are referred to as playing poker when making transfer dealings. They try to keep the value of their hand a secret, which is why we have so many undisclosed fees in football these days.
You might hear terms such as going ‘all-in’ on a deal mentioned or ‘raising the stakes’ when it comes to a move. Manchester United certainly raised the stakes this summer, as Antony’s price rose from £50m in the first instance to an eye-watering £86m.