There are no known professional associations. The U.S. TV show Strip Poker is in fact a general knowledge quiz, albeit one where contestants take (some of) their clothes off; though it involves cards in poker hands, the resemblance to the actual game is distant.
The most famous strip poker production was probably National Lampoon’s Strip Poker, in which Playboy, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and pin-up models competed in unscripted no limit Texas Hold ’em poker competition. The productions were filmed in their entirety at the Hedonism II nudist resort in Negril, Jamaica, and first aired on Pay-Per-View in 2005. The winner of the first episode of National Lampoon’s Strip Poker was veteran Playboy model Taylor Kennedy, who stripped five other models completely naked in the process. National Lampoon’s Strip Poker was the first title in National Lampoon’s history to feature full (frontal) female nudity.
The prefix “strip” can be added on to a game title with a subsequent nudity-inducing adaptation of the rules (e.g., strip Candyland and strip chess).
While a popular subject for pornographic fantasy and video games, genuine research into strip poker as a form of sexuality is lacking. The element of risk and of (mock) coercion fits in with a general sexual approach of domination and submission and/or humiliation.
Strip poker and other sexual games can occur:
- as part of a mature sexual relationship, where the objective is to provide variety alongside intercourse (possibly introducing more adventurous/deviant forms of intercourse)
- as a ritual of courtship (in some circumstances it may be more acceptable for partners to enter intimate situations as part of a game)
- as recreation amongst adults with no intention to move towards sexual intercourse
- as part of a pornographic display (whether as part of prostitution or not) which combines sexual titillation with the normal interest of seeing a game played
- as a party game for youth
- as the basis of television game shows such as Räsypokka (Finland – 2002) and Strip! (Germany – 1999)
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