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Poker Terms
Commonly used poker terminology and slang
 
A
Ace High – When the highest hand you can make is an Ace with no pair.
All in – When a player chooses to bet his last chips (he can never win more then he risks from the remaining players)
Ante - Money placed in the pot before the hand is dealt
Auto Blind - a button that will automatically post the small or big blind
 
B
Bad Beat - when a hand is lost with a hand that usually would win.
Bankroll - the amount of money a players has in play.
Bet – Money put in play.
Big Blind – A full forced bet before any cards are dealt
Blind - an opening bet before any cards are dealt
Bluff - a bet with a weak hand
Board - the cards used by all the players.
Burn a Card - removal of the top card of a deck by the dealer
Button - a disk that is used to show who is the theoretical dealer.
Buy in - the amount of money it requires to get into a game, it is the money available to bet in the game
 
C
Call - making a bet equal to the previous bet
Calling Station - a player who always seems to call and rarely folds.
Cap - the number of times a raise can be re-raised
Catch - when a draw makes a hand
Check - do not bet on one's turn to bet
Check Raise - a player checks on the first opportunity to bet then raises on his next opportunity
Cold Call - calling a bet and raise at the same time after first checking, or betting for the first time
 
D
Deal - distribute the cards to the players
Draw - receiving more cards in a game
Drawing Dead – When even drawing the card you need will not give you a winner
 
E
Early Position - in an early betting position
 
F
Family Pot - where everyone at the table is still involved in the pot
Flop - the first community cards dealt at once in a game
Fold - to give up your cards and remove yourself from play of the hand
Flush - a hand where all five cards share the same suit
Free Card - you get to see an additional card without having to call or bet
Freezeout - a tournament format whereby you cannot rebuy, your buyin is the limit of your play
 
G
 
H
High Hand - the best hand in any round of poker
Heads Up - one on one play, only two players are involved
Hold'em - poker game where each player receives 2 pocket cards and tries to make the best hand using these 2 cards and 5 community cards dealt to the table, bets can be made after the 2 pocket cards are dealt, after the first 3 community cards are dealt and after the 4th and 5th community cards are dealt, most popular game played online
Hole Cards - the card or cards unseen by the other players
House - the owners management of the game who take the rake and manage the games
 
I
Ignorant End - the lower end of the straight
 
K
Kicker – A separate high card used to break a tie.
 
L
Late Position – Being among the last to act in a round of betting
Loose Player – A player who plays a lot of hands, good and bad
 
M
Monster – A powerful hand
Muck – Fold without showing your hand
 
N
No Limit – A game where anyone can bet all there chips at anytime.
Nuts – The highest possible hand in a poker game
 
O
Omaha – A game with four down cards and four board cards where you must use exactly 2 down cards and 3 board cards
Overcard - a card on the board higher than your pair
 
P
Pair - two cards of the same rank
Position - the place of a player at the table in relation to the opener , early middle or late
Pot - the total money or chips on the table after all the betting is complete
Pot -Limit - a game where a player's maximum bet is the size of the pot
Pot Odds - the calculated odds the money in the pot represents in relation to how much it will cost to play and hand and the players chances of winning the hand
 
R
Rag – A card that helps no ones hand
Rake – The money the house takes on each hand
Raise - after betting has opened, increasing the amount of the bet is a raise
River - the last community card dealt
Rock - a player who only plays extremely good hands
 
S
Seven Card Stud - a form of poker where 2 cards are down, 4 face up and 1 last card down. Or any variation of stud poker with 7 cards
Showdown - the showing of cards after the last bet has been made
Slow Play – Not raising a good hand to incite further betting
Small Blind – Forced half bet made before any cards are dealt
Spit Pot - hands in which the pot is split between more than one player
Steal - raising in expectation that all other players will fold
Stud - games in which there are no community cards, the player plays only the cards in his/her hand
 
T
Table Stakes- Betting is restricted to the chips on the table.
Tells - gestures or words by a player that give away the value of his/her hand
Texas Hold'em - see Hold'em
Tight - a tight player is a player who never bets unless they hold a good hand
Turn - Fourth Street in a 7 card poker game
 
 
 
 
 

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