Poker Glossary and Slang
Opportunity to act by making a check, call, bet, raise or fold. It is also indicative of a very active game (i.e. lots of bets and raises)
Any player still remaining in a particular hand
A set amount of chips required to be put in the pot before the cards are dealt. The ante is usually the smallest amount of bet that can be made in the game. Antes start the pot and give the players an incentive to play in the game.
When a player runs out of chips during the game and cannot meet minimum bet or raise requirements and puts all the remaining chips in the pot. In this case, a side pot is created for the other players who carry on betting as usual. A player who went All-in carries on playing the game and can win the main pot if at the end of the game he has the best hand, but he is not entitled to the side pot. The player with the next best hand who did not go All-in will win the side pot.
Shortened term for a brick and mortar card room as opposed to an online card room
In Texas Holdem and Omaha when a player's hand is completed by receiving two required cards in a row, on the turn and the river.
An unlucky turn of events that occurs when a player's very strong hand is beaten by an even stronger hand
A designated amount of money a player sets aside for playing poker
To place money/chips into the pot
An Ace and a King as your hole cards in Texas Hold'em
A mandatory contribution into the pot from one or two players who sit to the left of the dealer button of a set amount of chips before any cards are dealt. Blinds start the pot and give players an incentive to play. Blinds make up for the player's next bet. There are two types of blinds - a big blind and a small blind with the small blind typically being half the size of the big blind. The requirement to contribute a blind rotates among the players.
To bet or raise without a good hand in hope to mislead other players and make them believe that the bluffing player has a better hand than he/she holds in order to win the pot
The cards dealt face up and available to all players, otherwise known as community cards.
Another name for Full House. Also referred to as a full boat
Poker hand that contains an ace high straight
The last non-paying spot in a poker tournament
The top card from the deck placed face down before the next betting round is dealt to prevent the dealer from flashing a card to a player
A disk is also known as the dealer button serves to recognize which player sitting at the table is the dealer for that particular hand. After each hand has completed, as with standard poker rules, the button moves clockwise to the next active player. This is done because there is an advantage to having to act last and so each player gets his fair share of early, late and middle positions
The amount of money it costs to enter a poker tournament
To place money/chips to match another player's bet amount to stay in the game
A player who usually calls other player's bets instead of betting or raising
Hole cards comprised of a King and a Nine
When a player checks he/she does not make a bet but still remains in the game. You can only check if no other player has yet made a bet. When another player bets after you check you can choose to fold, call or raise.
When a player initially checks and then raises when another player bets
See Board. Face up cards that may be used by all players at a table to make a hand
A starting poker hand in which your two hole cards are next to each other in value, such as A, K
A pair of kings
A pair of threes
Dead Man's Hand
Poker hand that contains two pairs; Black Aces and Black Eights. This was the winning hand that Wild Bill Hickok was shot with
To give players and the board cards throughout a poker game
The nominal player, who distributes the cards during a hand of poker. Each player takes a turn dealing and is designated as such by a dealer button. Also called a button
A disparaging insult that poker players use against other players. This is not allowed in the chat area
The first face up card dealt to each player in 7 Card Stud, also called third street.
To increase your chip stack by 100%
See Hole cards a player's cards that are dealt face down which only he can see.
A situation in which a player needs one card to complete a poker hand.
A hand with a potential to improve to a winning hand.
A hand where no matter what card you get you are still going to lose.
A pair of deuces
One of the three positions to the immediate left of the big blind
Even Money Pot
A situation in which a player's chances of winning a pot are about 50%
A hand in which most players call prior to the flop
See River. The fifth face up card dealt.
A player who is clueless and very bad in poker , making a Fish a very attractive opponents
The first three community cards dealt on the board
Poker hand that consists of any five cards of the same suit. If two players have Flush the player with the highest value card wins. The odds of having a Flush are 1 in 509
To abandon your hand and drop out of the pot
A mandatory bet that starts the action in the first round of a poker hand
A poker hand that consists of four cards of the same value. If two players have Four-of-a-Kind the player with the highest ranking cards wins. Odds of Four-of-a-Kind are 1 in 4,165
See Turn. The fourth face up card dealt.
Freerolls are the tournaments that do not require a Buy-in or registration fee.
A poker hand that consists of three cards of the same value and two more cards of the same value (3+2). If two players have a Full House the player with the highest value of the three cards wins. Odds of Full House are 1 in 694.
Poker hand in which you need one card to complete a straight draw such as J,10,8,7. Also called Inside straight
Player's best five cards that are used to win the pot in Texas Holden or seven best cards in 7 Card Stud. A hand can also mean a round of poker game from when the first cards are dealt to the final betting round.
A poker game where the contest is between two players only
A poker game such as Omaha Hi-Lo or 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo in which the pot is split between both the highest and lowest hand
Cards that are dealt face down to each player. Also known as Down Cards or Pocket cards.
Implied odds consider additional bets you believe other players will make to make the final pot large enough to make it worthwhile carry on playing the game
Poker hand in which you need one card to complete a straight draw such as J,10,8,7. Also called a gutshot straight
An extra card in player's hand which is used as a tie-breaker if needed.
Poker hand containing a king and a three
A pair of queens
To fold a hand
To only call the big blind before the flop
Variation of poker in which the bet amounts are preset
The initial pot where betting started prior to a player(s) going all-in
A loose, aggressive player who likes to raise a lot of pots
Marginal play hand
A hand that is statistically weak and probably should not be played according to the odds
A mandatory bet that is not posted
To discard or throw away your cards
No Limit Poker
Variation of poker in which players can bet or raise any amount from the minimum bet to the amount of their entire stack of chips.
An unbeatable hand. Can also be called a Lock
A term used to describe a hand with cards that are of different suits
When a player after a few beats loses the judgement and starts playing too many hands, sometimes wildly and erratically, often trying to bluff it's opponents obviously, he is said to be on tilt
Poker hand in which two different cards can be used to complete a straight draw. The two cards being on either end of the four connected cards
A seat at a table that is currently available for any player to take
A number of cards that are needed to complete a winning hand
A card that is higher than any card on the board
A pair of pocket cards which are higher than any community cards on the board
A poker hand that consists of two cards of the same value. If two players have One Pair the player with the highest value pair wins. If both players have the same value pair the person with highest unrelated card wins. The odds of having One Pair are 1 in 2.
Two Hole cards of the same value
A player's place at the poker table which indicates player's batting order. In a nine-player game of Texas Hold'em, the first three places on the left from the button calls early position, the next three called middle position and the last three are called the late position. Players in later positions have an advantage over those who act earlier as they can see the actions of the other players before it is their turn to act.
To place money/chips in the pot
The money or chips which players bet during a poker game, from the first cards dealt with the final showdown. The winner at the final round of betting takes the pot.
A game where the maximum bet allowed is no more than the size of the pot at the time the bet is placed.
A calculation that compares the odds of a player making a hand to the money he/she can potentially win. It is used to decide if it is worth carrying on playing the game.
The first stage in Texas Holdem and Omaha when the first cards are dealt before the community cards are still to come.
Make a hand that is eligible to win half the pot in a high-low split game
Four-of-a-Kind. A poker hand that consists of four cards of the same value. If two players have Four-of-a-Kind the player with the highest ranking cards wins. Odds of Four-of-a-Kind are 1 in 4,165.
Looking for the cards that would have come up after all players have folded their hands. This is considered bad etiquette.
Adding the chips to the pot to match the previous bet and to increase the previous bet forcing the other players to put more money into the pot if they wish to stay in the game
The amount of money that the card room charges for providing players with poker games. Rake is usually a small percentage of the pot
When a player is up in a particular poker session and then takes money/chips from the table and returns to play with a smaller bankroll
Someone who looks on or watches a poker game after he has busted out or can't afford the stakes. It is bad etiquette to use the chat function in a game if you are a railbird
To make your best guess whether your opponent has a good hand, a bad hand or bluffing
To pretend and play as if you have a strong hand when certain cards are shown on the board
To raise against an existing raise
A real money game of poker at a regular table as opposed to a tournament game that is played with a preset number of chips
The fifth community card dealt face up. Also known as fifth street
A very tight or conservative player
A poker hand that is made only by hitting the correct cards on the turn and the river
Satellite tournaments are events where prizes are entries into other larger more expensive tournaments
To bet a hand which is not necessarily the best hand but has a reasonable chance of improving
Poker hand that contains three cards of equal value. Also call trips
A game with six or less players at the table
Mixing cards prior to the deal
A relatively small amount of chips compared with the other players at the table
The point when the betting is completed and all the players remain in the competition must reveal their cards to establish the winner
A type of bluff where the player intentionally plays a strong hand weakly to lure other players into calling or raising to get more money into the pot. It is also sometimes called sandbagging
The pot(s) from all side bets. Any player(s) who went All-in cannot win any side pots that they did not invest in.
A player leaving the table or being timed out is "Sitting Out". In a live game, if a player sits out, there is a time limit for a player to remain out at which time he will be removed from the game
Intentionally calling other players bets with a strong hand in order to lure other players into the pot. Also, see Slowplay.
A pair of eights
A game where the player with the best high hand and the player with the best low hand share the pot evenly. If a player has the best high and the best low hand at the same time, the player wins the whole pot.
Poker hand that consists of five cards of any suit in order (for example Q, J, T,9,8). If two players have Straight the player with the highest value card wins. An Ace can be taken as the highest or the lowest card (for example A, K, Q, J, T or 5,4,3,2, A) but it can not be used as a high and low link. (for example K,Q,A,2,3). The odds of having a Straight are 1 in 255.
A winning hand that is made by a player who catches a lucky card on the river
Cards of the same suit
A starting poker hand in which your two hole cards are next to each other in value such as A, K and are of the same suit
An unintentional indication that gives away information about players hand, emotions or tactic, which includes hand movements, changes in posture, facial expressions or any other changes in mannerism.
Term for a player that is playing wildly and recklessly by playing far too many hands because they have become emotionally unbalanced
Poker hand in which you combine one of your hole cards with the highest exposed card on the flop
A poker hand that is called Three-of-a-Kind, which consists of three cards of the same value. If two players have Three-of-a-Kind, the player with the highest ranking card wins. The odds of having Three-of-a-Kind are 1 in 47.
A poker hand which consists of two cards of the same value and another two cards of the same value (For example 8,8,4,4). If two players have Two Pair the player with the highest value of the first pair wins. If two players have the same value first pair the player with the highest value of the second pair wins. If both players have the same value first and second pairs the player with the highest ranking fifth card wins. The odds of having Two Pair are 1 in 21.
Under the Gun
The position to the immediate left of the big blind
A bet that you would like an opponent to call instead of fold because you believe the chances are better that you will win rather than lose the hand
The positive or negative swings in one's bankroll. This is not necessarily a measure of a player's skill level but it is a good indicator of a player's style
Poker hand containing four queens