Poker Terminology/Glossary


Poker Terminology

The game of Poker is a family of card games that involve betting and individualistic play where  the winner of the game is determined by the ranks and combinations of their cards.

Poker has gained in popularity since the beginning of the 20th century, and the game has gone from being primarily a recreational activity  to a widely popular spectator activity with international audiences and multi-million dollar tournament prizes.

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Poker Terms

Ace High
A hand with not even a pair, headed by an ace.

Action
A game with a lot of action, where the players are inclined to bet. Also any move a player makes such as bet, call, raise, or fold. Finally, a decision a player must make.

Action Button
A marker that signifies a forced bet. All players are required to call it, at the very least.

Action Card
In community-card games, a card often helps more than one player. If, in response to a card coming out, there is active betting, the card is called an action card.

Action Only
This refers to subsequent bets after an all-in bet. Players betting after an all-in bet can call the all-in bet but cannot raise above it.

Active Player
A player who has not folded his cards.

Add On
Buying more chips in a tournament.

Advertise
See tell.

Aggressive
Opening and raising are aggressive plays. Although some aggressive plays are obvious, savvy players bet aggressively at times to confuse opponents.

Air
In general, this means no improvement. To "catch air" means the card just shown didn't improve the hand.

All-in
To bet all your money on this one hand.

Angle
Habitual minor misplays that are not against the rules per se but confuse and irritate other players.

Ante
An amount agreed upon at the beginning of the game that all players put into the pot before the deal.

Ante off
When a player leaves the table for a short time, it is sometimes acceptable to take his ante anyway. This is done mostly in tournaments.

Backdoor
When a player fills a hand through lucky draws on the last two cards.

Back-in
To stay in a game by checking and calling on the first round.

Back-into
Winning with a weak hand that the player would have folded if anyone had bet.

Back Raise
See limp reraise

Back-to-back
Usually means pairing the first two cards.

Bad Beat
Losing to a weaker hand, especially a hand that a better player would have folded long before.

Balance
A strategy in which a savvy player plays two similar hands differently, even defying the odds, in order to make it more difficult for the others to read him.

Bank
The house.

Bankroll
The amount one has to bet on the poker session. It also can mean to support someone financially so he can enter a game.

Base Deal
Cheating by dealing from the bottom of the deck.

Belly Buster
See inside straight draw

Bet
The money wagered by one player in one round or the act of wagering.

Betting Structure
This refers to all the rules regarding betting. There is much variation in rules for different games and any player joining a game must be fully aware of the rules governing that particular game.

Bicycle Wheel
See wheel.

Big Bet
The highest bet allowed in a limit game.

Big Blind
The larger of the two blinds.

Big Full
A strong full house. Also, the strongest full house in a community-card game.

Big Slick
A nickname used for AK (suited or not suited).

Blank
In community-card games, this is a card that is of no apparent benefit to any of the players.

Blind
In community-card games there are usually two blinds which are forced bets in the pre-flop stage.

Blocker
In community-card games, holding a card that could have helped your opponent.

Bluff
A strategy play where the player bets with a weak hand either to confuse opponents on later hands, to induce folds, or to scare players away from calling to see another card that might improve their hand.

Board
The upright cards.

Boat
A full house. It is also sometimes called a full boat.

Both Ways
In a high-low pot, a player may be able to win both halves of the pot.

Bottom Dealing
See base deal

Bottom End
See ignorant end

Bottom Pair
Making the lowest possible pair from the community cards.

Bounty
Some tournaments give a separate cash award to the player who directly eliminates another player.

Boxed Card
Sometimes a card is left face-up after the shuffle. When it appears it is usually discarded.

Break
Sometimes a player will break a hand that has some value in order to try to make a better hand.

Brick
See blank. Brick sometimes refers to a card that makes a hand better in a low-ball game.

Brick and Mortar
A land-based casino.

Bring-in
A forced bet in some games. It occurs in the first round of betting.

Broadway
A straight, ace to ten.

Brush
A casino employee who tries to recruit new players, keeps track of the players on the waiting list, announces open seats, and generally tries to create a friendly atmosphere in the poker room.

Bubble
In tournaments there is a payout structure involving a specific number of final players. A player who is eliminated very close to the payout point is said to have been eliminated on the bubble.

Bullet
A pair of aces in the hole.

Bully
An overly aggressive, intimidating bettor.

Bump
To raise.

Burn
To discard one card before cards are dealt.

Bust
Either a hand that looked promising but never was filled or a player who has lost all his money.

Button
A marker indicating who the "dealer" of a hand is. The "dealer" determines the blinds and betting positions.

Buy-in
This is the minimum amount of money a player must bring to the table.

Buy the Button
A strategy play in community-card games where a player will raise hoping to cause the later bettors and the button to fold. This positions him as the final bettor in later rounds.

Buy the Pot
Betting in such a way as to force the other players, who passed, to fold, usually done on the first round.

Call
Matching, but not raising, a bet.

Call the Clock
This is a house measure to prevent players from taking an extraordinarily long time to make their decision.

Calling Station
A term of mild ridicule referring to a player whose main strategy is to call.

Cap
The limit on raises. The cap is sometimes removed when there are only two players left in a hand.

Cap Game
A game in which there is a limit on the total amount that can be bet in any one deal.

Cards Speak
Where the cards determine the hand, not a player's declaration. In the opposite case, a mistaken declaration by a player may lose the hand.

Case Card
The last card of a given rank left in the deck.

Cashing
Winning some tournament prize money.

Cashing Out
Trading in one's chips for cash.

Catch
When a player receives a card he needed to improve his hand.

Catch Perfect
See runner-runner.

Chase
To continue betting even though the chances of winning the hand are slim.

Check
To pass.

Check Out
This is usually considered a breach of poker etiquette, when a player folds a hand before any bets have been made.

Check-raise
To raise after previously checking in the same round.

Chip Dumping
A tactic in which two or more players go all-in very early in a tournament. As they are acting as a team, the winner of the ploy will have a large stack, increasing the team's chances of cashing.

Chip Leader
The player who presently has the most chips.

Chip Up
In tournaments, to exchange lower chips for higher ones. Also, slowly growing one's stack of chips through conservative play.

Chop
This term has several meanings:

In some tournaments the players at the finals table agree to divide the cash prizes according to an agreed-upon formula.

It also means to split a pot.

When a player wins a large chip he can chop it into smaller ones.

Chopping the Blinds
When all the players fold before the blinds. In many games this invalidates the hand.

Clean Out
A winning card.

Click Raise
To make the minimum raise in an online game by clicking the raise button. The minimum raise is automatically made.

Closed
In games with raising limits, the hand is closed when the limit has been reached.

When a player calls the last bet the round is closed.

A game in which no players see any of their opponents' cards is a closed game.

Coffee Housing
To mumble under one's breath just loud enough for the others to hear. It is a tactic intended to make the others think one's hand is much weaker than it really is.

Coin Flip
When your chance of winning the hand is about 50%.

Cold Call
To call the sum of all bets made before your turn to bet.

Cold Deck
A deck used by cheaters.

Collusion
This is another form of cheating.

Combination Game
A table in a casino where different games are played in rotation.

Come Bet
This is a premature bet when the player has a potentially strong hand but needs a good draw to fill it.

Committed
A situation where you can't fold a hand because the pot is too big.

Community Card
A card that is shared by all the players.

Complete Hand
A hand that uses all five cards, such as a flush.

Connectors
Cards that are close enough in rank as to make a straight possible.

Continuation
When the player who led the betting before the flop continues to lead the betting after the flop.

Counterfeit
In community-card games, a hand is counterfeited when a card helps an opponent.

Cowboys
Kings.

Crack
To beat a strong hand.

Cripple
In community-card games, a flop that is so strong that all other players who were not helped by it will fold after one player bets.

Crying Call
When a player calls because he doesn't want to fold but believes his hand is a loser.

Cut
After the shuffle it is customary to take about half the deck from the bottom and put them on top.

Cut Card
A plastic card that is kept at the bottom of the deck so no one can see the bottom card.

Cut Off
The player who acts just before the button.

Dark
Making a decision before you have all the pertinent information. For example, checking before looking at your draw.

Dead Blind
Rules that refer to a player who was set to be a blind but has left the table.

Dead Button
Similar to dead blind.

Dead Hand
This is a hand that has been disqualified from play in that specific game for any number of reasons or violations.

Dead Man's Hand
Legend has it that Wild Bill Hickok was holding aces and eights when he was murdered.

Dead Money
Money that will likely be lost in a tournament because the player is weak or inexperienced.

Deal
The distribution of cards at the beginning of a game. It also refers to a single game.

Deal Twice
This is an agreement between two remaining players, when one is all-in, to deal the remaining cards twice. If one wins both times he gets the pot but if not they split the pot.

Dealer
The person who deals the cards or the person who takes on the dealer's betting position when someone else does the actual dealing.

Dealer's Choice
Where the deal rotates among the players and each dealer may announce a different variant of poker.

Declare
To announce your next move before you actually make it.

Deuce
The "two" card.

Deuce to Seven
In some lowball games, this is the best low hand.

Discard
When a card that was dealt is set aside, not to be used again until the next shuffle.

Dominated Hand
A hand that has very little chance of winning. This often occurs when a card that will help one hand also helps the stronger hand.

Dog
Underdog.

Double Flop
This is a variation on community-card poker where there are two boards and the winners divide the pot.

Double Draw
In draw poker when there are two draws.

Double Up
In no-limits poker, when a player goes all-in against an opponent with equal or more money. The tactic doubles one's money when it is successful.

Double-suited
An excellent hole card arrangement in Omaha, where one has two pairs.

Down Card
A card dealt face down.

Draw
To stay in the game and receive more cards.

Drawing Hand
A hand that can be improved substantially with a good draw.

Draw Dead
To draw to a hand that cannot win, although the player doesn't know it yet.

Draw Live
Drawing to a hand with good winning chances

Draw Thin
Drawing to a hand with very poor winning chances.

Drop
To fold.

Some casinos require a drop, as a fee for using that casino's facilities.

Dry Ace
In hold'em, an ace in the hole that lacks a suit match. The ace provides some bluffing opportunities for a savvy player.

Duplicate
See counterfeit

Eight or Better
In some high-low games, the low hand must be headed by no more than an eight for the player to split the pot.

Equalized
When players all have the same amount of money in the pot.

Equity
A player's percentage share of the pot based on pot odds.

Exposed Card
When a card's identity is exposed to the other players who are not entitled to know its identity. In this situation, house rules prevail.

Family Pot
A hand where there were no raises after the first bet was made.

Favorite
The hand that has the best odds of winning at any stage in the game.

Field
All the players in a tournament.

Fifth Street
See river

Fill or Fill-up
To draw the one card that greatly improves your hand.

Final Table
The last table in a tournament.

First Position
The player to the left of the big blind. S/he must respond to the big blind and has no information from the other players to go on.

Fish
Weak players who are easily separated from their money.

Five of a Kind
This hand is possible in games with more than one deck or with wild cards. It is the highest ranking hand.

Fixed Limits
In these games, a bettor only decides whether to bet or fold. His bets are fixed.

Flash
When one player momentarily sees a dealt card that s/he was not entitled to see. Usually, all the other players are shown the card, OR

When a player shows cards he wasn't obligated to show. For example, showing that you were bluffing after winning the hand.

Flat Call
Calling in a raising situation.

Float
This is a bluffing strategy move, where you call in order to bluff later on.

Floorman
In a casino, the employee whose job is to keep the games running smoothly.

Flop
The three card deal of community cards.

Flush
A hand with five suited cards.

Fold
To decline to call the last bet, thus leaving the hand. In fact, folding is much more common than betting, calling, or raising.

Fold Equity
A number that represents an opponent's likelihood of folding. If s/he folds you win the pot. A player who often folds in later rounds gives his opponents high fold equity.

Forced Bet
This is a bet that the player must make. The blinds are forced bets as is the opening bet in many varieties of poker.

Forward Motion
This is a house rule in some casinos where a motion toward the pot with chips in your hand is considered a commitment to call or raise.

Fouled Hand
A hand that cannot be played because of some mistake such as mixing the cards with folded hands.

Four Flush
Four suited cards.

Four of a Kind
Four cards of equal rank.

Four Straight
Four consecutive cards needing one more for a straight.

Fourth Street
See turn

Free Card
When a round goes by with no bets all players are said to get a free card. Betting a weak hand to prevent a free card for an opponent is a strategic play.

Freeroll
In high-low games one player often is guaranteed to win half the pot before the river, but with luck can win the whole pot.

Freezeout
This is a type of tournament where players buy chips once, cannot rebuy chips, and play continues until one player has all the chips.

Full House
See boat

Full-Bet Rule
Some casinos require raises to be the full amount allowed in that betting round.

Gap Hand
A hand where the cards are not consecutive.

Going to the Rail
Losing all one's money and leaving the game.

See rail

Grinder
A very conservative player who usually ends a session with a small profit.

Guts
A variant of poker.

Gut Shot
Drawing to an inside straight.

Hand
A round of poker from the deal to the showdown.

Hanger
When the dealer is unlawfully dealing from the bottom of the deck, the bottom card often sticks out a bit.

Heads Up
When two players stay in a hand after all others have folded.

High Hand
The best hand using the traditional ranking of hands. This term is used mostly in high-low games.

High Card
Usually means winning a hand without so much as a pair.

In most games, the next high card wins after two players tie with the same high hand.

To determine position or first dealer, players cut the deck and high card by suit wins.

High-Low
A game whereby two players, the high hand and the low hand, split the pot.

Hole
A position relative to the dealer. Two seats from the dealer is the two-hole.

Hole Card
A card dealt face down.

Ignorant End
Sometimes, after the flop, a player has a drawable hand but the cards that help him make his hand help others even more.

Implied Odds
An advanced form of pot odds. Pot odds consider only the current pot. Implied odds consider future expected bets as well.

Improve
To make your hand better.

Inside Straight
A string of consecutive cards forming a straight but lacking one inside card.

In Position
The player who will be the last to act on the flop, turn, and river.

In the Money
To advance in a tournament as to be guaranteed some prize money.

In Turn
A player is in turn when it is his turn to play. If he speaks incorrectly while in turn he must act as he spoke. For instance, if he says call when he really wanted to fold, he must call.

Isolation
A strategy move where you bet to encourage players to fold because you want to go heads-up with a particular player.

Jackpot
A variation of five card draw, usually requiring jacks or better to open.

Some houses collect a side pot and award it to players based on a fixed set of rules.

Jam
Going all-in.

Joker
An extra card that is used as a wild card.

Junk
A bad hand at the outset with little hope of winning the pot.

Kicker
The highest card in one's hand that is not part of the made hand.

Kill Game
This is a fixed-limit game term. Either a player wins a pot larger than a pre-determined amount or one player has a string of wins. The player posts a kill blind, usually twice the big blind, and the betting limit is raised for the kill game.

Kitty
A small side pot common in home games. The beer and pretzels come out of the kitty.

Kojak
A hand with a king and a jack.

Ladies
Two queens.

Lag
This stands for loose and aggressive. The player bets loosely and raises often hoping to force opponents out.

Last to Act
The player whose turn it is to act before the dealer acts, after all players before him have folded.

Laydown
A powerful strategic move where a player anticipates that his strong hand is beaten so he folds.

Lay Odds
When the odds turn to one player's favor.

Lead
The first bet.

Leak
To show down cards on purpose.

Let it Slide
To not call a bluff.

Level
The blinds go up from level to level in tournaments as the amount of chips each remaining player has increases.

Limit or Limit Stakes
A fixed minimum or maximum bet in a specific game.

Limp In
To stay in the hand at minimal cost by calling only.

Limp-reraise
To raise after calling in the same betting round.

Live Bet
When a player has the option to raise even when no other player has raised. This is typical of blinds or straddles.

Live Cards
In community card games live cards are cards that can be played from the board and can make your hand winnable. In stud poker it means cards that have not been seen yet and are assumed to still be in the deck.

Live Hand
A hand that can still win the pot.

Live Game
A game with a lot of action. This is typical of games with newer or inexperienced players who don't understand the true value of their hands.

Live Poker
Poker with real players, not online or video poker.

Lock Up
To reserve a place at the table by placing an object on the table in front of the seat.

Loose Play
To play many hands that should be folded and to raise against the odds.

Low
A low-valued card.

The low hand in high-low.

m-ratio
The relationship of one's chip value to the game one wants to play.

Made Hand
A hand that needs no more cards even though more cards will be played.

Main Pot
The pot that all active players have contributed to and that all active players are eligible to win.

Maniac
A very wild player, betting, raising etc. when reason would dictate more prudent play.

Mark
A weak player but one who has brought some money to the game. The mark's weakness will cause the better players to concentrate on taking his money even if it changes their normal betting pattern.

Match the Pot
To place a bet equal to the size of the pot.

Micro-limit
Extremely small betting limits.

Middle Pair
A pair in a community-card game where the pair is not the highest possible nor the lowest using the community cards.

Misdeal
A deal that was marred by some mistake and must be discarded.

Missed Blind
A blind bet that the player cannot make because s/he has temporarily left the table. The missed blind is usually made when the player returns to the table.

Monster
A very powerful hand.

Move-in
See all-in.

Muck
To fold.

To return one's cards to the deck without revealing them, usually after the winning hand has been shown.

The pile of discarded cards.

Multi-way Pot
See family pot.

Natural
A hand with no wild cards.

Negative Freeroll
This is a betting strategy term. If the first or early bettors check, it gives later bettors a chance to check as well. This serves to keep the pot small.

No Limit
Players can bet any amount of their chips at any time.

Nut hand or Pure Nuts
The best possible hand in that game.

Nut Low
The best possible low hand in high-low poker.

Nit
A player who bets only premium hands.

Nurse
When your chip stack is low and you become much more conservative.

Nut Flush
A flush with an ace.

Off Suit
Cards that are of different suits.

On the Button
The player currently holding the dealer button. This is considered to be the best position.

One-chip Rule
Using a chip higher than needed is considered a simple call unless the player specifically said s/he was raising.

One-ended Straight Draw
A draw to a straight that can be made on only one side of the straight. Typically this involves a straight draw with ace, king, queen and jack or ace, two, three, and four. Sometimes, a player knows that one end of the straight is dead because he has seen all the cards.

Open
To bet first.

Open-ended Straight Draw
See outside straight draw.

Openers
The minimal card holding in a game, usually jacks or better, when there is such a requirement to open.

Option
The big blind can raise his own forced bet if no one else has raised it.

Orbit
When every person at the table has been the blinds.

Outs
Cards that have not yet been seen and can improve your hand to winning status.

Out of Position
It is considered a weakness to be positioned to be the first to bet or not to be the last to bet.

Outside Straight Draw
When a player can make a straight by getting a card for either end of the straight.

Overbet
In no-limit games, a bet that exceeds the size of the pot.

Overcall
To call a bet that another player has already called.

Overcard
A community card that is larger than one's pocket pair.

Overpair
In community-card games, a pair that is higher than any card showing on the board.

Overs
The willingness of some players to raise the stakes. In any hand, if the only players left are willing to play overs, the maximum bet is raised to a pre-determined level. When the next hand begins the overs are cancelled.

Pair
Two cards of the same numerical value.

Passive
Conservative or quiet play, mainly checking and calling.

Pat Hand
See made hand.

Pay Off
This occurs when the pot odds say bet but you are almost sure that you cannot win the hand.

Penny Ante
Extremely low stakes poker.

Play Back
To raise or reraise.

Play the Board
Sometimes in Texas Hold'em your best hand is the board.

Pocket Cards
Hole cards.

Pocket Pair
When your pocket cards form a pair.

Pocket Rockets
A pair of aces in the hole.

Poker Face
This term has entered general use through poker. It means to reveal no information by the expression on your face.

Position
Refers to the order in which a player is to bet. Advanced players have different betting strategies based on position.

Position Bet
A bet that is sound based upon one's betting position more than by the strength of one's hand.

Post
To make the required blind bet.

Post Oak Bluff
In no-limit or pot-limit games, a player may make a relatively small bet hoping the opponents will think it indicates strength and fold.

Pot
The sum of all bets in a single hand.

Pot Limit
A form of poker where the highest allowed bet is the size of the pot at that time.

Pot Odds
A system of determining the viability of staying in a game or folding the hand.

Pre-flop
The first round of betting in community card games. It comes after the down cards are dealt but before the flop.

Probe Bet
A strategic bet by a player who was quiet pre-flop.

Prop
A player who is paid to start poker games or to keep them active. Props play with their own money.

See shill.

Protected Pot
A pot with a lot of action so the chances of winning it by bluffing are nil.

Purse
The total prize money in a tournament.

Push
All-in.

Put Down
To fold.

Put On
To read an opponent so well that you have a strong sense of his hand.

Quads
Four of a kind.

Qualifier
In low games there is often a minimum hand to qualify as a low hand. Eight high is common. Sometimes, there is also a qualifier on the high hand.

Quartered
To win only one-fourth of the pot in high-low, usually by tying for low hand.

Rabbit Hunt
To look at cards that would have been dealt had players not folded.

Rack
A plastic tray for holding chips.

A set of 100 chips of the same denomination.

Rag
A worthless card.

Rail
An imaginary boundary that separates players from spectators.

Railbird
Observers at a game, often chatting to the players or other railbirds about the game.

Rainbow
A flop with three cards of different suits.

Raise
To bet more than a previous bet.

Rake
The percentage of a pot that the house takes.

Rakeback
A kind of rebate for playing.

Range of Hands
A mental list of an opponent's possible holdings when trying to read the hand.

Rank
The level value of a card as opposed to suit.

Rathole
To take some of your chips off the table. In some games this is disallowed.

Read
Getting an edge in the game by understanding another players betting pattern or style.

Rebuy
In some tournaments a player may buy more chips after the initial buy-in.

Redeal
To deal the cards again after an error caused a misdeal.

Redraw
The second or third draw in a multi-draw game.

To have a made hand with the possibility of improving with a subsequent draw.

Represent
To play in such a way as to give the clear impression that you hold a particular hand.

Reraise
To raise a previous raise.

Ring Game
A money game not part of a tournament.

River
The last community card.

Rivered
To lose a hand on the river.

Rock
A very conservative player.

A marker of sorts indicating a forced live straddle.

Rolled up Trips
Getting three of a kind in the first three cards.

Rounder
An excellent player who travels from one high-stakes game to another.

Royal Cards
Face cards.

Also called picture cards.

Royal Flush
A straight flush from ace to ten. It is the best hand except in wild card games where it loses to five of a kind.

Run it Twice
This maneuver is disallowed in many houses. It involves playing out the next cards more than once. If the cards are run twice the first winner wins half the pot and the second winner wins the other half of the pot.

Runner-runner
To need two consecutive cards to win a hand.

Rush
A winning streak.

Sandbag
To call rather than raise with a strong hand.

Satellite
A tournament in which the winner wins free entry to another, more lucrative tournament.

Scare Card
An up card that appears to give one player a much stronger hand.

Scoop
To win both high and low.

Second Pair
In community-card games, the second highest ranking pair.

See
Call.

Sell
To bet lower than allowed with a strong hand hoping to keep players in the game.

Semi-bluff
To bet in early rounds on a relatively poor hand with high upside.

Sequence
Cards in consecutive order.

Set
Three of a kind with two of the cards in the hole.

Set-up
To arrange a deck ace to deuce in all four suits and to show the deck this way to the players to show them that it's a full deck.

Sevens Rule
A rule common to ace-five lowball, where a player with a seven-high low hand must bet.

Shark
A pro.

Shoe
The container that holds cards yet to be dealt.

Shill
A player who plays with the house's money to keep games going.

Shootout
A type of tournament in which the winner of one table plays the winners of the other tables.

Short Buy
To buy into a no-limit game with less than the maximum buy-in amount.

Short Stack
Having few chips for the betting limit being played.

Shorthanded
Playing with less than a full table of players.

Showdown
After the betting is completed, the remaining players show their hands.

Side Bet
A bet outside the pot.

Sit Out
To take a break for a few hands.

Small Blind
The player to the left of the dealer makes a forced bet usually half the minimum bet.

Smooth Call
See flat call

Snow
To bluff with a worthless hand.

Soft Play
To play softly against one particular opponent. It is often disallowed.

Splash the Pot
To toss chips into the pot so the dealer can't determine how much was bet.

Split
In high-low games, the two winners split the pot.

Split Two Pair
In community card games, where a player has two pair, each pair formed with one hole card and one community card.

Spread
The difference between the maximum and minimum bets.

Spread Limit
As opposed to fixed limits, this game allows betting within a specific spread.

Squeeze Play
A strategic bet whereby a player bluffs after weaker players have bet and called.

Stack
The chips a player has to bet with in a tournament.

Stakes
The type of game. Low stakes has low limits and high stakes have high limits.

Staking
Financially to support a player's entry into a game.

Stand Off
To call a raise.

Stand Pat
In draw poker to draw zero cards either as a bluff or because one has a made hand.

Steal
To try to win the pot by betting late or large after the others have called.

Straddle
A type of forced bet.

Straight
A hand with five consecutive cards.

Straight Flush
A straight of suited cards.

Strategy Card
A "cheat-sheet" that helps players decide on their next play.

Street
A term for the round of betting. For example, pre-flop is First Street etc.

Stud
A form of poker

Suck out
See bad beat

Suited
Of the same suit.

Super Satellite
A satellite tournament that leads winners to another satellite tournament that leads to a larger tournament.

Table Stakes
A player may not take money out of his pocket to bet.

Tag
Tight player on most hands but aggressive when s/he has good cards.

Tell
A change in a player's behavior that allows an observant player to make a good qualified guess as to the player's hand. A tell can also be used as a bluff.

Three Flush
Having three suited cards.

Three of a Kind
A hand of three cards of equal rank.

Tight
Very conservative play.

Tilt
When, from frustration, a player loses his cool and starts to play very poorly.

Time
A request of time to contemplate one's next play.

To Go
The amount a player must put into the pot to stay in the game.

Toke
A tip to the house's dealer.

Top Kicker
The best possible kicker in a game.

Top Pair
The best pair consisting of a hole card and a community card.

Top Set
The highest three of a kind that can be made on that hand.

Trapper
A player whose main strategy is to build up pots by underbetting.

Trey
The three card.

Trips
When a hole card combines with a pair on the board.

Turn
The next to last community card.

Under the Gun
To be to the left of the big blind. This player must play first with no information from other players.

Underdog
A player whose hand is least likely to win.

Underfull
A full house where the three of a kind is of a lower rank than the pair.

Up
Refers to the higher ranking pair of a two-pair hand.

Upcard
A card dealt face-up.

Up the Ante
To increase the stakes.

Value Bet
A bet that the player wants other players to call because they have confidence in their hand.

Vigorish
Rake.

VPIP
Initials that stand for voluntary put money in pot, meaning how often a player bets pre-flop discounting blinds.

Wash
To mix the cards on the table before shuffling.

Weak Ace
An ace high hand with a low kicker.

Weak Player
A player who folds quickly after the flop.

Wheel
The lowest winning hand on the low end of high-low.

Wild Card
A card that can be used as any card the holder wants it to be.

Window Card
An up card in stud poker.

Wired
Cards of equal rank dealt consecutively.

WSOP
World Series of Poker.

WPT
World Poker Tour.

Yeast
To raise.

z-game
The game with the lowest stakes in a casino.

By Denise Marie