A hand with not even a pair, headed by an ace.
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.
A marker that signifies a forced bet. All players are required to call it, at the very least.
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.
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.
A player who has not folded his cards.
Buying more chips in a tournament.
Opening and raising are aggressive plays. Although some aggressive plays are obvious, savvy players bet aggressively at times to confuse opponents.
In general, this means no improvement. To "catch air" means the card just shown didn't improve the hand.
To bet all your money on this one hand.
Habitual minor misplays that are not against the rules per se but confuse and irritate other players.
An amount agreed upon at the beginning of the game that all players put into the pot before the deal.
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.
When a player fills a hand through lucky draws on the last two cards.
To stay in a game by checking and calling on the first round.
Winning with a weak hand that the player would have folded if anyone had bet.
See limp reraise
Usually means pairing the first two cards.
Losing to a weaker hand, especially a hand that a better player would have folded long before.
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.
The amount one has to bet on the poker session. It also can mean to support someone financially so he can enter a game.
Cheating by dealing from the bottom of the deck.
See inside straight draw
The money wagered by one player in one round or the act of wagering.
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.
The highest bet allowed in a limit game.
The larger of the two blinds.
A strong full house. Also, the strongest full house in a community-card game.
A nickname used for AK (suited or not suited).
In community-card games, this is a card that is of no apparent benefit to any of the players.
In community-card games there are usually two blinds which are forced bets in the pre-flop stage.
In community-card games, holding a card that could have helped your opponent.
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.
The upright cards.
A full house. It is also sometimes called a full boat.
In a high-low pot, a player may be able to win both halves of the pot.
See base deal
See ignorant end
Making the lowest possible pair from the community cards.
Some tournaments give a separate cash award to the player who directly eliminates another player.
Sometimes a card is left face-up after the shuffle. When it appears it is usually discarded.
Sometimes a player will break a hand that has some value in order to try to make a better hand.
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.
A forced bet in some games. It occurs in the first round of betting.
A straight, ace to ten.
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.
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.
A pair of aces in the hole.
An overly aggressive, intimidating bettor.
To discard one card before cards are dealt.
Either a hand that looked promising but never was filled or a player who has lost all his money.
A marker indicating who the "dealer" of a hand is. The "dealer" determines the blinds and betting positions.
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.
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.
A term of mild ridicule referring to a player whose main strategy is to call.
The limit on raises. The cap is sometimes removed when there are only two players left in a hand.
A game in which there is a limit on the total amount that can be bet in any one deal.
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.
The last card of a given rank left in the deck.
Winning some tournament prize money.
Trading in one's chips for cash.
When a player receives a card he needed to improve his hand.
To continue betting even though the chances of winning the hand are slim.
This is usually considered a breach of poker etiquette, when a player folds a hand before any bets have been made.
To raise after previously checking in the same round.
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.
The player who presently has the most chips.
In tournaments, to exchange lower chips for higher ones. Also, slowly growing one's stack of chips through conservative play.
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.
A winning card.
To make the minimum raise in an online game by clicking the raise button. The minimum raise is automatically made.
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.
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.
When your chance of winning the hand is about 50%.
To call the sum of all bets made before your turn to bet.
A deck used by cheaters.
This is another form of cheating.
A table in a casino where different games are played in rotation.
This is a premature bet when the player has a potentially strong hand but needs a good draw to fill it.
A situation where you can't fold a hand because the pot is too big.
A card that is shared by all the players.
A hand that uses all five cards, such as a flush.
Cards that are close enough in rank as to make a straight possible.
When the player who led the betting before the flop continues to lead the betting after the flop.
In community-card games, a hand is counterfeited when a card helps an opponent.
To beat a strong hand.
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.
When a player calls because he doesn't want to fold but believes his hand is a loser.
After the shuffle it is customary to take about half the deck from the bottom and put them on top.
A plastic card that is kept at the bottom of the deck so no one can see the bottom card.
The player who acts just before the button.
Making a decision before you have all the pertinent information. For example, checking before looking at your draw.
Rules that refer to a player who was set to be a blind but has left the table.
Similar to dead blind.
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.
Money that will likely be lost in a tournament because the player is weak or inexperienced.
The distribution of cards at the beginning of a game. It also refers to a single game.
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.
The person who deals the cards or the person who takes on the dealer's betting position when someone else does the actual dealing.
Where the deal rotates among the players and each dealer may announce a different variant of poker.
To announce your next move before you actually make it.
The "two" card.
Deuce to Seven
In some lowball games, this is the best low hand.
When a card that was dealt is set aside, not to be used again until the next shuffle.
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.
This is a variation on community-card poker where there are two boards and the winners divide the pot.
In draw poker when there are two draws.
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.
An excellent hole card arrangement in Omaha, where one has two pairs.
A card dealt face down.
To stay in the game and receive more cards.
A hand that can be improved substantially with a good draw.
To draw to a hand that cannot win, although the player doesn't know it yet.
Drawing to a hand with good winning chances
Drawing to a hand with very poor winning chances.
Some casinos require a drop, as a fee for using that casino's facilities.
In hold'em, an ace in the hole that lacks a suit match. The ace provides some bluffing opportunities for a savvy player.
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.
When players all have the same amount of money in the pot.
A player's percentage share of the pot based on pot odds.
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.
A hand where there were no raises after the first bet was made.
The hand that has the best odds of winning at any stage in the game.
All the players in a tournament.
Fill or Fill-up
To draw the one card that greatly improves your hand.
The last table in a tournament.
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.
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.
In these games, a bettor only decides whether to bet or fold. His bets are fixed.
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.
Calling in a raising situation.
This is a bluffing strategy move, where you call in order to bluff later on.
In a casino, the employee whose job is to keep the games running smoothly.
The three card deal of community cards.
A hand with five suited cards.
To decline to call the last bet, thus leaving the hand. In fact, folding is much more common than betting, calling, or raising.
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.
This is a bet that the player must make. The blinds are forced bets as is the opening bet in many varieties of poker.
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.
A hand that cannot be played because of some mistake such as mixing the cards with folded hands.
Four suited cards.
Four of a Kind
Four cards of equal rank.
Four consecutive cards needing one more for a straight.
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.
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.
This is a type of tournament where players buy chips once, cannot rebuy chips, and play continues until one player has all the chips.
Some casinos require raises to be the full amount allowed in that betting round.
A hand where the cards are not consecutive.
Going to the Rail
Losing all one's money and leaving the game.
A very conservative player who usually ends a session with a small profit.
A variant of poker.
Drawing to an inside straight.
A round of poker from the deal to the showdown.
When the dealer is unlawfully dealing from the bottom of the deck, the bottom card often sticks out a bit.
When two players stay in a hand after all others have folded.
The best hand using the traditional ranking of hands. This term is used mostly in high-low games.
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.
A game whereby two players, the high hand and the low hand, split the pot.
A position relative to the dealer. Two seats from the dealer is the two-hole.
A card dealt face down.
Sometimes, after the flop, a player has a drawable hand but the cards that help him make his hand help others even more.
An advanced form of pot odds. Pot odds consider only the current pot. Implied odds consider future expected bets as well.
To make your hand better.
A string of consecutive cards forming a straight but lacking one inside card.
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.
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.
A strategy move where you bet to encourage players to fold because you want to go heads-up with a particular player.
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.
An extra card that is used as a wild card.
A bad hand at the outset with little hope of winning the pot.
The highest card in one's hand that is not part of the made hand.
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.
A small side pot common in home games. The beer and pretzels come out of the kitty.
A hand with a king and a jack.
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.
A powerful strategic move where a player anticipates that his strong hand is beaten so he folds.
When the odds turn to one player's favor.
The first bet.
To show down cards on purpose.
Let it Slide
To not call a bluff.
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.
To stay in the hand at minimal cost by calling only.
To raise after calling in the same betting round.
When a player has the option to raise even when no other player has raised. This is typical of blinds or straddles.
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.
A hand that can still win the pot.
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.
Poker with real players, not online or video poker.
To reserve a place at the table by placing an object on the table in front of the seat.
To play many hands that should be folded and to raise against the odds.
A low-valued card.
The low hand in high-low.
The relationship of one's chip value to the game one wants to play.
A hand that needs no more cards even though more cards will be played.
The pot that all active players have contributed to and that all active players are eligible to win.
A very wild player, betting, raising etc. when reason would dictate more prudent play.
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.
Extremely small betting limits.
A pair in a community-card game where the pair is not the highest possible nor the lowest using the community cards.
A deal that was marred by some mistake and must be discarded.
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.
A very powerful hand.
To return one's cards to the deck without revealing them, usually after the winning hand has been shown.
The pile of discarded cards.
See family pot.
A hand with no wild cards.
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.
Players can bet any amount of their chips at any time.
Nut hand or Pure Nuts
The best possible hand in that game.
The best possible low hand in high-low poker.
A player who bets only premium hands.
When your chip stack is low and you become much more conservative.
A flush with an ace.
Cards that are of different suits.
On the Button
The player currently holding the dealer button. This is considered to be the best position.
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.
To bet first.
Open-ended Straight Draw
See outside straight draw.
The minimal card holding in a game, usually jacks or better, when there is such a requirement to open.
The big blind can raise his own forced bet if no one else has raised it.
When every person at the table has been the blinds.
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.
In no-limit games, a bet that exceeds the size of the pot.
To call a bet that another player has already called.
A community card that is larger than one's pocket pair.
In community-card games, a pair that is higher than any card showing on the board.
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.
Two cards of the same numerical value.
Conservative or quiet play, mainly checking and calling.
See made hand.
This occurs when the pot odds say bet but you are almost sure that you cannot win the hand.
Extremely low stakes poker.
To raise or reraise.
Play the Board
Sometimes in Texas Hold'em your best hand is the board.
When your pocket cards form a pair.
A pair of aces in the hole.
This term has entered general use through poker. It means to reveal no information by the expression on your face.
Refers to the order in which a player is to bet. Advanced players have different betting strategies based on position.
A bet that is sound based upon one's betting position more than by the strength of one's hand.
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.
The sum of all bets in a single hand.
A form of poker where the highest allowed bet is the size of the pot at that time.
A system of determining the viability of staying in a game or folding the hand.
The first round of betting in community card games. It comes after the down cards are dealt but before the flop.
A strategic bet by a player who was quiet pre-flop.
A player who is paid to start poker games or to keep them active. Props play with their own money.
A pot with a lot of action so the chances of winning it by bluffing are nil.
The total prize money in a tournament.
To read an opponent so well that you have a strong sense of his hand.
Four of a kind.
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.
To win only one-fourth of the pot in high-low, usually by tying for low hand.
To look at cards that would have been dealt had players not folded.
A plastic tray for holding chips.
A set of 100 chips of the same denomination.
A worthless card.
An imaginary boundary that separates players from spectators.
Observers at a game, often chatting to the players or other railbirds about the game.
A flop with three cards of different suits.
To bet more than a previous bet.
The percentage of a pot that the house takes.
A kind of rebate for playing.
Range of Hands
A mental list of an opponent's possible holdings when trying to read the hand.
The level value of a card as opposed to suit.
To take some of your chips off the table. In some games this is disallowed.
Getting an edge in the game by understanding another players betting pattern or style.
In some tournaments a player may buy more chips after the initial buy-in.
To deal the cards again after an error caused a misdeal.
The second or third draw in a multi-draw game.
To have a made hand with the possibility of improving with a subsequent draw.
To play in such a way as to give the clear impression that you hold a particular hand.
To raise a previous raise.
A money game not part of a tournament.
The last community card.
To lose a hand on the river.
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.
An excellent player who travels from one high-stakes game to another.
Also called picture cards.
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.
To need two consecutive cards to win a hand.
A winning streak.
To call rather than raise with a strong hand.
A tournament in which the winner wins free entry to another, more lucrative tournament.
An up card that appears to give one player a much stronger hand.
To win both high and low.
In community-card games, the second highest ranking pair.
To bet lower than allowed with a strong hand hoping to keep players in the game.
To bet in early rounds on a relatively poor hand with high upside.
Cards in consecutive order.
Three of a kind with two of the cards in the hole.
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.
A rule common to ace-five lowball, where a player with a seven-high low hand must bet.
The container that holds cards yet to be dealt.
A player who plays with the house's money to keep games going.
A type of tournament in which the winner of one table plays the winners of the other tables.
To buy into a no-limit game with less than the maximum buy-in amount.
Having few chips for the betting limit being played.
Playing with less than a full table of players.
After the betting is completed, the remaining players show their hands.
A bet outside the pot.
To take a break for a few hands.
The player to the left of the dealer makes a forced bet usually half the minimum bet.
See flat call
To bluff with a worthless hand.
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.
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.
The difference between the maximum and minimum bets.
As opposed to fixed limits, this game allows betting within a specific spread.
A strategic bet whereby a player bluffs after weaker players have bet and called.
The chips a player has to bet with in a tournament.
The type of game. Low stakes has low limits and high stakes have high limits.
Financially to support a player's entry into a game.
To call a raise.
In draw poker to draw zero cards either as a bluff or because one has a made hand.
To try to win the pot by betting late or large after the others have called.
A type of forced bet.
A hand with five consecutive cards.
A straight of suited cards.
A "cheat-sheet" that helps players decide on their next play.
A term for the round of betting. For example, pre-flop is First Street etc.
A form of poker
See bad beat
Of the same suit.
A satellite tournament that leads winners to another satellite tournament that leads to a larger tournament.
A player may not take money out of his pocket to bet.
Tight player on most hands but aggressive when s/he has good cards.
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.
Having three suited cards.
Three of a Kind
A hand of three cards of equal rank.
Very conservative play.
When, from frustration, a player loses his cool and starts to play very poorly.
A request of time to contemplate one's next play.
The amount a player must put into the pot to stay in the game.
A tip to the house's dealer.
The best possible kicker in a game.
The best pair consisting of a hole card and a community card.
The highest three of a kind that can be made on that hand.
A player whose main strategy is to build up pots by underbetting.
The three card.
When a hole card combines with a pair on the board.
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.
A player whose hand is least likely to win.
A full house where the three of a kind is of a lower rank than the pair.
Refers to the higher ranking pair of a two-pair hand.
A card dealt face-up.
Up the Ante
To increase the stakes.
A bet that the player wants other players to call because they have confidence in their hand.
Initials that stand for voluntary put money in pot, meaning how often a player bets pre-flop discounting blinds.
To mix the cards on the table before shuffling.
An ace high hand with a low kicker.
A player who folds quickly after the flop.
The lowest winning hand on the low end of high-low.
A card that can be used as any card the holder wants it to be.
An up card in stud poker.
Cards of equal rank dealt consecutively.
World Series of Poker.
World Poker Tour.
The game with the lowest stakes in a casino.
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