Poker dictionary and poker terms
Welcome to our simple to use online poker dictionary.
Poker has a lot of terms and slang which you need to be familiar with, firstly to understand the game and secondly to feel comfortable when communicating with other players and reading articles.
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A full house with three aces and any pair.
A five card hand that contains one Ace, with no straight or flush or a hand with no pair in it.
A hand that contains two pairs, one of which is Aces.
Checking/Betting/Raising. A game in which players are playing a lot of pots is considered an “action” game.
Any player who is still in the hand.
A purchase of more chips (optional) at the end of the re-buy period in a tournament.
When a player bets all his/her chips.: In online poker, you may be deemed “All-in” when you are disconnected (even if you have chips remaining).
Slang for a Pair of Aces.
Money placed in the pot before the hand is begun.
|Avatar||Some online games let you put and choose computer-generated character which represents you.|
|B & M||A term used in online poker to describe a real-life card room or casino and stands for bricks and mortar.|
When a hand is beaten by a lucky draw.
A term used to describe the amount of money has available to play poker with.
A draw and/or catch to an Inside Straight. Bet To place chips into the pot.
|Bet the Pot|
When a player bets the amount of the pot.
A straight that is A-2-3-4-5.
A designated amount that is placed by the player sitting in the second position, clockwise from the dealer, before any cards are dealt.(Players joining a game in progress must post a Big Blind, but may do so from any position.)
When dealt an A-K, suited or non-suited, as hole cards in Texas Hold’em they are called a Big Slick.
The small blind and big blind are the compulsory bets made at the start of each new hand in Hold’em. The Blind bets are made by the two players sitting directly to the dealer’s left which will start the action on the first round of betting. The blinds are posted before any cards are dealt. (A “Blind” bet is one that is made in the dark without looking at your cards.)
When a player raises without looking at his hand.
To make other players believe that one has a better hand than he/she might otherwise have by betting or raising when they do not have the best hand.
The cards that are dealt face-up in a poker game for all players to see. In flop games, five cards are dealt face-up in the center of the table.In Seven Card Stud, four cards are dealt face-up in front of each player.
When a player uses the lowest card on the flop to make a pair with one of his own cards.
An Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10).
The forced bet made on the first round of betting by the player who is dealt the lowest card showing in Seven Card Stud and Stud 8 or Better. In Razz (Lowball) it is the highest card showing.
|Bring It In|
To start the betting on the first round.
A player who antes himself broke.
A pair of Aces.
The term used to describe a player losing all of there chips, or worse their entire bankroll.
Also known as the dealer button, it is a small round disk that is moved from player to player in a clockwise direction following each hand, to theoretically indicate the dealer of each hand.
The amount of money that a player enters a game with, or the cost of entering into a tournament.
|Dead Man’s Hand|
Two pair – Aces and Eights (Wild Bill Hickock was shot in the back while playing this hand).
This is the first exposed card, or “up” card, in a player’s hand in Stud games.
Hole cards. Cards that are dealt face down.
It’s a Hold’em hand consisting of a 10-2 (Brunson won the world championship two years in a row on the final hand with these cards).
Form of poker where each player is dealt five cards with the option of discarding one or more and replacing them with new ones and the low hand wins.
Form of poker where each player is dealt five cards down with the option of discarding one or more and replacing them with new ones to attempt to make a better hand
A ‘drawing hand’ means when the flop gives a chance to improve a hand to something a lot stronger through ‘drawing’ the required cards on the turn or the river.
An alternative word for Fold
A pair of Twos
A pair of Twos.
Position on a round of betting where the player must act before most of the other players at the table. (It’s considered the two positions located to the left of the Blinds.)
To draw to and/or hit an inside straight.
Four cards which require another between the top and the bottom card to complete a straight. Players who catch this card make an Inside Straight.
A form of poker in which the card room or casino offers a jackpot to a player who has lost with a really big hand (usually Aces full or better).
A form of poker in which a player needs to have at least a pair of jacks to open the betting.
|Kansas City Lowball|
Form of lowball poker in which the worst poker hand (2, 3, 4, 5, 7 of different suits) is the best hand. It’s also known as Deuce to Seven.
|Keep Them Honest|
To call at the end of a hand to prevent someone from bluffing.
A card that gives you a big draw or makes your hand.
In a session or tournament, the one hand that ends up being a turning point for the player, either for better or worse.
The highest unpaired side card in a player’s hand.
An alternative word for Raise.
A method to stimulate action. It is a forced bet by someone who has just won a pot(s)
An alternative word for Check.
A hand that contains a K-J.
Position on a round of betting where the player must act after most of the other players have acted (usually considered to be the two positions next to the button).
|Lay Down Your Hand|
When a player folds.
The first player to bet into a pot.
A game that has fixed minimum and maximum betting intervals along with a prescribed number of raises.
The first player who calls a bet.
To enter the pot by calling rather than raising. (The usual concept of “Limp In” is when the first person to speak just calls the Big Blind.)
An instance where the player puts in a dark bet and is allowed to raise, even if no other player raises. It’s also known as an “option”.
In Stud Games, cards that have not yet been seen and are presumed to still be in play.
A hand that could still win the pot.
A not so knowledgeable player who plays a lot of hands.
When a player calls the final bet before the showdown.
Is a player who plays a lot hands.
Is a form of draw poker in which the lowest hand wins the pot.
The centre pot. Any other bets are placed in a side pot(s) and are contested among the remaining players. This occurs when a player(s) goes all-in.
To make the deck is to shuffle the deck.
A very aggressive player who plays a lot of hands.
In flop games, when a player makes a pair with one of his/her down cards and the middle card on the flop.
Somewhere between the early and late positions on a round of betting (the fifth, sixth and seventh seats to the left of the button).
To discard or throw away your hand. It’s also a pile of cards that are no longer in play.
The least amount you can start a game with.
A very big hand. In a tournament, a player who begins to accumulate chips after having a small stack is considered to be a monster.
A game where players can bet as much as they like (as long as they have it in front of them) on any round of betting.
The best possible hand at any point of the game. A hand that cannot be beat.
The probability of making a hand vs. the probability of not making a hand.
Cards of a different suit.
A game in which each player is dealt four down cards with five community cards. To make your hand, you must play two cards from your hand and three from the board.
To make the first bet.
Four consecutive cards whereby one additional (consecutive) card is needed at either end to make a straight.
A card that is dealt face-up.
A pair that has been dealt face-up.
An option is a Live Blind made in the dark before the cards are dealt. If no one raises, the “option” player may raise the pot.
A disc placed in front of a player who wishes to sit out a hand(s) but remain in the game.
Four of a kind.
In High-Low games, it is a requirement the Low hand must meet to win the pot.
A tray that holds 100 poker chips in five stacks of twenty chips each.
The rim of a poker table or a barrier outside a poker area.
Someone who hangs around a poker room who watches the games and/or is looking to get into action.
To increase the previous bet.
Chips taken from the pot by the card room for compensation for hosting the game.
The value of each card and hand.
When a player knocks on the table indicating that he/she has checked.
Seven Card Stud where the lowest five cards win the pot.
The amount of money a player pays to add a fixed number of chips to his/her stack in a tournament.
To raise a raise.
A “live” game that is not a tournament.
This is the last card given in all games. In Hold’em and Omaha, it is also known as 5th street. In Stud games, it is also known as 7th street.
|Round of Betting|
This is when players have the opportunity to bet, check or raise. Each round of betting ends when the last bet or raise has been called.
Guys who hustle for a living.
This is an Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10) of the same suit. It is the best possible hand in poker.
This is also the name for Hold’em, and is the most popular form of poker.
In Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud 8 or Better, this is the first betting round on the first three cards.
|Three of a Kind|
Three cards of the same number or face value (“trips”).
A player who doesn’t play many pots. A tight game is one that doesn’t have much action.
Tournament of Champions.
In flop games, when the player pairs one of his down cards with the highest card on board.
A pair of threes.
Three of a kind.
In flop games, this is the fourth card dealt. It is the third round of betting.
A hand consisting of two different pairs.
A card that is dealt face-up.
A pair of sevens.
A card that can be played as any value.
A losing hand.