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- Aces Full
- 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.
- Aces Up
- A hand that contains two pairs, one of which is a pair of Aces.
- An intentional tell intended to give false information about a hand.
- Checking/Betting/Raising. A game in which players are playing a lot of
pots is considered an 'action' game.
- Active Player
- Any player who is still in the hand.
- Adjective to describe a player who raises and re-raises and rarely calls.
- The name of an Ace and Jack in the pocket, suited or otherwise.
- When a player bets all his/her chips.
- American Airlines
- Two Aces.
- An action that isn't against the rules, but still incorporates unfair
- Using unfair tactics.
- Money placed in the pot before the hand is begun.
- Bad Beat
- When a hand is beaten by a lucky draw.
- Making a hand other than the one intended. Example: Having J/10 of Clubs
with a flop of A of Clubs, 5 of Clubs, 6 of Spades. The turn and river are K &
Q of Hearts. You made a straight instead of the intended (and more likely)
- A re-raise from a player who originally called.
- The amount of money you have.
- Belly Buster
- A draw and/or catch to an Inside Straight.
- To place chips into the pot.
- Bet Odds
- The odds you get as a result of evaluating the number of callers to a
- Bet the Pot
- When a player bets the amount of the pot.
- Bicycle or Bike
- A straight: A-2-3-4-5.
- Big Blind
- 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
- Big Slick
- A hand that contains an A-K.
- A useless card.
- The bet(s) that must be 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 without looking at your cards.)
- Blind Raise
- 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.
- 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 7
Card Stud, four cards are dealt face-up in front of each player.
- A full house.
- Bottom Pair
- 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 7 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.
- Broomcorn's Uncle
- A player who antes himself broke.
- A pair of Aces.
- To raise.
- 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 minimum amount of money required by a player to sit down in a
particular poker game.
- Matching the bet amount.
- Call Cold
- To call both a bet and raise(s).
- Calling Station
- A passive and loose player who does not raise much, but calls more than he
or she should.
- To take the last of the maximum amount of raises allowed per round of
- The room or space in a casino where poker is played.
- Cards Speak
- Your hand is the most favorable possible combination of cards, no matter
how you call it.
- Case Chips
- A player's last chips.
- Cash Out
- To leave a game and converting chips into cash.
- When it's a player's turn to act and there has been no action in front of
them and he opts not to bet, he 'checks.'
- When a player first checks and then raises in a betting round.
- To return the blinds to the players who posted them and move on to the
next hand if no other players call. It also means to 'split the pot'.
- Dead Man's Hand
- Two pair - Aces and Eights (The hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when
Jack McCall shot him in the back).
- The man or woman who handles the cards, gives out the pots, and monitors
- Dealer's Position
- Being the last to act in a betting round. On the button.
- One of the four playing card suits. Formerly representing merchants.
- Disconnect Protection
- A tool to protect players in the event that their internet connection is
lost while involved in a pot.
- Dominated Hands
- Hands that are okay to play, but tend to lose against similar
non-straight/flush hands. Example: A2 is dominated because against other hands
with an Ace, it loses or draws without improvement.
- Dominating Hands
- Primo hands that are not only good, solid hands, but have lots of room for
- Door Card
- This is the first exposed card, or 'up' card, in a player's hand in Stud
- Down Card
- Hole cards, or cards that are dealt face down.
- Doyle Brunson
- It's a Hold’em hand consisting of a 10-2 (Brunson won the World
Championship of Poker two years in a row with these cards).
- Draw Lowball
- Form of poker where each player is dealt five cards with the option of
discarding one or more and replacing them with new ones - the low hand wins.
- Draw Poker
- 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.
- Playing a hand to improve.
- Drawing Dead
- A drawing hand that will lose even if it improves.
- Drawing Hand
- A hand that needs improvement to win. Usually to a straight or flush.
- A pair of Twos.
- A pair of Twos.
- Early Position
- 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.)
- Also known as the 'river' card. In flop games, this represents the fifth
community card on the table and the final round of betting. In Stud games,
this is the fifth card dealt to each player and represents the third round of
- Five-card Draw
- A poker game in which each player is dealt five cards down. They have one
draw to replace them and the best high hand wins the pot.
- Five-card Stud
- A poker game in which each player is dealt five cards, one down and four
up, with betting after 2, 3, 4, & 5 cards.
- Flat Call
- Calling a bet without raising.
- In Hold'em and Omaha, the first three community cards that are dealt
face-up in the center of the table, all at one time. The 'flop' also indicates
the second round of betting.
- Flop Games
- Poker games (Hold'em and Omaha) that are played using community cards that
are dealt face up in the center of the table.
- An employee of the cardroom who makes rulings and decisions.
- Any five cards of the same suit.
- Flush Draw
- When a player has four cards in his hand, all of the same suit and is
hoping to draw a fifth to make a flush.
- To throw your hand away when it's your turn to act.
- Forced Bet
- A required bet that starts the action on the first round of a poker hand.
- Four of a Kind
- Four cards of the same number or face value ('quads').
- Fourth Street
- In flop games, it is the fourth community card dealt (also known as the
'turn') and represents the third round of betting. In stud games, it is the
fourth card dealt to each player and represents the second round of betting.
- Free Card
- The card you get as result of semi-bluffing from late or last position so
that all the players check to you.
- Full House
- Any three cards of the same number or face value, plus any other two cards
of the same number or face value.
- Playing in a style with minimal risk and modest gains over a long period
- Gut Shot
- To draw to and/or hit an inside straight.
- A player's best five cards.
- When only two players are involved with a hand.
- One of the four playing card suits.
- To decide the first dealer in the flop tournaments each user is dealt a
single card and the player with the highest card (based on the card and the
suit order - of spades, hearts, diamonds & clubs) becomes the theoretical
- High Limit
- A game where the amounts wagered are high.
- Split pot games.
- Also known as Texas Hold'em, where the players get two down cards and five
community cards. See our complete Hold'em rules.
- Hole Cards
- These are the ‘down cards’ in front of the players.
- The casino or cardroom that is hosting the poker game.
- The way other players see you.
- Implied Odds
- The odds you calculate, considering the assumed result of betting for the
remainder of the hand.
- Inside Straight
- Four cards that require another between the top and the bottom card to
complete a straight. Players who catch this card make an Inside Straight.
- A prize fund awarded to a player who meets a set of predetermined
requirements. For example, some casinos will give a jackpot to someone who
gets four-of-a-kind or higher and loses.
- Jackpot Poker
- A form of poker in which the cardroom 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.
- Key Card
- A card that gives you a big draw or makes your hand.
- Key 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.
- Kick It
- Kill Pot
- A method to stimulate action. It is a forced bet by someone who has just
won a pot(s).
- A hand that contains a K-J.
- Two Queens.
- Late Position
- 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 right of the button).
- Lay Down Your Hand
- When a player folds.
- The first player to bet into a pot.
- Limit Poker
- A game that has fixed minimum and maximum betting intervals, along with a
prescribed number of raises.
- The first player who calls a bet.
- Limp In
- To enter the pot by calling rather than raising. The most common
understanding of limping in, is when the first person to speak only calls the
- Live 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'.
- Live Card(s)
- In Stud Games, cards that have not yet been seen and are presumed to still
be in play.
- Live Hand
- A hand that could still win the pot.
- Live One
- An inexperienced player who plays a lot of hands.
- Long Shot
- Making a hand despite having few outs and/or poor odds.
- When a player calls the final bet before the showdown.
- A loose player plays a lot hands.
- Is a form of draw poker in which the lowest hand wins the pot.
- Low Limit
- A game where the amounts wagered are small.
- Main Pot
- The center 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
- To make the deck is to shuffle the deck.
- A very aggressive player who plays a lot of hands.
- The name of a Queen and Jack in the pocket. Suited or otherwise.
- To meet is to call.
- Middle Pair
- In flop games, when a player makes a pair with one of his/her down cards
and the middle card on the flop.
- Middle Position
- Somewhere between the early and late positions on a round of betting (the
fifth, sixth and seventh seats to the left of the button).
- Mental devices used to remember things. In Hold'em, often players have
names for what pocket cards they have, like Big Slick or Maverick.
- To discard or throw away your hand. It is also a pile of cards that are no
longer in play.
- Minimum Buy-in
- The least amount of money with which you can start a game.
- 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.
- No Limit
- 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
- 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.
- On the Button
- Being the last player to act in a betting round. Dealer's Position.
- To make the first bet.
- Open-ended Straight
- Four consecutive cards whereby one additional (consecutive) card is needed
at either end to make a straight.
- Open Card
- A card that is dealt face-up.
- Open Pair
- A pair that has been dealt face-up.
- An option is a live blind made before the cards are dealt. If no one
raises, the 'option' player may raise the pot.
- Out Button
- A disc placed in front of a player who wishes to sit out a hand(s), but
remain in the game.
- The number of cards left in the deck that will improve your hand.
- A pocket pair higher than any of the cards on the board.
- Face or picture cards (Jack, Queen and King).
- Two cards of the same face or number value.
- To fold.
- Pay Off
- To call on the final round of betting when you may or may not think you
have the best hand.
- Picture Cards
- Face cards (Jack, Queen and King).
- Play Back
- To raise or re-raise another player's bet.
- Playing the Board
- In flop games, when your best five card hand is all five of the community
- The down cards or hole cards.
- Pocket Cards
- The two cards dealt to you at the beginning of a Hold'em hand that no one
else is entitled to see.
- Pocket Rockets
- A pair of Aces in the pocket or hole.
- Where a player is seated in relation to the dealer, therefore establishing
that player's place in the betting order.
- If you miss the blind, then you must ‘post’ - add as many chips as were in
the blind itself.
- The money or chips in the center of a table that players try to win.
- Pot Limit
- This is a game where the maximum bet can equal the pot.
- A person hired by the cardroom to work as a shill.
- When the dealer pushes the chips to the winning player at the end of a
hand. It's also when dealers rotate to other tables.
- Put Down
- To fold a hand.
- Four of a kind.
- In Hi/Lo 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 cardroom for compensation for hosting the
- The value of each card and hand.
- When a player knocks on the table indicating that he/she has checked.
- The illegal action of taking money off the table and putting it somewhere
- 7 Card Stud where the lowest five cards win the pot.
- Analysis of a player based on how they play, mannerisms, and tells.
- 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.
- Ring Game
- 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
- A passive, tight player.
- 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 also the name of a popular poker
movie starring Matt Damon and Ed Norton.
- Royal Flush
- This is an Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10) of the same suit. It is the best
possible hand in poker.
- The act of playing with more money than is typical or reasonable.
- A winning streak.
- Holding back and calling despite the fact that you have a very good hand,
usually to disguise strength, provoke bluffs, and to check-raise.
- A mini-tournament to gain an entry into a larger tournament.
- To win the entire pot.
- Seating List
- A waiting list. A player can put his or her name on this list if there are
no seats at the table at which they wish to play.
- Second Pair
- In flop games, when you pair the second highest card on the board.
- To call.
- Betting with a mediocre or drawing hand.
- Having a pocket pair that matches one of the cards on the board.
- 7 Card Stud
- A well-known poker game in which players get three down cards and four up
cards. You play the best five of those seven cards. Click here for information
on 7 Card Stud.
- Seventh Street
- This is the final round of betting in 7 Card Stud and Stud 8 or Better.
- Shills are paid props who help start and maintain poker games.
- Short Buying
- Purchasing chips after your initial purchase. Usually the minimum for a
short buy-in is less than the initial buy-in.
- A ‘short-handed’ game has few players.
- At the end of the final betting round, it's when all active players turn
their cards face-up to see who has won the pot.
- Side Pot
- A separate pot(s) which is contested by remaining active players when one
or more players are all-in.
- Sixth Street
- In 7 Card Stud, this is the fourth 'up' card dealt to a player (their 6th
card). It is also the 4th round of betting.
- Small Blind
- The amount put in the pot by the person immediately to the left of the
dealer 'button' prior to the cards being dealt.
- Soft Seat
- A seat or game that is favorable because of the lack of skill at the
- A fairly tight player (and reasonably good).
- Speed Limit
- A pair of fives.
- A pile of chips.
- When a player remains in the game by calling rather than raising.
- Steal Raise
- A raise by someone in late position in an attempt to reduce the number of
players and/or steal the pot.
- Re-raising to make a player(s) call two bets instead of one.
- Steel Wheel
- A five high straight (A-2-3-4-5) of the same suit.
- A straddle is a Blind bet which is usually double the size of the Big
Blind, (and one that a player may raise when the action gets to him).
- Five consecutive cards of any suit.
- Straight Flush
- Five consecutive cards of the same suit.
- The limits put on the blinds/ante, bets, and raises in any particular
- Stud Games
- Games in which players get both down cards and up cards.
- A player who is losing in a game.
- A characteristic of a playing card. The card being either of Clubs,
Diamonds, Hearts, or Spades.
- The surface on which poker is played.
- An action that gives clues about the cards someone is holding.
- Texas Hold'em
- This is also the name for Hold'em, the most popular form of poker.
- Third Street
- In 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud 8 or Better, this is the first betting
round on the first three cards.
- Thirty Miles
- Three tens.
- Three of a Kind
- Three cards of the same number or face value ('trips').
- Either a player who doesn't play many pots, or a game that doesn't have
- Tilt, On
- Behavior as a result of losing, usually negative.
- Tournament of Champions.
- Top Pair
- In flop games, when the player pairs one of his down cards with the
highest card on board.
- Top Two Pair
- Having both your pocket cards match the highest two cards on the board.
- A pair of threes.
- Three of a kind.
- In flop games, this is the fourth card dealt. It is the third round of
- Two Pair
- A hand consisting of two different pairs.
- A pocket pair of lower value than the lowest card on the board.
- Under the Gun
- Being the first person to act, being in the earliest position.
- Up Card
- A card that is dealt face-up.
- Walking Sticks
- A pair of sevens.
- Wild Card
- A card that can be played as any value.
- Worst Hand
- A losing hand.
- World Series of Poker.