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Commonly Used Poker Terminology


Ace High – When the highest hand you can make is an Ace with no pair.

All in – When a player chooses to bet his last chips (he can never win more then he risks from the remaining players)

Ante - Money placed in the pot before the hand is dealt

Auto Blind - a button that will automatically post the small or big blind


Bad Beat - when a hand is lost with a hand that usually would win.

Bankroll - the amount of money a players has in play.

– Money put in play.

Big Blind – A full forced bet before any cards are dealt

Blind - an opening bet before any cards are dealt

Bluff - a bet with a weak hand

Board - the cards used by all the players.

Burn a Card - removal of the top card of a deck by the dealer

Button - a disk that is used to show who is the theoretical dealer.

Buy in - the amount of money it requires to get into a game, it is the money available to bet in the game


Call - making a bet equal to the previous bet

Calling Station - a player who always seems to call and rarely folds.

Cap - the number of times a raise can be re-raised

Catch - when a draw makes a hand

Check - do not bet on one's turn to bet

Check Raise - a player checks on the first opportunity to bet then raises on his next opportunity

Cold Call - calling a bet and raise at the same time after first checking, or betting for the first time


Deal - distribute the cards to the players

Draw - receiving more cards in a game

Drawing Dead – When even drawing the card you need will not give you a winner


Early Position - in an early betting position


Family Pot - where everyone at the table is still involved in the pot

Flop - the first community cards dealt at once in a game

Fold - to give up your cards and remove yourself from play of the hand

Flush - a hand where all five cards share the same suit

Free Card - you get to see an additional card without having to call or bet

Freezeout - a tournament format whereby you cannot rebuy, your buyin is the limit of your play



High Hand - the best hand in any round of poker

Heads Up - one on one play, only two players are involved

Hold'em - poker game where each player receives 2 pocket cards and tries to make the best hand using these 2 cards and 5 community cards dealt to the table, bets can be made after the 2 pocket cards are dealt, after the first 3 community cards are dealt and after the 4th and 5th community cards are dealt, most popular game played online

Hole Cards - the card or cards unseen by the other players

House - the owners management of the game who take the rake and manage the games


Ignorant End - the lower end of the straight


Kicker – A separate high card used to break a tie.


Late Position – Being among the last to act in a round of betting

Loose Player – A player who plays a lot of hands, good and bad


Monster – A powerful hand

Muck – Fold without showing your hand


No Limit – A game where anyone can bet all there chips at anytime.

Nuts – The highest possible hand in a poker game


Omaha – A game with four down cards and four board cards where you must use exactly 2 down cards and 3 board cards

Overcard - a card on the board higher than your pair


Pair - two cards of the same rank

Position - the place of a player at the table in relation to the opener , early middle or late

Pot - the total money or chips on the table after all the betting is complete

Pot -Limit - a game where a player's maximum bet is the size of the pot

Pot Odds - the calculated odds the money in the pot represents in relation to how much it will cost to play and hand and the players chances of winning the hand


Rag – A card that helps no ones hand

Rake – The money the house takes on each hand

Raise - after betting has opened, increasing the amount of the bet is a raise

River - the last community card dealt

Rock - a player who only plays extremely good hands


Seven Card Stud - a form of poker where 2 cards are down, 4 face up and 1 last card down. Or any variation of stud poker with 7 cards

Showdown - the showing of cards after the last bet has been made

Slow Play – Not raising a good hand to incite further betting

Small Blind – Forced half bet made before any cards are dealt

Spit Pot - hands in which the pot is split between more than one player

Steal - raising in expectation that all other players will fold

Stud - games in which there are no community cards, the player plays only the cards in his/her hand


Table Stakes- Betting is restricted to the chips on the table.

Tells - gestures or words by a player that give away the value of his/her hand

Texas Hold'em - see Hold'em

Tight - a tight player is a player who never bets unless they hold a good hand

Turn - Fourth Street in a 7 card poker game


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