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Glossary of Poker Terms

“So he limped in from under the gun with big slick, then had a belly buster to a wheel on the flop not realizing he was drawing dead on fourth street to my boat…”

Ever wondered what all this poker talk is about? Check out what this all means.

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  • Ace-High:
  • A hand that has made no pair or better, and an Ace as its highest card.
  • Aces Up:
  • A pair of Ace’s and another pair (two pair). If a player has a pair of 10’s and a pair of Ace’s, he has Ace’s up.
  • Action:
  • Lots of bets and raises. If a player makes a large bet and a lot of players call or raise, the player is getting a lot of action.
  • Active Player:
  • Any players that are still in contention to win the pot. If six players are at a table and four fold, there are two active players left.
  • Add-On:
  • When a tournament allows players to buy additional chips at a set point during the tournament. If a player pays for more chips to add to his current stack, he is buying an add-on.
  • Advertise:
  • When a player makes a deliberate move early in the game to convey a specific image. If a player plays a bad hand all the way to the showdown, in order to give the impression that he is very loose, he is said to be advertising.
  • Aggressive:
  • A playing style that describes players who bet and raise large amounts frequently. Aggressive players tend to play weaker hands than tight players and experience larger swings.
  • Ajax:
  • Being dealt A-J as your hole cards.
  • Alabama Night Riders:
  • Three kings / Trip kings.
  • All-In:
  • When a player bets all of his chips. If the player loses the pot he will be busted.
  • American Airlines:
  • Pocket Ace’s. Same as Rockets and Bullets.
  • Anna Kournikova:
  • Being dealt A-K as your hole cards. Same as Big Slick.
  • Angle / Play / Move:
  • When a player seeks a way to gain an edge over his opponents. If a player is acting like he will raise a player’s bet to scare him away he is using “an angle” or “making a play” or “making a move”.
  • Ante:
  • The forced amount that all players must put into the pot before the hand begins. Some games use blinds, some use antes, and others use a combination of both. [ See Blinds ]

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  • Baby:
  • A small card like a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you have a pair of 4’s, you have a baby pair.
  • Backdoor:
  • When a player has to catch two specific cards one after the other to complete their hand. If you need two consecutive spades after the flop in order to complete your flush, you have a backdoor flush draw. [ See Runner-Runner ]
  • Backing Into:
  • While playing a certain hand, you unintentionally complete a better hand. If you flop a straight, then while playing that hand you catch a flush, you “backed into the flush”.
  • Bad Beat:
  • When you lose to a statistically worse hand than your own. If only two cards will complete your opponents hand and he catches one of them, you have suffered a bad beat. [ See Outdrawn ]
  • Bankroll:
  • A poker players available funds. The size of your bankroll has a major impact on what stakes you can play.
  • Belly Buster Straight Draw:
  • When a player has four cards to a straight but needs the card in the middle of the straight to complete it. If a player has 4h, 5h, 7s, 8d, they are on a belly buster straight draw as they need a 6 to make it. Same as Gut Shot Straight Draw.
  • Bet Blind:
  • When a player makes a bet before seeing the next card. After the flop, the player to the left of the dealer can bet blind before the next card is even turned over. You can also check blind. [ See In The Dark ]
  • Bicycle:
  • Slang for using the Ace as a low card in a straight. For example, if the Ace was used with a 2, 3, 4, and 5 to form a straight.
  • Big Blind / BB:
  • The larger of two forced bets made to the left of the dealer to ensure betting on every hand. The big blind is the player to the left of the small blind.
  • Big Blind Special:
  • A term used to describe getting mediocre cards on the Big Blind and going onto make a strong hand.
  • Big Bet:
  • In limit poker, the largest possible bet on the current round of betting. Same as Cap.
  • Big Slick:
  • Being dealt A-K as your hole cards. Same as Anna Kournikova.
  • Big Stack:
  • The player with the most chips at the table.
  • Black Jack:
  • Being dealt A-J as your hole cards.
  • Blank:
  • A community card that has no apparent value to the players involved in the hand.
  • Blinds:
  • The forced amount that two players must put into the pot before the hand begins. Some games use blinds, some use antes, and others use a combination of both. [ See Ante ]
  • Blinded Out:
  • Being busted out of a game by the forced blinds.
  • Bluff:
  • When a player is weak but acts as though they have a strong hand in order to win the pot.
  • Board:
  • The community cards, or the cards everyone can use, turned face up on the table. Same as Community Cards.
  • Boat:
  • A full-house. Also known as full-boat. [ See Full House ]
  • Bottom Pair:
  • Making a pair with the lowest card on the board.
  • Break a Table:
  • In tournaments tables are broken as players are eliminated. This is done to balance players among the remaining tables in the tournament.
  • Brick and Mortar:
  • A real life casino or card game, as opposed to online gaming.
  • Broadway:
  • A straight with an Ace as the highest card – 10, J, Q, K, A.
  • Broken Game:
  • A game that stops is called a “broken game”. A game can sometimes “break” if the main supply of money leaves the table or if there are not enough players left at the table to continue constructive play.
  • Bubble:
  • The placing in a tournament just before the prize structure kicks in. If the top 10 positions are paid in a tournament, the player that places 11th has finished “on the bubble” and recieves no prize.
  • Bullets:
  • Pocket Ace’s. Same as American Airlines and Rockets.
  • Bully:
  • A player who is raising large amounts frequently is sometimes called a bully. The bully may be having a run of good cards, he may be bluffing alot, or if he is the Big Stack he may be using his status to push the table around.
  • Burn Cards
  • The cards that are placed face down on the table before each round is dealt. You burn a card before dealing the Flop, as well as before dealing the Turn and River cards.
  • Busted:
  • To lose all your chips or money.
  • Busted Hand:
  • When a player is drawing to complete a hand but does not make the hand they were chasing. If you hold four spades after the flop, but no more spades come in later rounds, you have a busted flush draw.
  • Butchers:
  • Pocket Kings. Same as Cowboys, Gorillas and Kangaroo’s.
  • Button:
  • The small disc that travels around the table to indicate who is the acting dealer for the hand. This player is also the last to act in every betting round after the flop, which means it is the best positioning to have at the table as you have more information than anyone else before you act. If you are the nominated dealer you are “on the button”.
  • Buy-In:
  • The amount of money that a player spends to play in a certain poker game.
  • Buying The Pot:
  • Placing a huge bet to scare your opponents out of the hand.

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  • Call:
  • When a player matches the bet that has been made he has called the bet.
  • Calling Station:
  • A nickname given to a player who calls more bets than he should. Calling Stations call even when they have a worse hand than the bettor.
  • Calling Someone Down:
  • When a player calls all the bets through-out the hand. Sometimes done when the player refuses to laydown a marginal hand, or to see what cards their opponent was betting, which is known as “keeping you honest”.
  • Canine:
  • Being dealt K-9 as your hole cards.
  • Cap:
  • In limit poker, the largest possible bet on the current round of betting. A round has been “capped” if the maximum betting limit has been reached. Similar to Big Bet.
  • Cards Speak:
  • At the end of the hand, the winner of the hand is the player with the best cards regardless of what verbal announcement they make.
  • Cash Game:
  • A game of poker were the chips are equal to the amounts they represent in cash. In a cash game you are effectively betting with cash. Same as Ring Game.
  • Catch:
  • When a player hits a card that they needed to complete their hand they have “caught” their card. Usually used when a player has chased and made their hand, some would say it was a “nice catch”. Same as Hit.
  • Chasing:
  • Waiting for a card to be dealt that will complete your hand either by checking or calling bets.
  • Check:
  • When a player wishes not to bet they “check” in an attempt to see the next card for free.
  • Check-Raise:
  • When a player checks to indicate weakness only to raise the pot when an opponent bets. Players use the check-raise when they have a strong hand to induce bets and trap opponents.
  • Check Blind:
  • When a player checks before seeing the next card. After the flop, the player to the left of the dealer can check before the next card is turned over. Similar to betting blind but instead of betting, you check before seeing the next card. [ See In The Dark ]
  • Chip and a Chair:
  • A saying used in poker that suggests that as long as you are still sitting at the table, even with only one chip, you have a chance to win.
  • Chop:
  • When players who are going to finish in the money, usually on the final table, decide to share the remaining prize pool. This may or may not be an equal share depending on the agreement.
  • Coin-Flip or 50/50:
  • When two hands are statistically even (or close to it) and the winner will be based on the luck of the cards yet to come.
  • Cold Cards:
  • A term used to describe a bad run of cards. If you have not made a hand in a long period of time, you are getting cold cards.
  • Cold Deck:
  • A deck of cards that has been arranged by cheating players to dupe honest players out of their money. [ See Mechanic ]
  • Colour Change:
  • The exchanging of lower denomination chips for larger denomination chips. 4 x green $25 chips = 1 x black $100 chip. Sometimes called “chipping up”.
  • Come Hand:
  • When a player holds a hand that still needs cards to become a completed hand. Same as a Draw.
  • Community Cards:
  • The community cards, or the cards everyone can use, turned face up on the table. Same as the Board.
  • Complete the Blinds:
  • When the player in small blind position only matches the big blind, they have completed the blinds.
  • Connectors:
  • Sequentially connected cards. 6-7, J-Q, etc.
  • Continuation Bet:
  • A bet that is made after the flop by a player who raised the pot pre-flop.
  • Cowboys:
  • Pocket Kings. Same as Butchers, Gorillas and Kangaroo’s.
  • Crabs:
  • Pocket 3′s.
  • Crack:
  • A hand has been cracked when an underdog hits a card that beats the hand that was originally winning.
  • Crying Call:
  • A call that is made even when the player knows he is beat, either beacause they cannot bring themselves to lay down the hand, or beacause of the pot odds they are being offered.
  • Cut:
  • When the deck is divided into two sections to ensure the cards are in random order. Done with the “Cut Card” before each hand is dealt.

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  • Dead Hand:
  • A hand that is no longer in play, and cannot win the pot as it has been declared dead.
  • Dead Man’s Hand:
  • Two pair made with black Ace’s and black 8′s (As-Ac-8s-8c). This is the famous hand Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he was shot dead.
  • Dead Money:
  • Money put into the pot by players who have since folded their hands.
  • Deal:
  • The act of distributing cards to players and the board.
  • Deck:
  • A set of cards used in card games. A standard deck consists of 52 cards, with 13 cards of 4 different suits.
  • Deuce:
  • Term used in poker for a 2. Being dealt pocket 2′s is also known as pocket Deuces.
  • Dinner for Two:
  • Being dealt 6-9 as your hole cards.
  • Dolly Parton:
  • Being dealt 9-5 as your hole cards.
  • Dolye Brunson:
  • Being dealt 10-2 as your hole cards.
  • Dominated:
  • When 2 or more players share a common card but one player has a better kicker than the others. If you hold A-8 and your opponent holds A-10, your Ace is said to be “dominated”.
  • Double Belly Buster Straight Draw:
  • A straight that can be completed with either a higher or lower card. If you have 5, 6, 7, 8, either a 4 or a 9 will make your straight. Also known as a Double Gut Shot Straight Draw, an Up and Down Straight Draw and an Open Ended Straight Draw.
  • Double Gut Shot Straight Draw:
  • A straight that can be completed with either a higher or lower card. If you have 5, 6, 7, 8, either a 4 or a 9 will make your straight. Also known as a Double Belly Buster Straight Draw, an Up and Down Straight Draw and an Open Ended Straight Draw.
  • Down Cards:
  • The two cards that are dealt face down to each player at the beginning of every hand. Same as Pocket Cards and Hole Cards.
  • Draw:
  • When a player holds a hand that still needs cards to be completed. If a player is holding four Hearts, but needs a fifth Heart for a flush, that player is on a flush draw or drawing to a flush. Same as a Come Hand.
  • Drawing Dead:
  • When a player holds a hand that cannot possibly beat an opponent’s hand, even with more cards to come.
  • Ducks:
  • Pocket 2’s.

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  • Early Position:
  • The players who act first in each round of betting. Players acting in early position must have stronger hands to open the pot than players in late position as they have less information than players who will act after them.
  • Easy Money:
  • Money won from new, inexperienced, or untalented players.
  • Elephant:
  • A player who gets involved in too many pots and usually plays marginal and medicore hands.
  • Expected Action:
  • Prediciting what the other players in a hand will do and adjusting your play accordingly.
  • Exempted Outs:
  • Cards that will improve your hand but could also improve an opponents hand more, leaving you drawing dead.

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  • Face Card:
  • A Jack, Queen or King.
  • Favourite:
  • You are a favourite if you statistically have the best hand.
  • Family Pot:
  • A hand where many players are still live.
  • Feeler Bet:
  • A small bet made to gain information from your opponents and to determine the strength of your hand. Same as Probe Bet, Information Bet.
  • Fifth Street:
  • The fifth and final card turned over that everyone can use, also known as the River.
  • First Position:
  • The first person to act in a round of betting. This is the worst positioning to act from as you have the least amount of imformation. Must have strong cards to open the pot from this position.
  • Fish:
  • A bad player that is easily beaten. Often fish are new, inexperienced, or simply weak players.
  • Flop:
  • The first three community cards dealt face up on the table that everyone can use.
  • Flush Draw:
  • When a player holds three or four cards of the same suit and is waiting for more cards of that suit to complete the flush.
  • Fold:
  • When a player throws his cards into the muck face down, giving up their chance to play any further in the current hand, he has folded. Same as Pass.
  • Foul:
  • A card is fouled it if it turned face up when it should have been laid face down. Cards can be fouled either when being dealt or by players throughout the hand. Hole cards should not be exposed until the showdown.
  • Fourth Street:
  • The fourth community card turned over that everyone can use, also known as the Turn.
  • Four Horsemen:
  • Four kings / Quad kings.
  • Freeroll:
  • A tournament where players do not have to buy-in, but are able to win prizes or real money.
  • Full House:
  • Three of a kind plus a pair. A-A-A-K-K is known as Aces full of Kings. Also known as a Boat.

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  • Garbage:
  • Bad or low cards that should not usually be played. Same as Rags.
  • Gorillas:
  • Pocket Kings. Same as Cowboys, Butchers and Kangaroo’s.
  • Grinder:
  • A player who plays tight but consistently wins.
  • Gut Shot Straight Draw:
  • When a player has four cards to a straight but needs the card in the middle of the straight to complete it. If a player has 4h, 5h, 7s, 8d, he is on a belly buster straight draw as he/she needs a 6 to make it. Same Belly Buster Straight Draw.

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  • Hard Working Man:
  • Being dealt 9-5 as your hole cards.
  • Heads Up:
  • When only 2 players remain in a hand or at a table and go head to head / one on one.
  • High Card:
  • When you have not made a pair or better in a hand you have a High Card. If you hold A,6 and the board comes 9, 10, 3, 5, K, you have Ace high.
  • Hilton Sisters:
  • Pocket Q’s.
  • Hit:
  • When a player who is on a draw catches a card that completes his hand, he has hit his card. Also known as “catching a card”.
  • Hit And Run:
  • When a player plays for a short time, wins a big hand, and then quickly leaves the table. This is usually considered bad poker etiquette.
  • Hole Cards:
  • The two cards that are dealt face down to each player at the beginning of every hand. Same as Pocket Cards and Down Cards.
  • Hooks:
  • Pocket J’s.
  • Hunting Season:
  • Being dealt A-2 as your hole cards. A bullet and a duck.

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  • Induce:
  • A move that is made to coax an opponent into playing a certain way. By checking a strong hand you are inducing your opponents to bluff at the pot. Alternatively you could raise on the flop to induce a check from your opponents on future rounds of play.
  • Implied Odds:
  • Predicting future bets that may be made and called when calculating Pot Odds.
  • Information Bet:
  • A small bet made to gain information from your opponents and to determine the strength of your hand. Same as Probe Bet, Feeler Bet.
  • In The Dark:
  • Acting before you see the next card. [ See Bet Blind and Check Blind ]

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  • Jackal:
  • Slang for a player who makes frequent erratic, unexplainable bets and raises. Also known as manics.
  • Jackson Five:
  • Being dealt J-5 as your hole cards.
  • Jesse James:
  • Being dealt 4-5 as your hole cards. In reference to the .45 colt.
  • Johnny Moss:
  • Being dealt A-10 as your hole cards.

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  • Kangaroo’s:
  • Pocket Kings. Same as Butchers, Cowboys and Gorillas.
  • Kicker:
  • The card that is used to break ties when two players have the same hand or high card.
  • Kicks:
  • Pocket 6′s.
  • King John:
  • Being dealt K-J as your hole cards.
  • Kojak:
  • Being dealt K-J as your hole cards.

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  • Ladies:
  • Pocket Queens. Same as Hilton Sisters.
  • Late Position:
  • The players who act after most of the other players have acted. Late position is preferable to early position as you have more information about your opponents hands. Some marginal hands can be played from Late Position.
  • Lay Down:
  • To lay down a hand is to fold it. Good players can make tuff lay-downs.
  • Leak:
  • The weakness is a players game that causes them to lose money or prevents them from making more money is called their “leak”.
  • Limit Poker:
  • A variant of poker that has set betting limits on each round on play.
  • Limp:
  • A term used to describe a player thats checks or only calls bets, usually to hide the strength of their hand.
  • Limp In:
  • Only calling the blinds when entering a pot. This usually encourages other players to raise the pot. Used to hide the true strength of a hand.
  • Live Cards:
  • Cards that are not shared or dominated. Usually low cards are live as if they hit they will not help your opponents that are in the hand.
  • Live Hand:
  • A hand that is still contesting the pot as it hasn’t been folded and isn’t drawing dead.
  • Lock:
  • A hand that cannot be beat. Also known as the nuts. If you have a hand locked, you have the nuts and cannot lose.
  • Loose:
  • A playing style where a player is involved in alot of hands. A loose player plays marginal and medicore hands as frequently as premium hands. Often loose players make bad calls and sometimes outdraw stronger players.

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  • Machine Gun (AK-47):
  • When the board comes A-K-4-7.
  • Made Hand:
  • A hand that is already complete and needs no further cards. Your hand is made if you flop a flush.
  • Magnum:
  • Pocket 4′s.
  • Main Pot:
  • If a player goes all in, his chips plus the chips of any players who call him go into the main pot. Any additional bets by players still in the hand go into a side pot.
  • Making a Stand:
  • When a player is short stacked or someone has been bullying, a player may make a stand and move All-in.
  • Manilla:
  • A variant poker game.
  • Marksman:
  • A Full House made with three 2′s and two Ace’s. 2-2-2-A-A (three ducks with two bullets).
  • Maverick:
  • Being dealt Q-J as your hole cards.
  • Mechanic:
  • A player who cheats by arranging the deck in a way that will benefit them. Good mechanics can manipulate a deck of cards and deal themselves a monster hand whilst dealing other players hands that will generate action. [ See Cold Deck ]
  • Middle Pair:
  • Making a pair with the second highest card on the board.
  • Minimum Raise:
  • Making the minimum possible bet on any given round of betting. Sometimes indicates weakness, but can used to induce raises.
  • Monster:
  • An extremely strong hand.
  • Motown:
  • When a players hole cards are J-5, inspired by the Jackson 5.
  • Muck:
  • To fold your cards by placing them face down with the other mucked cards.

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  • No-Limit:
  • A variation of poker that has no betting limits. A player is able to move All-in at anytime.
  • Nuts:
  • The best possible hand at any given point in time.
  • Nut Flush:
  • The best possible flush that can be made. When the Ace of the flushed suit is used, unless there is a straight flush possible, you have the nut flush.

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  • Octopus’s:
  • Pocket 8′s. Same as Snowmen.
  • Off-Suit:
  • Two cards of different suits.
  • Omaha:
  • A variant poker game.
  • Opener:
  • The first person to bet in a round of play. You “open” the pot.
  • Open Ended Straight Draw:
  • A straight that can be completed with either a higher or lower card. If you have 5, 6, 7, 8, either a 4 or a 9 will make your straight. Also known as a Double Belly Buster Straight Draw, an Up and Down Straight Draw and a Double Gut Shot Straight Draw.
  • Outs:
  • The remaining cards in the deck that can make your hand a winner.
  • Outdrawn:
  • When a player catches cards to beat your hand, even though it was leading at one point.
  • Over card:
  • A card that is higher than any card on the board.
  • Over pair:
  • When a player holds a pocket pair that is higher than any possible pair made using the community cards.
  • Over The Top:
  • Raising a bet or re-raising a raise that another player has made.
  • Over Betting:
  • Making a very large bet that is disproportionate to the money already contained in the pot.

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  • Paint:
  • Face cards.
  • Pass:
  • When a player throws his cards into the muck face down, giving up their chance to play any further in the current hand, he has passed. Same as Fold.
  • Passive:
  • Players who do not usually bet or raise, preferring just to check and call.
  • Phil Hellmuth:
  • Pocket 9′s.
  • Picture Cards:
  • Face cards.
  • Playing the Board:
  • When the community cards form a better hand than if you use your hole cards, you play the board.
  • Pocket Cards:
  • The two cards that are dealt face down to each player at the beginning of every hand. Same as Down Cards and Hole Cards.
  • Pockets / Pocket Pair:
  • When your two pocket cards form a pair. Same as Wired Pair.
  • Popeye’s:
  • Pocket 9′s.
  • Position:
  • The way players are seated at a table in relation to the dealer button. Position is important in certain poker variants as it determines the order in which players will act.
  • Position Bet / Raise:
  • A bet or raise, based mainly on a players position. This play is usually made when a player is in Late Position after a few opponents have limped in.
  • Post:
  • The act of putting in the forced bets/blinds is called “posting”.
  • Pot:
  • All the bets and raises made during a hand go into the pot. The winner takes all the chips in the pot after the showdown. If two or more players hold the exact same hands, the pot is divided, or split equally among these players. There can also be more than one pot for a hand, when a player goes all in but has less chips than his opponents a side pot is created. [See Split Pot and Side Pot]
  • Pot Committed:
  • You are pot committed when you stay in a pot, when you might normally fold, due to the amount of chips you have already invested in the pot.
  • Pot-Limit:
  • A variant of poker where the maximum bet allowed is equal to the current size of the pot.
  • Pot Odds:
  • A ratio used to determine the “risk verses reward” in a poker hand. If the odds of you winning the hand out-weigh the bet that must be called then the call is a profitable move. Example – I have a 2:1 chance of winning this pot and I am getting 4:1 on my money, its a call.
  • Presto:
  • Pocket 5′s.
  • Pre-Flop:
  • Action that takes place before the flop is dealt.
  • Probe Bet:
  • A small bet made to gain information from your opponents and to determine the strength of your hand. Same as Information Bet and Feeler Bet.
  • Protecting:
  • Betting to protect your your hand as it may be vunerable. Players often bet to protect their blinds, or pre-flop with pocket pairs like 9-9 and 10-10.
  • Pulling The Trigger:
  • Moving All-in with when you are short stacked and have to make a move.
  • Putting Someone On A Hand:
  • Predicting which cards a player may be holding based on a read or their betting patterns.

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  • Quads:
  • Four of a kind.

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  • Rabbit Hunt:
  • Turning over the remaining community cards after everyone has folded and someone has already won the pot. Done to see if someone else may have hit their cards and won the pot.
  • Race Tracks:
  • Pocket 8′s.
  • Rags:
  • Bad or low cards that should not usually be played. See Garbage.
  • Rainbow:
  • A flop of cards all of different suits.
  • Raise:
  • A raise is made when a player matches previous bets that have been made and then increases the total that players must now call, by adding another bet on top of the original bet.
  • Rake:
  • The money that a casino takes from every pot as profit.
  • Razz:
  • A variant poker game.
  • Read:
  • Knowing what a player holds based on reactions, expressions, behaviour or betting patterns.
  • Reagan:
  • When your hole cards are 3-9.
  • Re-Buy:
  • When a tournament allows you to buy more chips after you have been busted.
  • Re-Raise:
  • To raise another players raise.
  • Representing:
  • Bets designed to indicate that the community cards have helped your hand, whether they have or have not.
  • Ring Game:
  • A game of poker were the chips are equal to the amounts they represent in cash. In a cash game you are effectively betting with cash. See Cash Game.
  • River:
  • The fifth and final card dealt face up on the table that everyone can use. Also known as Fifth Street.
  • Rock:
  • A very tight player.
  • Rockets:
  • Pocket Ace’s. Same as American Airline and Bullets.
  • Route 66:
  • Pocket 6′s.
  • Royal Couple:
  • Being dealt K-Q as your hole cards.
  • Run:
  • When a player wins several pots in a row he is “on a run”. Also known as a rush.
  • Runner-Runner:
  • When a player has to catch two specific cards one after the other to complete their hand. If you need two consecutive spades after the flop in order to complete your flush, you have a runner-runner flush draw. [ See Backdoor ]
  • Rush:
  • When a player is on a winning streak, being dealt good cards and hitting his hands they are “on a rush”. Same as a Run.

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  • Sail Boats:
  • Pocket 4′s.
  • Sand Bagging:
  • Playing a strong hand as if it is weak. Used to induce opponents to bet. Same as Slow Playing.
  • Satellite:
  • A tournament that has no cash prize, instead the winners recieve a seat in a bigger tournament. Satellites are common for big events, players can avoid paying a large buy-in by winning their way into the major tournament.
  • Scare Card:
  • A card that looks scary as it could have helped your opponent. Good players will use scare cards to their advantage.
  • Set:
  • Three of a kind.
  • Semi-Bluff:
  • Betting when you think your hand may be second best. You could have 2nd best pair or a drawing hand and bet to try and win the pot immediately.
  • Semi-Connectors:
  • Cards that are one card apart in value such as Jack – King.
  • Short Handed Table:
  • When a few players have been busted from your table and you are now playing with less players than normal. This means blinds will be paid more often.
  • Short Stack:
  • The player with the least amount of chips infront of him at the table.
  • Showdown:
  • After all cards are out and all bets have been made and called players showdown their hands to see who has won the pot.
  • Side Pot:
  • When a player is All-in a side pot is formed and all future bets are put in the side pot.
  • Sit’n'Go:
  • A mini tournament, usually with 10 or less players.
  • Sitting Out:
  • When a player leaves the table for a short time with the intention of returning to play. If a players blinds are due while they are sitting out they will be placed for him and when it is their turn to act their hand will be folded.
  • Slow Play:
  • Playing a strong hand as if it is weak. Used to induce opponents to bet. Same as Sand Bagging.
  • Slow Roll:
  • To reveal your winning hole cards slowly as if you hold a losing hand. This is irritating to other players as they feel they may have won the pot only to be disappointed.
  • Small Blind / SB:
  • The smaller of two forced bets made to the left of the dealer to ensure betting on every hand. The small blind is the player to the left of the dealer.
  • Smooth Call:
  • When a player only calls a bet when it is strong enough to raise with. This is to trick the opponents into thinking his hand is weak.
  • Snowmen:
  • Pocket 8′s. Same as Octopus’s.
  • Soft Play:
  • Going easy on your opponent by checking and betting small amounts. Often used between friends and family and sometimes seen as bad play.
  • Speed Limit:
  • Pocket 5′s.
  • Splash the Pot:
  • Throwing chips into the pot in a messy manner instead of placing your bet or call neatly infront of you.
  • Split Pot:
  • When two players have hands of equal value, the pot is split and each player gets an equal amount.
  • Stack:
  • A players chips are referred to as their “stack”.
  • Steal:
  • When a player bets or raises a large amount and forces their opponents to fold, often when the player has a worse hand than their opponents.
  • String Bet:
  • An illegal move where a player calls a bet by putting his chips in the pot and then going for more chips to make a raise. The purpose of this move is to evaluate player reactions when reaching for more chips. Raises must be made in one move.
  • Stub:
  • The remaining cards in the deck that have not been dealt are known collectively as “the stub”.
  • Stud:
  • A variant poker game.
  • Sucker End of a Straight:
  • When a straight is possible both up and down, the sucker end is the low end of the straight. If the board comes 2-3-4-5-10, and you hold an Ace, you have the sucker end of the straight, as an opponent may have you beat with a 6.
  • Suited:
  • Cards of the same suit.
  • Suited Connectors:
  • Two sequential cards that are of the same suit, such as 9h, 10h.
  • Swans:
  • Pocket 2′s.

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  • Table Talk:
  • Talking throughout a hand to distract, mislead, intimidate or critisize opponents.
  • Tell:
  • Reactions, expressions, behaviour or betting patterns that may give your hand away to attentive opponents.
  • Texas Hold’em:
  • A variant poker game. “The Cadillac Of Poker”.
  • The Devil / Satan / The Beast:
  • Three 6′s / Trip 6′s.
  • The Nuts:
  • The best possible hand at any given point in time.
  • Three Wise Men:
  • Three kings / Trip kings.
  • Tight:
  • A player who doesn’t play a lot of hands. Usually only plays premium starting hands. These players are the opposite of loose players.
  • Tilt:
  • An emotional state caused by a bad beat or bad play. Someone who is on tilt may make plays and moves they usually wouldn’t.
  • Top Pair:
  • Making a pair with the highest card on the board.
  • Tournament:
  • A poker tournament is played by many players who have bought in for a pre-determined amount. This buy-in is paid out in percentages to the top finishers. A tournament is played until there is only one player left as the winner.
  • Trap:
  • Slow playing a strong hand in an effort to get your opponents to committ more money to the pot before you rip their hearts out.
  • Trips:
  • Three of a kind.
  • Turn:
  • The fourth card dealt face up on the table that everyone can use. Also known as Fourth Street.

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  • Underdog:
  • You are an underdog if you hold a statistically weaker hand than your opponent.
  • Under The Gun:
  • The first player to act pre-flop. This player is directly to the left of the big blind.
  • Up and Down Straight Draw:
  • A straight that can be completed with either a higher or lower card. If you have 5, 6, 7, 8, either a 4 or a 9 will make your straight. Also known as a Double Belly Buster Straight Draw, a Double Gut Shot Straight Draw and an Open Ended Straight Draw.

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  • Value Bet:
  • A bet made in an attempt to get more money in the pot without scaring all of your opponents away. Made when you have a good hand, with minimal drawing possibilities for you opponents.
  • Verbalizing:
  • Stating your intentions or the reason for a certain move.

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  • Walking Sticks:
  • Pocket 7′s.
  • Wheel:
  • Slang for using the Ace as a low card in a straight. For example, if the Ace was used with a 2, 3, 4, and 5 to form a straight.
  • Wired Pair:
  • When your two pocket cards form a pair. Same as Pockets / Pocket Pair.


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