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Poker terms A to G, meaning of words: Terminology, Jargon, Slang, Vocabulary.

Poker Terms

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  • Aces Wired - (Also, Bullets) Two Aces back-to-back (in the hole).
  • Act - When its your turn to act, you either check, call, fold, open bet, or raise.
  • Action - A wager or bet of any kind. The placing of money into the pot (e.g. many bets and raises is described as 'a lot of action').
  • Add-on - To buy additional chips in a tournament that allows it.
  • Aggressive - A player who frequently raises and re-raises is said to be aggressive.
  • Alligator Blood - (USA) A tough player is good under pressure.
  • All-in - When a player bets all his wagering money available on the table.
  • Ante - In poker, a small bet as the minimum bet that each player is required to put into the pot before a new hand starts. A compulsory opening or starting bet, applied in games with an ante, put up by players before each hand; e.g. Casino Stud Poker, 7-card stud.
  • Back Door - A hand made using the last two cards dealt in seven card stud or Texas Hold'em (e.g. 'a back door flush').
  • Back-to-back (BB) - When a player is dealt a pair with the first two cards.
  • Bad Beat - Losing a pot holding a very strong hand you were sure would win.
  • Bank - The financial backer of a gambling operation.
  • Banker - In a card game, dealer or the players who books the action of the other bettors at the table.
  • Bankroll - The total amount of money you have the intention of gambling with.
  • Base Deal - Dealing from the bottom of the deck. A form of cheating.
  • Behind - Before the last cards have been dealt, if you don't have the best hand you are 'behind'.
  • Belly Buster - An inside straight draw.
  • Berry Patch - (USA) An extremely easy game.
  • Bicycle Wheel - The hand A2345, also called a wheel or bicycle.
  • Big Bet - The largest betting amount in limit games.
  • Big Blind - In flop games, two bets are usually posted before any cards are dealt. The 'small' blind by the player to the left of the dealer and the 'big blind' (double the small blind) by the player to the left of the small blind.
  • Big Slick - Ace King as your hole cards in Hold'em.
  • Blank - A card that appears not to help anyone.
  • Blind Bet - A bet posted without the player sees any of his cards.
  • Blinds - A forced bet in Hold 'em.
  • Bluff - To bet strong with a weak hand, aimed at misleading the other players in the hope that they will fold.
  • Board - The community cards dealt face-up in the center of the table in a flop game (e.g. Hold'em) or the up cards in a stud game (e.g. seven card stud).
  • Boat - Another term for a full house.
  • Bottom Pair - Making a pair with the lowest card on the flop.
  • Bracelet - Winning a championship event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) earns the player a Gold Bracelet. Highly prized amongst poker professionals.
  • Brass Brazilians - The best hand, also known as 'the nuts'.
  • Brick - A 'blank' in seven card stud (e.g. a card that appears not to help your hand).
  • Brit Brag - A 3-card poker game, with variations. Has many combinations and options open to the player.
  • Bring In - To 'bring it in' is to make the first bet on the first round of a hand. In seven-card stud, the bring-in is a mandatory bet made by the player with the lowest upcard in the first round of betting.
  • Broadway - An Ace high straight.
  • Brush - The employee at a cardroom is sometimes referred to as the 'brush'.
  • Bug - A joker.
  • Bullets - A pair of aces in the hole. (Also, Aces Wired)
  • Bump - To raise.
  • Buried - A buried pair is a pair in the hole in seven card stud - a pair in the first two down cards.
  • Burn - A 'burn card' is a card discarded from the top of the deck at predetermined points in deals (in case a player has seen it). In card games after a shuffle and cut, one card is placed on the bottom of the deck or in the discard tray, which is called burning the card.
  • Bust - To run out of money. 'Busted out' in competitions where its final.
  • Busted Hand - A hand of less value than a pair (e.g. if you miss a straight, you have a busted straight).
  • Button - A flat disc called the dealer button. The player with the button is the last to receive cards on the deal.
  • Buy - To buy a pot is to make a bet large enough that other players would be unlikely to call.
  • Buy-in - The chips which players buy to gamble.
  • Call - To call is to match the current bet.
  • Calling Station - A player who calls too often.
  • Cap - The limit on the number of raises in a round of betting in limit games.
  • Cardroom - Cardrooms are the rooms in which poker is played, or the organizations that run those rooms. Most casinos that offer poker have a separate room, or at least a roped-off area, designated as the cardroom.
  • Card Shark - A person who is an expert at cards.
  • Cards Speak - Is the rule that the value of your hand is determined solely by your cards. You don't have to declare your hand properly in order to claim the part of the pot you deserve.
  • Caribbean Stud Poker - Also called 'Casino Stud Poker', A casino table game based on the standard 5-card stud poker game played on a Blackjack-type table. Some casinos also offer a progressive jackpot paid to high ranking hands. This table game is played with one deck of cards.
  • Carpet joint - A big card room with comforts.
  • Case - The fourth card of a particular rank.
  • Case Money - Emergency money.
  • Casino Hold'em Poker - Casino Hold´em poker uses the concept of Texas Hold´em Poker but allows the player to play against the house.
  • Catch - If cards are helping you or are treating you well, you are 'catching cards'.
  • Catching Cards - Getting favorable cards.
  • Check - Pass the turn of calling the first bet in a betting round to the next player.
  • Check-Raise - To check and then raise a bet in the same betting round.
  • Checks - (USA) Poker chips.
  • Chop - To return the blinds to the players who posted them and move on to the next hand (when no-one wants to play the hand).
  • Coffeehousing - To talk about one's hand, usually with the intention of misleading other players.
  • Cold Call - To call more than one bet (e.g. one player bets, the next raises and the next calls).
  • Color Up - To exchange one's chips for ones of higher value.
  • Come Hand - A hand which must improve to be able to win.
  • Community Cards - Cards dealt face-up in the middle of the table and their rankings are shared by all the players.
  • Connectors (Connected) - Cards of consecutive ranks, especially pocket cards, are called connectors. If they're also of the same suit, they're called Suited Connectors.
  • Cowboys - Kings.
  • Crack - When a powerful hand is beat it is 'cracked' (e.g. pocket aces).
  • Crying Call - A call by a player who is virtually certain they will not win the pot, and probably knows it.
  • Cut - To split the deck of cards before they are dealt.
  • Cut Card - Colored faceless plastic card used to cut the cards after the shuffle.
  • Dead - A hand that is no longer eligible to win the pot.
  • Dead Money - An inexperienced player who has virtually no chance at winning a tournament. Their chips are said to be "dead money".
  • Deal - To give out the cards during a hand.
  • Designated Dealer - In a poker room where each game has a resident dealer, a different player serves as the designated dealer for each hand. In poker games like Texas hold‘em, the player to the left of the dealer bets first.
  • Deuce - Twos are sometimes called deuces.
  • Discard Tray - A tray on the dealer’s right side that holds all the cards that have been played or discarded.
  • Dominate - A starting hand that will almost always beat another starting hand is said to dominate that hand. For example, in Hold'em poker, AK dominates K2. Most of the time K2 makes a playable hand, AK will make a better hand. However, a 2 might still lose the hand.
  • Door Card - The first card dealt face up to each player in seven card stud poker.
  • Draw - To draw a card (e.g. if you need a card to make a straight, you are on a 'straight draw' or are 'drawing to a straight'. In draw poker, the second round of cards that are dealt. The word draw has slightly different meanings in different contexts, although generally it has something to do with receiving more cards, with the hope of improving your hand. Draw games are games where at some point during the hand you are allowed to discard some or all of your cards, to be replaced from the deck. Drawing two is thus exchanging two of your cards. 'The draw' is the point during the game at which players may do this. By default, when someone asks you if you want to play some draw, they usually mean five card draw. In other poker games, drawing simply means staying in the game with the hope of improving your hand when more cards come. When you stay in a hand with the hope of improving, you are said to be 'on a draw'.
  • Drop - (Also, Fold) To abandon your hand or throw away your cards without calling a bet.
  • Down to the Felt - Totally out of money, broke.
  • Eight ball - $800.00.
  • Face Cards - The jack, queen, and king of any suit of cards.
  • Family Pot - When all players enter a pot.
  • Fast - Aggressive.
  • Fast company - Tough players. Sometimes meaning unscrupulous.
  • Favorite - The hand that is expected to win most often in a particular situation.
  • Felt - The surface of most poker tables - A player who is running low on chips is said to be 'down to the felt'.
  • Fifth Street - The fifth card dealt in a hand of stud poker. In seven-card stud, the third round of betting is called fifth street because players have five cards. In Texas hold‘em poker, fifth street is the fifth card on board and the final round of betting.
  • Fill - To draw a card that makes a five-card hand (straight, flush, full house, straight flush).
  • Fill up - To fill a full house.
  • Fish - A poor player.
  • Fishing - A player who stays in a poker game longer than advisable generally is fishing for the card or two that will make the hand a winner.
  • Fishhooks - Jacks.
  • Flat Call - As opposed to calling, flat calling emphasises the fact that you didn't raise.
  • Flop - A number of games, such as hold'em and omaha, are played with five community cards. The first three of these cards are dealt all at once, face up, and are called the flop. Games with a flop can be called flop games.
  • Flush - Five cards of the same suit.
  • Fold - (Also, Drop) To abandon a poker hand. When a player declines a bet and drops out of the hand.
  • Foul - In pai gow poker, a hand is fouled when the two-card Low hand is set higher than the five-card High hand, or when the hands are set with the wrong number of cards. A fouled hand is a losing hand.
  • Four of a Kind - Four cards of the same rank, also known as Quads.
  • Fourth Street - The fourth card dealt in a hand of stud poker. In seven-card stud, the second round of betting is called fourth street because players have four cards. In Texas hold‘em poker, fourth street is the fourth card on board and the third round of betting.
  • Free Card - Seeing the next card without having to call a bet (e.g. if everyone checks).
  • Freeroll - When you have a hand that will at least share the pot but still has a chance of winning, you are said to be freerolling. Also used in online poker rooms in order to demonstrate a site's looks and feel to new players before playing for real money. When a site offers Freeroll it means you can sign up and play for free against other players who also requested Freeroll play.
  • Freeze-out - Any tournament format in which you cannot re-buy.
  • Full House - A hand consisting of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.
  • George - A poor player.
  • Give the office - (USA) To give a warning regarding cheating.
  • Glimmer - Money.
  • Going All-in (Also known as "All-in") - In cardroom poker, to call with (to bet) all your chips. If another player bets more chips than you have in a No Limit game, you can go All-in and stake your total stack against an equivalent amount of your opponent's stack.
  • Goulash joint - A restaurant or bar that runs a regular card game hidden in a back room.
  • Greek Dealer - (Also, Mechanic) A player who cheats when dealing.
  • Grinder - A player who only aims to win a little money each day.
  • Gutshot - An inside straight draw.

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