Ace High - A hand that contains one Ace, with no straight, flush or a hand with no pair in it.
Aces Full - A full house with three aces and any pair.
Aces Up - A hand that contains two pairs, one of which is aces.
Acey Deucey - A term sometimes used for Ace 2 (A-2).
Act - To fold, check, bet, raise or reraise when it is your turn.
Acting First - A player who is the first to fold, check or bet in a given round of betting.
Acting Last - A player who is the last to fold, check or bet, raise or re-raise in a given round of betting.
Action - A fold, check, call, bet, or raise.
Active - Still in the game.
Alive - Still in the game.
Active Hand - A hand that has not been folded is an active hand.
Active Player - Any player who is still in the hand.
Add-on - A purchase of additional chips in a tournament while the player still has chips left on the table. Not all tournaments have or require an add-on.
Advertise - To show one's hand after taking a pot with no showdown to encourage others to misinterpret your play.
Aggressive Action - Frequent betting and raising.
Agressive Player - A player who bets and and raises pots frequently.
Ajax - A term sometimes used for Ace Jack (A-J).
All In - When you have put/pushed all of your playable chips/money into the pot during the course of a hand.
American Airlines - A term sometimes used for Ace Ace (A-A).
Ante - A forced bet that every player must make before cards are dealt.
Ante Game - A game in which players all post the same amount of chips/money before cards are dealt.
Baby Card - A small card which has a value of 8 or less. This is usually a term used in Razz.
Back Door - Making a hand that the player wasn't drawing at.
Back Raise - To re-raise another player's raise.
Bad Beat - When a hand is beaten by a lucky draw.
Badugi - A variation of draw poker which doesn't follow the normal hand-ranking rules.
Bankroll - The total of the money you have available to play with, both on and off the table.
Baskin Robbins - A term sometimes used for Ace 3 (A-3).
Beat the Board - Having a hand that can beat any other hand in sight.
Beer Hand - A term for 7-2 offsuit. It is the worst possible starting hand in poker.
Belly Buster - A draw to an inside straight.
Bet - The act of placing chips or a wager during your turn in a hand.
Bet the Pot - When a player bets the amount of the pot.
Bettor - The first person to put money into the pot on any given betting round (except the small & big blinds).
Bicycle - A straight that is A-2-3-4-5.
Big Bet - In limit games, the compulsory minimum bet in the last 2 rounds of a hand.
Big Bet Game - A term sometimes used for a pot-limit or no-limit game.
Big Blind - The largest blind in a game.
Big Chick - A term sometimes used for Ace Queen (A-Q).
Big Lick - A term sometimes used for 96 (9-6).
Big Slick - A term sometimes used for Ace King (A-K).
Blackjack - A term sometimes used for Ace Jack (A-J).
Blank - A card that has little or no value to the hand.
Blind - Required bets made by the two players to the left of the dealer before any cards are dealt.
Blind Game - A game which utilizes a blind.
Blind Raise - When a player raises without looking at his hand.
Bluff - 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.
Boardcards - The cards that are dealt face-up in a poker game for all players to see.
Bomber - A term sometimes used for 5 2 (5-2), as in B52 bomber.
Bottom Pair - Pairing the lowest card on the board.
Boxed Card - A card that appears face-up in the deck where all other cards are face-down.
Bricks and Mortar - A real life poker room or cardroom.
Bring It In - To start the betting on the first round, usually used in variations of stud games.
Broadway - An Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10).
Broken Game - A game that is no longer in progress.
Bullets - A term sometimes used for two Aces (A-A).
Bump - To raise or re-raise.
Bubble - The last place to finish in a tournament before the paid places begin.
Bust Out - To run out of cash or chips.
Button - Another name for the dealer button.
Button Games - Games in which a dealer button is used.
Buy In - The amount of money used to enter any game.
Call - To match another player's bet without raising.
Called hand - When a raise or bet is called, it is said to be a 'called hand'.
Caller - A person who calls a bet, raise or re-raise.
Calling Station - A player who rarely folds or raises but just calls hands.
Candy Canes - A term sometimes used for 7 7 (7-7).
Canine - A term sometimes used for King 9 (K-9).
Cap - The maximum amount of raises allowed per round of betting.
Cardroom - The room or space in a casino where poker is played.
Case Card - The last card of a particular rank.
Case Chips - A player’s last chips on the table.
Cash Game - A game of poker in which chips have real money value and players can enter and leave at will.
Cash Out - To leave a game and convert your chips to cash.
Catch - To get a specific card to make a better hand.
Change Gears - When you alter the way you have been playing to a new style.
Chase - Trying to beat a hand that you feel is superior to your own, by calling and hoping that you will catch the card needed to win the pot.
Check - To pass the betting to the next player when no player has placed a bet yet.
Check Blind - To check a hand without having looked at it first.
Check Raise - To check when it is your turn, then raise when the action comes round to you again.
Checked Around - When all the players check in a betting round, so no bet was made.
Chip - A token of varying preset value used instead of actual cash.
Chop - To divide the pot evenly among all players who are tied for the best hand.
Cloutier - A term sometimes used for Jack T (J-T), refers to the well-known poker player, TJ Cloutier.
Cold Call - When a player calls a raise and re-raise without re-raising again themselves.
Cold Deck - A deck from which a player hasn't been dealt any decent cards in a while.
Collusion - When two or more players conspire to cheat in a poker game.
Community Cards - The cards visible to and that can be used by all the players.
Complete Bluff - A bluff made with absolutely no chance of winning if your bluff is called.
Computer Hand - A term sometimes used for Queen 7 (Q-7).
Counterfeited - When the cards on the board negate a smaller hand you previously held.
Cowboys - A term sometimes used for two Kings (K-K).
Cowgirls - A term sometimes used for two Queens (Q-Q).
Crabs - A term sometimes used for two Threes (3-3).
Crippled Deck - A deck with almost nothing left that can help a hand.
Crying Call - To call although you feel you have very little chance of winning.
Cut Off - The position just before the Dealer.
Darth Vader - A term sometimes used for the poker hand 4c 4s (the dark fours sound like 'Dark Force').
Dead Card - A card no longer in play or no possibility of being relevant in the hand.
Dead Hand - A hand that has no possibility of winning. Also used to describe a hand that has been misdealt, or excluded from play in a live game.
Dead in the Pot - When you have no possibility of winning.
Dead Man's Hand - A term sometimes used for Ace 8 (A-8). From the hand held by Wild Bill Hickok when he was shot and killed in a poker game.
Dead Money - Money put in the pot by a player who has no possibility of winning the hand.
Dealer - In a live game the 'dealer' is the person who distributes the cards. If the game is online or a house dealer is present, it is also the player who acts last in a betting round.
Dealers Choice - In mixed games (where two or more forms of poker are played), the dealer chooses which variation will be played in that round.
Dealt In - To be given cards by the dealer when starting a hand.
Deuces - A term sometimes used for two Twos (2-2).
Devil's Hand - A term for Three of a kind, sixes (6-6-6).
Dimes - A term sometimes used for two Tens (T-T).
Donk/Donkey - Someone who is very bad at poker.
Dog - A term sometimes used for King 9 (K-9).
Dolly Parton - A term sometimes used for 9 5 (9-5).
Dolt - Another word for "Donkey". This word was created by Paul "paulgees81" Volpe during a broadcast of The Scott Matusow Show on Make Poker Legal Radio.
Door Card - A phrase used in Stud to describe the players first exposed card.
Double Belly Buster - A phrase used to describe a two way inside straight.
Double Infinity - A term sometimes used for two Eights (8-8).
Double Up - To double the amount of chips you have by winning a hand in which you are all in.
Down Card - 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 on the final hand with these cards).
Draw - To require one or more cards to complete a hand.
Draw Lowball - A variation of draw poker in which the low hand wins.
Draw Out - To complete a draw and beat your opponent's previously better hand.
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.
Drawing Dead - To be unable to win a hand no matter what remaining cards are dealt.
Drinking Age - A term sometimes used for Ace 2 (A-2).
Ducks - A term sometimes used for two Twos (2-2).
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)
Early Rounds - In a limit game the first two rounds are described as the 'Early rounds'.
Easy Money - Money won from inexperienced poker players.
Effective Odds - The ratio of the total amount of money you expect to win if you make your hand, to the total amount of money you expect to have to put into the pot to continue to the end of the hand.
Expectation - The average result on any play in the long run. You can have positive or negative expectation.
Exposed Pair - A pair on the board that is visible to all the players.
Face Card - A king, queen, or jack.
Fido - A term sometimes used for King 9 (K-9).
Fifth Street - 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 betting.
Fill Up - To make a full house or straight from the dealing of one card.
First In - The first player who commits chips to the pot apart from the ante's or blinds.
Final Table - The last table of a multi-table tournament
Fish - A losing player who continues to use the same losing strategy. Generally refers to players who play too many hands and over values their holdings.
Fishhooks - A term sometimes used for a pair of jacks (J-J).
Five and Dime - A term sometimes used for 10 5 (10-5).
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.
Fixed Limit - In limit poker, any betting structure in which the amount of the bet on each particular round is pre-set.
Flashed Card - A card that is partially exposed.
Flat Call - Calling a bet without raising.
Flat Limit - A variation of limit poker where all the rounds have the same betting limit.
Floor Person - A casino employee who seats players and makes decisions.
Flop - In Texas Hold ‘em or Omaha, the three community cards that are turned simultaneously after the first round of betting is complete.
Flop Percentage - The percentage of players who stay in the pot at least until the flop.
Flopping a set/straight/flush - When you have made your hand on the first 3 community cards dealt.
Flush - A hand with five cards of the same suit.
Flush Draw - A hand where you have 4 cards of the same suit and need 1 more card of that suit to make a flush.
Fold - To throw a hand away and relinquish all interest in a pot.
Forced Bet - A required bet that starts the action on the first round of a poker hand.
Fouled Hand - A dead hand.
Four Color Deck - A deck where the suits have four colours instead of the traditional two. Usually it is Hearts - Red, Diamonds - Blue, Clubs - Green, Spades - Black.
Four of a Kind - Four cards of the same rank.
Four Pips - A term for Four of a kind Aces (A-A-A-A).
Fourth Street - The second up-card in seven-card stud or the first board-card after the flop in Texas Hold ‘em (also called the turn card).
Fox Hunt - To expose next card that would have been dealt in a hand that has ended.
Free Card - A card that a player gets without having to put any more money into the pot.
Freeroll - A game with a reward that does not require a buy-in.
Full Boat - Another term for a Full House.
Full House - Any three cards of the same number or face value, plus any other two cards of the same number or face value.
Full Time Job - A term sometimes used for 9 5 (9-5).
Gay Waiter - A term sometimes used for a Queen 3 (Q-3).
Golf Bag - A term for a Flush of clubs.
Goolsby - A term sometimes used for Queen 9 (Q-9).
Grand - one thousand dollars.
Grand Jury - A term sometimes used for 4-4-4.
Grinder - A grinder plays a tight game and usually wins in the long run, often a consistent but cautious player.
Gutshot - An inside straight draw. Where the card you need to complete your straight would be in the middle of your straight. Eg. If you hold AK, the flop has come J, 10, 2, you would need a queen to complete your straight.
Hand - A player's best five cards.
Hand for Hand - Towards the end of a tournament, normally approaching the bubble or a large leap in prize money, each table is dealt the hands at the same time therefore ensuring all tables have played the same number of hands. This is mostly done to avoid players 'slow playing' to gain an advantage over players on another table by playing fewer hands.
Heads Up - A game where there are only 2 players. They are playing 'heads-up'.
Heinz - A term sometimes used for 7 5 (7-5), as in 57 varieties.
High Roller - A gambler who plays for large sums of money.
High Card - 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 dealer.
High-Low - Split pot games.
High-low Split - A form of poker in which the best high hand and the best low hand in a showdown normally split the pot.
Hockey Sticks - A term sometimes used for 7 7 (7-7).
Hold 'em - Also known as Texas Hold 'em, where the players get two down cards and five community cards.
Hole Card - A card which belongs to a player and can only be seen by that player.
Hole Cards - These are the Down Cards in front of the players.
Hooks - A term sometimes used for two Jacks (J-J).
House - The casino or cardroom that is hosting the poker game.
Implied Odds - The ratio between the bet you now have to call
to continue in a hand, to the total amount you can expect to win in
that hand if you call that bet.
Induce a Bluff - To play a strong hand weakly hoping your opponent will attempt a bluff.
Induce a Call - To play a strong hand weakly hoping your opponent will call.
Infinities - A term sometimes used for 8 8 (8-8).
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.
Inside Straight Draw - Where the card you need to complete your straight would be in the middle of your straight. Eg. If you hold AK, the flop has come J, 10, 2, you would need a queen to complete your straight.
Jack Benny - A term sometimes used for 3 9 (3-9).
Jack Daniels - A term sometimes used for Jack 7 (J-7).
Jackass - A term sometimes used for Ace Jack (A-J).
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).
Jackson Five - A term sometimes used for Jack 5 (J-5).
Jacks-or-Better - A form of poker in which a player needs to have at least a pair of jacks to open the betting.
Jam - A pot with a lot of action where several players are raising and reraising.
Jesse James - A term sometimes used for 4 5 (4-5).
Joe Bernstein - A term sometimes used for 6 9 (6-9).
Joe Hachem - A term sometimes used for 7 3 (7-3), his winning hand in the 2005 world series.
Johnnies - A term sometimes used for two Jacks (J-J).
Johnny Moss - A term sometimes used for Ace 10 (A-T).
Jokers - A term sometimes used for Two Jacks (J-J).
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 force an opponent who you feel is bluffing to show their hand to the table.
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.
Kick It - Raise.
Kicker - The highest unpaired side card in a players' hand.
Kicker Trouble - When two opponents have the same pair the player with the smaller kicker is said to have 'kicker trouble'.
Kill (or Kill Blind) - An oversize blind, usually twice the size of the big blind and doubling the limit. Sometimes a “half-kill” increasing the blind and limits by fifty percent is used. A kill can be either voluntary or mandatory. The most common requirements of a mandatory kill are for winning two pots in a row at lowball and other games, or for scooping a pot in high-low split.
Kill Button - A button used in a lowball game to indicate a player who has won two pots in a row and is required.
Kill Pot - A method to stimulate action. It is a forced bet by someone who has just won a pot(s).
King Crab - A term sometimes used for King 3 (K-3).
King John - A term often used for King Jack (K-J).
King Kong - A term sometimes used for two Kings (K-K).
King Salmon - A term sometimes used for King 7 (K-7).
Knock - A term sometimes used instead of 'Check'.
Kojak - A term sometimes used for King Jack (K-J).
Kokomo - A term sometimes used for King 8 (K-8).
Kotch - A term sometimes used for three sixes (6-6-6).
Ladies - A term sometimes used for two Queens (Q-Q).
Late Position - A position in which you act after most of the other players during a round.
Late Rounds - The last two betting rounds in a limit game.
Lay Down - When a player folds or mucks his hand.
Lead - The first player to bet into a pot.
Leak - When something is wrong with a players technique or strategy and they consistently use this strategy they are said to have a 'leak' in their play.
Leg Up - Being in a situation equivalent to having won the previous pot, and thus liable to have to kill the following pot if you win the current pot.
Legitimate Hand - A hand with some chance of winning the pot, not a bluffing hand.
Level - In tournament play, the blinds gradually rise at preset intervals. Each stage is called a level.
Limit - A game where there is a preset maximum that any player can bet or reraise in any given round is called a limit game.
Limit Poker - A game that has fixed minimum and maximum betting intervals along with a prescribed number of raises.
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 Big Blind.
Limper - The first player who calls a bet.
List - The ordered roster of players waiting for a game.
Little Blind - The first smaller forced bet at the beginning of a game. More commonly called 'small blind'.
Little Slick - A term sometimes used for Ace Queen (A-Q).
Live Blind - A blind bet giving a player the option of raising if no one else has raised.
Live Card - A card which can still have an effect of the outcome of the game.
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.
Lock - A hand that cannot possibly lose. More commonly called the 'Nuts'.
Lock-Up - A chip marker that holds a seat for a player.
Long Shot - An event which has little chance of occurring.
Longhand - A game that has at least seven players involved.
Look - When a player calls the final bet before the showdown.
Loose - A player who plays a lot hands.
Loose Game - A game with a lot of players in most hands.
Low Poker - A variation of poker where the lowest hand wins the pot - as opposed to the more popular high poker where the highest hand wins the pot.
Lowball - Is a form of draw poker in which the lowest hand wins the pot.
Low Card - The lowest up-card at seven-card stud, which is required to bet.
Lumbermans Hand - A term sometimes used for 2 4 (2-4).
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 All In.
Make - To 'make' the deck is to shuffle the deck.
Maniac - A very aggressive loose player who is constantly raising the pot and plays most of their hands.
Marriage - A term sometimes used for King Queen (K-Q).
Maverick - A term sometimes used for Queen Jack (Q-J). From the theme tune to the TV show.
Maxwell Smart - A term sometimes used for 8 6 (8-6). From Agent 68 in Get Smart.
Mid Life Crisis - A term sometimes used for 4 4 (4-4).
Middle Pair - Pairing the second highest card on the board.
Middle Position - A position in which you act somewhere between most of the other players during a round.
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).
Minimum Buy-In - The least amount you can start a game with.
Miscall - An incorrect verbal declaration of the ranking of a hand.
Misdeal - A mistake on the dealing of a hand which causes the cards to be reshuffled and a new hand to be dealt.
Misread - To incorrectly put another player on a hand. You can also misread your own cards, missing a flush or straight.
Missed Blind - A required bet that is not posted when it is your turn to do so.
Mixed Games - A form of poker growing in popularity. Each round or hand is played with a different poker variation. See Mixed Games.
Mixed Marriage - A term sometimes used for King and Queen unsuited.
Moneymaker - A term sometimes used for 5 4 (5-4). Chris Moneymaker's winning hand in the World Series 2003.
Monster - 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.
Montana Banana - A term sometimes used for 9 2 (9-2).
Mortal Nuts - Given the cards on the board, the best possible hand at the moment, but the hand is 'mortal' and could be beaten.
Motown - A term sometimes used for Jack 5 (J-5).
Move All In - When a player bets all the money he has at the table.
Mrs. Slick - A term sometimes used for Ace Queen (A-Q).
Muck - To fold your hand. You can 'muck' your hand, or throw your cards into the 'muck'.
Multiway Pot - A pot in which more than two players are involved.
Must-Move - In order to protect the main game, a situation where the players of a second game must move into the first game as openings occur.
No-Limit - A betting structure where players are allowed to wager any or all of their chips in one bet.
Nut Flush - When you have the best possible flush at any given point in a pot, you have the 'nut flush'.
Nut Low - When you have the best possible low hand in a low game, at any given point in a pot, you have the 'nut low'.
Nut Straight - When you have the best possible straight at any given point in a pot, you have the 'nut straight'.
Nuts - The best possible hand.
Odds - The chance against or for an event happening.
Offsuit - Cards of a different suit.
Oldsmobile - A term sometimes used for 9 8 (9-8).
Omaha - A variation of poker. See Omaha rules.
On Tilt - Playing differently than usual because, for one reason or another, you have become emotionally upset.
One Pair - Two cards of the same rank.
Open - To make the first bet in a hand. This term is used mostly in draw poker.
Open Card - A card that is dealt face-up.
Open Ended Straight Draw - A four card hand where a straight is possible on either end, such as 4-5-6-7.
Open Handed - A poker game like seven card stud or razz in which some cards in each players hand are exposed.
Open Pair - A pair that has been dealt face-up.
Open Ended Straight - Four consecutive cards whereby one additional (consecutive) card is needed at either end to make a straight.
Opener - The player who made the first voluntary bet.
Opener Button - A button used to indicate who opened a particular pot in a draw game.
Openers - In jacks-or-better draw, the cards held by the player who opens the pot that show the hand qualifies to be opened. Example: You are first to bet and have a pair of kings; the kings are called your openers.
Option - The choice to raise a bet given to a player with a blind.
Out - An 'out' is a card that will improve your hand to make it a winning hand.
Out Button - A disc placed in front of a player who wishes to sit out a hand(s) but remain in the game.
Outs - The cards that will improve a hand to win.
Over and Out - A term sometimes used for 10-4, (10-4).
Overbet - To make a bet that is out of proportion with (much bigger than) the size of the pot in a no limit game.
Over Blind - Also called oversize blind. A blind used in some pots that is bigger than the regular big blind, and usually increases the stakes proportionally.
Overcall - A call made after there has already been a bet and a call.
Overcard - A card higher that is higher than the highest card on the board or in a players hand.
Overpair - A pair that is higher than any other card on the board.
Paint - A facecard such as Jack, Queen, King or Ace.
Pair - Two cards of the same face or number value.
Pass - (1) Decline to bet. In a pass-and-out game, this differs from a check, because a player who passes must fold. (2) Decline to call a wager, at which point you must discard your hand and have no further interest in the pot.
Passive - Checking and calling hands rather betting and raising hands.
Pat - Not drawing any cards in a draw game.
Pay Off - To call on the final round of betting when you may or may not think you have the best hand.
Peddle The Nuts - To bet a winning hand weakly hoping that an opponent will call. Also called selling the nuts.
Pickle Man - A term sometimes used for 5 7 (5-7).
Picture Cards - Face cards (Jack, Queen, King, Ace).
Pineapple - A variarion of poker which is gaining in popularity.
Pink, All Pink - A term for a flush of hearts or diamonds.
Play Back - To raise or re-raise another player's bet.
Play Behind - Have chips in play that are not in front of you (allowed only when waiting for chips that are already purchased). This differs from table stakes.
Play Over - To play in a seat when the occupant is absent.
Play the Board - Using all five community cards for your hand in hold ‘em.
Play Over Box - A clear plastic box used to cover and protect the chips of an absent player when someone plays over that seat.
Pocket - The cards a player holds which the other players cannot see are the 'pocket' cards.
Pocket - The down cards or hole cards.
Pocket Pair - A pair of cards that a players holds which the other players cannot see.
Pocket Rockets - A pair of Aces in the pocket or hole.
Posh Gay Waiter - A term sometimes used for suited Queen 3 (Q-3).
Position - Where a player is seated in relation to the dealer, therefore establishing that player's place in the betting order.
Positive Expectation - A play with 'positive expectation' is a play that will win money over the long run.
Post - When you post a bet, you place your chips in the pot.. Also, if you miss the blind, then you must ‘post’ - add as many chips as were in the blind itself.
Post Oak Bluff - A small bet in a large pot in the hopes that opponents will give up the pot.
Pot - The chips 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.
Pot Odds - The relationship between the total amount in the pot to the amount of the current bet which you must call to stay in the hand.
Potting Out - Agreeing with another player to take money out of a pot, often to buy food, cigarettes, or drinks, or to make side bets.
Preflop - Before any community cards are dealt.
Premium Hands - The best starting hands in a game. Eg. A-A and K-K.
Presto - A term sometimes used for 5 5 (5-5).
Probability - The chance that an event will occur, generally expressed in percentage terms.
Prom Night - A term used for 9 6 suited (9-6).
Prop - A person hired by the cardroom to work as a shill.
Proposition Bets - Side bets between players that are not related to the outcome of the hand.
Protect - Making a high bet or raise to 'protect' the hand you have already made against a draw.
Protected Hand - A hand of cards that the player is physically holding, or has topped with a chip or some other object to prevent a fouled hand.
Puppy Feet, Puppy Toes, Pups - A term sometimes used for a flush of clubs.
Pure Nuts - Absolutely the best possible hand, which cannot be beaten whatever cards are still to come.
Push - 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.
Pushing Bets - The situation in which two or more players make an agreement to return bets to each other when one of them wins a pot in which the other or others play. Also called saving bets.
Put Down - To fold a hand.
Put Someone on a Hand - To determine as best you can the hand (or hands) an opponent is most likely to have by their actions so far.
Q Tip - A term sometimes used for a Q T (Q-T).
Quads - Four of a kind.
Qualifier - In Hi/Lo games, it is a requirement the Low hand must meet to win the pot.
Quartered - Where the pot is divided between four players.
Quinine - A term sometimes used for Q 9 (Q-9).
Rack - A tray that holds 100 poker chips in five stacks of twenty chips each.
Rail - The rim of a poker table or a barrier outside a poker area.
Railbird - A spectator. Derives from the rail in a live game which separates the players from the spectators.
Railroad Hand - A term sometimes used for J 6 (J-6).
Rainbow Flop - A flop with three different suits and no pair.
Raise - To increase the previous bet.
Raiser - A player who raises or has raised.
Rake - The percentage taken by the house or pokerroom in a cash game as a fee for hosting the game.
Rank - The value of each card and hand.
Rap - When a player knocks on the table indicating that he/she has checked.
Rapping Pat - This term is used in draw poker when a player draws no additional cards.
Raquel Welch - A term sometimes used for 3 8 (3-8).
Rat Hole - To put chips (or money) in your pocket during a game.
Razz - 7 Card Stud where the lowest five cards win the pot.
Read - Attempting to determine the possible hands of your opponent.
Rebuy - The act of purchasing extra chips.
Rebuy Period - The period of time during a rebuy tournament where players can buy more chips when lose all their chips, or their chipstack falls below a certain level.
Rebuy Tournament - A tournament in which players can buy more chips when they lose all their chips, or their chipstack goes below a certain level. Rebuys are usually only allowed in the beginning stages for a predetermined amount of time.
Represent - To make it appear to your opponents by your betting or raising that you have a hand bigger than the one you actually have.
Re-Raise - To raise a raise.
Reverse Bridge Order - When two or more players have the same upcards in a stud game, the 'bring in' card is then determined by the suit of the players' cards. The order is Clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades.
Reverse Implied Odds - The ratio of the amount of money now in the pot to the amount of money you will have to call to continue from the present round to the end of the hand.
Ring Game - A cash game that is not a tournament is also called a 'ring game'.
River - The final card dealt.
Rock - A player who plays only good hands. They are considered tight and rarely bluff.
Roger That - A term sometimes for T 4 (T-4).
Rolled Up - In seven card stud when the first three cards are of the same rank .eg. three fours (4-4-4).
Rough - A term used to describe a lowball hand with relatively weak supporting cards, for example an 8-7-6-5-3 or 8-7-3-2-A would be a rough eight - as opposed to smooth.
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.
Rounders - A term used to describe hustlers.
Route 66 - A term sometimes used for 6 6 (6-6).
Royal Flush - A special name given a straight flush with an Ace as the top card. This is the best hand you can have in poker.
Royal Marriage - A term sometimes used for King and Queen of the same suit (K-Q suited).
Royalty - A term often used for the hand King Queen (K-Q).
Runner-Runner - In Texas Holdem used to describe the 4th and 5th community cards dealt, when they make you the winning hand or what your opponent needed to beat you.
Running Pair - When the 4th and 5th community cards dealt are a pair.
Sailboats - A term sometimes used for 4 4 (4-4).
San Francisco Busboy - A term sometimes used for a Queen and a 3 (Q-3).
Sandbag - To play a strong hand weakly. To check raise or slowplay with what you think is the best hand.
Satellite - A tournament to gain entry into a larger tournament at a later date.
Saving Bets - Same as pushing bets.
Scare Card - A potentially dangerous card to either you or your opponent.
Scoop - To win the entire pot.
Scramble - A face-down mixing of the cards.
Seating List - A waiting list. A player would put his or her name on this list if there were no seats at the table at which they wish to play.
Second Nuts - The second best possible hand at that point in the game.
Second Pair - A pair made with the second highest card on the board in Texas Holdem or Omaha.
See - To call.
Selling a Hand - A pair made with the second highest card on the board in Texas Holdem or Omaha.
Semi Bluff - A bet or raise to push another player off the pot and cause them to fold. If called, you probably don't have the best hand at the time of the bet, but it could be beating your opponents hand, or could improve to a winning hand when the remaining community cards are dealt.
Set - Three of a kind.
Setup - Two suited decks, each with different colored backs, to replace the current decks in a game.
Seven 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.
Seven Card Stud high-low - A variation of poker.
Seven Card Stud Split - Another name for Seven card stud high-low.
Seven Stud - The commonly used name for for seven-card stud.
Seventh Street - In Seven stud games, the seventh card dealt to each player.
Seventh Street - This is the final round of betting in 7 Card Stud and Stud 8 or Better.
Shark - A very good player.
Sheriff - A player who will always call on the river, so that no one can ever get away with bluffing at that point in the game. (keeping them honest).
Shills - Shills are paid props who help start and maintain poker games.
Short - To have a short stack of chips in relation to the other players.
Short Buy - A buy-in that is less than the required minimum buy-in.
Short Call - To call a bet with an amount that is below what would be legal if you had more chips at the table because you do not have enough chips. A form of going 'All In'.
Short Stack - The player at the table with the least amount of chips.
Shorthanded - A game that does not have all the available seats filled. It can also refer to a game where there a fewer seats available than normal. A 5 seat table is considered 'shorthanded'.
Showdown - The final act of determining the winner of the pot after all betting has been completed.
Shuffle - The act of mixing the cards before a hand.
Shut Out - A term used in no-limit when a large bet is used to force another player out of the pot.
Side Pot - A separate pot formed when one or more players are all in.
Sit and Go - A 'Sit and Go' tournament where the tournament starts when all the seats available have been filled. Sometimes refered to as STT, Single Table Tournament or SNG.
Sixth Street - The sixth card dealt to each player in 7 card stud.
Sixthed - A situation where six players share the pot.
Slot Machine - A term sometimes used for Three of a kind, sevens (7-7-7).
Slow Play - To play a strong hand weakly in order to hide the strength of your hand - used either to induce a bluff or to encourage an opponent to think he has the winning hand. Can also be referring to a tactic employed by some players nearing the bubble or a leap in prize money in a tournament. They 'slow play' to gain the advantage over players on other tables by playing fewer hands and therefore paying fewer blinds.
Small Bet - 1.) The smaller of the forced bets at the beginning of a hand. Also known as Small blind. 2.) In limit games, the amount of the bet on the first two rounds 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.
Smooth - A term to describe a lowball hand with relatively strong supporting.
Smooth Call - 1.) When a player simply calls when slow playing a hand. 2.) When a player calls, wanting to wait and see what the players acting after him will do before committing anymore to the pot.
Snapped Off - To get caught and called when bluffing.
Snow Hand - In draw games when a player stands pat on a losing hand and bets at the pot hoping that his bet will win the pot, rather than the hand itself.
Snow Men - A term sometimes used for 8 8 (8-8).
Solid - A good, tight player.
Speed Limit - A term sometimes used for 5 5 (5-5).
Speeding Around - A loose player who seems to play with no relation to his actual cards is said to be 'speeding around'.
Split - Tie.
Split Pair - A pair in seven card stud poker in which one of the cards is face up and one is face down.
Split Pot - A pot that is divided among players, either because of a tie for the best hand or by agreement prior to the showdown.
Split Pot Game - A variation of poker where the pot is split between the highest and lowest winning hand.
Splitting Blinds - When no one else has entered the pot, an agreement between the big blind and small blind to each take back their blind bets instead of playing the deal (chopping).
Stack - Chips in front of a player.
Stay - When a player remains in the game by calling rather than raising.
Steal - To bet or raise causing an opponent to fold when you may not hold the best hand.
Steam - To play badly because you are upset. Another term for 'Tilt'.
Steel Wheel - A five high straight (A-2-3-4-5) of the same suit.
Straddle - A straddle is a blind bet which is usually double the size of the big blind, (and one that player may raise when the action gets to him).
Stragglers - Players who limp in from an early position.
Straight - A hand consisting of five cards in a row of any suit, as A-2-3-4-5 or 9-10-J-Q-K.
Straight Draw - A four card hand where you need one more card to make a straight.
Straight Flush - A hand consisting of five cards in a row of the same suit, as A-2-3-4-5 or 9-10-J-Q-K.
Straight Flush Draw - A four card hand where you need one more card to make a straight flush.
Street - Cards dealt on a particular round in stud games. For instance, the fourth card in a player’s hand is often known as fourth street, the sixth card as sixth street, and so on.
String Raise - A bet made in more than one motion, without the declaration of a raise (not allowed).
Strong - A term to describe a good poker player.
Structure - The limits put on the blinds/ante, bets, and raises in any particular game.
Stub - The portion of the deck which has not been dealt.
Stuck - A player who is losing in a game.
Stud - A variation of poker. See Stud rules.
Stud Games - Games in which players get down cards and up cards.
Stud H/L - A short name for Five or Seven card stud high-low. A variation of poker. See Stud rules.
Sucker - A poor player who thinks he is a winning player.
Suit - The 52 card deck is divided into 4 groups of 13 cards. They are spades, diamonds, clubs and hearts.
Suited - Cards are of the same suit.
Suited connectors - Two consecutive cards of the same suit. Eg. 8 and 9 of hearts (8-9suited).
Supervisor - A card-room employee qualified to make rulings, such as a floor-person, shift supervisor, or the card-room manager.
Swing Hand - A hand in a high-low game that has a chance to win both the high and the low ends of the pot.
Table Image - How others perceive your play at a table. You
can create a table image to win pots later in the game. Eg. Playing
very tight so that when you bluff later in the game, players will
believe your 'tight' image and fold thinking that you must have a very
Table Stakes - (1) The amount of money you have on the table. This is the maximum amount that you can lose or that anyone can win from you on any one hand. (2) The requirement that players can wager only the money in front of them at the start of a hand, and can only buy more chips between hands.
Tell - An act or gesture that might indicate how strong or weak your opponents hand might be. Usually used to describe giving information away on the strength or weakness of your hand involuntarily.
Texas Hold'em - This is also the name for Hold'em, the most popular form of poker.
The Hammer - A term sometimes used for 7 2 unsuited, (7 - 2). It is the worst possible starting hand.
Third Street - In stud games the third card dealt to each player.
Thirty Miles - Three tens.
Three Flush - An unmade hand of three cards of the same suit.
Three Kings - A term sometimes used for King 3 (K-3).
Three of a Kind - Three cards of the same number or face value ("trips").
Three Wise Men -Three of a kind, kings (K-K-K).
Tight - A player who doesn't play many pots. A tight game is one that doesn't have much action.
Tight Game - A game with less players than normal in fewer hands.
Tilt - Playing differently than usual because, for one reason or another, you have become emotionally upset.
Time - An expression used to stop the action on a hand. Equivalent to Hold it.
Time Collection - A fee for a seat rental, paid in advance.
TNT - A term sometimes used for a pair of tens (T T).
TOC - Tournament of Champions.
Top Pair - A pair using one of your hole cards to match the highest card on the board.
Tournament - A poker competition, normally with an entry fee and prizes. Some online poker sites have free online tournaments with real money prizes.
Treys - A pair of threes.
Trips - A term sometimes used for three of a kind. Eg. Three fives (5-5-5).
Trombones - A term sometimes used for 7 6 (7-6). Derives from the song 76 Trombones.
Turn - The 4th community card to be dealt in Texas Holdem. Also called 'fourth street'.
Turn Card - The fourth street card in hold 'em or Omaha.
Twiggy - A term sometimes used for 2 9 (2-9).
Two Flush - Two cards of the same suit.
Two Pair - A hand consisting of two different pairs.
Two Pips - A term sometimes used for two Aces (A-A).
Uncalled Bet - A bet that has not been called, thereby winning the pot.
Under the Gun - The first player to act preflop. The player directly to the left of the big blind in Texas Holdem.
Union Oil - A term sometimes used for 7 6 (7-6). Derives from the symbol of the oil company.
Upcard - A card that can be seen by all the players in a game.
Velvet Hammer - A term sometimes used for 7 2 suited, (7-2).
Wager - (1) To bet or raise. (2) The chips used for betting or raising.
Wait for the Big Blind - When you join a cash game you usually have the option to wait for the big blind to come to your seat to join the game.
Walk - If nobody calls or bets in a game, then the big blind wins the small and big blind uncontested.
Walking Sticks - A term sometimes used for 7 7 (7-7).
Weak - A term to describe poor poker players.
Weinberg - A term sometimes used for T 3 (T-3).
Wheel - A term sometimes used for a 5 high straight. Eg. A-2-3-4-5.
Wild Card - Rarely used online, a wild card is a card that can represent any other card in the deck of the players choice.
Woolworth - A term sometimes used for 5 10 (5-10).
Worst Hand - A losing hand.
WSOP - World Series of Poker.