If you don’t know the poker terms and lingo, this will leave you disadvantaged and looking like an amateur

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A Poker Terms

Ace-High An un-ranked hand containing an ace

Aces Full A full house with three aces and a pair

Aces Up A pair of aces and any other pair

Action To check, call or raise

Active Player An active player is still in the hand

Aggressive Player A player who raises and re-raises often

Ajax Hole cards containing an ace and a jack

All –In Bet Bet all the chips you have left

American Airlines (AA) A pair of aces

If you don’t know the poker terms and lingo, this will leave you disadvantaged and looking like an amateur

B Poker Terms

Backdoor Getting an unexpected hand whilst aiming or betting for another hand. For example, after the flop, you may have two pairs and bet on the strength of those cards. Then unexpectedly, the turn and the river may then give you a straight or flush

Backraise An unexpected raise from a player who has previously called in the round

Bad Beat To be beaten by an outside hand. For example, you may have 3 aces after the flop. Whilst unlikely, another player with 6-2 may make a low straight or a flush on the last community cards

Bankroll The money you have available to bet with

Belly Buster Same as the Gut Shot

Bicycle or Bike Ace,2,3,4,5

Big Blind The compulsory bet at the start of the hand to start the action. This follows the small blind and is twice the value of it. This is a bet placed by the player sat two seats clockwise from the dealer

Big Slick An Ace and a King

Blank A card which does not improve your hand

Blind Raise Raising without checking the value of your cards first

Bluff To raise making the other players over estimate your hand and fold

Board The community cards

Boat Same as Full House

Bottom Pair When a player pairs the community card with the lowest value with one of his hole cards

Bring It In To start the betting in the first round

Broadway A,K,Q,J,10

Bullets A pair of Aces

Bump To raise

Button A disk used to indicate the dealer. (On The Button)

Buy-In The amount needed to enter into game

C Poker Terms

Call Match the bet

Calling Station This is a poker player who always calls – it is very difficult to bluff him!

Case Chips The last of your poker chips

Cash In To leave the poker game and exchange your chips for cash Cash Out Same as Cash In

Check Stay in the round, but don’t put any more bets in

Check-Raise To check, then raise when the action comes back round to you

Cowboys A pair of Kings

D Poker Terms

Dead Man’s Hand Two pair – Aces and Eights. This is named after the hand that Wild Bill was holding when he was shot dead

Deuces More than one 2

Down Cards ‘Hole Cards’, these are the cards dealt face down so only the player can view them

Doyle Brunson 10-2 Named after the hand he won the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) with – twice!

Drawing Playing a hand in the hope that it will improve

Drop To throw in your cards

Ducks 2’s

E Poker Terms

Early Position You have to decide whether to bet or fold before the rest of the players

EPT European Poker Tour

F Poker Terms

Fifth Street The final card to be dealt and the start of the final round of betting. Also known as ‘The River’

Fill Up To turn Three Of A Kind or Two Pairs into a full house

Fishhook A Jack Flat Call To match the bet of the previous poker player without raising

Flop The first three community (shared) cards, dealt face up, all together Flush Five cards of the same suit

Flush Draw A player has four cards of the same suit and is hoping that a fifth will be dealt to him

Fold Throw in your cards and any money that you have put in the pot Forced Bet Same as ‘Blind’

Four of a Kind Four cards of the same value

Fourth Street The fourth community cards to be dealt. Also known as ‘The Turn’

Freeroll A free tournament

Freezeout A tournament where you can’t re-buy into

Full House A five card hand containing three cards of one value and two cards of another. For example 4-4-4-10-10

G Poker Terms

Grinding When a player keeps increases their number of chips

Gut Shot A card that makes up an inside straight For example, 8 If the player has 5,6,7,9

H Poker Terms

Hand The best five cards a player has

Heads-Up A pot with only two poker players

Hit and Run A player who leaves after a big win

Hole Cards These cards are dealt face down so that only the player can see them. Also known as Down Cards

I Poker Terms

Image The type of poker player the other players think you are

Inside Straight When the value of the final card to make a straight is in between the others. For example, The player has 9,10,J,K and a Queen is drawn

Isolate To raise to reduce the players in the betting to two

K Poker Terms

Keep Them Honest To call on the river, even though you think that you do not have the best hand

Key Card A card that will give you strong hand. For example if your hand is 9,9,10,10 then either a 9 or 10 will give you a fill up (to get a full house)

Kick It To Raise

Kicker The highest single card you have which does not contribute to your hand. For example, J,J,J,9,2 would be three Jacks with a 9 kicker

Knock A knock on the poker table means that you want to check

Kojak A King and a Jack

L Poker Terms

Ladies Queens

Late Position To be one of the last people at the table to bet. This is a good position to be, so that you can judge what the other players may have in their hands

Lay Down Your Hand Fold

Limit Poker Set limits within the game for raises etc

Limp In To call a big blind rather than raise it on the first round of betting

Live Hand A hand that may be good enough to win the pot

Look This is when the final bet is called

Loose A player who plays more hands than the average

Low Limit Poker for small stakes

Lowball Poker game where the lowest hand is the winner

M Poker Terms

Main Pot When a player goes all in and the betting continues, a separate pot is started (side pot). If the all in player wins, then that player can only take the main pot

Maniac A very aggressive poker player, who plays and raises a lot of hands

Maverick Hole cards consisting of a Queen and a Jack

Meet To Call

Middle Pair This is when the middle value card on the flop creates a pair with one of your hole cards

Minimum Buy-In The lowest amount of cash you can use to enter a game

Monster A hand that is very strong and is likely to scoop the pot

Muck This is the pile of folded and burned cards in front of the dealer. No-one else sees your discarded cards

N Poker Terms

No Limit A game where you can place as many chips as you like in a single bet

Nuts The best possible hand

O Poker Terms

Offsuit Two cards of different suits

Omaha A version of poker with four hole cards, 2 of which make up your final hand

On the Button The dealer, who is also the last player in the betting

Open Making the first bet

Open-ended Straight Also known as Outside Straight. Four consecutive cards when a card either side would create a straight. For example 5,6,7,8. Then a 4 or a 9 would then give the player a straight

Out A card that will give you a winning hand

Outside Straight Also Open-Ended Straight

Overpair A pair of cards in the hole that beats anything on the board

P Poker Terms

Paints Picture cards (Jack, Queen or King)

Pair Two cards of the same value

Pass Fold

Pay Off To Call or raise when you don’t think you’ve got the best hand

Picture Cards Jack, Queen or King

Play Back To Raise or re-raise another poker player

Playing the Board When the community cards are the best hand you can make

Pocket Cards The two cards that have been dealt to you. Only you can see these

Pocket Rockets A pair of aces in the pocket. Also known as Aces in The Hole or Pocket Aces

Position Where a player is sat at the poker table, in relation to the dealer

Post To Bet

Pot The piles of winnable chips in the centre of the poker table

Pot Limit The maximum bet you can place is equal to what is already in the pot

Put Down Fold

Q Poker Terms

Quads Four of a kind

Qualifier A satellite tournament. Normally used to qualify for a main event

R Poker Terms

Rack A poker chip holder

Rail The area around the poker table

Railbird A person who is watching without taking part in the action

Rainbow When the flop produces cards of different suits

Raise Match a current bet and raise it a further amount

Rake The % of the pot taken by the poker room in commission for hosting the game

Rank The value of the cards. For example, a Queen is a higher rank than a Jack

Rap Knock on the poker table to show that you want to check

Re-buy The amount a player pays to add another set of chips to his stack

Re-raise To raise again after being raised

Reading To evaluate the way the other poker players play at the table

Ring Game A poker game that is not classed as a tournament

River The fifth and final community card dealt face up on its own. This is also known as ‘fifth street’

Rock A player who will not give up his stack easily, He will usually only play when he has a strong hand

Round of Betting The stage where each player is given the decision to check, bet, call or raise

Rockets Two aces in the hole, same as pocket rockets Rounders Pro players

Royal Flush A,K,Q,J,10 All in the same suit. This is the best possible poker hand

Rush To be on a rush is to have several winning hands in a short space of time

S Poker Terms

Sandbagging Also known as slowplaying, this is a player who bets in a way that hides the real strength of his hand and increases bets from other players

Satellite See qualifier

Scoop To win the pot

Seating List The list of players waiting to sit at a poker table which is full – a waiting list

Second Pair When one of your pocket cards is paired with the second highest card in the community cards

See To call

Semi-Bluff This is the type of bluff when you know that the hand you have could well improve later in the poker game

Set Having a pair in the pocket that matches one of the community cards

Seven-card Stud A form of poker game, where players are dealt 7 cards. The first two are closed, then four open and then the last closed

Seventh Street The final card dealt in Seven card Stud Poker

Short Stack The smallest number of chips on the poker table

Short-Handed A game with few poker players

Showdown When all of the betting is finished and there are two or more players left in the hand, a showdown determines the winner of the pot. All of the players show their pocket cards and the winner then takes the pot

Slowplay Betting unadventurously when holding a strong hand. This creates more action from the other players at the table, increases the pot and reduces the chance of other players folding their hands earlier than they otherwise would

Side Pot This is when one player goes all in and then any further betting goes into a side pot. If the all in player then wins the poker game, they only take the main pot and the side pot goes to the best hand of the rest. If one of the players who continued to bet wins, they can then take both pots

Sixth Street The sixth card dealt in Seven Card Stud Poker

Small Blind The first compulsory bet. This bet is placed before any cards have been dealt and it’s purpose is to start the action. The small blind is usually equal to half the minimum stake at the table

Solid Same as Rock

Speed Limit A pair of fives, named after the USA speed limit (55mph)

Split A tie – the pot is split

Stack This is the number of chips you have

Stay To Call

Steal Raise A raise by a player in a late position. Usually to encourage others to fold and then ‘steal’ the pot

Steamrolling To re-raise again in order to get players to call more than once

Steel Wheel A,2,3,4,5 of the same suit

Straight Five consecutive cards. The suit does not matter

Straight Flush Five consecutive cards of the same suit

Structure In limit poker games, the structure determines what the limits are in terms of blind bets, raises etc

Stuck A player who is losing the poker game

Suit Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs or Spades

T Poker Terms

Tell An unintentional sign given out by a player (others can spot and act upon) which indicates the strength or weakness of his poker hand

Texas Hold’em A form of poker game, where the player is dealt two pocket and 5 community cards. The object is to make the best five-card hand from these seven cards

Thirty Miles Three 10’s

Three of a Kind Three cards of the same value

Tight See Rock

Tilt To play badly or recklessly after a losing hand

Top Pair When one of your pocket cards is paired with the highest card in the community cards

Top Two Pair When one of your pocket cards is paired with the highest card in the community cards and your other pocket card is paired with the second highest

Treys A pair of 3’s

Trips Three of a kind

Turn The fourth community card. This card is also known as ‘fourth street’

Two Pair A hand containing two pairs of a different value. For example, 8,8,7,7,10

U Poker Terms

Under the Gun The first person to act in the betting following the blind bets

Underpair A pocket pair of a lower value than the cards on the board

Up Card A card dealt face up

W Poker Terms

Walking Sticks 7′s

WPT World Poker Tour

WSOP World Series Of Poker