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A five-card hand that contains one Ace, with no straight or flush or a hand with no pair in it.
Checking/Betting/Raising. A game in which players are playing a lot of pots is considered an ‘action’ game.
Any player who is still in the hand.
Adjective to describe a player who raises and re-raises and rarely calls.
When a player bets all his/her chips.
Money placed in the pot before the hand is begun.
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When a hand is beaten by a lucky draw.
Catching both the turn and river card to make a drawing hand. For instance, suppose you have Ah-10h. The flop comes Kd-6c-5h. You bet and are called. The turn is the Jh, which everybody checks, and then the river is the Qh. You’ve made a “backdoor” nut flush.
A re-raise from a player who originally called.
The amount of money you have.
To place chips into the pot.
The odds you get as a result of evaluating the number of callers to a raise.
Bet the Pot
When a player bets the amount of the pot.
A designated amount that is placed by the player sitting in the second position, clockwise from the dealer, before any cards are dealt. (Players joining a game in progress must post a Big Blind, but may do so from any position.)
A hand that contains an A-K.
The bet(s) that must be made by the two players sitting directly to the dealer’s left which will start the action on the first round of betting. The blinds are posted before any cards are dealt. (A ‘Blind’ bet is one that is made without looking at your cards.)
When a player raises without looking at his hand.
To make other players believe that one has a better hand than he/she might otherwise have, by betting or raising.
The cards that are dealt face-up in a poker game for all players to see. In Texas Poker, five cards are dealt face-up in the center of the table.
When a player uses the lowest card on the flop to make a pair with one of his own cards.
A pair of Aces.
Also known as the dealer button, it is a small round disk that is moved from player to player in a clockwise direction following each hand, to theoretically indicate the dealer of each hand.
The minimum amount of money required by a player to sit down in a particular poker game.
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Matching the bet amount.
To call both a bet and raise(s).
To take the last of the maximum amount of raises allowed per round of betting.
To leave a game and converting chips into cash.
When it’s a player’s turn to act and there has been no action in front of them and he opts not to bet, he ‘checks.’
When a player first checks and then raises in a betting round.
To return the blinds to the players who posted them and move on to the next hand if no other players call. It also means to ‘split the pot’.
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The man or woman who handles the cards, gives out the pots, and monitors the game.
Being the last to act in a betting round. On the button.
One of the four playing card suits. Formerly representing merchants.
A tool to protect players in the event that their internet connection is lost while involved in a pot.
Hands that are okay to play, but tend to lose against similar non-straight/flush hands. Example: A2 is dominated because against other hands with an Ace, it loses or draws without improvement.
Primo hands that are not only good, solid hands, but have lots of room for improvement.
Hole cards, or cards that are dealt face down.
A hand that needs improvement to win. Usually to a straight or flush.
A pair of Twos.
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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.)
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In Hold’em, the first three community cards that are dealt face-up in the center of the table, all at one time. The ‘flop’ also indicates the second round of betting.
Any five cards of the same suit.
When a player has four cards in his hand, all of the same suit and is hoping to draw a fifth to make a flush.
To throw your hand away when it’s your turn to act.
A required bet that starts the action on the first round of a poker hand.
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same number or face value (‘quads’).
Any three cards of the same number or face value, plus any other two cards of the same number or face value.
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To draw to and/or hit an inside straight.
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A player’s best five cards.
When only two players are involved with a hand.
One of the four playing card suits.
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.
A game where the amounts wagered are high.
Split pot games.
Also known as Texas Hold’em, where the players get two down cards and five community cards.
These are the Сdown cardsТ in front of the players.
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Four cards that require another between the top and the bottom card to complete a straight. Players who catch this card make an Inside Straight.
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A prize fund awarded to a player who meets a set of predetermined requirements. For example, some casinos will give a jackpot to someone who gets four-of-a-kind or higher and loses.
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The highest unpaired side card in a playerТs hand.
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Position on a round of betting where the player must act after most of the other players have acted, (usually considered to be the two positions next to the right of the button).
A game that has fixed minimum and maximum betting intervals, along with a prescribed number of raises.
A hand that could still win the pot.
A game where the amounts wagered are small.
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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.
In flop games, when a player makes a pair with one of his/her down cards and the middle card on the flop.
Somewhere between the early and late positions on a round of betting (the fifth, sixth and seventh players to the left of the button).
To discard or throw away your hand. It is also a pile of cards that are no longer in play.
The least amount of money with which you can start a game.
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A game where players can bet as much as they like (as long as they have it in front of them) on any round of betting.
The best possible hand at any point of the game. A hand that cannot be beat.
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The probability of making a hand vs. the probability of not making a hand.
Cards of a different suit.
On the Button
Being the last player to act in a betting round. Dealer’s Position.
Four consecutive cards whereby one additional (consecutive) card is needed at either end to make a straight.
A card that is dealt face-up.
A pair that has been dealt face-up.
A disc placed in front of a player who wishes to sit out a hand(s), but remain in the game.
The number of cards left in the deck that will improve your hand.
A pocket pair higher than any of the cards on the board.
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Two cards of the same face or number value.
To raise or re-raise another player’s bet.
Playing the Board
In flop games, when your best five card hand is all five of the community cards.
The down cards or hole cards.
The two cards dealt to you at the beginning of a Hold’em hand that no one else is entitled to see.
A pair of Aces in the pocket or hole.
Where a player is seated in relation to the dealer, therefore establishing that player’s place in the betting order.
If you miss the blind, then you must СpostТ – add as many chips as were in the blind itself.
The money or chips in the center of a table that players try to win.
This is a game where the maximum bet can equal the pot.
To fold a hand.
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Four of a kind.
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To increase the previous bet.
Chips taken from the pot by the cardroom for compensation for hosting the game.
The value of each card and hand.
When a player knocks on the table indicating that he/she has checked.
Analysis of a player based on how they play, mannerisms, and tells.
The amount of money a player pays to add a fixed number of chips to his/her stack in a tournament.
To raise a raise.
A ‘live’ game that is not a tournament.
This is the last card given in all games.
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.
This is an Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10) of the same suit. It is the best possible hand in poker.
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A mini-tournament to gain an entry into a larger tournament.
A waiting list. A player can put his or her name on this list if there are no players at the table at which they wish to play.
In flop games, when you pair the second highest card on the board.
Having a pocket pair that matches one of the cards on the board.
At the end of the final betting round, it’s when all active players turn their cards face-up to see who has won the pot.
A separate pot(s) which is contested by remaining active players when one or more players are all-in.
The amount put in the pot by the person immediately to the left of the dealer ‘button’ prior to the cards being dealt.
A pile of chips.
Five consecutive cards of any suit.
Five consecutive cards of the same suit.
The limits put on the blinds/ante, bets, and raises in any particular game.
A characteristic of a playing card. The card being either of Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, or Spades.
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The surface on which poker is played.
This is also the name for Hold’em, the most popular form of poker.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same number or face value (‘trips’).
Either a player who doesn’t play many pots, or a game that doesn’t have much action.
In flop games, when the player pairs one of his down cards with the highest card on board.
Top Two Pair
Having both your pocket cards match the highest two cards on the board.
In flop games, this is the fourth card dealt. It is the third round of betting.
A hand consisting of two different pairs.
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A pocket pair of lower value than the lowest card on the board.
A card that is dealt face-up.
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A losing hand.
World Series of Poker.