Commonly used poker terminology and slang
Ace High– When the highest hand you can make is an Ace with no pair.
All in – When a player chooses to bet his last chips (he can never win more then he risks from the remaining players)
Ante- Money placed in the pot before the hand is dealt
Auto Blind- a button that will automatically post the small or big blind
Bad Beat- when a hand is lost with a hand that usually would win.
Bankroll - the amount of money a players has in play.
Bet – Money put in play.
Big Blind– A full forced bet before any cards are dealt
Blind- an opening bet before any cards are dealt
Bluff - a bet with a weak hand
Board - the cards used by all the players.
Burn a Card - removal of the top card of a deck by the dealer
Button - a disk that is used to show who is the theoretical dealer.
Buy in - the amount of money it requires to get into a game, it is the money available to bet in the game
Call -making a bet equal to the previous bet
Calling Station - a player who always seems to call and rarely folds.
Cap - the number of times a raise can be re-raised
Catch - when a draw makes a hand
Check - do not bet on one's turn to bet
Check Raise - a player checks on the first opportunity to bet then raises on his next opportunity
Cold Call - calling a bet and raise at the same time after first checking, or betting for the first time
Deal - distribute the cards to the players
Draw - receiving more cards in a game
Drawing Dead – When even drawing the card you need will not give you a winner
Early Position - in an early betting position
Family Pot - where everyone at the table is still involved in the pot
Flop- the first community cards dealt at once in a game
Fold - to give up your cards and remove yourself from play of the hand
Flush - a hand where all five cards share the same suit
Free Card- you get to see an additional card without having to call or bet
Freezeout - a tournament format whereby you cannot rebuy, your buyin is the limit of your play
High Hand -the best hand in any round of poker
Heads Up - one on one play, only two players are involved
Hold'em- poker game where each player receives 2 pocket cards and tries to make the best hand using these 2 cards and 5 community cards dealt to the table, bets can be made after the 2 pocket cards are dealt, after the first 3 community cards are dealt and after the 4th and 5th community cards are dealt, most popular game played online
Hole Cards- the card or cards unseen by the other players
House - the owners management of the game who take the rake and manage the games
Ignorant End - the lower end of the straight
Kicker– A separate high card used to break a tie.
Late Position– Being among the last to act in a round of betting
Loose Player – A player who plays a lot of hands, good and bad
Monster – A powerful hand
Muck – Fold without showing your hand
No Limit – A game where anyone can bet all there chips at anytime.
Nuts– The highest possible hand in a poker game
Omaha – A game with four down cards and four board cards where you must use exactly 2 down cards and 3 board cards
Overcard- a card on the board higher than your pair
Pair - two cards of the same rank
Position- the place of a player at the table in relation to the opener , early middle or late
Pot -the total money or chips on the table after all the betting is complete
Pot -Limit -a game where a player's maximum bet is the size of the pot
Pot Odds- the calculated odds the money in the pot represents in relation to how much it will cost to play and hand and the players chances of winning the hand
Rag –A card that helps no ones hand
Rake– The money the house takes on each hand
Raise - after betting has opened, increasing the amount of the bet is a raise
River - the last community card dealt
Rock - a player who only plays extremely good hands
Seven Card Stud - a form of poker where 2 cards are down, 4 face up and 1 last card down. Or any variation of stud poker with 7 cards
Showdown - the showing of cards after the last bet has been made
Slow Play– Not raising a good hand to incite further betting
Small Blind – Forced half bet made before any cards are dealt
Spit Pot - hands in which the pot is split between more than one player
Steal - raising in expectation that all other players will fold
Stud -games in which there are no community cards, the player plays only the cards in his/her hand
Table Stakes- Betting is restricted to the chips on the table.
Tells- gestures or words by a player that give away the value of his/her hand
Texas Hold'em - see Hold'em
Tight -a tight player is a player who never bets unless they hold a good hand
Turn- Fourth Street in a 7 card poker game