As the popularity of poker has risen to the skies, poker players
have also developed their own language which is used in literature and at the tables. This is the most comprehensive poker glossary, covering most - if not all - of the cryptic poker tongue.
A lowball poker variation in which aces are ranked as the lowest card, and straights and flushes have no high value. The wheel
(5-4-3-2-A) is the lowest possible hand
in an ace-to-five lowball poker game.
A variant of lowball poker that ranks aces as low, and maintains the high ranking of straights and flushes. Also called "6-4 low" because 6-4-3-2-A unsuited is the best possible hand
in ace-to-six lowball games.
1. A forced bet
in 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo poker games. When a player "scoops" the pot
- winning both the high and low halves of the pot - the player is required to complete the bring-in
in the next hand
by raising the bring-in to a full bet.
2. The round marker used to indicate that a player must post
the action button bet.
A community card
that improves the hands of two or more players, eliciting a marked increase in betting and raising "action".
Any player who is still in contention for a pot
An option that may be offered to all players in a poker tournament, usually at the first break
or the end of the rebuy period, in which players may buy additional chips regardless of the number of chips they have remaining.
The act of betting and raising frequently in a poker game.
A style of poker play in which a player bets and raises often. Compare to "passive."
A forced bet
posted by all players before each hand
is dealt in order to establish the pot
. Antes are often utilized in Draw and Stud poker games, and may also be implemented in addition to blinds in a poker tournament.
back into (a hand)
To hit a hand
other than the one the player was betting on, usually in a backdoor draw. (see "backdoor")
after having called the previous bet
in a single betting round. Also, "limp-re-raise."
A relatively strong hand
that is beaten by an even stronger hand.
An obscure split-pot draw poker game that awards half of the pot
to the best Badugi
hand, and the other half to the best 2-7 Triple Draw hand
A lowball, triple draw
variant in which players attempt to form the best four-card low hand
using only one card from each suit and each rank
. (see Badugi Rules)
The person who distributes the chips and pays the winning players in live poker venues.
The money a poker player maintains specifically for wagering on poker games, generally kept separate from the rest of their money.
A slang term for placing bets in a pot
on several consecutive betting rounds, whether as a bluff
or to draw more money into the pot.
Having a hand
that is not currently the best at the table.
May refer to all money/chips wagered in poker play; or, more precisely, to the opening wager of a betting round maintaining a distinct difference from a raise
The guidelines for all bets placed in a specific game, including forced bets, betting and raising limits - or lack thereof - and raising caps.
The greater of the two betting amounts in a fixed limit
poker game, often abbreviated "BB".
big bet game or big bet poker
Any game in which a no limit
limit betting structure
is being used, as opposed to a fixed limit
The higher of two forced bets posted before the deal
in a poker game that implements blind
bets rather than antes. The big blind is typically equal to the minimum bet
, and posted by the player two seats to the left of the player on the dealer
button. (see "blind")
big blind special
When a player in the big blind
position happens to win the pot
with a poor starting hand
that they probably would have folded from any other position, or if anyone else had made a significant raise
The highest full house one can possibly make with the given board in a community card
stack that is considerably large relative to the stakes
Any poker hand
consisting of five face cards (Jacks, Queens, and/or Kings) that has no special poker ranking aside from any standard rankings achieved by the hand (pairs, trips
or a full house), though it may be added as a non-standard hand ranking in some home poker games.
To lose a steady stream of chips through repeated bad plays.
A forced bet
common to community card
games typically issued before the deal
by the two players seated to the left of the dealer
To force a player to post
their blinds in a poker tournament when they are away from the table, or sitting out during hands in which they would normally have posted blinds anyway. Compare to "ante off."
An obscure variant of 7 Card Stud in which all of the cards are dealt face down.
Any card a player holds that would be an out for an opponent.
A small bet
made by a player in early position
with the intention of discouraging a larger bet from an opponent in a more advantageous position.
as though one has a strong hand
when one in fact has a weak hand.
Alternative name for a full house.
A software program that is designed to make decisions and act in place of a human player in an online poker game, the use of which is banned by most online poker sites.
The act of dealing cards from the bottom of the deck for the purpose of changing the outcome of a poker game; a form of cheating.
The lowest of potential straight
one can form in conjunction with the board in a community card
game. Also called "idiot end" since it is easily beaten by anyone who can build on the high end of a straight.
formed between a players hole cards
and the lowest card on the board in a community card
A card that is discovered to be turned face-up relative the rest of the deck in the course of the deal
1. To discard
one or more cards from a made hand
in a draw poker variant in an effort to improve
to a better ranking hand, such as breaking a pair
to draw for a straight
2. A brief respite from a poker tournament offered at regular intervals.
A physical casino and/or card room, rather than an online poker site or casino.
A ranking system given to suits in order to break
a tie in the card game bridge; from highest to lowest: spade, heart, club, diamond. Bridge order is never used to break a tie for the pot
in poker (instead the pot is divided), however, in stud games bridge order is utilized to determine the bring-in
in the event of identical card rankings.
In stud games, a forced bet
placed by the player who is determined to act first in a betting round.
A slang term for a 10 to Ace straight
The casino employee who greets players, manages the waiting list, and performs a variety of duties, including cleaning the poker tables after a game is completed in preparation for the next game.
Another term for the dealer
A wild card
which can only be used as an ace, or as the highest card that will complete a straight
A poker player who forces tight
or short-stacked players to fold with frequent raises.
A card discarded from the deck by the house dealer
before dealing the next round of cards to reduce any unfair advantage that might be gained during the betting round if one or more players recognized any markings on the top card of the deck.
To completely run out of chips or money.
buy the pot
To make an enormous raise
that forces the remaining active players to fold.
1. The amount a player must pay in order to receive chips in a poker tournament, or the minimum number of chips required for a ring game
To match the current bet
A player who regularly calls bets and raises without regard for their hand
strength, often chasing a drawing hand
A predetermined limit
on how many raises are allowable in a single betting round.
A no limit
limit poker game in which the amount of the current bet
may not exceed a specified limit.
The final card remaining in the deck of a specific rank
, such as the only ace that has not yet been seen.
Poker games in which the chips represent
the actual money at stake in the game, and players may buy into the table and cash out of the table at their own discretion.
The allowance of players in a brick-and-mortar
poker room to use actual money in a cash game
while awaiting newly requested chips. Some casinos also allow players to use $100 bills in lieu of chips.
Catching the precise two cards one needs in order to win the pot
, often the cards required to complete a straight flush
To defeat an opponent on the draw when the opponent previously had a better hand
The main pot
when there are one or more side pots involved in a table stakes
on the opportunity to open
, while remaining active in the hand
. If all players check, then no money is contributed to the pot
at the close of the betting round.
To first check
, then raise
when another player opens the bet
A token that is used in lieu of actual currency in poker games.
A banned form of collusion
cheating in which two or more players agree to go all-in near the beginning of a game in order for one of the players to gain a chip lead
, arranging to split
The player who holds the highest number of chips in a tournament at any give point during the event.
An event in poker tournaments that weeds out the smaller denomination chips as the blind
levels make them cumbersome and unnecessary, exchanging them for higher denominations.
1. To divide a pot
for any reason, whether as the result of a tie, in accordance with the rules of a split
pot poker variant, or as an agreement between the players at the table.
2. To make change for a chip
of a larger denomination.
chopping the blinds
Only allowable in live cash games, a custom of allowing the small and big blinds to simply reclaim their forced bets if all other players fold.
The state of a betting round when no more players may raise; due to either a cap
, or the fact that the last raise
has been acted upon by the remaining participants with a call
A form of bluffing in which a player talks about their hand
in a way which is misleading to opponents about its true strength.
A circumstance of two players going all-in, both having nearly equal odds of winning the pot
that has been raised by one or more players.
A deck of cards that have been deliberately tampered with in order to ensure that one or more players will not be able to win.
A method of cheating at poker by collaborating with one or more players in order to gain an advantage over the other players.
combo or combination game
A poker game in which two or more poker forms are played in rotation. Same as a "mixed game."
A card that all players may utilize in order to form their final poker hand
that may not require any further improvement.
that increases the current bring-in
or small bet up to the size of a full bet.
Cards of sequential rank
that could connect to a straight
A post-flop bet
made by the same player to lead
When a very strong hand
is beaten by an even stronger hand.
Said of a hand
when a community card
does not have any impact on the value of the hand, but increases the likeliness of an opponent beating the hand.
A poker player with whom another player has agreed to split
any resulting winnings with after sharing a buy-in
To defeat a relatively strong starting hand
with a weaker one, such as to "crack" pocket aces with significantly less desirable hole cards
by catching a winning hand on the board.
made when the player does not believe they have the best hand
To divide the deck one or more times, and re-stack it in a different order; customarily performed after the shuffle to reduce the likelihood of cheating. In home games, the player to the right of the dealer
(the "cutoff") performs the cut.
A distinct card used to cover the bottom of the deck in order to prevent any players from seeing the bottom card.
The position to the immediate right of the dealer
As opposed to a "live" blind, a blind
that does not give the player who posted it the option to raise
. Dead blinds are required when a player sits out of a game - missing the blinds - and then returns to the table.
A rule for managing the movement of the button and blinds when one or more players who would have been in a blind
or button position have busted out of a tournament. In "dead button" rules, the position of the dealer
button and the small blind
may fall to recently vacated seats (rendering each position "dead"), however the big blind
must fall to the next active player
clockwise from the empty seat of the player who would have been on the big blind if they had not gone bust
in the previous hand
Any card that has been seen by all players, and is known to no longer be a viable out for a drawing hand
1. Money that has been placed in the pot
by players who have since folded, and are no longer in contention for the pot.
2. A derogatory term for unskilled poker players.
out the cards according to the guidelines of the game at hand
An agreement that may be struck between two players in a cash game
, when one player is all-in, to deal
the last cards twice; if a player wins both times, that player takes the pot, but if each player wins one of the hands they split
1. The person in charge of dealing the cards to the players, whether a participant in a home poker game, a professional dealer at a casino, or the software that shuffles and distributes the cards to each player in online poker games.
2. A position of a player in card room and online poker games (in which a dealer is supplied apart from the players) that is marked by a button as a means of maintaining the appropriate betting order.
A type of play meant to retaliate against a player who is making frequent aggressive
Another word for two, usually in reference to the card rank
of a 2, though it can also be used to describe $2 chips or a $2 limit
A lowball variant that describes the method for evaluating the hands. In deuce-to-seven low, all hands and cards maintain their normal high ranking, thus 7-5-4-3-2 unsuited is the best low hand
one can attain.
stack with one or more chips of a different denomination accidentally or intentionally mixed in.
To remove from play a card that has been dealt during the hand, such as cards removed from a hand
in a draw poker game.
A starting hand
that seems strong, but may easily be beaten by a specific, stronger hand.
by the amount of the current bet; the minimum raise allowed in no limit
limit poker games.
A starting hand
in Omaha Poker in which a player holds two cards of one suit, and two cards of another suit.
double-board or double-flop
A community card
variant that allows players to play off of two community boards at a time, splitting the pot
between the winners of each board.
A draw poker variation that employs two drawing rounds and three betting rounds.
Any card dealt face-down, as opposed to face-up.
Unwittingly drawing to a hand
that is already beaten by another player.
that requires specific cards to land on the board in order to improve
to a significantly stronger hand.
As opposed to "drawing dead," a hand
that will win if the draw is successful.
Drawing to a hand
with poor odds.
A starting hand
with an off-suit
ace, especially in cases where the community board presents the opportunity for a flush
to the players ace.
The empty side pot
that is generated when a player has gone all-in, and has been called, but no one else has raised. Any subsequent betting would be placed into the dry pot.
A counterfeiting card; specifically one that matches a card already held by the player which is of no use to improving the hand
One of the first players in a hand
to act, considered to be at a disadvantage.
eight or better
A stipulation commonly applied to Hi/Lo Split variants in which a hand
may not contain any card higher than an eight to qualify for the low half of the pot
The price to enter a poker tournament.
expected value (EV)
The statistical profitability of calling a bet
with the same overall odds over a long period of time; abbreviated "EV".
1. A card which has been mistakenly revealed to one or more players in the course of a game.
2. One of the cards intentionally dealt as up-cards in a stud poker
A jack, queen or king; any playing card that is typically personified.
in which nearly every player calls the first bet
Aggressive game play intended to discourage opponents from chasing drawing hands.
A poker table at a brick-and-mortar
card room that is set
up to feed new players to the main table as seats are vacated; the same game is played at the feeder table as the main table, but the main table is intended to be kept full.
1. The final card dealt to a community board, synonymous with the "river."
2. The fifth card dealt to each player in a stud game.
fill or fill up
To catch the last card needed to complete a hand
The last poker table left active in a multi-table tournament once enough player have been eliminated to move all of the remaining players to the same table (up to ten players).
The player to act first in the initial betting round of a hand
A player of little experience or skill.
Only possible in poker games that implement the use of wild cards or multiple decks, five cards of the same rank
A game with a strict betting structure
in which the "limit" dictates the amount a player can bet
at specific stages in the hand
, and often caps the number of raises allowed.
To show a card intentionally or accidentally.
that is made holding cards that the player would normally raise
bets early in the hand
with the intention of bluffing or semi-bluffing the lead
bettor later in the hand.
floor, floorman or floorperson
Casino personnel who manage the workings of the card room, including seating, assigning dealers, and settling player disputes.
Slang term for community card
games that consist of a flop, turn
, and river
A five-card poker hand
comprised entirely of the same suit, such as all hearts or all spades.
that is required to be posted by one or more players; usually before the hand
is dealt, though the "bring-in" is stud games would be and exception. See "ante" and "blind."
The requirement to be moved from a "feeder" table to the "main table" in a casino, in order to keep the main table full.
Any four suited
cards in a hand; a drawing hand
that requires one more card of the same suit in order to complete a flush
Also called "quads," any poker hand
that contains four cards of a rank
, such as four Aces.
A drawing hand
that necessitates one more card to complete a straight
1. The fourth card that is dealt to a community board; the "turn."
2. The fourth card players receive in a stud poker
Any card that is dealt after a betting round in which every active player
checked, thus no wagers were placed.
A poker tournament that does not require a monetary entry fee
A classic poker tournament style in which players compete until one player has won all of the chips, with no rebuys allowed.
full bet rule
A rule requiring raises to be made in the same amount as the full bet
amount; i.e., a $5 bet could only be raised to $10.
full ring game
A cash game
involving seven or more players at the table; as opposed to a "short-handed" (6-max), or "heads-up" poker game.
Offering instruction or advice to another player on what action they should take in an online poker game in real-time; essentially considered cheating.
Attempting to remove chips from the table during a cash game
in order to prevent risking them - generally prohibited. Same as "rat-holing."
A career poker player who spends long hours making small profits with conservative play, in order to earn a living.
gut shot or gutshot straight
A four card straight
draw that requires one of the middle three cards to complete. Synonymous with
"belly buster" and "inside straight draw."
, instead of raising the bet
1. The cards held or utilized by a player in a card game.
2. A single instance of a card game, beginning from the time the cards are dealt, and ending with the awarding of the pot
hand for hand
A mode that tournaments nearing the money "bubble" will often shift to when there are multiple tables involved. Each table will start each hand
at the same time, then wait for every table to finish that hand before dealing the next hand. This prevents any players from dragging the game out in an effort to "wait" for enough players to bust
out of the tournament trying to ensure that they themselves finish in the money
A poker tool provided by most online poker sites detailing textual information about the hand(s) the player has participated in for later review.
A card on the bottom of the deck sticking out from the others, signifying that the dealer
has likely been "bottom dealing."
Competition against a single opponent, either in a heads-up game, as a result of all other players folding in a hand
of poker, or as the last two players standing in a poker tournament.
An unusually long winning streak.
Hi/Lo or Hi/Lo Split
A variation on a poker game in which the highest and lowest hands are each awarded half of the pot
high or high hand
The traditional means of determining the best poker hand
based on common poker hand values; as opposed to low or lowball
The position to the immediate right of the "cutoff;" two seats to the right of the "button".
The private, face-down cards a player receives in a poker hand
, as opposed to the "board" cards.
A poker game played at the home of one of the players, or a similarly private venue.
idiot end or ignorant end
The lowest end of a straight
that can be beaten by a higher straight in a community card
implied odds or implied pot odds
Pot odds that are estimated to include the future bets in the hand
that the player believes will come into the pot
To catch a card that results in a stronger hand
To have the last action in the betting rounds following the flop, turn
in a community card
in the money
Any finishing place in a poker tournament that results in a cash award from the prize pool
To perform an action at the appropriate time according to the natural order of game play.
inside straight draw
A four-card straight
draw that is missing a rank
from one of the middle cards; i.e., only one rank can complete the straight. Synonymous with "gut shot" and "belly buster."
1. A deal
between players to split
or reduce the pot
instead of playing out the hand
2. A side bet
a player might make against themselves with another person in order to reduce the impact of a huge loss.
Any anomalous occurrence that may require a correction, such as a misdeal
or fouled hand
1. A 5 Card Draw variant in which players must have at least a pair
of jacks in order to open
2. A prize pool
offered by a poker room for an unusual event, such as winning a Hi poker game pot
with a starting hand
A non-standard card that may be used as a "bug" in some poker games.
Fees imposed by a casino or poker room; synonymous with "vig" or "rake."
A high card used to break
ties between poker hands comprised of four cards or less (a sixth card cannot be used to break a tie between poker hands, the pot
must be split).
An extended rule that may be applied to some fixed limit
poker games, in which there is a predetermined trigger (such as winning a pot
over a specific size, or a winning a certain number of hands consecutively) that forces the player who triggered the kill to post
a kill blind
of usually 1.5 or 2 times the big blind
, forcing the betting limit
of the kill hand
to go up too.
In home games, the pool of a small percentage collected from pots to pay for food, drinks, and any other expenses related to hosting the game.
last to act
The player who will see everyone else make their initial action before having a turn; considered the most advantageous position.
To fold a good hand
expecting that another player has a better hand.
To initiate betting or raising action in a round.
A marker used to keep track of the winner of the previous hand
in a kill game
Recurring intervals at which the blinds are increased to a predetermined amount in a poker tournament; each level of a tournament having a higher blind
, and even incorporating antes into the forced bets at a given level if the tournament director
that is probably not the best at the table.
1. The designated lowest or highest one can bet
2. Often used as a synonym for "fixed" limit.
in order to see the next card, generally with a marginal hand
after limping into the pot
. Same as "backraise."
- usually a blind
bet - in which a player maintains the option to raise
even if everyone else calls the bet.
In stud poker
, any "out" that has not yet been exposed.
1. A physical poker game played in person, as opposed to an online poker game.
2. A poker game with significant "action."
still actively participating in a poker game.
To place a token of some sort on the table or in the seat to indicate that a player is sitting out of the game temporarily, and due to return within a reasonable amount of time.
A style of play in which a poker player participates in a significant number of hands, rarely folding before the flop. Compare to "tight."
low or lowball
A variant that can be applied to several poker forms in which the lowest, or worst hand
A poker hand
that is complete, as opposed to a drawing hand
A player who is very "loose" and "aggressive," rarely folding, and betting and raising frequently.
A player who the other participants begin to target in an effort to bust
them out of the game.
match the pot
an amount equal to the current pot
Poker games with extremely small stakes, lower than the average low stakes
games, generally found in online poker rooms as brick-and-mortar
card rooms typically cannot turn
enough of a profit from micro-limit games to make them worthwhile.
When something goes wrong during the dealing process, requiring that the cards be re-dealt.
A poker game in which two or more predetermined poker games are rotated at regular intervals.
with multiple players actively vying for it.
To taunt another player in a poker game.
A play in poker that is statistically doomed to lose money over time.
To only be able to tie or lose a hand
when a player is all-in.
A very tight
, conservative poker player.
A betting rule that allows players to bet
as many chips as they currently have on the table.
A slang term for ultra high stakes
The best hand
that can possibly be formed in conjunction with the board cards.
Cards of differing suits, often used to describe a starting hand
A rule that may be applied in live poker games designating that a call
made with a higher denomination of chip
will be deemed a call of the previous bet
if the player makes no verbal declaration that it is intended to be a raise
one-ended straight draw
A consecutive four-card straight
draw at either the highest or lowest end of the ranks (A-2-3-4 or J-Q-K-A) that requires a card of one specific rank
The face cards featuring a profile image that shows only one eye; the Jack of Spades, Jack of Hearts, and King of Diamonds.
To place the first wager in a betting round.
the big blind
in the first betting round instead of raising.
the betting round in a no limit
game by going all-in.
open-ended straight draw
draw that can be completed by catching a rank
on either end of the straight.
A complete rotation of the button and blinds around the table.
outside straight draw
A four-card straight
that necessitates catching a card on either end of the straight in order to complete it.
that is higher than the current pot
a significantly high bet
after another player has called it as well.
Money a poker room has to put up in order to furnish a guaranteed prize pool
when there are not enough player entry fees paid to cover the prize.
A pocket pair
comprised of higher ranking cards than any of the board cards.
An agreement to play for higher stakes
than the current betting structure
of the game allows.
Slang term for a royal card; face card
Two cards of the same rank
A manner of poker play in which a player checks, calls and folds frequently, seldom raising or calling large raises. Compare to "aggressive."
that is complete, as is, usually used in reference to Draw poker games in which a player does not discard
any cards in the drawing round, opting instead to "stand pat."
with a hand
that is beaten, generally because the pot
odds justify the call.
The guidelines dictating the percentage of the prize pool
that goes to each of the finishing places in a poker tournament.
Extremely low stakes
poker games that are generally played just for fun.
Term used in lowball poker games to describe the lowest possible cards following the card(s) named - e.g., 6-perfect represents 6-4-3-2-A, and 7-5-perfect indicates 7-5-3-2-A.
Poker games in which there is no real money at stake.
play the board
To go to showdown
in a community card
game with the hand
that is on the board.
Initials commonly used in reference to Pot Limit Omaha.
A common abbreviation for Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Eight or Better.
The private hole cards
of a player, as opposed to the face-up board cards.
An unchanging facial expression that offers no "tells."
To meet the obligation to pay a forced bet
, such as the small or big blind
post oak bluff
executed with a small bet
(relative to the pot
size) intended to convince players that the bettor has a monster hand
, and does not want to risk scaring their opponents into folding with a larger bet.
The collection of wagers placed by poker players in the course of a hand
that each player is competing for.
A betting structure
that limits the highest amount one can bet
to the amount of chips currently in the pot
The amount of money in the pot
compared to the cost to call
the current bet
. A large pot with a relatively low price to call would be better pot odds than a small pot with a large raise
in order to stay in the hand. Pot odds are often used in conjunction with hand
odds in order to determine the statistical value of a play.
The first betting round of a flop game
, after players receive their starting cards, but before the flop is dealt.
The total amount of money that will be paid out to the finishing players.
prop bet or proposition bet
An unrelated side bet, or a random bet
between poker players on something besides their poker hand
A person employed by a casino to keep interest and action going at the poker tables, typically gambling with their own money.
1. A bet
made with a moderate, but improvable hand
intended to force opponents to either call
odds or fold drawing hands before they can chase down a better hand than the player making the protection bet.
Synonym of "prize pool."
To deduce the hand
an opponent has based on their actions and a familiarity with their game play; e.g., "I put him on pocket deuces when the unconnected two landed on the turn
, and he raised."
Four cards of the same rank; same as "four-of-a-kind."
that meets the requirements for the low half of a Hi/Lo Split pot, regardless of whether or not it actually wins the low pot
To win one fourth of a Hi/Lo Split pot
due to tying for the low or high hand
To look at the cards that would have played out in the hand
if it had continued further. An option offered by some poker room software, though generally not allowed in brick-and-mortar
A situation in which two players have a roughly equal chance of winning the pot
A tray designed to hold 100 chips in five rows of 20.
A card of little or no value to forming a viable poker hand
A board of apparently unconnected and unsuited cards.
The sideline from which spectators may observe a poker table.
One who is observing a poker game from the rail
Cards comprised of different suits, often used to describe an unsuited flop.
To increase the amount of the current bet
that players must match in order to maintain their contention for the pot
A percentage of each pot
in a cash game
that is paid to the house in exchange for the use of the space and other services provided for a poker game.
A percentage of the proceeds accumulated by a poker affiliate from the rake
of players who have joined a poker site through the affiliate, that the affiliate pays back to those players.
A player who is not necessarily a winning poker player, but has successfully worked the rakeback
system in an effort to maintain a poker bankroll
The value of a card relative to the other cards in the deck.
A poker game played just like 7 Card Stud, except that the worst, or lowest hand
An option available in some poker tournament that allows players to purchase more chips if they bust
out of the tournament within a specified time limit
again in a betting round, after one or more players have raised the opening bet
A made hand
with the opportunity to improve
to an even stronger hand.
Playing as if one holds a specific poker hand
, whether bluffing or not.
1. To shuffle cards by dividing the deck into two halves and using the thumbs to leaf through the cards, causing them to fall together in an alternating pattern.
2. To divide a chip
stack into two equal stacks, then shuffle them back together with one hand
Frequently used as a synonym of "cash game;" often used more specifically to represent
a cash game
with a full table of players, differentiating it from a shorthanded
The last card or round of cards dealt in a hand
Abbreviation for "random number generator;" the computer program that shuffles the cards in an online poker game in order to produce a random deal
An exceedingly tight
player who rarely deviates from their playing style.
received by a player in the first three cards of a 7 Card Stud hand
, with only one of the cards exposed to opponents.
A poker player who travels in search of high stakes
Jacks, Queens and Kings, also known as face cards.
An ace-high straight
flush; the highest ranking hand
according to traditional poker rankings.
A poker hand
caught on the turn
A series of profitable hands in a game; same as a "heater."
To play a strong hand
as though it were a weaker drawing hand
in order to lure more players into a pot
, especially if one or more of the players is betting aggressively. Synonymous with "slow play."
A poker tournament that awards free entries into a larger tournament.
A face-up card that could result in a very strong hand
for any opponent.
To win the high and low pot
in a Hi/Lo poker game.
made with the second highest card on a community card
board; compare to "top pair" and "bottom pair."
sell (a hand)
To place a calculated wager on a strong hand
that is intended to encourage opponents to call
instead of fold, thereby drawing more chips into the pot
that one has a very strong hand, when one is actually sitting on a draw hand
that still has a chance to improve
to a strong hand.
The time a poker player spends playing a poker game, from the time they sit down to the time they leave.
Synonym for three-of-a-kind
, or "trips."
Seven Card Stud
A classic and popular stud variant in which each player receives a total of three cards face-down, and four cards face-up, with which to form their final five-card poker hand
. See 7 Card Stud Poker.
A highly experienced poker player who preys on new and unskilled poker players.
A casino employee who helps to start and fill poker games, gambling with money provided by the casino.
The container that holds the shuffled cards at a live poker table.
A poker tournament consisting of multiple tables, in which the winner from each table goes on to the next round.
A player with a significantly low chip
Poker games in which a maximum of five or six players are allowed.
The last action of a game in which two or more players must reveal their hands in order to determine the winner.
created aside from the main pot, when a player has gone all-in and cannot win more chips than are currently in the main pot, so that other players may continue to bet
. Compare to "dry pot."
sit and go (SNG)
Poker tournaments that begin as soon as the required number of players buy-in; often abbreviated SNG.
The sixth card each player receives in a 7 Card Stud variant.
A slang term for an online poker site located on a larger poker network, utilizing the same poker software as any number of other online poker sites on that network, often distinguished from the others by a customized site design (or "skin").
To play as though one has a mediocre hand
when one in fact has a very strong hand, in order to draw more bets into a pot
The smaller of the two blind
bets required at the beginning of certain poker games.
, instead of raise
, with a strong hand
in order to mislead an opponent.
When a bluff
in draw poker games by standing pat
and betting/raising aggressively.
A term describing inexperienced competition encountered in a poker game or a poker room.
To purposely play to another poker players benefit (or reduced detriment).
To divide the pot
evenly between two or more players.
Mainly used in reference to stud poker
games, when a player has a pair
comprised of a hole card and an exposed card
split two pair
When a board pairs two of a players hole cards
The difference between the maximum and minimum bets allowed in a poker game.
A more obscure betting structure
in which the difference between the minimum and maximum betting limits are much larger than a fixed limit
that has been raised and called at least once, usually as a bluff
intended to drive the other players out of the pot
The money at risk in a poker game.
To take no more cards in a draw poker game, indicating to others that one has a made hand
The cards each player receives in the beginning of a poker game before the first betting round.
To win the blinds, or the pot
, with a bluff
Anger or frustration experienced during a poker game that usually causes a player to make poor decisions. Similar to "tilt."
One of a series of tournaments that offer entry into another tournament, eventually culminating in the final tournament that usually offers a large prize. Similar to a satellite
, a step tournament is essentially a string of satellites leading to the main tournament, each of which may be by-passed at any point by paying the buy-in
for any one of the step tournaments.
stop and go
in early position
, then lead
off the betting when the next card is dealt, usually as a means of intimidating the player who raised in the last round.
A poker hand
consisting of five, consecutively ordered cards. A straight beats a three-of-a-kind
and a lower straight, and is beaten by a higher straight or a flush
A poker hand
comprised of five cards, consecutively ranked, all of the same suit. A straight flush
beats all traditional high-hand rankings except a higher straight flush.
Each round of cards dealt in stud or community card
in two separate motions instead of declaring the intention to raise immediately; an action generally prohibited in card rooms.
The guidelines by which a poker tournament is run, including the amounts and time intervals at which the blind
levels are raised, the starting chip
rules, and prize pool
Abbreviation for single table tournament, a type of sit and go involving only one table of players competing to win all of the chips at the table.
A family of poker games in which each player receives one or more of their cards face-down, and some of their cards face-up.
To win with a drawing hand
by catching a card on the board to improve
a previously losing hand
The King of Hearts, who is depicted in the modern English deck of cards wielding a sword behind
his head in a way that makes him appear to be stabbing himself in the head.
Cards of the same suit; often said of starting cards that bear the same suit.
Sequentially ranked cards of the same suit.
A multi-table satellite
tournament that awards seats in a larger poker tournament or satellite.
The means by which players are randomly assigned to tables at the beginning of a poker tournament.
The characteristics and mannerisms a player exhibits at the poker table, affecting the way they are perceived by opponents, as well as observers.
Actively utilizing known information in order to choose the most potentially profitable poker table available.
A fundamental rule of cash games that prohibits players from purchasing more chips in the middle of a hand
, requiring players to add-on
or buy back into the game between hands.
Conversations during a poker game, generally considered acceptable in cash games, though frowned upon in tournament poker situations.
Generally refers to the action to follow after the dealing of the first three cards in a stud poker
game. Can also refer to the flop in a community card
The first re-raise
in a betting round; i.e., the third increase to the current wager amount, including the opening bet
A poker hand
consisting of three cards of the same rank
A poker playing style characterized by frequently folding inferior cards in favor of playing only strong starting hands; as opposed to "loose."
A feature provided by online poker rooms that allows players to extend the amount of time they have to think about a play before performing an action; i.e., time allotted in addition to the primary time clock in online poker.
An alternative to "rake" in high stakes
cash games, allowing players to pay the casino a fee based on the amount of time they spend on the table instead of a percentage of each pot
A tip issued to the dealer
by the winner of a pot
in a live poker game.
The best kicker
that one can have for a given poker hand
a player holds utilizing the highest community board card and a pocket pair
The person who is in charge of organizing a poker tournament.
Alternative name for three, in poker used in reference to a card rank
of 3; e.g., the Trey of Hearts.
A draw poker variant that allows players thee drawing rounds in which to improve
their poker hand
A poker tournament in which the blind
levels increase more quickly than a standard poker tournament.
The fourth board card in a community card
poker game, sometimes called fourth street
under the gun
The player to the left of the big blind
, first to act in the initial betting round.
A fullhouse in which the set
is comprised of a lower rank
than the pair; a hand
dominated by the "big full."
The active player
who is statistically least likely to win the poker hand
up the ante
To increase the current stakes
A card dealt face-up.
A natural aspect of poker variance
in which a player experiences an increase in wins.
The highest bet
a player with a strong hand
can make in order to get called, instead of causing their opponent to fold.
The natural fluctuations in poker earnings, often used in reference to the short-term margin of error associated with expected value.
When all players in the hand
fold to the big blind
in the first betting round.
To have an ace and a low kicker
for a starting hand
A community card
board that offers a number of strong poker hand
The lowest possible hand
in a lowball poker game.
A card that may represent
any card in the deck in a poker hand
, used mainly in home games.
The first exposed card
dealt to a board in a stud or flop poker game.
draw starting hand
in Omaha Poker, giving a player a significant number of outs with which to improve
to a straight.