Poker Glossary


Did You Know these Poker Terms?

All In: When a player puts the last of their chips into a pot, that player is said to be all-in.

Ante: A small, forced bet that everyone at the table is required to pay before each hand (in games with an ante).

Back Door: A hand-made back door is one made using both of the last two cards, as in seven card stud or Texas hold ’em.

Bankroll: The total amount of money one is willing (and able) to put at risk

Blind Bet: A blind bet, or blind, is a forced bet that must be posted before you see any cards.

Bluff: A bet with a weak hand (typically a busted hand), usually intended to get other players to fold.

Boat: Another name for a full house.

Broadway: An Ace high straight.

Bullets: A pair of aces in the hole.

Bump: To raise.

To run out of money, especially in a tournament.

Buy: To buy a pot is to make a bet large enough that other players would be unlikely to call.

Call: To call is match the current bet.

Catch: When the cards are treating you well, you are said to be catching cards.

If there has been no betting before you in a betting round, you may check, which is like calling a bet of $0, or passing your turn.

Poker chips are small round discs used instead of money at the poker table.

To talk about a hand one is involved in, usually with the intent of misleading or manipulating other players, is coffeehousing.

A nickname for Kings, more often heard in the plural.

After the cards are shuffled but before they are dealt, usually the deck is split in the middle and the halves are reversed.

Door card:
The first card dealt face up to each player in seven card stud is the door card.

To fold. Also, to lose a particular amount of money.

To play fast is to play aggressively.

A nickname for a Jacks, more often heard in the plural.

A number of games, such as Hold ‘Em and Omaha, are played with 5 community cards.

To abandon your hand, usually because someone else has made a larger bet than you are willing to call.

Four Flush:
A hand with four cards of the same suit.

Four of a kind:
Four cards of the same rank.

Full House:
A hand consisting of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.

An inside straight draw.

Heads Up:
A play between only two players.

The high hand is simply the best hand.

Refers to the largest amount anyone has yet played in a round.

Kansas City:
Kansas City lowball is a low game played for a deuce to seven low.

Live card:
A card that has not been seen.

A hand that is guaranteed to win at least part of the pot.

To (non-specifically) make a hand means to get a decent hand that has a shot at winning the pot.

A player who plays extremely loose and aggressive, often raising with just about anything.

Omaha is a flop game similar to hold ‘ em.

A card that will improve your hand, usually one that you think will make you a winner.

A Jack, King or Queen (i.e. a card with a picture on it).

A style of play that is characterized by reluctance to bet and raise.

Any of a number of variants of hold ’em in which each player gets three cards and must discard one at some point.

An arrangement between two or more of the players to share part of the pots win, or more precisely, the container into which the shared chips are played.

Four of a kind.

A card, usually a low card, that, when it appears, has no apparent impact on the

Three or four cards of different suits, for example on a flop.

After someone has opened betting in a round, to increase the amount of the bet os to raise.

Rolled Up:
In Seven Card Stud, three of a kind on the first three cards are called rolled up X’s, where X is the rank of the cards.

A round can refer either to a round of betting or a round of hands.

Royal Straight Flush:
An ace high straight flush is a royal straight flush, or a royal flush, or just a royal.

A semi-bluff is similar to a bluff, except that the semi-bluff has some chance of making a winning hand.

Seven Card Stud:
Of the poker games most commonly played in public cardrooms, seven card stud is probably the most well known. In this game, each player is dealt seven cards of their own: two down, then four up, and a final card down.

One of those confusing terms that can have a completely different meaning at the poker table than elsewhere. If someone says “nice hand, sir,” after you win a big pot, what they’re really saying is “congratulations on winning money through sheer luck.”

Snap Off:
To beat someone, often a bluffer, and usually with a not especially powerful hand, is to snap them off.

Speed refers to the level of aggressiveness with which you play.

Straight Flush
A hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks of the same suit.

Clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades.

Texas Hold’em:
Texas Hold’em (or just Hold’em) is a poker game in which each player gets two pocket cards, while five community cards are dealt face up on the table.

When two hands face off, the underdog is the one that’s less likely to win than the other.

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