A hand that contains one pair of Aces with an additional pair, or two pair.
A player's check, bet, call, fold, or raise.
A player in a hand. Also known as a live hand.
When a player commits all remaining chips or cash in front of them.
all in over the top
Going all in after an opponent has bet.
Someone who plays well under pressure.
Feature that ensures that if you are disconnected while in a hand, you still have rights to the main pot. A side pot is created for continued action from the remaining players.
A forced bet that each player must make before cards are dealt. This guarantees money in each pot before the flop. Most online games do not have antes, just the blinds.
A computer gaming term that describes the image used to represent a player around the poker table.
A small card such as a 2 or 3.
When you need the turn and/or river card to make your flush.
When you need the turn and/or river card to make your straight.
backing into a hand
Drawing two cards that make a hand you were not originally going for.
A card that offers you an additional out.
Losing with a hand on the river that should have held up.
The total amount of money you are planning to gamble with.
Cards dealt from the bottom of the deck. It's cheating, pure and simple.
battle of the blinds
When everyone but the big and small blinds folds, creating a heads-up action.
An inside straight draw.
A game dominated by poor players.
bet for value
Betting to increase the size of the pot, not to make your opponents fold.
bet the pot
Making a bet that is equal to the size of the pot.
Also called a wheel; the lowest possible straight, A-2-3-4-5.
The larger of the two forced bets that are typically found in Hold'em and Omaha games. However, big blinds increase after each round of betting when playing in tournaments. Also see
A flop that makes your hand.
A card on the board, or in your hand, that has no value. Also known as a
A forced bet made by the big and small blind hand players who are seated immediately to the left of the button position.
When a player raises or bets a weak hand to make his opponent(s) think he has a strong hand, and fold.
The actual poker table of exposed dealt cards.
Another word for a full house.
Short for robot; an online poker game term meaning with no, or minimal, human intervention.
The lowest pair on the board.
brick and mortar
An offline casino poker room or professional card room.
To open a round of betting.
A card room person responsible for handling the seating chart.
The person who is eliminated from a tournament just before the prize money starts being paid. If the final table of a tournament consists of ten players and you were knocked out in eleventh position, you were the bubble, and paid nothing.
A pair of Aces dealt to your hand.
A player who enjoys playing aggressively, especially when the games have been easygoing.
To raise. Also referred to as
Cards discarded face-down from the top of the deck being dealt. This is done to prevent anyone from being able to determine the next card to be dealt.
bust a player
When you eliminate a player from the game by winning all their chips.
Losing the hand and all your chips, causing you to be eliminated from a tournament.
The round white marker that moves clockwise around the table after every hand to indicate where the new action is to begin.
An amount of money you pay to play in a tournament or a poker game.
To match the most recent bet.
A player who rarely raises unless she has the nuts.
The last raise permitted on a betting round in many limit games. Also known as Capitola or Cappuccino.
A rule stating that the cards determine the best possible hand and not the player. If a player does not realize the strength of his hand, but turns them face-up for the dealer to read, then the cards rule.
The only card in the deck that could possibly make your hand. For example, if two Queens flop and you are holding one in your hand, and the fourth Queen comes out on the turn or river, that fourth Queen would be the case card.
When you turn your chips into cash after leaving a game.
A player who varies the style of play from being tight to being aggressive.
Changing your play from loose or tight as a strategic move.
Calling without a made hand in the hope that your long-shot card will come.
Conversation that you type in the chat box during an online poker game.
Reserving the right to see what everyone else does, giving you an idea of what they may be holding.
First you check, then raise, when the action gets back to you.
An agreement between the two blinds to take their chips back rather than playing out the hand heads-up. However, this is strictly an offline option.
The term for the software that you download to your computer that allows you to interact with the poker room's servers.
Distracting chatter at the table.
To call both a bet and a raise in a single action.
A form of cheating when two or more players attempt to gain an unfair advantage by secretly sharing information.
Strictly a drawing hand.
come over the top
When you raise or re-raise a bet.
When you put in whatever amount is needed to call the hand without question.
A river card that is dealt face-up and used by all the players in a Seven-Card Stud game; the flop, turn, and river cards in Texas Hold'em and Omaha games.
Sequentially ranked cards that can help make a straight.
A card that does not help your hand because it duplicated a card that was not good for your hand.
A very common term almost always heard whenever pocket Aces are beat. Here's an exam-ple: “My aces just got cracked.”
When one player has the cards that another player needs in order to make his hand, the player must call a bet or a raise with a crippled deck. (Very few of the cards the player needs to make a pair or full house are left in the deck.)
A call made when a player is almost certain of being beat.
Divide, as in “cut the cards,” which the dealer does after they are shuffled.
An Omaha card that does not fit into the scheme of your other three cards.
Usually a misdealt hand. Also a hand dealt to a player who has left the table without first looking at her cards.
Money in the pot donated by players no longer in the hand. In tournaments, it's the term for a player who has no realistic chance of winning.
The person who works for the poker room as a card dealer but has no vested interest in the hand. The computer is the dealer when playing online poker.
deck of cards
Fifty-two cards consisting of four suits — spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs — and numbered from Two to Ten, Jack to Ace. There are thirteen cards in each suit.
Short for underdog; someone who's a real long shot.
A hand that almost always loses to a powerful hand.
A bad player, easy money, a real fish.
Common in Stud games; the first card dealt face-up to each player.
A two-way inside straight.
Betting all your chips and winning twice as much as you gambled with.
Players cards that are dealt face-down and not seen by other players.
down to the felt
Out of money or chips.
When you can't win, no matter what cards come on the turn or river.
Playing a hand that is not yet made — for example, four cards to a flush on the flop or the turn.
The first and second players after the blinds; being in early positions, they are forced to act before the rest of the table.
An additional blind that usually comes into play when a new player enters the game and posts or when a player changes seats. Offline it is also when an existing player steps out of the game, misses their blinds, returns before it's their blind, and posts.
The pot after everyone has called to see the flop.
The playing of a hand aggressively.
Also known as the river in Texas Hold'em and the final card dealt. In Seven-Card Stud poker games, it would be the fifth card dealt.
Another term for a poor player who seems to enjoy giving away his money.
Calling a bet without a raise.
The first three community cards that are dealt face-up in the center of the table in Hold'em and Omaha games.
Five cards all of the same suit.
To relinquish your cards rather than calling the bet.
A mandatory bet such as the blinds and antes.
four of a kind
Four cards of the same rank.
The fourth card after the flop. Also known as the turn card.
A turn or river card that you get to see for free when everyone checks.
Tournaments where you pay to get in by playing a designated number of hours over a specified period of time, or where the entry fee has been waived. Also used when a player has a shot at winning an entire pot when currently tied with another player. He is freerolling because he believes he can win the whole pot.
A tournament that is played until one player has won all the chips without benefit of re-buys.
Three cards of the same rank (also known as three of a kind), accompanied by any pair.
get full value
When you raise or re-raise with the sole intention of building the pot should your strong hand hold up.
When you have made your hand.
Someone who plays in the hope of getting even. He is grinding his way back to even in the hope of finally making a profit.
gutshot/gunshot straight draw
Four cards to a straight with the middle card missing. If the card comes on the turn or the river, you've made your gutshot draw.
Your best five cards.
When only two players are left in the pot.
The card with the highest rank.
The first two down cards in Hold'em and Seven-Card Stud, the four down cards in Omaha games, and the three down cards in Crazy Pineapple poker games.
The poker room or casino running the game.
idiot end of the straight
When the straight you have just made is the lowest possible straight on the board. Also known as the ignorant end.
The odds that you are getting from the expected calls in future betting rounds when you expect to win if you hit your drawing hand.
A hand with four cards to a straight but missing a middle card.
An offline special bonus paid to the loser of a fantasy hand that gets beat. In Hold'em it's usually Aces full of Jacks, or better, beaten. In some of the large Las Vegas casinos and Southern California card clubs, jackpots have gotten to be over $400,000. Jackpot money is funded completely by player money, which is removed from each pot, separate from the rake.
To move all-in in a no-limit or pot-limit game. Or, a pot that has been raised the maximum number of raises in a limit poker game.
The highest unpaired card in your hand, used as the tiebreaker if two players have the same hand. This is often seen with a pair, two pair, and three of a kind. If your kicker is a King and your opponent's kicker is a Jack, you have won the hand.
When one or more opponents have the same hand and the kicker becomes the deciding factor. Also known as kicker trouble.
A player's position, usually referring to the button position.
Folding a good strong hand that you feel can't win.
A strong hand.
To call any pre-flop action. It allows the blinds to see the flop cheaply and usually indicates a weak hand. But if anyone raises, you fold.
Players who only enter the pot for the minimum bet.
A forced bet put in by one or more players before any cards have been dealt. The word
Cards still in play if they are not on the board or are in an opponent's hand.
A hand eligible to win the pot.
A loose player; a fish.
Poker played in a casino poker room, in a card room, or at home.
A hand that is guaranteed to win a portion, if not all, of the pot.
Describes a player who plays too many hands and does not know when to get out.
A hand that can't be beat.
The first pot created during a poker hand. Also known as the center pot.
make a hand
When you get the fifth card you need on the flop, the turn, or the river.
make a move
When someone tries to bluff by betting or raising the pot.
A loose and aggressive opponent who bluffs often and raises like clockwork.
Similar to a made hand, and it doesn't take much to improve it. Also used when referring to a large winning pot, a monster pot.
The pile of discarded hands and burn cards.
What you do with your losing cards when you toss them toward the dealer.
An Ace with no other suited cards.
A very tight player.
When a player can bet any or all of their chips at any time.
The highest possible flush.
nut flush draw
When you need one more card to make the best possible flush.
nut straight draw
When you need one more card to make the best possible straight.
Like “In the nuts;” the best possible hand. It can't be beat.
An extremely tight player.
Your probability of making a hand versus the probability of not making it.
Originally a Hold'em term describing the two hole cards when they are of different suits.
A game where the players are dealt four cards face-down and then share the five community cards in the center of the board; you must use two of the cards in your hand to make a hand and win the pot.
on a short stack
When you have a small amount of chips in front of you.
on the button
The best position at the table, which enables you to act last.
on the come
Betting on a hand in the hope that it will get there on the river.
When you are frustrated from a bad beat or several losses and begin to play recklessly.
Similar to a heads-up poker tournament, but starts out with just two players who buy in for a specific amount determined by the on- or offline poker room and play until one player holds all the chips.
Poker played on the Internet via your computer.
When the first bet in a new hand of poker is made.
A card that is dealt face-up.
A two-way hand with four consecutive cards, needing the next card at either end to make the straight.
Two cards of the same value dealt face-up.
out of position
Having to act before your opponents, putting you at a disadvantage.
Unexposed cards, hopefully still in the deck, that can make your hand.
When someone wins by outdrawing their opponent(s) on the turn and river.
A hole card that is higher than any of the cards on the board.
A pocket pair that is higher than any of the cards on the flop.
over the top
When you re-raise a very large bet.
Face cards: King, Queen, and Jack.
Two cards of the same value.
The same as fold.
A made hand on the flop.
When you call a bet even though your opponent is representing a hand that can beat you.
peddling the nuts
When you bet a draw hand.
play from behind
Checking with intention of check-raising or re-raising.
play/playing the board
A Texas Hold'em term for when the best five-card hand is the community board.
Cards that only you can see.
The same as hole cards.
Two cards of the same rank in the hole, or pocket.
The betting order that is determined by where a player sits at the table in relation to the dealer button.
When a player is forced to put in a blind bet. This can happen when a player first sits down or when a seat change is made.
All the chips that have been bet during any given hand.
When you are forced to call the rest of your stack because of the size of the pot and the amount of remaining chips you have.
The amount in the pot after each round of betting.
The amount of money in the pot versus the amount of money it will cost you to call the bet. Pot odds often come into play when you play drawing hands with one card left to come.
The top starting hands for whichever poker games you play.
The pot odds you get when drawing or calling.
The information a player may enter about herself, such as hobbies, favorite color, etc.
protecting your hand
When offline players keep a chip, or lucky charm, on their cards to protect them from accidentally being mucked by the dealer or by a player aggressively mucking his cards and accidentally taking your cards along with his. Your accidentally mucked hand will automatically be declared dead even if you have already committed money to the pot.
When you mentally put another player on a hand (you imagine another player has a particular hand) to help you decide how to play your own hand.
putting on the heat
Pressuring other players by betting aggressively.
Four of a kind.
Offline, when you ask the dealer to show what the river card would have been.
A card that does not help your hand.
Flop cards that are of no help to any of the players.
A deck of cards.
A flop that contains three different suits.
When you increase the amount of the previous bet.
A set amount of money that the house gets for every pot dealt.
It is how on- and offline poker rooms make their money.
The value of the card or the hand.
Pocketing chips or money off the table after a few wins when playing in offline games. This is a form of cheating and not allowed.
The ability to assess another person's hand based on tells.
read the board
Being able to understand the board as it relates to all the possible hands that you can make or that can be made by someone else.
The option to buy back into a game or tournament after losing all your chips. This is usually seen during the first thirty to sixty minutes of a tournament.
When you sign up to play on an Internet poker Web site.
When you have the appearance of holding a better hand than you actually have.
When you raise the previous raise.
A full-table poker game with no empty seats. Also referred to as a live game.
The final community card dealt on Fifth Street. The seventh card dealt in Stud games.
A tight player who folds often and does not play many hands. So when he does raise, or worse, re-raise, you can bet he has the nuts!
In Stud games when your first three cards are all of the same value. Also known as three of a kind.
round of betting
When each player in the hand has acted.
A professional poker player who usually plays in high-stakes games and tournaments.
A hand that contains an A-K-Q-J-10 all in the same suit.
When a player tries to take control of the game by running over top everyone's action with raises, and then winning.
When a player's hand was made when he caught the perfect two cards on the turn and the river.
When you are on a losing streak.
When you are on a winning streak.
When you are on a winning streak.
When you slow play a strong hand as if it is weak in an effort to get as much money in the pot as possible.
A tournament that does not pay off its winners with cash, but rather with a seat in an up-and-coming larger tournament.
A card on the board that could mean a monster hand for someone.
scoop the pot
An Omaha High-Low term that describes when you win both the high and the low end of the pot.
A hand that wins an entire pot.
The identity you have chosen to use when playing online poker.
To call a bet.
This is a bet or raise that you hope will not be called, but if it is, you have outs.
A computer that provides service to an online poker room.
Three of a kind. Also called trips.
The player with the fewest chips at the table.
When a full table has thinned down to five or fewer players.
When the player's cards are revealed after all the action has been called.
A separate pot created for the remaining players after one player has gone all in.
When your online seat is held after you have clicked “sit out,” ending when you return to your computer and click back in.
Similar to a one-table tournament that starts as soon as the required number of players are seated around the table.
The sixth card dealt in a Stud game.
When you play a strong hand weakly in the hope of keeping more players in the pot all the way to the river.
Purposely taking your time, then showing your winning cards last, just to further frustrate your opponent.
The smaller of the two forced blinds.
To call just a strong hand.
Getting called on a stone bluff.
When one player goes easy on another player at the table, usually a friend or family member, whom she would rather not run over.
An on- or offline game where the level of play is not very good, making it easier for a skilled player to do well.
splashing the pot
An offline expression describing when chips are tossed directly into the pot before the dealer can verify the amount.
A pot that is shared by two or more players because they have the same hands. This is often seen when playing split-pot poker games.
The betting limit structure, as in a $4/$8 limit game.
Playing recklessly out of frustration and a bad beat.
An additional blind bet made by the player to the left of the big blind. This is effectively a blind raise and a pot builder.
Five sequential cards of mixed suits.
Five sequential cards all in the same suit.
An offline term describing an illegal move made when a player goes back to his stack to retrieve additional chips without announcing his intention to raise.
Two or mores cards of the same suit.
Two cards that are sequential in rank and of the same suit.
A super-tight player.
The chips and/or money, if money plays, on the table that can be used to bet with.
take off a card
When you call the flop and will decide what to do after the dealer deals the next card.
A clue or hint that a player unknowingly gives away about the strength of their hand.
A poker game that consists of each player being dealt two down cards followed by a total of five community cards.
The first three cards dealt in Stud games.
three of a kind
Three cards of the same rank; a set; trips.
A very conservative player who only plays the strongest hands.
Playing wildly and/or recklessly.
Offline term used when a player requests some time to consider how she should play her hand. In tournament play, an actual clock is used.
In offline games, a tip given to the dealer after she pushes the pot to the winner.
The highest pair made on the board. If you have a pair of Jacks with one in your hand and the other on the board and it's the highest card out, you have top pair.
The highest possible set of trips. If you hold a pair of Kings, and a King flops and no Aces hit the board, then you are sure to have the top set.
Two pair, which includes your two hole cards, paired with the two highest cards on the board.
What it costs to enter a tournament.
tournament entry fee
A small fee charged by the on and offline poker rooms that comes out of the buy-in money.
When you flop three cards to your straight or flush draw and there's been action and you decide to call, and catch the fourth suited card for your flush draw, or the fourth card needed for your straight draw. Now you are trapped into calling all the action on the turn in order to see if you can catch your fifth miracle card on the river.
Three of a kind; a set.
A form of poker play where a player takes very little, if any, time to act.
Also known as Fourth Street, the fourth community card on the board.
A pair in your hand that is lower than the pair on the board.
under the gun
The player first to act in any given round.
The person or hand not favored to win the pot. Also know as the pot dog.
A bet made because you have what you believe to be the best hand and you want your opponents to call.
A sign-up list for the game, limit, and table you want to play online. Many offline poker rooms also have wait lists that you can call ahead of time to put your name on.
A straight from Ace through Five.
When your pocket, or hole, cards make a pair.
A very big hand.
When the connector cards in your hand wrap around three cards on the board to make your straight.