Poker Terms

Click a letter below to browse through all the different terms within this glossary. Also feel free to check out our page that specifically lists texas holdem hand nicknames and our page for poker related abbreviations.

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A
Act
An intentional tell intended to give false information about a hand.
Action
Bets or betting. "There's a lot of action on this table."
Add On
An option during a tournament to purchase more chips. Also spelled as add-on.
Advertise
To make a bluff with the deliberate intention of being exposed as a loose player.
Aggressive
Adjective to describe a player who raises and re-raises and rarely calls.
Alamaba Full House
Three pair. This term is used in jest and is not a real poker hand.
All day
The sum of the bet. If player A bet $20 and player B raised $20 on top, the bet would be $40 "all day"
All-in
Putting all of the chips you have at the table into the pot, creating a side pot for the remaining players.
Angle
An action that isn't against the rules, but still incorporates unfair tactics.
Angle Shooting
Using unfair tactics.
Ante
A forced bet contributed by all players before cards are dealt as a way to create a pot.
Automatic Shuffler
A mechanized box that shuffles a deck (or decks) of cards.
B
Backdoor
Making a hand other than the one intended. Example: Having J/10 of Clubs with a flop of A of Clubs, 5 of Clubs. 6 of Spades. The turn and river are K & Q of Hearts. You made a straight instead of the intended (and more likely) flush.
Backraise
A re-raise from a player who originally called.
Bad Beat
When a good hand is beat by a longshot draw.
Bad Beat Jackpot
A jackpot held in certain poker rooms that pays out to a player who loses a pot holding a qualifying big hand.
Bankroll
The amount of money you have.
Belly Buster
See Double Belly Buster
Bet Odds
The odds you get as a result of evaluating the number of callers to a raise.
Bicycle or Bike
An ace to five straight, also called a "wheel".
Big Blind
The largest blind posted prior to the dealing of cards. This is usually the player sitting two seats to the left of the dealer.
Blank
A board card that doesn't affect any hand. Also referred to as a brick.
Blind
A mandatory bet placed before the cards are dealt to force money into the pot. You usually have to post a blind when you join a game.
Blocking Bet
A small bet made with the intention of preventing a larger bet from another player.
Blow Back
To lose back one's profits.
Bluff
Betting even though you don't have a good hand.
Board
The cards that are dealt face-up in a poker game.
Board
The surface upon which the cards are dealt, such as a poker table.
Board
The list of players waiting for seats at a poker room
Board check
A role call to start a new table at a poker room.
Boat
A full house.
Bot
Short for 'robot'. In online poker, it refers to a program that plays with little or no human intervention. These have been largely proven to fail against experienced players. Almost, if not all, online poker rooms have strict policies against the use of such programs.
Bottom Dealing
A form of live cheating where the bottom card is usually preset and dealt instead of the top card.
Bounty
An option in some tournaments where by eliminating a certain player or players, you win a set amount of money.
Box
The area of the table that the dealer deals from.
Box
The containers that tips and rake are dropped into by the dealers at a poker table.
Broadway
A straight, ten to ace.
Brush
An agent of the poker room that maintains the list of tables, announces open seats, and greets new players. Although not as common now, the brush also sometimes would brush the table clean, which is where the name originated.
Bubble
In a tournament, the place right before the lowest money payout. Example: In a tournament where the top ten players received a portion of the prize pool, 11th place would be the bubble.
Burn Card
In Hold 'Em, the cards before the flop, turn, and river that are discarded to prevent reading of marked cards.
Bust
To be eliminated from a tournament, or to lose all your money in a cash game.
Button
A symbol to designate which player is sitting in the dealer's position.
Buy the Button
When a player enters or returns to a game in the small blind, they may not play the hand until the button passes them unless they "buy the button", which means they must put up the big and small blind.
Buy-In
The amount a player spends to get into a game or tournament.
C
Call
Matching a bet amount.
Calling Station
A passive and loose player who does not raise much, but calls more than he or she should.
Cap
In a limit game, betting the last amount allowed before the maximum allowed number of raises is reached.
Capped
When betting is no longer allowed in a round because the maximum amount of raises has been reached.
Card Cap
An object (usually a chip) placed on top of your two pocket cards to show that you have an active hand. Also known as a "marker".
Cards Speak
The rule that your hand is the most favorable possible combination of cards, no matter how you call it.
Case Bet
Betting everything you have, typically used by casino personnel to describe a bet in table games like blackjack
Case Card
The one card that can save your hand. For example, when you're looking for the case ace on the river to make four of a kind.
Cash Game
See Ring Game.
Cash Out
Taking your money and going home.
Changing Gears
When a player switches his style of play.
Check
When no bets are pending, to pass your turn.
Check Out
To fold when you have the option of checking.
Check-Raise
The act of checking, then re-raising a bet.
Chip
Small round disks used in poker that respresent a certain dollar amount.
Chip Shuffling
A trick done by casino players where two stacks of chips are "shuffled" together with one hand.
Chop
To split a pot.
Chop
An agreement between the blinds in a ring game that if all other players fold, they do not pursue the hand any farther and take back their blinds.
Clean Out
A card that would almost certainly make your hand best. If you are drawing at a straight, but there is a flush draw possible, then the cards that make your straight but also the flush are not clean outs.
Clubs
One of the four playing card suits. Formerly representing the working class.
Coffee Housing
Discussing a hand while it is in progress. Considered in bad taste in poker.
Cold Call
To call more than one bet at once as result of a re-raise.
Collusion
A form of cheating where multiple parties help each other in deciding the best course of action.
Come, Betting on the
Leading out with a bet when you are on a draw.
Community Cards
Communal cards dealt face up in Hold 'Em that all players can use.
Complete Hand
A hand that is defined by all five cards, such as a straight, flush, or full house.
Connected
Two sequential pocket cards. Examples : 10/J or 3/4.
Continuation Bet
Betting post flop after raising pre-flop as a continued sign of strength, regardless of whether or not you have a made hand.
Counterfeit
A verb that describes when two higher pair on the board reduces a pocket pair to nothing.
Cover
v. To have more chips than another player.
Crack
To beat a hand. A beaten hand is said to have been 'cracked'.
Crazy Pineapple
A variant of texas holdem where each player gets dealt three cards preflop and discards one of them before the turn card is dealt.
Cripple
As in 'to cripple the deck.' Meaning that you have most or all of the cards that somebody would want to have with the current board. If you have pocket kings, and the other two kings flop, you have crippled the deck.
Crying Call
A call that you make expecting to lose, but feel that you must make anyway because of the pot odds.
Cut Card
A plastic card placed at the bottom of a deck to prevent the bottom card from being accidentally revealed.
Cutoff
Also known as the 'cutoff seat'. The player to the right of the dealer button. Called so because that player often "cuts off" the button to steal blinds and position.
D
Data Mining
In online poker, the practice of harvesting large amounts of hand histories independently or through a third party service. This is done to give allow the player with access to this information to have statistics on other players despite having never necessarily played with them.
Dead Button
A situation where only one blind is posted occurring most often when the big blind is eliminated.
Dead Money
Money contributed to a pot by a player no longer in the hand.
Dead Money
A player in a tournament who has no realistic chance of winning.
Dealer
The man or woman who handles the cards, gives out the pots, and monitors the game.
Dealers Position
Being the last to act in a betting round. On the button. You can learn more about the various table postions, and their impact on strategy here.
Deck Change
Substituting a deck of cards for another. This may be requested by a player or prescribed by the house.
Deep Stack
Having more chips than might be typical given the blinds/antes.
Diamonds
One of the four playing card suits. Formerly representing merchants.
Dog
See Underdog.
Dominated Hands
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.
Dominating Hands
Primo hands that are not only good, solid hands, but have lots of room for improvement.
Donk
To make a foolish decision as it relates to poker
Donkey
A foolish player
Door card
The first visible card on the flop. See also window
Double Belly Buster
A straight draw that is essentially two gutshots. A double belly buster is more deceptive than an open ended straight draw.
Double Flop Holdem
A holdem variant where two flops, two turns, and two rivers are dealt out (but can't be mixed) to make a final hand.
Down
The period of time a dealer sits at a single table.
Draw
A drawing hand.
Draw
A game result where multiple players split the pot as result of having equal hands.
Draw
To take a card from a deck of cards.
Drawing
Playing a hand to improve.
Drawing Dead
A hand that will lose even if it improves.
Drawing Hand
A hand that needs improvement to win. Usually to a straight or flush.
E
Early Position
Being one of the first to act in a betting round. Usually a disadvantage. You can learn more about the various table postions, and their impact on strategy here.
Edge
Descriptive of the expectation to win or lose in a hand, game, or other situation. "Against these old veterans my edge shrinks to nothing. I'm going to find another table."
Eight or Better
Same as high/low. A split pot game where the low hand qualifies by having a hand that is eight-high or better (or worse depending on how you look at it).
Equity
As known as pot equity. Your 'rightful' share of a pot: if the pot contains $80, and you have a 50% chance of winning it, you have $40 equity in the pot. This term is somewhat fanciful since you will either win $80 or $0, but it gives you an idea of how much you can 'expect' to win.
Escalation
The speed and structure of blind and ante increases within a poker tournament
Expectation
The amount you expect to gain on average if you make a certain play. For instance, suppose you put $10 into a $50 pot to draw at a hand that you will make 25% of the time, and it will win every time you make it. Three out of four times, you do not make your draw, and lose $10 each time for a total of $30. The fourth time, you will make your draw, winning $50. Your total gain over those four average hands is $50-$30 = $20, an average of $5 per hand. Thus calling the $10 has a positive expectation of $5.
Expectation
The amount you expect to make at the poker table in a specific time period. Suppose in 100 hours of play, you win $527. Then your expectation is $5.27/hr. Of course, you won't make that exact amount each hour (and some hours you will lose), but it's one measure of your anticipated earnings.
Extra Blind
A blind put in by a player just entering the game, returning to the game, or otherwise changing his position at the table. See also blind and post.
F
False Shuffle
A form of live cheating where the deck is shuffled in a manner to prearrange the cards.
Family Pot
A pot in which almost all, or all, of the players call before the flop.
Fan
Displaying a deck of cards in a flourish in one's hands on the table.
Fast Play
To play a hand aggressively, betting and raising as much as possible in order to win the pot without additional rounds of betting.
Fee
Money taken by the house to compensate for expenses in a poker tournament.
Fifth Street
The fifth board card, more commonly called "the river" in holdem.
Fish
A poor, weak player.
Fixed Limit
The typial limit in land based casinos, where all players must bet a certain amount before and after the flop, and double that amount on the turn and river.
Flop
The first three community cards dealt face up on the table.
Flop
Used to describe what your hand was after the flop. "I flopped the nuts!"
Flop Games
The family of poker games that uses community cards in combination with personal cards.
Flush
A poker hand of five cards where the suits all match.
Fold
To give up your hand and forfeit the pot to the remaining players.
Fold Equity
The extra value you get from a hand when you force an opponent to fold. That is, if you don't have to see a showdown, your hand has more value than if you do.
Forced Bet
Any mandatory bet, such as posting the big blind, small blind, or an ante.
Four of a Kind
A poker hand consisting of all four cards of the same type.
Fourth Street
The fourth board card, more commonly called "the turn" in holdem.
Free Card
A board card in which there was no betting in the previous round: to have checked through a round of betting, allowing you to remain in the hand for a 'free' board card.
Free Roll
One player has a shot at winning an entire pot when he is currently tied with another player. For instance, suppose you have Ac Qc and your opponent has Ad Qh. The flop is Qs 5c Tc. You are tied with your opponent right now, but are free rolling because you can win the whole pot and your opponent can not. If no club comes, you split the pot. If it does come, you win the whole thing.
Freeroll
A prize rewarding tournament, most often multi-table, with no entry free. Frequently offered by many online poker rooms.
Freezeout
A tournament structure where only the top player gets paid.
Freezeout
A tournament where players may not rebuy.
Full House
A poker hand consisting of three-of-a-kind and a pair. Worded as the three-of-a-kind being "full" of the pair. Example: Three Aces and Two Tens is verbally declared as a "full house, Aces full of Tens".
G
Grinding
Playing in a style with minimal risk and modest gains over a long period of time.
Gutshot Draw
A straight draw where only one card will complete the hand.
Gutterball
A gutshot straight draw.
H
Half Bet Rule
The rule in poker that states that if a player (by being all-in) raises less than half of the previous bet, the betting is not reopened to other players.
Hand
The complete playing of all the cards given out in one deal.
Hand
The cards used by a player.
Hand shuffle
Shuffling cards by hand as opposed to using an automated shuffler.
Heads Up
When only two players are involved with a hand.
Hearts
One of the four playing card suits. Formerly representing the clergy.
Heavy Hand
A hand that, through some form of cheating, has extra cards in it.
High Limit
A game where the amounts wagered are high.
Hijack
The seat to the right of the cutoff and two to the right of the dealer.
Hit
As in 'the flop hit me', meaning the flop contained cards that helped your hand.
Holdout
To cheat by removing a card from the deck with the intent of using it later.
House
The establishment where a game is being held. It may be a casino in Las Vegas, a kitchen table, or an online casino's server in Antigua.
I
Image
What kind of player others currently perceive you as.
Implied Odds
The odds you are getting after the assumed result of betting for the remainder of the hand.
Inning
The period of time a dealer spends at one table in a live poker room. Typically around 30 minutes.
Isolation Bet
A raise designed to put you heads-up with the previous raiser.
J
Jackpot
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.
Jam
To move all-in in a no limit or pot limit game.
K
Kicker
The remaining undeclared cards in a five-card poker hand.
Kill Game
A game where certain predetermined requirements creates higher stakes and/or create a third blind.
L
Lammer
The clear plastic chips dealers use to count and separate chips in their racks; a spacer.
Late Position
Being one of the last to act in a betting round. Usually an advantage. You can learn more about the various table postions, and their impact on strategy here.
Leak
A weakness in your game that causes you to win less money than you would otherwise.
Level
In a poker tournament, the tier at which the blinds and antes are set. This tier periodically changes according to the escalation.
Limit
The type of betting in a game. See No Limit, Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, and Spread Limit.
Limit
Dealing with the money aspect of a game. See Micro Limit, Low Limit, and High Limit.
Limping
Calling a blind pre-flop without raising.
Live
Cards that are not duplicated in an opponent's stronger hand. For example, if you have A9 and your opponent has AJ, then your ace is not 'live' because making a pair of aces won't do you any good. The nine, however, is live. Making a pair of nines would give you the better hand.
Live Blind
A forced bet put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. The 'live' means those players still have the option of raising when the action gets back around to them.
Live Game
A game where you are physically near the other players (in a casino or local game, verses playing online).
Live Hand
An active hand. One that has not folded.
Long Shot
Making a hand despite having few outs and/or poor odds.
Loose
Adjective to describe a player who plays lots of hands and gets involved with a lot of pots.
Low Limit
A game where the amounts wagered are small.
M
Made Hand
A hand to which you're drawing, or one good enough that it doesn't need to improve.
Main Pot
The first established pot before a player goes all-in and creates a side pot.
Marker
A promissory note or IOU, typically for a casino or gambling debt.
Markers
An object (usually a chip) placed on top of your two pocket cards to show that you have an active hand.
Mechanic
A player who has the ability to illegally manipulate cards for favorable results.
Micro Limit
A poker game with extremely small blinds/antes.
Middle Position
Being in between early and late position. You can learn more about the various table postions, and their impact on strategy here.
Misdeal
Stopping the hand (most often before it starts) and redealing the hand, usually because of dealer error.
Mississippi Straddle
A form of a straddle common in the southern United States where the button or cutoff buys action by straddling.
Mneumonics
Mental devices used to remember things. In Hold 'Em, often players have names for what pocket cards they have, like Big Slick or Maverick.
Muck
To discard your hand, especially after an opponent reveals a better hand.
Muck
The discard pile.
Must-move
Players at a must-move table are forced to change seats to the "main game" tables whenever necessary. This is done to keep the "main game" full of players.
N
No Limit
Considered one of the last true forms of poker, where the amount you can bet is limited by the number of chips in front of you.
Nuts
The best possible hand.
O
Odds
The proportion by which one bet differs from that of another.
Odds
The ratio between the probability for and against something happening.
Offsuit
Two cards of different suits are said to be 'offsuit'.
Omaha
A flop game where players are dealt four hole cards and five communal cards in the same sequence as holdem. Unlike holdem though, players must form their five card hand using exactly two hole cards and three board cards.
On the Button
Being the last player to act in a betting round. Dealer's Position.
Online Poker Room
A website or their software that allows you to play poker with other players around the world.
Open Ended
Adjective to describe a straight draw that can be filled at either end. Twice as easy to complete as a gutshot straight draw. Example: You hold Seven, Eight with a flop of Ace, Nine, Ten.
Open Stakes
The opposite of Table Stakes. Where a player has the option to call or raise with money that was not on the table at the start of the hand.
Option
The big blind's ability to check or raise in an unraised preflop pot.
Outs
The number of cards left in the deck that will improve your hand.
Overcall
To call a bet after one or more others players have already called.
Overcards
Cards higher in rank than the highest card on the board.
Overpair
A pocket pair higher than any of the cards on the board.
Oversized Chip Rule
The rule in poker that if you throw in a single chip larger than what is necessary to call, and say nothing, then you are calling, not raising.
P
Pair
A poker hand comprised of two cards of the same type and three others.
Passive
Adjective to describe a player who frequently calls and rarely bets.
Pat
A hand that you make on the flop. For instance, if you have two spades in your hand and the flop has three spades, then you've flopped a pat spade flush.
Pay Off
To call a bet when the bettor is representing a hand that you can't beat, but the pot is sufficiently large to justify a call anyway.
Pineapple
A variant of texas holdem where each player gets dealt three cards preflop and discards one of them.
Pitch
Used in dealing to describe throwing a card, or the throw of cards. "That dealer has a real high pitch, careful he doesn't show your cards."
Play the Board
To show down a hand in hold'em when your cards don't make a hand any better than is shown on the board. For instance, if you have 22, and the board is 4-4-9-9-A (no flush possible), then you must 'play the board': the best possible hand you can make doesn't use any of your cards. Note that if you play the board, the best you can do is split the pot with all remaining players.
Pocket Cards
The two cards dealt to you at the beginning of a Hold 'Em hand that no one else is entitled to see.
Poker
A bluffing/strategy game with many variants that uses a standard 52 or 54 card deck.
Position
In a turn-based game like Hold 'Em, your rank in the order of turns. This is typically categorized into early, middle, and late positions. You can learn more about the various table postions and their impact on strategy here.
Post
Placing a forced bet into the pot, such as a blind or an ante, as in posting the blinds.
Post
Placing out a bet the size of the big blind when initially seated in a non-blind position in a cash game. This bet is live, so a posting player could check (if unraised) on their first action. This bet is mandatory to play a hand, but the player may also wait until the big blind and post there as normal. This practice is usually, but not universally, the standard in online and brick-and-mortar poker rooms.
Pot
The amount of money and sum of the bets being wagered on in a game.
Pot Committed
A state where you are essentially forced to call the rest of your stack because of the size of the pot and your remaining chips.
Pot Limit
A limit where you may bet up to the size of the pot.
Pot Odds
The odds you get when analyzing the current size of the pot vs. your next call.
Potting Out
An agreement to take money out of a pot for another purpose (cigarettes, pizza, beer, etc.).
Preflop
The time and betting round after the initial deal and before the flop. Also occasionally spelled as pre-flop.
Prial
Three-of-a-kind, typically used in three card games like three card brag. An amalgamation of "pair royal".
Price
The pot odds you are getting for a draw or call.
Pro
A professional poker player.
Prop Player
A player who is paid by the house to play in games with their own money as a way to fill up games.
Protect
To keep your hand or a chip on your cards. This prevents them from being fouled by a discarded hand, or accidentally mucked by the dealer.
Protect
To invest more money in a pot so blind money that you've already put in isn't 'wasted'. Protecting the blinds.
Push
To receive all of your money back as a result of a tie. More often used in casino games than in poker.
Q
Quads
Four of a kind.
Quarter
Winning 25% of the pot. For example, in Omaha 8/b, losing the high hand and splitting the low with another player.
Quarter
A $25 green chip.
R
Rabbit Hunting
Exposing additional cards off the deck after the hand is over.
Rag
A useless card.
Railbird
Someone watching the game as it is played, not playing in it themselves.
Rainbow
Used to describe cards of all different suits.
Raise
To increase the amount of a previous wager. This increase must meet certain specifications, depending on the game, to reopen the betting and count toward a limit on the number of raises allowed.
Rake
Money taken by the house to compensate for expenses.
Rakeback
In online poker, getting back a portion of all raked hands from the participating poker room. This amount is typically between 25%-50%.
Rank of Suits
The order of suits in a game with no draws. The order from high to low is Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs.
Ratholing
(also "Rat Holing", pronounced as the latter) The illegal action of removing your own money from the table without leaving the game.
Re-raise
Putting in another bet on top of a previous raise or raises.
Reading
Analysis of a player based on how they play, mannerisms, and tells.
Rebuy
A tournament option where players can purchase more chips after going below a certain amount or after losing all of their chips.
Represent
To play as if you hold a certain hand. For instance, if you raised before the flop, and then raised again when the flop came ace high, you would be representing at least an ace with a good kicker.
Reverse Tell
Intentionally acting in a different way to give a false image.
Ring game
A poker game where players may leave at any time (as opposed to a tournament).
River
The fifth and last community card dealt face up in a Hold 'Em game.
Rock
A passive, tight player.
Royal Flush
The highest ranking hand. Having a straight 10 to Ace of all the same suit.
Run
A streak of good fortune and/or good play where a player wins a series of hands.
Runner, Runner
When a player hits two running cards to make a hand.
Rush
A winning streak
S
Sandbagging
Holding back and calling despite the fact that you have a very good hand, usually to disguise strength, provoke bluffs, and to check-raise.
Satellite
A poker tournament where the prize is an entry into a larger tournament. A 'super satellite' is a satellite to another satellite tournament.
Scare Card
A card that may well turn the best hand into trash. If you have Tc 8c and the flop comes Qd Jd 9s, you almost assuredly have the best hand. However, a turn card of Td would be very scary because it would almost guarantee that you are now beaten.
Scared Money
Money that is being played timidly because it is all a player has left.
Scoop
To win both the high and the low portions of a pot in a split-pot game.
Scramble
See Wash.
Semi-Bluff
Betting with a mediocre or drawing hand
Set
Three-of-a-kind using a pocket pair that matches a card on the board.
Set Mining
In Texas holdem, when one plays all (or almost all) pocket pairs they are dealt in an attempt to hit a set on the flop.
Shark
A good player or player who disguises his skill to trick others.
Shill
A player who is paid an hourly rate with house money to play in games as a way to fill them up.
Shootout
A tournament format where each table plays down to one player, then all single table winners are combined to a table. This repeats until one table and player remain.
Short Buying
Purchasing chips after your initial purchase. Usually the minimum for a short buy-in is less than the initial buy-in.
Short Handed
An adjective used to describe a game with few players.
Short Stack
Not having many chips left.
Show One, Show All
The rule that if a player shows his hand to one player, all players at the table are entitled to see the hand. This is often confused with the rule that requires a player to reveal all cards to claim a pot.
Showdown
The final phase after all betting has ended and players reveal their cards.
Side Pot
Bets made into a new pot after a player has gone all-in.
Signaling
A system used by colluding players to let each other know what they hold.
Sleeper
A 'blind' raise from any position. Note: blind here regards actions without having looked at the hole and/or board cards. This is most often referred to as playing blind.
Slow Play
To call or check despite having a really good hand. The intention is to misrepresent the hands strength.
Slow Roll
Taking a long time to call a bet when you have an obviously winning hand. Considered to be very bad poker etiquette.
Small Blind
The smaller or the two blinds posted prior to the dealing of cards. This is usually by the player sitting directly to the left of the dealer.
Smooth Call
Calling a raise post flop. This term generally implies that the caller could have re-raised, but instead only called.
Snowing
Bluffing on every betting round.
Soft Play
To go easy on another player at the table.
Soft Seat
A seat or game which is favorable because of the lack of skill at the table.
Spacer
See lammer
Spades
One of the four playing card suits. Formerly representing nobility.
Splashing the Pot
Tossing chips directly into the pot. Poor etiquette.
Split Pot
When two or more winning hands tie and divide the pot.
Spooking
Standing behind a player or dealer in an attempt to glimpse cards.
Spread Limit
A betting structure where you can bet any amount within a certain range.
Stash
A poker player's "gamblin' money".
Steal
To bet or raise causing an opponent to fold when you may not hold the best hand.
Steaming
Being on Tilt.
Steamrolling
Re-raising to make a player(s) call two bets instead of one.
Steel Wheel
A straight flush, ace to five.
Straddle
Posting an extra blind when one sits to the left of the big blind. For more information, check out our straddle page.
Straight
A poker hand with five sequential cards. In Hold'Em, Aces can be high or low.
Straight Flush
A poker hand comprised of five sequential cards all of the same suit.
String Bets
Saying "I'll call your bet....and I'll re-raise!", instead of just "Raise" or "Re-raise". Generally not allowed because of ethics involving angle shooting.
String Calls
An illegal call like saying "I've got a pair of Jacks.", then after your opponents have revealed their hands or just simply reacted to that, saying "Oh, and I've also got a pair of sevens, too" or a similar situation.
Stripped Deck
A deck where certain cards have been intentionally removed to accommodate a particular card game's rules.
Structured Limit
See Fixed Limit.
Stuck
A term used to describe a current bankroll or table stake loss. "I've been stuck $200 for four hours", for example, would mean that you lost $200 and have stayed at -200 for four hours.
Suck Out
To win a hand after the flop despite poor odds of winning. Often used in reference to the player who was likely to win. "I had pocket kings against Adam's pocket aces and even though the flop didn't help either of us, I sucked out on him on the river when a king hit."
Suit
A characteristic of a playing card. The card being either of Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, or Spades.
Suited
Usually used in reference to your pocket cards when they are of the same suit.
Super Holdem
See "Tahoe Poker".
Super System
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Swing
Used to describe a significant shift in bankroll and/or luck, either positive or negative.
T
Table
The surface on which poker is played.
Table
A term used in reference to the players at a table. "A tight table."
Table Stakes
The rule that you can only play a hand with the money you have at the table.
Tahoe Poker
A variant of texas holdem and omaha where a player gets dealt three cards instead of two but can use only up to two of them along with the five community cards to make a final hand. Also called "Super Holdem".
Tell
An action that gives clues about the cards someone is holding.
Texas Holdem
What this site is all about! A poker variant where each player is dealt two cards, then five communal cards are turned face up on the board.
Three of a Kind
A poker hand consisting of three cards of the same type.
Tight
Adjective to describe a player who selects hands very carefully and folds easily.
Tilt
Behavior as a result of losing, usually negative.
Toke
A tip for the dealer in a live game.
Top Pair
Having a pair with the highest card on the board and one in the pocket.
Top Two Pair
Having both your pocket cards match the highest two cards on the board.
Tournament
A poker competition, normally with an entry fee and prizes.
Trips
Three-of-a-kind using one of your hole cards that matches a pair on the board.
Turn
The fourth community card dealt face up in a Hold 'Em game.
Two Pair
A hand consisting of two different pairs and one kicker.
U
Under the Gun
Being the first person to act, being in the earliest position.
Underdog
The player who is mathematically unfavored to win a pot.
Underpair
A pocket pair of lower value than the lowest card on the board.
V
Value Bet
A bet made from a player with a winning hand intended to get more money in the pot and not to drive a player out of the hand.
Variance
An expression that describes the volatility of the state of something. In poker, variance is often used to describe swings in a players bankroll.
Verbal Declaration
Verbally stating your action, such as "Fold" or "Raise". In most forms of poker, verbal declarations are binding and take precedence over what you physically do.
W
Wager
A bet.
Walk
In holdem, when a player in the big blind (or straddle) wins when all other players fold preflop
Wash
A thorough shuffling technique whereby the shuffler spreads the cards face down over a large area and scrambles them. This is also known as a scramble.
Well
The dealer's tray or rack where the chips are kept.
Wheel
A straight, ace to 5. A straight flush, ace to 5, is known as a Steel Wheel.
Widow
A community card dealt in a stud game.
Window
The first visible card of the flop. See also Door Card.
Wired
Having two pocket cards of the same rank.
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