Common Poker Terms
Those who play serious
poker use a language that outsiders rarely understand. If you want to be accepted
in the 'big league', it's important that you also understand the most common terms.
A full house that includes three aces and any other pair.
This is used when a player puts his entire bankroll into the pot.
Used when a prime hand is beaten by another, better, hand.
The amount of chips (or money) a player has available.
Used when playing 'Texas Hold 'Em'. A player who has an ace and a king as his
hole cards is called 'Big Slick'
A pair of aces as the hole cards in 'Texas Hold 'Em'.
The position on the table representing the dealer. In casinos this is indicated
by a white disc. In private games the 'button' is the dealer himself.
The amount of money you need in order to join a game.
This is what you do if you check the first time the bet comes to you but raise
the next time, all in the same betting round.
Any two cards in succession, such as a nine and a ten. 'Suited Connectors' means
two connecting cards belonging to the same suit.
A term used in 'Texas Hold 'Em' meaning a pair of kings as your hole cards (the
first two dealt cards).
When a player goes 'All In' on a hand and wins the game thus doubling his bankroll.
A player who remains in the game hoping to make their hand with a draw but who
The player(s) who is immediately to the left of the button and who has a disadvantage
due to needing to bet before others.
Used in 'Texas Hold 'Em' and means the first three community cards that are dealt
face up on the table (flopped over).
Leaving the game.
A gambler who plays for high stakes although the term is often relative to the
amounts other players in the game are betting.
A drawn card that helps your hand.
In 'Texas Hold 'Em', the two cards that each player is dealt face down. In Blackjack,
the face down card of the dealer.
The player(s) sitting immediately to the right of the button and who has an advantage
by knowing other players' bets before he makes his own.
A game where a player can bet everything he has.
The highest card in a poker hand that isn't being used to create a pair, three,
or four of a kind. The kicker can sometimes serve as a tie-breaker when two players
are both holding similar hands.
A hand that stands an excellent chance of winning.
The pile of discarded cards. 'Mucking' your cards means throwing them in to leave
the game. This is also known as 'Folding'.
A hand that can't be beaten.
Over The Top
Used when a player raises on another player's raise.
The amount of money in the pot compared to what you need to put in to continue
playing. If there's $100 in the pot and you need to put in $20 then you're playing
5:1 pot odds.
Another term for 'four of a kind'.
The player with the fewest chips at the table is said to be using a short stack.
A game where the amounts allowed for bets and raises are fixed beforehand.
If a game is being played by the 'table stakes' rule it means that no player can
add to his bankroll during the game.