Poker Terms and Definitions

A weak-passive player who calls a lot, but doesn't raise or fold much. You may also be required to post a blind if you change seats at the table in a way that moves you away from the blinds. When it is checked to someone in late position who raises preflop in Hold 'em, he may be on a steal - raising with a worse-than-usual hand, because of the added possibility of him picking up the blinds uncontested. To bet or raise holding a hand you believe to be weaker than that of your opponent, with the intention of getting them to fold their stronger hand. A true maniac is not a good player, but is simply doing a lot of gambling. Flush involving the 10, J, Q, K A of the same suit.

Poker Dictionary and Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Poker Terms: Alphabetical Listing

Meaning "to cause to lose warmth" is from late 14c. In addition to the idioms beginning with cool. Synonyms Examples Word Origin. I'm perfectly cool, but open the window if you feel hot.

He was cool to her passionate advances. She made a cool appraisal of all the issues in the dispute. It's not cool to arrive at a party too early.

If you want to stay late, that's cool. I'll be there at He got the job? The soup cooled in five minutes.

We cooled off in the mountain stream. Disappointment cooled his early zealousness. Wait until he cools off before you talk to him again. See cold , chill. A player who calls bets with weak hands or when he doesn't have the odds to justify it.

The opposite of tight. A hand with more than high-card value, e. Usually used as the opposite of a draw: Popular way to describe someone who seemingly bet or raise with any hand. This was a problem for me, because he had been playing very tightly so far, and I was afraid that he had me beat. A version of poker in which a player may bet any amount of chips that he has when it is his turn. Someone who has the best possible hand is said to be holding the nuts.

The best possible hand is always at least a set. To bet or call with a draw. When the third heart came on the turn, I was willing to lay my pair down, but he checked, and folded when I bet. Even if you currently do not have the best hand, there may be ways for you to get the best hand at the table.

A card that will give you that hand is called an out. If you have no outs, you are said to be drawing dead. On the river or 7th street in Stud , someone bets and another person calls, you have to have a very strong hand to make an overcall, or to be the second person to call the first person's bet. It's possible that the person who bet is bluffing, but he who called first cannot possibly be bluffing - he has to have something.

Cards that rank higher than the cards on the board. For example, if the board shows 10 5 3, and you have AK, you hold overcards. When the amount of buy-ins in a guaranteed tournament does not cover the guaranteed amount. In the case of an overlay, the House pays the difference of the buy-ins and guarantee. The turn in the betting order. Being in first position means that you act first on this betting round, and being in last position means you act last.

Having position, or being last to act, is a tremendous advantage. The money that is up for grabs. The player who shows down the best hand at the end, or who can make all the others fold, wins the pot. The amount of money in the pot compared to the amount you must put in the pot to continue playing. A situation where you are essentially forced to call the rest of your stack because of the size of the pot and your remaining chips. A version of poker in which a player may bet up to the amount of money in the pot whenever it is his turn to act.

A small card, or insignificant card. When the cards on the board are all of different suit, it is said to be rainbow. To bet more than the previous person to act. The money that a pokerroom or poker site charges per pot. It varies between different rooms and sites, though, and you should look into how much it costs you to play at the site you're currently at.

Payment to a player of a portion of the rake paid by that player, usually from a third-party source such as an affiliate. Having a read on someone means that you've picked up on something significant about the way he likes to play his hands.

Instead, he was likely either semi-bluffing a draw or he was betting a small pocket pair. In tournaments re-buy is a format where rebuying is available in a limited time frame and may be restricted in number and limited by the size of your chip stack. Your actions can be said to represent a hand. For instance, if you raise you are said to represent strength. What you choose to represent can either be honest representing what you have or deceiving hiding your hand, or representing another hand.

Unfortunately, the donk didn't fold, so it ended up costing me another 2BB on a stupid bluff. As opposed to a tournament or a satellite, a ring game is played directly for money. Compare to cash game. The last card dealt up. This is the fifth street in Hold 'em and Omaha, and the 7th street in stud. A very tight player is often called a rock because they don't get out of line.

When a rock raises, you better have a strong hand to call or re-raise him. Catching two cards in a row that you need for a hand is called catching or needing runner-runner. An example of this is having three cards to a flush on the flop - you need to hit runner-runner cards of the same suit in order to make your flush. When statistical fluctuations cause you to get bad hands and lose money.

Also called a cold streak. Synonymous to checkraising someone. Sandbag has a slightly negative feel to it, and is usually used by people who feel that there's something unethical about this play.

To trap someone or be trapped yourself between two raisers. This can get very expensive for the person who is sandwiched. Small Blind, the person one step left of the dealer has to put an amount of money before the cards are dealt.

This amount is usually but not always half of the size of the Big Blind. A card which likely completed someone's draw. If you have been falsely representing a draw to this hand, a bet when the scarecard falls can win you the pot. Betting or raising on the come. The idea behind this tactic is that the combined chances of you hitting your draw and your opponent folding makes it profitable.

A poker tournament format where the last remaining player of a table goes on to play the remaining players of other tables until a final table is reached. A stack of chips that is relatively small for the stakes being played and compared to other's chip stacks. A less-than full table. A full table is usually players, so anything less than that can be considered shorthanded.

A common form online is the sixmax table where there are only six seats. The point at which all players remaining in the hand turn their cards over and determine who has the best hand. When there are three or more players in a pot, and one of them is all-in a sidepot is or can be created by the other two players.

Since the player who is all-in is not entitled to win more of his opponents' stacks than he has pushed in himself, his opponents can gamble for the sidepot created by their surplus. A poker tournament with no scheduled starting time that starts whenever the required number of players have joined the tournament. Usually nine or ten players.

To take a break from a cash table removing one's chips from play and not paying blinds or being dealt cards, but possibly retaining one's seat , or not being present seated at a tournament table and paying blinds from a chip stack - this is a frequent occurrence online. To check and call with a made hand, instead of betting or raising.

Most often used as a way to trick opponents into thinking your hand is weaker than it really is. Sit And Go or Sit'n'Go. A form of online tournament where it starts as soon as all the seats are filled. The most common form is the one-table SnG. In brick and mortar poker, when a player drops their chips into the pot in an unorganized manner which wouldn't allow the other players to confirm the player is contributing the proper amount.

Usually considered to be in poor taste! When it is checked to someone in late position who raises preflop in Hold 'em, he may be on a steal - raising with a worse-than-usual hand, because of the added possibility of him picking up the blinds uncontested. When someone posts a big blind plus a raise in the first position after the BB. This is volountarily, and quite frankly, stupid.

Some people do this because they like to gamble, but there's no good reason except maybe to cheaply create a wild and loose image at the table you're sitting at to ever post a straddle. A hand where the five cards have consecutive values, e. A straight can not go "over the ace", however, as in Q-K-A Someone who has lost money is said to be stuck. When someone draws against the odds or draws at all, really to beat your hand and hits, you are the victim of a suckout. It is also sometimes used about a person, "You're suck a suckout!

When cards all share a suit, they are said to be suited. Someone had to have a strong draw, but it wasn't me - I folded. A mannerism or a quirk in someone's behavior that signals the strength of their hand. The person giving the tell is not aware of what he's doing. It can be a slight shake of the hand, or the way he holds his good cards as opposed to his bad ones , etc. In limit poker, this is when someone has bet, someone else raised him, and it's now being raised once again.

It's someone synonymous with reraise. A hand where three of the cards have the same value. This hand is stronger than two pair, and weaker than a straight. Someone who plays only good hands and tosses his hands when he doesn't have the goods, is said to play tight. Going on tilt or tilting is when for one reason or another, you're not thinking straight.

The most common reason for this to happen is that you've had a series of bad cards, or been the victim of a bad suckout. Your judgment gets clouded, and you begin playing cards that you should fold, for the wrong reasons.

As opposed to cash games. A tournament can have any number of entrants, and any number of buy-in, but once started, you're there until you've either been knocked out or won. When you slowplay a big hand in order to get someone else to bet at it big typically making someone bluff at the pot , you've set a trap. A hand like A-Q-Q Two pair of matching cards. This hand is stronger than one pair, and weaker than three-of-a-kind.

The position at the table just left of the big blind, e. The lowest straight - A In O8, this hand is likely to win both the Hi and the Lo, because it's the lowest possible hand, while simultaneously having very strong high-hand potential. Poker Glossary This poker glossary will give you definitions of a list of terms, abbreviations and acronyms that are commonly used in poker and some are specific to online poker. Click a letter below to jump to that section of the glossary. Slang for a pair of aces, most commonly used when a player in Texas Hold'em has pocket aces.

The overall amount of money that a player has available to wager. A nickname for AK. A poker game where the players have no skill, and rely on pure luck to win any given hand.

Also used to refer to the person who had to put in the money, "the big blind re-raised". A computer program that plays poker online with little or no assistance from a person. A cash prize rewarded for eliminating players from a tournament.

An ace-high straight 10, J, Q, K, A non-suited. A Broadway is the highest straight in poker. The last spot in a tournament before payouts begin or the person who finishes in that spot. Refers to how many times a player has bought re-entry into a tournament. Bust, Go Bust, Busted.

When a bluffing player is called and loses the pot. Could also refer to getting a great hand busted by a player on the come. To lose or have lost all of one's chips, money, or bankroll. A weak-passive player who calls a lot, but doesn't raise or fold much. To put in the last raise permitted on a betting round, typically the third or fourth raise. The player currently holding the most chips in a tournament. A form of cheating involving two or more players. A bet made after the flop by the player bet first before the flop.

Slang for a pair of kings, most commonly used when a player in Texas Hold'em has pocket kings. Aces and Eights black suits ; 2. An inexperienced player who has little to no chance of winning; 2. Money in the pot that was contributed by players no longer in the hand. A tournament stack won by dumb luck and open to prey. The extra value you get from a hand when you force an opponent to fold.