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Rules of poker games are relatively easy to learn and should not pose any problems. It is a specific language that can be a bit problematic for a new player.

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Rules of poker games are relatively easy to learn and should not pose any problems. It is a specific language that can be a bit problematic for a new player. What is freeroll, blinds and ante? What is the difference between re-raise and re-buy? what does the mysterious satelite mean on the tournament schedule? The following is a glossary of poker terms used in the poker. Learn the meaning of the some of the most frequently used poker terms.

A

A-Game
The term for good-quality game. It can also mean playing for the highest stakes.

Ace-High
The hand that does not contain any pair with the strongest card, Ace.

Aces Full
Full with three aces and any pair.

Add-on
Purchase of an additional number of counters during the tournament.

Aggressive
Term describing a player who raises and beats but checks on rare occasions.

All-In
Entering with all possible counters of a player.

Ante
Money taken from players before the cards are dealt.

B

Bad Beat
A strong hand winning with a stronger hand created as a result of matching cards.

Backdoor
A post-flop situation in which you need to get two cards, both on turn and on river, to collect a strong set.

Bankroll
The budget.

Bet
Placing a bet.

Bet the Limit
Placing a bet in the highest possible amount.

Bet the Pot
Placing a bet equal with the pool's amount.

Big Blind
The amount a player puts forward before the cards are dealt. It is a double (small) Blind.

Big Slick
Hand containing an ace and a king (A-K).

Blank
A useless card.

Blind
The amount a player puts forward before the cards are dealt.

Bluff
Bidding and raising the stake on purpose by a player with weak cards at hand to convince other players that the situation is different.

Bullets
Pair of aces.

Bubbled
Eliminating a player from a tournament in the last positions that do not receive financial prizes.

Button
A small disc transferred clock-wise from player to player, pointing to the dealers position.

Buy-in
Entrance fee. The minimal amount of money necessary to play.

C

Call
Entering, checking. Raising the stake to the current bet in order to remain in the game.

Calling Station
Term describing a passive player who does not raise and does not check many cards.

Cash Game
Cash table game.

Cash Out
Leaving the game and exchanging chips into cash.

Check
Waiting and checking. The player does not undertake any actions.

Check-raise
Waiting and raising the bet in the same round.

Chips
Money symbol.

Community cards
Cards placed on the table visible to all the players.

Connectors
Two subsequent cards.

Continuation Bet
Repeated placement of a bet after raising in the previous bidding.

Cowboys
Pair of kings.

Cut-off
Place by the table in front of the card dealer.

Chop
Agreement between the players and division of the pool (pot).

D

Dealer
The person who deals the cards, divides the pot and observes the game.

Deck
A set of cards for playing. It usually consists of 52 cards.

Double Up
Entering allin (with all chips) and winning, thanks to which the number of owed chips is doubled.

Draw
Drawing cards, hoping to strengthen the hand and complete a strong card set.

Drawing Dead
Drawing cards which, even though , they improve the set, do not lead to winning.

Drawing Hand
The hand which lacks the right cards to the winning set, ex. Straight or color.

Ducks
Pair of twos.

Deuces
Pair of twos.

E

Early Position
Early place by the table causing the player to make a movement before the rest of the players sitting by the table, in a bidding round.

F

Fifth Street
The fifth card common for all the players, called also "river".

Fish
A very weak player.

Flat Call
Entering without raising.

Flop
Three first cards common for all players.

Flush
Any five cards of one color.

Flush Draw
Drawing to suit one color.

Fold
Pulling out from further play

Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same value.

Fourth Street
Fifth card common for all the players, called also "turn".

Free Card
One of the common cards (turn or river) that can be viewed without placing a bet.

Freeroll
Free tournament without the entrance fee with a guaranteed set of prizes.

Freezout
A tournament in which we are eliminated from the game after losing all the chips.

Full House
Three cards with the same value (triple) plus two cards with the same value (pair).

Full Table
Table by which 9 or 10 players are playing.

G

Grinding
Game with minimal risk and modest winnings over a long period of time.

Gut Shot
Arranging an internal straight after reaching the right card.

H

Heads-up
A game in which only two players participate.

Hi/lo
Games with pot division between the lowest and the highest set.

Hole Cards
Hidden player's cards.

Hooks
A couple of jokers.

I

Image
Tells us what type of player we appear to other players.

Implied Odds
Chances of winning depending on results of bidding in the rest of the deal.

Inside Straight
Four cards that require one of the middle cards to create a straight.

J

Jackpot
A cumulated pot.

K

Kicker
The highest additional card in players who have the same sets.

Kojak
Hand containing king or joker (K-J).

L

Ladies
Two Q.

Late Position
Late place by the table resulting in the player making a move in each bidding turn after majority of players by the table.

Limp
Adding to the pot by entering, not raising.

Long Shot
Placing the hand despite few cards remaining in the deck.

Loose
Term describing a player playing many deals.

M

Main Pot
The main pool.

Maniac
Term describing a very aggressive player, playing many deals, who raises high.

Middle Position
The middle place by the table - between the early and late positions.

Muck
Throwing out your cards without showing their value.

Minimum Buy-in
The lowest possible amount necessary to begin the game - the minimal entry charge.

Monster
A very strong hand.

N

No Limit
Game without limits, in which players can bet any amounts in every bidding turn.

Nuts
The best possible hand at a given stage of game.

O

Odds
Chances of winning an expected set expressed in percentage.

Offsuit
Cards of different colors.

On Tilt
Term describing a player who starts playing worse as a result of emotions.

Open-ended Straight Draw
A set of four subsequent cards in which an additional card from one side or the other is needed to put up a straight.

Outs
The number of cards remaining in the deck that can support your hand.

Overpair
A hidden pair higher than all of the cards on the table.

P

Pair
Two cards of the same value.

Pocket Cards
Two hidden cards gained by the players at the beginning of a deal.

Position
A place by the table determined in relation to the person dealing the cards.

Pot
A pool of money or counters for which the players fight.

Pot Limit
A game in which the highest bet allowed is as high as the pool.

Pre Flop
A turn of bids before the flop is put up (three first common cards).

Premium Hands
The best possible card set at hand.

Q

Quads
Four cards of the same value.

R

Raise
Raising the previous bet.

Rake
An amount of money charged by the casino for running the game.

Read
An attempt to guess a player's cards on basis of his behaviour and his hitherto playing.

Re-buy
Buying more chips after losing them in a tournament.

Re-raise
Raising of a previous raising.

River
The fifth and last card common for all the players.

Rock
Term for a very careful player who enters the game only with strong cards.

Royal Flush
A one-color straight from 10 to ace (A-K-Q-J-10). The best hand in poker.

Rush
A series of subsequent winnings.

S

Satelite
A minor tournament in which the prize is participation in a bigger one.

Set
A triple created from two own cards and one common card.

Shark
A very good winning player.

Short-handed
Name of a game in which only a few players play (6 people at most).

Short Stack
Player with a low number of chips.

Showdown
Showing the hidden cards of the players and naming the winner.

Side Pot
A separate pool for which the remaining active players fight when at least one of the players comes out all-in.

Slow Play
The game in which a very strong-handed player slowly raisers, pulling others into the game.

Small Blind
The amount put forward to the pool by a player before the cards are dealt.

Split Pot
A draw and pool division.

Stack
Player's chips available for playing.

Steal the Blinds
Winning of a minor pool consisting of the blinds put forward.

Straight
Five subsequent cards in any colors.

Straight Flush
Five subsequent cards of one color.

Stuck
A losing player.

Suited
Two own cards of the same color

T

Tell
Player's behaviour which indicates the cards (s)he has.

Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value.

Tight
Term describing a player who does not win many deals - who enters the game with good cards.

Tilt
Term describing the behaviour of a player who starts to play worse due to emotions.

Tournament
Poker tournament

Trips
A trip created from one own and two common cards.

Turn
The fourth card common for all of the players.

Two Pair
Hand containing two different pairs.

U

Underdog
Person or hand with statistic low chances of winning.

Under the Gun
Place at the table directly on the player's left on Big Blind.

W

WPT
World Poker Tour - a series of tournaments played over the whole year in various casinos, rooms, game rooms and online.

WSOP
World Series of Poker - the greatest and most prestigious series of poker tournaments.

 

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