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POKER TERMS

Aces Up: Two pair, a pair of Aces and any other pair.

ACTION: A fold, check, call, bet, or raise. For certain situations, doing something formally connected withthe game that conveys information about your hand may also be considered as having taken action. Examples would be showing your cards at the end of the hand, or indicating the number of cards you aretaking at draw.

All Pink : A flush containing either diamonds or hearts.

Blank : A card that has little value to the hand.

Bluff : A bet or raise with a hand that is unlikely to beat the other players.

BOXED CARD: A card that appears faceup in the deck where all other cards are facedown.

BROKEN GAME: A game no longer in action.

CAPPED: Describes the situation in limit poker in which the maximum number of raises on the betting round have been reached.

COLOR CHANGE: A request to change the chips from one denomination to another.

COMPLETE THE BET: To increase an all-in bet or forced bet to a full bet in limit poker.

Chase : To play a hand that is most likely worse than at least one other player.

CUT: To divide the deck into two sections in such a manner as to change the order of the cards.

DECK: A set of playing-cards. In these games, the deck consists of either:

(1) 52 cards in seven-card stud, hold'em, and Omaha .

(2) 53 cards (including the joker), often used in ace-to-five lowball and draw high.

Drawing Dead : Drawing to a hand that cannot win because someone already holds a hand that will beat what you are drawing to.

Dominated : A hand that yields three or less outs which makes improving it very difficult.

Early Position : A position in which you must act before most of the players during a round.

FACECARD: A king, queen, or jack.

FLASHED CARD: A card that is partially exposed.

FOURTH STREET : The second upcard in seven-card stud or the first boardcard after the flop in hold'em (also called the turn card).

FOULED HAND: A dead hand.

HEADS-UP PLAY: Only two players involved in play.

KANSAS CITY LOWBALL: A form of draw poker low also known as deuce-to-seven, in which the best hand is 7-5-4-3-2 and straights and flushes count against you.

Kicker : The highest unpaired card that helps determine the value of a five-card poker hand.

LEG UP: Being in a situation equivalent to having won the previous pot, and thus liable to have to kill the following pot if you win the current pot.

LIVE BLIND: A blind bet giving a player the option of raising if no one else has raised.

LOCK-UP: A chip marker that holds a seat for a player.

MISCALL: An incorrect verbal declaration of the ranking of a hand.

MISDEAL: A mistake on the dealing of a hand which causes the cards to be reshuffled and a new hand to be dealt.

MUST-MOVE: In order to protect the main game, a situation where the players of a second game must move into the first game as openings occur.

NO-LIMIT: A betting structure where players are allowed to wager any or all of their chips in one bet.

Nuts : The best possible hand.

OPTION: The choice to raise a bet given to a player with a blind.

OVERBLIND: Also called oversize blind. A blind used in some pots that is bigger than the regular big blind, and usually increases the stakes proportionally.

Passive : Checking and calling hands rather betting and raising hands.

PAT: Not drawing any cards in a draw game.

PROPOSITION BETS: Side bets between players that are not related to the outcome of the hand.

PROTECTED HAND: A hand of cards that the player is physically holding, or has topped with a chip or

Rags : Cards generally not worth playing. IE: 2,7 in Texas Hold'em.

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.

RERAISE: To raise someone's raise.

SCRAMBLE: A facedown mixing of the cards.

SIDE POT: A separate pot formed when one or more players are all in.

SHUFFLE: The act of mixing the cards before a hand.

STACK: Chips in front of a player.

STUB: The portion of the deck which has not been dealt.

TABLE STAKES:
(1) The amount of money you have on the table. This is the maximum amount that you can lose or that anyone can win from you on any one hand.
(2) The requirement that players can wager only the money in front of them at the start of a hand, and can only buy more chips between hands.

TURNCARD: The fourth street card in hold'em or Omaha .

UPCARDS: Cards that are dealt faceup for opponents to see in stud games.

WAGER:
(1) To bet or raise.
(2) The chips used for betting or raising.

Weak : One who folds too many hands.

 

 

 
 
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