Poker Terms

Dictionary of poker terminology
Dictionary of poker terminology

Poker Terms Explained
We have compiled a dictionary of poker terminology to help you to ‘talk the talk’. These terms, essentially, are universal whether you are sitting at an all-American poker table or are playing a hand in an Australian online casino.

If you want to sound like a pro, or just make sense of what other poker players are saying, then you must familiarize yourself with the poker terms and poker terminology found here. It might seem daunting at first, especially if you are new to poker, but don’t worry, it’s easy to pick it up.


Glossary of Poker Terminology


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Aces Full
A full house with three aces and any pair.

Aces Up
Two pairs, one pair being aces.

Ace High
A poker hand that contains an ace. Usually a hand that has no pair or better, but also used to indicate the strength of a good hand, as in ‘Ace High Flush’ or ‘Ace High Straight’.

Act
To take your turn in poker. As in the player on the button is the ‘last to act’.

AA
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Pocket aces.

ABC Poker
Playing poker by the book. An ABC Player is a standard player.

Action
The betting.

Active Player
Any player still holding cards in a game.

Add on
To buy more chips at the end of a re-buy period in a re-buy tournament.

Aggressive
A player who bets and raises a lot, rarely only calling.

Ahead
Winning. Usually at a point, as in ‘Ahead after the flop’.

Ainsworth
Holding 6 2 as your hole cards.

Ajax
Holding Ace and Jack as your hole cards.

All In
A player is considered to be All-In when he/she bets all his/her remaining chips. Also, some sites offer ‘all-in protection’ to players that get disconnected during a game. If that happens, you are considered to be all-in to the amount you have put in the pot up to the point you got disconnected, regardless of how many chips you have in front of you. To prevent abuse, disconnect all-ins are limited, and some sites don’t offer them at all. If you get disconnected without all-in protection, then your cards are folded no matter what you are holding or how much you have in the pot.

American Airlines
Holding a pair of aces as your hole cards.

Angle
An unfair, but not illegal, action. Doesn’t really apply to online poker.

Ante
A bet required to begin a hand.

ATC
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Any Two Cards.

Ax
An Ace and any other card.

Backdoor
Not the hand you played for.

Bad Beat
When a hand is beaten by a lucky draw. Some rooms pay a jackpot to the highest bad beat, such as four kings beaten by four aces.

Big Blind
The larger of the two blinds typically used in a hold’em game

Big Slick
When your hole cards are Ace King.

Blank
A board card that doesn’t seem to affect the standings in the hand

Blind
A forced bet (or partial bet) put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. Usually, blinds are put in by players immediately to the left of the dealer.

Board
All the community cards in a Hold’em game – the flop, turn, and river cards together.

Board Cards
Same as Board

Bot
Short for “robot”. A program that plays poker online automatically.

Bottom Pair
A pair with the lowest card on the flop.

Bluff
To pretend that you have a better hand than you actually do, by betting aggressively, in the hope that the other players will fold.

Boat
Slang name for a full house.

BRB
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Be Right Back.

Brick & Mortar
A “real” casino or cardroom as opposed to an online poker site

Bubble
The point at which only one player must bust out before all others win some money.

Bullets
A pair of aces.

Bump
A raise.

Burn
Buring a Card – Discarding the top card from the deck.

Button
A button to indicate which player is dealing.

Buy the pot.
To bluff, hoping to “buy” the pot without being called

Buy the button.
To bet or raise, hoping to make players between you and the button fold, thus allowing you to act last on subsequent betting rounds.

Buy-in
The minimum amount of chips needs to enter a particular game, or the entry cost of a tournament.


Call
To call is to match the current bet. If there has been a bet of $1 and a raise of $1 then it costs $2 to call.

Calling Station
A weak-passive player who calls a lot, but doesn’t raise or fold much.

Cap
The limit used to describe the third raise in a round. Betting is then capped and players can only call or fold.

Cardroom
The room in which poker is played, or the organization that runs the room. Most casinos that offer poker have a separate room, or at least a roped-off area, designated as the cardroom. In some places where poker is legal, you will also find separate cardrooms (not part of a larger casino) dedicated mostly to poker.

Case
The last card of a certain rank in the deck.

Cash Out
To finish playing and exchange your chips for cash.

Catch
When a player makes the hand s/he was drawing to, by ‘catching’ the card they needed when it comes down on the board.

Center Pot
The main poker pot, as opposed to one or more “side” pots.

Chase
To stay in a hand, usually against strong betting, with an unmade hand.

Chat
Typed table talk in online poker rooms.

Check
If there has been no betting before you in a betting round, you may check, which is like calling a bet of $0, or passing your turn.

Check-Raise
When a player first checks and then raises in a betting round. Also known as ‘sandbagging’ (because it can feel like you’ve been hit with a sandbag when this happens).

Chop
An agreement between the two players with blinds to simply take their blinds back rather than playing out the hand if nobody calls or raises in front of them.

Clean Out
A card that would almost certainly make your hand best.

Coffeehousing
When players chat about a hand they are involved in, possibly with the intent of misleading or manipulating other players.

Cold Call
To call more than one bet in a single action.

Collusion
When two or more players conspire to cheat at a poker game by playing together. By communicating their hands to each other they can obtain an advantage over other players at the table. All online poker rooms have sophisticated anti-collusion software, and have strict penalties for this behavour – including confiscating your entire bankroll.

Come Hand
A drawing hand.

Community Cards
The cards dealt face up in the middel of the table.

Complete Hand
A hand that uses by all five cards.

Connectors
A hold’em starting hand in which the two cards are next to each other in rank.

Counterfeit
To make your hand less valuable because of board cards that reduce it.

Cowboys
A pair of Kings.

Crack
To beat a hand.

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-Off
The position (or player) who acts one before the button.


Dead Man’s Hand
Two pair hand consisting of Aces & Eights. Reputed to be the hand that Wild Bill Hickock was holding when he was shot dead.

Dead Money
Money contributed to a pot by a player no longer in the pot

Dealer-button
A flat disk that is used to signify the Dealer’s position on the table in online poker. The disk is usually marked with a D.

Deuces
A pair of Twos.

Dog
Short for “underdog.”

Dominated Hand
A hand that will almost always lose to a better hand that people usually play

Down card
A hole card. Any card that is dealt face down.

Doyle Brunson
Ten-Two (T2). Doyle Brunson won the WSOP two years in a row with this hand.

Draw Poker
Form of poker where each player is dealt five cards down with the option of discarding one or more and replacing them with new ones to attempt to make a better hand.

Drawing
Remaining in the round and accepting more cards.

Drawing to a hand
Remaining in the round with the hope of making one’s potential hand as more cards are dealt.

Drawing Dead
When a player is drawing to a hand that is not the best hand offered by the flop and will therefore be beaten even if the hand is made.


Early Position
Position on a round of betting where the player must act before most of the other players at the table. (It’s considered the two positions located to the left of the Blinds.)

Equity
Your “rightful” share of a pot.

Expected Value
This refers to the expected return on any given bet in poker. Shorthand usage would be +EV (positive) or -EV (negative). For example, a pair of aces has a positive expected return in most situations. While they won’t win every time, over the long term playing aces properly should return a profit.

Exposed Card
A card that inadvertently turns face up when it isn’t supposed to, such as during the deal in a draw game. This doesn’t apply to online games.


Family Pot
A pot in which all (or almost all) of the players call before the flop.

Fast Play
To play a hand aggressively, betting and raising as much as possible.

Fifth Street
The fifth card dealt. Following this card is the third round of betting in seven-card stud and the fourth round of betting in Texas Hold’em. In Texas Hold’em, this is also called the river and is the last community card dealt.

Fish
A poor player — one who gives his money away while ‘fishing’ for cards.

Fish hooks
Pocket pair of Jacks – because jacks look like hooks.

Fixed Limit
Bets can only be made in specified increments.

Flat Call
To call a bet without raising.

Flop
A series of games with five community cards. These are called flop games. Hold’em and Omaha are two popular flop games. The flop is the first three community cards dealt.

Flush
When all five cards in your hand have a common suit, you have a flush. The flush with the highest card not in common is better, so AK873 of spades is a better flush than AK872 of diamonds. A flush ranks between a straight and a full house.

Fold
To muck your cards because someone else has made a larger bet than you are willing to call. You are unable to win the pot but at least you don’t lose more money.

Fold Equity
The extra value you get from a hand when you force an opponent to fold.

Foul
A hand that may not be played for one reason or another

Forced Bet
A blind bet or a bring-in.

Free Card
A turn or river card which you can see without calling a bet, because no player bet on the flop, or turn.

Free Roll
A free entry tournament.
One player has a shot at winning an entire pot when he is currently tied with another player.

Full Boat or Full House
A strong hand that ranks between a flush and four of a kind, that consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. AAA77 is aces full of sevens, often abbreviated to "aces full".


G1
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Good One.

Gap Hand
A starting hand with cards more than one rank apart.

GB
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Good Bet.

GG
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Good Game.

GL
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Good Luck.

GLA
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Good Luck All.

Golf Bag
A hand of five clubs.

GP
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Good Play.

Green
$25 chips.

Grinder
A regular poker player that plays consistently for a profit. Usually playing at low to mid stakes cash games and sit n go’s, they ‘grind’ out a profit.

Gutshot draw
To draw to an inside straight.

Gutshot Straight
A straight filled “inside.”


Hand
Everything that occurs after the initial shuffling of the cards – cards are dealt, betting is done, a winner is declared and the pot is pushed. A hand also has several other meanings, such as the five cards that you chose to play in games with more than five cards.

Heads-up
One-on-one poker.

High Card
A hand with no pair.

High Carding
When the dealer deals each player one card face up at the start of the game. The player with the highest card gets the dealer button. If two or more players
have an equal high card then the last player dealt gets the button.

Hit
As in “hit the flop” meaning the flop contains cards that help your hand

Hole Cards
These are the Down Cards in front of the players. (Also known as “Pocket Cards”)

House
Everything that makes up the cardroom, such as dealers, management, etc. The house rakes money from the pot and develops and enforces house rules.


Implied odds
Similar to “pot odds” (see below) except it takes into account future bets and calls. You may call a bet at the flop, but have implied odds of making bigger bets on later rounds if you hit your draw. Your implied odds are what you have to call at the flop compared to how large the pot will be at the end of the hand.

Inside straight draw
Drawing to a straight where the cards needed to complete the straight are those in the middle of the straight. For example, you have 6-7-9-10 and need the middle card (8) to make the straight.

Jackpot
A large number of cardrooms offer sizeable jackpots for certain things, such as the high hand of the hour. The rules vary from cardroom to cardroom.

Jam
To move all-in in a no-limit (or pot-limit) game.

Jam the pot
To get as many of your chips into the pot as possible.


Kicker
The highest extra card in your hand that doesn’t participate in a straight or flush. The card does not contribute to the strength of your hand except by itself. For example, if you hold QQ943, you have a pair of queens with a nine kicker. Five-card hands (straights, flushes, and full houses) don’t have kickers. In games with community cards, kickers are especially important, because it’s easy for two players to make similar hands. For example, if you hold KQ and someone else holds KJ, and the flop is AK642, you have your opponent out-kicked. Your hand is AKKQ6 while theirs is AKKJ6.


Ladies
A pair of Queens as your hole cards in texas holdem.

Leak
A weakness in your game that causes you to win less money than you would otherwise

Limit poker
A structured poker style that uses fixed limits on betting and raising per round. Limit poker games require specific bet amounts, as opposed to no-limit games in which you can bet the farm if so desired. A $5-$10 Texas Hold’em game usually requires $5 bets and raises on the first two rounds (pre-flop and post flop) and $10 bets and raises on the last two (after the turn and river). In a $5-$10 game, the small blind is $2 and the big blind is $5.

Limping In
Calling the big blind rather than raising.

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 Card(s)
Cards that are not duplicated in an opponent’s stronger hand.

Live Hand
A hand that has not been folded or mucked, or a hand with many outs remaining.

LMAO
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Laugh My Ass Off.

LOL
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Laugh Out Loud.

Longhand
A poker game with seven or more players.

Loose
Referring to a player, table or game, loose is the opposite of tight, obviously, and means playing with almost any cards. Loose games can be very wild and playing proper poker can seem pointless as players all around you win with very poor cards.


M8
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Mate (Friend).

Maniac
A very loose and aggressive player, playing almost any hand and usually raising rather than calling.

Made Hand
A hand to which you’re drawing, or one good enough that it doesn’t need to improve.

Main Pot
The only pot an all-in player is eligible to win. The main pot consists of the all-in player’s bet plus all player’s calls of that bet. Additional bets, placed in a side pot, are contested among the remaining players.

Meet
Same as call.

Micro-Limit
Smallest possible limit games, eg $0.02/$0.04 stakes.

Middle Pair
If you pair one of your pocket cards to the second highest card on the flop, you have middle pair.

Monster
A very strong hand.

MTT
Multi Table Tournament.

Muck
The act of throwing your cards away because you cannot or did not win the pot. They are ineligible to win the pot if they are mucked.


N1
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Nice One.

NB
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Nice Bet.

NH
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Nice Hand.

No-Limit
A version of poker in which a player may bet any amount of chips (up to the number in front of him) whenever it is his turn to act. It is a very different game than limit poker.

NP
Online Poker Room abbreviation for No Problem. Also can mean Nice Play.

Nuts
The best possible hand, that cannot be beaten, at a particular point of the game.

Nut Flush
A flush containing the Ace.


Offsuit
Cards of different suits.

OMG
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Oh My God.

One-Gap
A hold’em starting hand with two cards two apart in rank.

Open
To make the first bet in a round.

Open-Ended Straight Draw
A straight draw with four consecutive cards that can be completed on either end. An example is 6/7/8/9, since a five or a 10 will make a straight.

Out(s)
The number of cards left in the deck that can improve your hand. If you hold pocket 7’s and the flop comes A,K,Q with no flush draw, then the only remaining cards that can improve your hand are two 7’s. Therefore you have 2 ‘outs’.

Outrun
To beat a hand.

Outside
As in Outside Straight. Same as Open Ended Straight, the opposite of Inside Straight.

Overcall
To call a bet after one or more others players have already called.

Overcard
A card higher than any card on the board.

Overpair
A pocket pair higher than any card on the flop.


Paint Cards
The picture cards (King, Queen, Jack).

Pair
Two cards of the same value such as two kings.

Pat Hand
A hand that you make on the flop.

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. Example: “He played it exactly like he made the flush, but I had top set so I paid him off.”

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

PMSL
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Peeing My Self Laughing.

Pockets
Your first two down cards. Hold’em players tend to call them pocket cards; stud players tend to call them hole cards.

Pocket Pair
A hold’em starting hand with two cards of the same rank, making a pair.

Pocket Rockets
A pair of Aces as your pocket cards (hole cards).

Position
Your place at the table, relative to the order of betting within a betting round. The first few players to act are in early position, the next few in middle position, and the last few in late position. There is an advantage to being in late position, seeing as how you know exactly what your opponents have done. In some games, the dealer, or the player on the dealer button, is always in last position. If you have position on someone, then they are on your right and you will always act after them.

Position Bet
A bet made relying on the strength of one’s position rather than on the strength of one’s hand. If no one opens, a player on the button in Texas Hold’em is in good position to steal the pot, due to his position.

Post
To post is to put in the pot the required amount before the hand starts, such as an ante or blind.

Post Now
A choice given to new players joining an existing game. They can either post now or wait for the big blind bet. If they decide to post now, they bet the equivalent of a big blind bet and receive cards immediately.
Pot
The money gathered in the middle of the table from blinds, bets, and raises. This money goes to the winner, or winners as the case may be. If you have not yet folded, you are "in the pot."

Pot Limit
A poker structure in which the maximum bet or raise is the size of the pot. For raises, the size of the pot includes the call, so if the pot is $100 and player A bets $100, player B can throw $400 out for a maximum raise (calling the $100 and then raising the size of the $300 pot).

Pot-Committed
A state where you are essentially forced to call for the rest of your stack because of the size of the pot, the amount of your chips already in there, and your remaining chips.

Pot Odds
A mathematical solution to whether or not a particular situation is worth a call. The ratio of the amount of money in the pot to the amount of money it will cost you to call a bet. The greater the pot odds, the more likely you should be to call.

PP
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Pocket Pair.

Pre-Flop
Before the flop, such as raising pre-flop.

Protect
To induce folding in order to prevent another player from outdrawing you is protecting your hand. This is done by betting and raising so that someone on a draw will fold rather than call to see if their cards come off. A protectable hand is one that is almost always the best, but is vulnerable to being outdrawn. It’s easiest to protect a hand in no-limit play, where you can potentially make it as expensive as you like for someone to draw. To protect your cards is to put a chip or some other artifact on them so the dealer does not muck them.

Put On
To mentally assign a hand to a player for the purposes of playing out your hand.


Quads
Four of a kind (four cards of the same denomination).

Rabbit Hunt
When a pot is won without a showdown, to “rabit hunt” means to ask the dealer to expose what cards would have come if the player decided to play his hand.

Ragged
A flop (or board) that doesn’t appear to help anybody very much

Rags
Useless cards – cards that don’t improve a hand.

Rainbow
When the board contains 3 or 4 cards of different suits.

Raise
To increase the amount of the bet after the betting has already been opened in a round. For example, if the betting limit is $10 and player A bets $10, player B can fold, call the $10, or raise it to $20. Often, an inexperienced player will say "bet" when he means raise or "raise" when he means bet.

Rake
The house cut of each pot. The rake amount and protocol changes from cardroom to cardroom. Some rake the big blind and put the small blind in a jackpot, while others use a time charge, and others yet do a percentage of the pot as the rake.

Raked hand
A term mainly used in relation to bonus requirements. Not all pots reach the minimum amount in order to be raked by the house. Participation in such hands does not count towards the requirements for releasing a bonus amount. Sitting at a table and receiving cards but not playing them does not count either, unfortunately.

Rank
The numerical value of a card. Each card has a suit and a rank. The three of spades and the three of hearts have the same rank. A pair is two cards of the same rank.

Re-buy
If you run out of chips in a tournament, and you wish to continue playing, you then re-buy, meaning, you buy more chips. This is only legal in re-buy tournaments. You can only re-buy up until a certain point.

Redraw
After you get your initial draw, picking up another draw. For example, if you hold 8h3h and the flop comes Th9h2s, you have a flush draw. If the turn is the 7h, you have made your flush and picked up a straight flush redraw.

Represent
To play as if you hold a certain card or hand.

Re-raise
A second raise after the initial raise in a round. This occurs when a player raises after a raise by another player.

Ring Game
Another name for a cash game, to distinguish it from a tournament game.

River
The fifth and final community card dealt in flop games, or the last card dealt in non-flop games. Also called Fifth Street in Texas Hold’em.

Rock
A player who will only play the best hands and nothing less.

Round
A betting round begins after a card or several cards are dealt. Each player is given a chance to act, and the round ends when everyone has either folded to or called the last bet or raise. Each round of betting is followed either by further dealing or by a showdown. In Texas Hold’em, there are four betting rounds (pre-flop, post flop, after the turn, and after the river). A round of hands is one full rotation around the table, so, each player would hold the dealer button once, or be the dealer if no pitcher were present.

Royal Flush
This is the highest possible ranked hand. To achieve this hand you need an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same suit.

Runner
Typically said “runner-runner” to describe a hand that was made only by catching the correct cards on both the turn and the river.


Sandbagging
Calling, not raising, with a very good hand, to disguise its strength, in order to keep a player betting, and then to check-raise. Called ‘Sandbagging’ because it feels like you have been hit with a sandbag when it happens to you.

Satellite
A tournament that does not award cash to its winners, but a seat (or seats) in a subsequent “target” tournament.

Scare Card
A card that, when it appears, brings forth a possibility for a better hand. In Texas Hold’em, a third suited card on the river is a scare card, because it makes a flush possible. If you’re pretty sure your opponent paired a king on the flop, an ace on the turn is a scare card, because that lends the idea of a pair of aces beating that pair of kings. Scare cards will often make it difficult for the best hand to bet, and offer an opportunity for bluffing.

Second Pair
A pair with the second highest card on the flop.

See
To see someone is to call their bet.

Semi-bluff
To bluff with a hand that still has drawing potential and could improve to be the winning hand.

Sell
As in “sell a hand.” In a spread-limit game, this means betting less than the maximum when you have a very strong hand, hoping players will call whereas they would not have called a maximum bet.

Set
Three of a kind when you have two of the rank in your hand, and there is one on the board

Seven Card Stud
A popular game commonly played in public card rooms. In seven-card stud, each player is dealt seven cards of their own: two down, then four up, and a final card down. There is a round of betting after the first up card and after each subsequent card dealt. 7-Card Stud is usually played with a small ante and a forced bring-in on Third Street. In limit games, the bet size typically increases on Fifth Street.

Seven Deuce
The acknowledged weakest starting card combination in Texas Hold-em (7-2)

Seventh Street
The fifth and final round of betting, and is called Seventh Street because the Players have Seven-Cards each.

Shorthand
A poker game with six or fewer players.

Short Stack
A number of chips that is not very many compared to the other players at the table

Showdown
The showdown occurs at the end of a hand, to determine the winner, if there is more than one player left. You can either show your cards, or, if you aren’t a winner, you can muck them in most situations.

Shuffle
The mixing and rearranging of the cards before each hand so that the cards occur randomly. This is done by the dealer.

Side Pot
A pot created in which a player has no interest because he has run out of chips

Sit In
To join in a game that has already started.

Sitting Out
When you choose to leave a table for a few hands.

Sixth Street
The fourth round of betting and is called Sixth Street because the players have six cards each.

Slow Playing
Playing non-aggressively with a powerful hand; calling and betting instead of raising. This in the hope of not driving players out of the hand and thus sucking more money into the pot. Also called “sandbagging”.

Small Blind
The first bet posted by the player to the Dealer’s left. It is a forced bet. The small blind bet amount is equal to half of the lower bet. For example, in a $10 – $20 game, the small blind is $5.

Smooth Call
To call. Smooth call often implies slow playing a strong hand

SNG
Sit and Go tournament. A single table tournament.

Soft-Play
To go easy on another player at the table (e.g., not betting or raising against him).

Splash the pot
To toss chips into the pot instead of placing them. Seen as bad etiquette.

Split Pot
In a game that isn’t high-low split, a tie between at least two players. This happens when both players show the same hand. This is common in Texas Hold’em for straights especially when both players are playing the board. In a high-low split game, of course, almost every hand results in a split pot.

Split Two Pair
A two pair hand in which one of each of your cards’ ranks appears on the board as well

Spread Limit
A structure in which betting limits have a fixed minimum and maximum bet for each betting round. Any amount in between these limits may be bet.

Stack
A player’s chips.

Starting Hand
The two pocket cards in Texas Hold’em or the first three cards in 7-Card stud.

Straddle
Raising before looking at your pocket cards when you are under the gun. There is no sound reason for doing this, other than trying to liven up a tight table, or for advertising value.

Steal
To try and win the pot by betting when everyone else has checked, or by making a large raise when everyone else has called.

STFU
Online poker room abbreviation for ‘Shut Up’ – literally ‘Shut The F*** Up’.

Stop-and-Go
A play where you call (rather than re-raising) a raise, but then come out betting on the next card.

Straight
A straight is five cards of any suit in ascending order. The ace can be either high or low and the high straight wins the tie.

Straight Flush
A hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks of the same suit, aces being high or low.

Structure
The rules of a particular game regarding betting, including antes, blinds, and the amount that may be bet on any round. In card rooms, games are typically posted along with shorthand for the limits. For example, Texas Hold’em is usually a fixed limit game, played with $5 bets and raises pre-flop and on the flop, and $10 bets and raises on the turn and the river. Games with more complicated structures sometimes spell it out like this: 5-10-10-15. In connection with tournaments, structure can also mean anything having to do with the amount of money in tournament chips players can get, the re-buy and add-on rules, and the way in which the blinds increase.

String Bet
Only applies to a live game. Putting the amount of chips to call in a pot first then adding more chips to make a raise is called a string bet. It is frowned upon.

STT
Single table tournament.

Stud
Refers to stud games in general, however, usually short for seven card stud. Stud games are contrasted with flop games and draw games.

Stud Poker
A form of poker with cards dealt to each person, some being face down and some being face up.

Suck Out
To stay in a hand against a better hand and catch your card on the river.

Suited Cards
Cards of the same suit.


T
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Thanks.

Ta
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Thanks.

Table Stakes
Table stakes is a rule saying that a player may only wager money they have on the table at the beginning of a hand, in other words, they can’t put their car keys down as a bet. It also implies that money may not be removed from the table at any time, although money may be added to one’s stacks between hands.

Tell
A gesture or signal unintentionally done by a player that gives other players information about the player’s hand. For example, a player who twitches when they are bluffing.

Texas Hold’em
Often shortened to just Hold’em, is widely considered the grandfather of poker. A flop game, in Texas Hold’em each player gets two pocket cards, while five community cards are dealt face-up on the table. The strength of a player’s hand is the best five-card hand that can be made with these seven cards. There are four rounds of betting: after the pocket cards are dealt, after the first three community cards (the flop), after the fourth, or turn card, and after the final, or river card.

Third Street
The first round of betting in Seven-Card Stud Poker, and it’s called Third Street because the players have three cards each. The player with the lowest card displayed brings-in the betting in this round.

Three of a Kind
Having three cards of the same value.

Thin
As in “drawing thin.” To be drawing to a very few outs, perhaps only one or two.

Tilt
To play wildly or recklessly. Usually players ‘go on tilt’ after suffering what they feel was a bad beat.

Tight
A player that only plays with good cards. Also, a table or game where most players play properly; i.e. with good cards.

TNX
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Thanks.

To Go
The amount a player must call if he wishes to continue playing.

Toke
As in ‘token'; a small amount of money (typically $.50 or $1.00) given to the dealer by the winner of a pot

Top Pair
If you have a pair with one of your pocket cards and the highest card on the board, you have top pair.

Top Set
The highest possible three of a kind, or Set in relation to the board.

Top Two
Two pair, with your two hole cards pairing the two highest cards on the board.

Top and Bottom
Two pair, with your two hole cards pairing the highest and lowest cards on the board.

Tournament
In a poker tournament, each player sits down with the same number of chips, and eventually only one player has any chips left. That is the basic idea behind a tournament. Each card room runs tournaments differently. Tournaments are usually played with chips that have no value outside of the tournament. So a buy-in of $30 might get you $500 in tournament chips to play with, but you can’t cash them out in the middle. The winner of a tournament (the last player to bust out) as well as several of the other top finishers are typically awarded prize money according to some predetermined schedule.

Trips
Three of a kind. – More accurately, having one card in your hole cards and two on the board. Two paired hol cards and one on the board is a Set.

TU
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Thank You.

Turn
The fourth community card dealt.

Two Pair
A hand consisting of two pairs of cards with the same value.

TX
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Thanks.

TY
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Thank You.


UL
Online Poker Room abbreviation for UnLucky.

Under the Gun
The player who must act first in the betting round.

Underdog
A person or hand not mathematically favored to win a pot.

Value
Value bet. A drawing hand that has a positive expectation because of the size of the bet in relation to the pot.

Variance
A measure of the up and down swings your bankroll goes through

Visible Cards
Cards dealt face up to each Player. Applies only to Stud games.

VNH
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Very Nice Hand.

Wager
A bet.

Wait for the Blind
Instead of coming in the middle of a rotation, some clubs do not let a new player be dealt in until it is his turn to put in the blind. This prevents his getting "free" hands. Some clubs allow the player to join the hand if he immediately puts up the blind.

Wheel
A straight from Ace through five.

White
White is the color for $1 chips in most casinos.

Wild Card
Games that use a wild card are called wild card games. A wild card is a card that can serve as any other card in making your hand.

Winning hand
The hand that takes all the chips in the pot because it was the best hand in a showdown.

Wired Pair
A Pair in your starting hand.

WP
Online Poker Room abbreviation for Well Played.

WSOP
World Series of Poker

WTF?
Online Poker Room abbreviation for What Happened?.

YW
Online Poker Room abbreviation for You’re Welcome.

zzzz
Online Poker Room term to indicate that a player thinks someone at the table is going too slow.