Online Poker Glossary
Action: Opportunity or the turn of a player to act.
Ante: A small portion of a bet contributed by each player to the pot at the beginning of a
online poker hand. Most
Texas Hold'em games do not have an ante; they use "blinds" to get initial money into the pot.
All-In: To run out of chips while betting or calling or to bet everything a player has on the table. In table stakes games, a player may not go into his pocket for more money during a hand. If he runs out, a side pot is created in which he has no interest. However, he can still win the pot for which he had the chips.
Backdoor: Catching both the turn and river card to make a drawing hand.
Bad Beat: To have a hand that is a large underdog beat a heavily favored hand. It is generally used to imply that the winner of the pot had no business being in the pot at all.
Big Blind: The larger of the two blinds typically used in a Texas hold'em game. The big blind is a full first round bet.
Big Slick: A nickname for Ace-King (suited or not).
Blank: A board card that doesn't seem to affect the standings in the hand.
Blind: A forced bet put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. Typically, put in by players immediately to the left of the button.
Bluff: To bet when you hold a weak hand, hoping that you can win by intimidation of your opponents.
Board: All the community cards in a Texas hold'em game.
Bot: Short for "robot". In a poker context, a program that plays
poker online with no human intervention.
Bottom Pair: A pair with the lowest card on the flop.
Brick & Mortar: A "real" casino or card-room with a building, tables, dealers, etc. (in contrast to an online poker site).
Bring-In: In Five or Seven card Stud, a bet that must be made on the very first betting round. Usually the player showing the lowest card is forced to make a bet.
Bubble: The point at which only one player must bust out before all others win some money, Or The person who was unfortunate enough to finish in that position.
Burn: The act of a player that discards the top card from the deck, face down. This is done between each betting round before putting out the next community card(s). It is used as a security measure against any player recognizing or glimpsing the next card to be used on the board.
Button: A white or red plastic disk that indicates the position of the dealer on the poker table during the game. It is also used to refer to the player on the button.
Buy: As in "buy the pot". "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: An amount of money a poker player pays to enter a poker tournament. The buy-in is often expressed as two numbers, such as $100+9, meaning that it costs $109 to enter the tournament; $100 goes into the prize fund and $9 goes to the house.
Calling Station: A weak-passive player who calls a lot, but doesn't raise or fold much. This is the kind of player you like to have in your game.
Cap: To put in the last raise permitted on a betting round
Case: The last card of a certain rank in the deck.
Center Pot: The first pot created during a poker hand when poker players place a sum of money, as opposed to one or more "side" pots created if one or more players goes all-in. Also "main pot."
Chat: Typed online conversation that you can have with other players, during the poker game, at an online poker site.
Check: To not place a bet, with the option to call or raise later in the betting round. Equivalent to betting zero dollars.
Check-Raise: To check and then raise when a player behind you bets. Occasionally you will hear people say this is not fair or ethical poker. Almost all casinos permit check-raising, and it is an important poker tactic.
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.
Cold Call: To call more than one bet in a single action. For instance, suppose the first player to act after the big blind raises. Now any player acting after that must call two bets "cold".
Come Hand: A drawing hand (craps term).
Complete Hand: A hand that is defined by all five cards - a straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, or straight flush.
Connector: A hold'em starting hand in which the two cards are one apart in rank.
Counterfeit: To make your hand less valuable because of board cards that duplicate it.
Crack: To beat a hand used typically when beating a big 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.
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.
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