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Online Poker Glossary

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Dead Money: Money contributed to a pot by a player no longer in the pot. A player in a poker tournament who has no realistic chance of winning.

Dog: Shortened form of "underdog".

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

Draw :To play a hand that is not yet good, but could become so if the right cards come.

Draw Dead: Trying to make a hand that, even if made, will not win the pot. this is a bad condition to be in.

Equity: Your "rightful" share of a pot. If the pot contains $80, and you have a 50% chance of winning it, you have $40 equity in the pot.

Expectation: The amount you expect to gain on average if you make a certain play. For instance, suppose you put $20 into a $100 pot to draw at a hand that you will make 25% of the time, and it will win every time you make it. Three out of four times, you do not make your draw, and lose $20 each time for a total of $60. The fourth time, you will make your draw, winning $100. Your total gain over those four average hands is $100-$60 = $40, an average of $10 per hand. Thus calling the $20 has a positive expectation of $10.
(2) The amount you expect to make at the online poker table in a specific time period.

Extra Blind: A blind put in by a player just entering the game, returning to the game, or otherwise changing his position at the table. See also "blind" and "post."

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 community card in Texas Hold'em or Omaha, also known as the "river". Also sometimes used to refer to the fifth card received in 7 Card Stud.

Fish: A poor player, One who gives his money away.

Flop: The first three community cards, put out face up, all together.

Fold: To drop out of a hand.

Fold Equity: The extra value you get from a hand when you force an opponent to fold. That is, if you don't have to see a showdown, your hand has more value than if you do.

Foul: A hand that may not be played for one reason or another. A player with a foul hand may not make any claim on any portion of the pot.

  Fourth Street: The fourth community card in Hold'em or Omaha also known as "the Turn Card". Also sometimes used to refer to the fourth card received in 7 Card Stud.

Free Card: A turn or river card on which you don't have to call a bet because of play earlier in the hand (or because of your reputation with your opponents). For instance, if you are on the button and raise when you flop a flush draw, your opponents may check to you on the turn. If you make your flush on the turn, you can bet. If you don't get it on the turn, you can check as well, seeing the river card for "free."

Free Roll: One player has a shot at winning an entire pot when he is currently tied with another player. For instance, suppose you have A-Q and your opponent has A-Q. The flop is Q-5-T.You are tied with your opponent right now, but are free rolling, because you can win the whole pot and your opponent can't. If no club comes, you split the pot with him; if it does come, you win the whole thing.

Gap Hand: A starting hand with cards more than one rank apart. For instance, T-9 is a one-gap hand. 8-6 is a two-gap hand.

Gut-shot: Straight A straight filled "inside." If you have 9-8, the flop comes 7-5-2dand the turn is the 6, you've made your gut-shot straight.

Heads-Up: A pot that is being contested by only two players. Example: "It was heads-up by the turn."

Hit: As in "the flop hit me," meaning the flop contains cards that help your hand. If you have AK, and the flop comes K-7-2, it hit you.

Hole cards: Cards that are face down and cannot be seen by the other players.

House: The establishment running the game.

Implied Odds: Pot odds that do not exist at the moment, but may be included in your calculations because of bets you expect to win if you hit your hand. For instance, you might call with a flush draw on the turn even though the pot isn't offering you quite 4:1 odds (your chance of making the flush) because you're sure you can win a bet from your opponent on the river if you make your flush.

Jackpot: A special bonus paid to the loser of a hand if he gets a very good hand beaten. In hold'em, the "loser" must typically get aces full or better beaten. In some of the large southern California card clubs, jackpots have gotten over $50,000. Of course, the jackpot is funded with money removed from the game as part of the rake.

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

Kicker: An unpaired card used to determine the better of two near-equivalent hands. For instance, suppose you have A-K and your opponent has A-Q. If the flop has an ace in it, you both have a pair of aces, but you have a king kicker.

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

Limp: To call, Generally the term refers to pre-flop action.

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: Cards that are not duplicated in an opponent's stronger hand. For example, if you have A-9 and your opponent has A-J, then your ace is not "live" because making a pair of aces won't do you any good. The nine, however, is live; making a pair of nines gives you the better hand.

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