A draw requiring two or more rounds to fill
A hand made other than the hand the player intended to make
To enter a pot by checking and then calling someone else’s open on the first betting round. Usually used in games like jackpots, meaning to enter without openers.
To win a pot with a hand that would have folded to any bet
A reraise from a player that previously called in the same betting round
To lose a hand where one hand is considerably ahead of the eventual winning hand. See main article: bad beat.
Playing very different hands in the same way, with the aim of making it more difficult for an opponent to gain useful information about the cards a player has.
Also called the house, the person responsible for distributing chips, keeping track of the buy-ins, and paying winners at the end of the game.
The amount of money that a player has to wager for the duration of his or her poker career
To fund someone’s participation in a game. Compare with staking.
Choosing the correct stakes and game type to avoid exhausting a bankroll during downswings
Not (currently) having the best hand
Money on the table but not currently in the pot, which can be bet later in the hand
Money in play but not visible as chips in front of a player
Any money wagered during the play of a hand
The opening bet of a betting round
In a fixed limit game, the standard betting amount
The complete set of rules regarding forced bets, limits, raise caps, and such for a particular game. See main article: betting.
The larger of two bet amounts in a fixed limit game.
big bet game
A game played with no limit or a pot limit betting structure
The larger of two forced bets in certain types of poker.
big blind special
A hand won by the big blind playing very weak pocket cards because there was no raise pre-flop
The best possible full house in community card games. A stronger hand than the underfull.
A stack of chips that is relatively large for the stakes being played. Also called deep stack. Also the biggest stack at the table. Compare with short stack.
A card, frequently a community card, of no apparent value. Compare with rag, brick, bomb.
A non-standard poker hand of five face cards that outranks a flush
To consistently lose chips through bad play, possibly resulting from tilting
A type of forced bet.
To call or raise an opponent’s raise when in the big blind, rather than folding an otherwise weak hand, in order to exploit overly aggressive players.
A raise from a late position with a weak hand when all other players have folded, with the intention of winning the blinds and antes.
A stud poker game in which all cards are dealt face down. Was popular in California before legal rulings made traditional stud legal there.
blind off, blinded
When a player’s stack is reduced by paying ever increasing blinds in tournaments
In community card poker, holding one of the opponent’s outs, typically when the board threatens a straight or straight draw. A blocker is also having a combination of cards that turn your opponent’s outs into your own. Compare with dry ace.
An abnormally small bet made by a player out of position intended to discourage a larger bet by an opponent
A bet made with a hand that is mathematically unlikely to be the best hand, either to make money or to disguise play patterns.
bluff catching range
The number of hands that do not have any real value left on the river, but might still be good enough to catch the bluff of an opponent
To make an aggressive move with a strong hand to give the impression it is a bluff, in order to draw a bluff from an opponent
The set of community cards in a community card game
The set of face-up cards of a particular player in a stud game
The set of all face-up cards in a stud game
Another name for a full house
Both halves of a split pot, often declared by a player who thinks he or she will win both low and high
Trick or cheating deal where a card or cards are dealt from the bottom of the deck rather than the top.
The lowest of several possible straights, especially in a community card game. Also idiot end.
bottom pair, bottom set
In a community card game, a pair (or set) made by matching the lowest-ranking board card with one (or two) in one’s private hand. Compare second pair, top pair.
An aspect of some poker tournaments that rewards players for eliminating other players with a cash prize for each player they eliminate, separate from the tournament payout structure.
The chip tray in front of a house dealer, and by extension, the house dealer’s position at the table
A card encountered face-up in the assembled deck during the deal, as opposed to one overturned in the act of dealing. Most house rules treat a boxed card as if it does not exist; that is, it is placed aside and not used. Different rules cover cards exposed during the deal.
In a draw poker game, to discard cards that make a made hand in the hope of making a better one. In a jacks-or-better draw game, a player breaking a high pair must keep the discarded card aside, to prove they had openers.
To end a session of play
During a tournament, an intermission
A blank, though more often used in the derogatory sense of a card that is undesirable rather than merely inconsequential,. Also known as a bomb. Compare with rags.
brick and mortar
A brick and mortar casino is a real casino based in a building, as opposed to an online casino. This refers to many real world locations as opposed to their Internet counterparts.
Poker is neutral about suits, but in determining the dealer at the start of a game, or in determining the bringin bettor in a stud game, bridge rank rules are used: spades beat hearts beat diamonds beat clubs.
To open a betting round
A forced bet in stud games. In the first betting round, the holder of the worst (lowest or highest, depending) upcard must post a bring-in bet. The bring-in bet is typically a quarter to a third of a small bet. The bring-in bettor may look at their cards, and place a full bet if they choose.
A 10 through ace straight. Can also include any group of cards from 10 to ace.
A casino employee whose job it is to greet players entering the poker room, maintain the list of persons waiting to play, announce open seats, and various other duties (including brushing off tables to prepare them for new games, hence the name).
To recruit players into a game
The last finishing position in a poker tournament before entering the payout structure
The factor by which the odds in chips differ from the odds in dollars.
Marker to indicate which player is dealer (or last to act). See button.
A limited wild card. See main article: bug. Compare with wild card.
A player who raises frequently to force out more cautious players, especially one with a large stack for the size of the game
burn card, burn
A card that is removed from the deal to prevent cheating.
An uncompleted hand
To lose all of one’s chips
Most commonly a marker that indicates the dealer position at the table, but other specialized buttons exist. See main article: button. Also buck or hat.
The minimum required amount of chips that must be bought to become involved in a game or tournament
To buy into a game for an amount smaller than the normal buy-in
buy the button
A rule originating in northern California casinos in games played with blinds, in which a new player sitting down with the button to their right (who would normally be required to sit out a hand as the button passed, then post to come in) may choose to pay the amount of both blinds for this one hand (the amount of the large blind playing as a live blind, and the amount of the small blind as dead money), play this hand, and then receive the button on the next hand as if they had been playing all along. See public cardroom rules.
A tactic most often used by late-position players: a raise to encourage the later and button players to fold, thus giving the raiser last position in subsequent betting rounds
buy the pot
Making a bet when no one else is betting so as to force the other players to fold, thus winning the pot uncontested. A specialized version of this is buying the blinds by making a large raise in the first round forcing all other players out of the hand.