Going all in is to place all final moneys or chips in the pot. A player will go all in once they have run out of chips whilst betting or calling.
Blind and Big Blind
A blind is a forced bet typically played by the player to the left of the button. The blind is usually a partial bet whereas the big blind is the larger of the two blinds and is the full forced bet in a round.
Burning is the term used to explain the discarding of the top card from the deck. The top card is ‘burnt’ before each round of betting is dealt. This prevents any players having a glimpse of the first card dealt.
The button is a white disk to indicate the dealer in the game.
To ‘buy the pot’ – this is a bluffing concept where you aim to ‘buy’ the pot without necessarily having a winning hand.
To “buy the button” is to bet or raise in the hope that you will make the other players between you and the button fold. This allows you to act last on any further betting rounds.
To call is to match the previous bet or raise.
This is the name given to a player who calls regularly but doesn’t raise or fold very often. Often considered a weak opponent.
A cap is the final raise permitted in a round of betting.
The case is the final card of a certain rank within a deck.
To check is to forgo betting in a round, this means you do not bet but have the option to call or raise later.
To check and meet the previous raise, then initiate a further raise.
Community Cards are the cards which appear face up on the middle of the poker table and are shared in many popular Poker games including Hold’em and Omaha.
To beat a hand, this usually refers to beating a big hand.
The dealer in a game of poker is the person dealing the cards. In online poker, the players will usually take it in turns to play the role of the dealer but the cards will be automatically dealt for them. It is necessary to identify who is playing the dealer with the button so that the small and big blind structure can be maintained.
Drawing is the term used to describe a hand that isn’t good yet, but could become good in further rounds of betting.
To Draw Dead is to make a hand which will not win the pot. This means that your hand is not complete and an opponent has a better hand than you.
A family pot is the term used to explain a pot where all players call before the flop.
The flop is the first three community cards placed on the poker table face up.
To fold is to thrown in your hand instead of calling or raising. This is your way to leave the game.
If the pot is being contested by two players is called a Heads Up.
The hole cards are the cards dealt face down to a player. In Texas Hold’em, for example, there are two hole cards dealt to each player.
This is the establishment running the game.
A kicker card is an unpaired card which is used to determine the better hand out of two equally ranked hands disregarding the kicker. A winning kicker is the highest ranked card.
The muck is the pile of folded and burned cards.
No –limit poker allows players to bet any amount of chips.
The nuts is the best possible hand that can be made on the board.
A Texas Hold’em starting hand with two cards of different suits.
This is a Texas Hold’em starting hand where cards are two apart in rank.
To overcall is to call a bet when one or more additional players have called.
An overcard is a card higher than any card on the board.
Play the Board
If your hole cards are worse than the cards on the board, you must play the board as this represents the best possible hand. If you play the board, the best you can achieve is to split the pot with the rest of the players.
Your pocket cards are the cards that only you can see. The phrase is often used to refer to a ‘pocket pair’ where you are dealt a pair.
A Pot-Limit game means that you can bet no more than is in the pot at any given time.
The amount of money in the pot in comparison to the minimum bet you must play with.
Quads is another term for four of a kind.
A rainbow is a flop which contains three different suits.
Raise to increase the amount of the current bet.
Card ranking is the value of a card numerically.
The river is the final community card placed face up.
A set is three of a kind when you have a pair in your hand and one on the board.
The showdown is the point at which all players remaining turn over their cards to determine who has the best hand.
A side pot is created when a player has run out of chips and cannot contribute fully to the main pot.
The small blind is usually used in a Hold’em game. This is smaller of the two blind or forced bets which are taken to the right of the dealer.
A split pot is a shared pot between two players who have equal hands.
A Tell is a clue that a player gives about their hand. Picking up on tells is one of the most important skills in poker.
Tilting is to play recklessly.
Trips is a form of slag for three of a kind,
The turn is the fourth community card placed face up.
Under the Gun
The person in the Under the Gun position is the first player on a betting round.