Basic Poker Terminology
is a host of terms relating to poker games, hands and plays. Here are some of
the more common phrases employed, but for a more detailed list of poker
terminology, click here.
game in where there are a lot of players involved in many pots. It is also the
checking, betting and raising in the game.
When a player’s chips are all in the pot.
A small bet put up by each player to seed the pot
before the hand is dealt. This puts initial money in the pot and helps to
Hitting a perfect turn and river card to
make a drawing hand.
forced bet in flop games. The
player to the immediate left of the button is the small blind (half of the big
blind) and the player to the small blind’s left is the big blind.
Raising the hand before looking at your
The minimum amount of money a player must
put in to play a particular game.
If another player bets, to continue to play
you must call to match the wager (or raise).
To check and then raise when another player
behind you bets.
The cards that are in the middle of the
table during the hand.
To beat a strong hand. Players often say
their pocket aces were “cracked”.
The first three community cards on the
In terms of poker terminology, this means
to throw your hand away.
To not play a hand if it has been bet, or
to check if it has been checked to you.
Two pocket cards of the same rank.
The final community card in flop games of
The player with the fewest chips is said to
be playing on the short stack.
play a hand in a way that hides its strength. Flopping a straight could be a good
time to slowplay in order to get more chips into the pot.
A pot that is shared by two or more
A clue given by a player about their hand.
The fourth community card in a flop game.
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