Here is a list of all the poker terminology you are most likely to encounter when you're playing poker, and a definition for each.
- A player is "all-in" when they bet the entirity of their chips on one hand.
- A small bet at a previously agreed level that all players must bet before a deal can take place. Stud and Draw games usually require an ante.
- A hand where cards on both the turn and the river are needed to turn it into a made poker hand.
- To place a wager on the outcome of a hand of poker.
- The person sitting next but one to the dealer's left. At the start of community card poker games such as Texas Hold'em poker and Omaha poker, this person has to place a bet worth double the previously agreed minimum bet amount before the deal can take place.
- When a player convinces their opponents that their hand is stronger than it actually is.
- The face-up cards in community card and stud poker games.
- When a hole card matches the lowest-ranked community card.
BOTTOM TWO PAIR
- When both hole cards match the lowest two community cards.
- AKQJT straight but not a Royal Flush.
- Typically some device to mark the position of the current dealer.
- Make a bet that matches the current biggest bet at the table
- A player who calls a high percentage of bets, but rarely raises.
- The final possible raise in a Fixed Limit poker game. Players are usually able to raise up to four times in capped games in one single round of betting. Once a player has capped, all the other players may only call or fold.
- If a player already has money in the pot, and no one before them in the currently round of betting has made a bet, then they can check. This means they stay in the hand without having to make a bet. In the pre-flop round in community card games, the big blind can check if no one has raised.
- If you're the final person to act in a round of betting and you check, then you are said to "check behind". This is generally done when a player has a strong hand, and they wish to draw more chips from their opponents in the next round of betting. If the player were to make a bet instead, they run the risk of their opponents folding.
- A deceptive tactic to draw money into the pot. A player checks in the hope that another player will bet. The player then raises, hoping that the opponent will subsequently fold, or call with a weaker hand.
- A bet made post-flop by the player who took the lead into betting pre-flop.
- The player seated immediately to the right of the dealer.
- A bet that is incorrectly made by a weak player
- A hand that is not currently a complete poker hand, but has the potential to become a good hand if certain cards are later obtained.
- The expected value of a hand to a player. Calculated by multiplying the value of the pot by the odds of having a winning hand.
- The value of a hand in the long run.
- Another name for the river in community card games.
- A weak player.
- A made poker hand containing five cards all of the same suit but out of sequence.
- An incomplete poker hand consisting of four cards of the same suit. It will become a flush should another card of the same suit be subsequently dealt.
- To throw in your cards. You do not take any further part in the betting, and any chips you have bet so far as lost.
FOUR OF A KIND
- A made poker hand containing four cards with the same denomination.
- Another name for the turn in community card games.
- A made poker hand containing a pair and a set.
- A straight draw where the missing card is a card in the middle of the straight.
- The weakest hand in poker. Five cards that do not make any other form of poker hand.
- The cards dealt to the player face down in community card games.
- When a hole card matches the second-highest community card.
OPEN-ENDED STRAIGHT DRAW
- A draw with four cards in sequence. The sequence can be completed at either end.
- Paired hole cards that are higher than the highest-ranked community card.
- A hand that contains just a pair of cards matched by denomination.
- Same as hole cards.
- Pocket or hole cards that form a pair.
- Before the flop is dealt in community card games.
- After the flop is dealt in community card games.
- To make a bet higher than the current highest bet.
- A pot that was raised before the flop was dealt.
- The complete expanse of poker hands that it is thought likely an opponent has based on the way they have played the hand, and the cards that are known.
- To make a bet higher than the current highest bet after a raise.
- AKQJT of the same suit.
- Another name for three-of-a-kind.
- An experienced player who specializes in robbing chips from fish.
- The person sitting to the dealer's left. At the start of community card poker games such as Texas Hold'em and Omaha, this person has to place a bet worth the previously agreed minimum bet amount before the deal can take place.
- Five cards from different suits in sequence.
- Five cards from the same suit in sequence.
- The three community cards dealt once the first round of betting is complete.
- A very strong hand that is very unlikely to be beaten.
- The fifth and final community card dealt.
- The fourth community card that is dealt.
- Same as re-raise, although only after the first raise.
- A made poker hand consisiting of three cards of equal denomination.
- When a hole card matches the highest-ranked community card.
TOP TWO PAIR
- When both hole cards match the two highest-ranked community cards.
- A made poker hand consisting of a pair of pairs.
- A hand that's not improved on the turn or the river in community card games.
- A pot that was not raised before the flop was dealt.