Poker Dictionary

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.

ALL-IN

  • A player is "all-in" when they bet the entirity of their chips on one hand.

ANTE

  • 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.

BACKDOOR DRAW

  • A hand where cards on both the turn and the river are needed to turn it into a made poker hand.

BET

  • To place a wager on the outcome of a hand of poker.

BIG BLIND

  • 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.

BLUFF

  • When a player convinces their opponents that their hand is stronger than it actually is.

BOARD

BOTTOM PAIR

  • When a hole card matches the lowest-ranked community card.

BOTTOM TWO PAIR

  • When both hole cards match the lowest two community cards.

BROADWAY

  • AKQJT straight but not a Royal Flush.

BUTTON

  • Typically some device to mark the position of the current dealer.

CALL

  • Make a bet that matches the current biggest bet at the table

CALLING STATION

  • A player who calls a high percentage of bets, but rarely raises.

CAP

  • 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.

CHECK

  • 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.

CHECK BEHIND

  • 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.

CHECK-RAISE

  • 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.

CONTINUATION BET

  • A bet made post-flop by the player who took the lead into betting pre-flop.

CUT-OFF

DONK BET

  • A bet that is incorrectly made by a weak player

DRAW

  • 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.

EQUITY

EXPECTED VALUE

  • The value of a hand in the long run.

FIFTH STREET

  • Another name for the river in community card games.

FISH

  • A weak player.

FLUSH

  • A made poker hand containing five cards all of the same suit but out of sequence.

FLUSH DRAW

  • 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.

FOLD

  • 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.

FOURTH STREET

  • Another name for the turn in community card games.

FULL HOUSE

  • A made poker hand containing a pair and a set.

GUT-SHOT DRAW

  • A straight draw where the missing card is a card in the middle of the straight.

HIGH CARD

  • The weakest hand in poker. Five cards that do not make any other form of poker hand.

HOLE CARDS

  • The cards dealt to the player face down in community card games.

MIDDLE PAIR

  • 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.

OVER PAIR

  • Paired hole cards that are higher than the highest-ranked community card.

PAIR

  • A hand that contains just a pair of cards matched by denomination.

POCKET CARDS

  • Same as hole cards.

POCKET PAIR

  • Pocket or hole cards that form a pair.

PRE-FLOP

  • Before the flop is dealt in community card games.

POST-FLOP

  • After the flop is dealt in community card games.

RAISE

  • To make a bet higher than the current highest bet.

RAISED POT

  • A pot that was raised before the flop was dealt.

RANGE

RE-RAISE

  • To make a bet higher than the current highest bet after a raise.

ROYAL FLUSH

  • AKQJT of the same suit.

SET

  • Another name for three-of-a-kind.

SHARK

  • An experienced player who specializes in robbing chips from fish.

SMALL BLIND

  • 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.

STRAIGHT

  • Five cards from different suits in sequence.

STRAIGHT FLUSH

  • Five cards from the same suit in sequence.

THE FLOP

  • The three community cards dealt once the first round of betting is complete.

THE NUTS

  • A very strong hand that is very unlikely to be beaten.

THE RIVER

  • The fifth and final community card dealt.

THE TURN

  • The fourth community card that is dealt.

THREE-BET

  • Same as re-raise, although only after the first raise.

THREE-OF-A-KIND

  • A made poker hand consisiting of three cards of equal denomination.

TOP PAIR

  • When a hole card matches the highest-ranked community card.

TOP TWO PAIR

  • When both hole cards match the two highest-ranked community cards.

TWO PAIR(S)

  • A made poker hand consisting of a pair of pairs.

UNIMPROVED

  • A hand that's not improved on the turn or the river in community card games.

UNRAISED POT

  • A pot that was not raised before the flop was dealt.
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