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Poker Terms

Here's a glossary of some of terms players will come across when playing poker. These quick explanations will help players gain a better understanding of what is going on at the poker table.

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Away-from-table

You may not 'sit out' a tournament. You may be 'away-from-table' if you are in a tournament and need to leave. This means you are dealt into every hand, posting blinds when it's your turn, and then folded when there is a raise or bet before the flop.

Add-On

A period when you can buy additional chips in an attempt to better your chances to win a Re-Buy and Add-On tournament.

Bad Beat

A particularly unlucky loss.

Blinds

Blinds are bets players have to make in order to ensure there is always money in the pot. Two players pay blinds on each hand. The player to the immediate left of the dealer is required to post a small blind. The player to the immediate left of the small blind is then required to post the big blind. The big blind is equal to the higher amount of the stakes for a game while the small blind is equal to the lower amount. In a $5/$10 game, the big blind is $10 and small blind is $5.

Buy-in

The amount each player must invest to enter a tournament.

Call

Matching, but not raising, the prior bet on the table.

Cap

The last permitted raise in a betting round is called the cap.

Check

A bet of zero. You check when you do not want to bet money, but you do not want to fold either. You may only check when there are no prior bets.

Collusion

A form of cheating where two or more players attempt to gain an unfair advantage by sharing information. We do not tolerate cheating.

Community Cards

Face up cards that are shared by all players in games like Texas Hold'em and Omaha.

Dead Hand

A hand no longer in the game.

Drawing Dead

Drawing a card to complete a hand even though the hand cannot beat what's already on the table.

Drop

Withdraw from further participation in the current hand. Fold. Muck.

Face Down

Dealt cards that are not visible to other players.

Face Up

Dealt cards that are visible to all players.

Flop

The first three cards on the board, all dealt at the same time in Hold'em or Omaha.

Flush

A poker hand of five cards that are all the same suit.

Fold

Withdraw from further participation in the current hand. Drop. Muck.

Forced Bet

A mandatory bet. In certain games, a player is required to make certain bets.

Four of a Kind

A poker hand featuring four cards of the same rank, such as four aces or four kings.

Freeroll

A poker tournament with no entry fee or buy-in.

Full House

A poker hand featuring three cards of one rank and two of another, such as three aces and two kings, etc.

Hand

1. A set of cards used by a player during a single round.
2. A single round of shuffling, dealing, and betting.

Hand-For-Hand

When each position represents a substantial difference in prizes and there is more than one table remaining in the later stages of a tournament, the tournament may be played 'hand-for-hand'. Each table will play each hand at the same time until a player is eliminated.

Head to Head

A game where only two players remain in contention for the pot.

Heads Up

A game where only two players may participate. Aka One to One.

High Card

The card with the highest rank.

Hi-Lo (High/Low)

A variation of a game where the pot is split between the best hand and the worst hand, known as the low hand. A low hand is a five card hand that includes cards from ace to eight inclusive. If no low hand exists then the best hand, known as the high hand, takes the whole pot.

Hold'em

Also called Texas Hold'em. One of the most popular poker games. Each player gets 2 down cards and can use three, four or five of the community cards.

Hole Cards

The face-down cards in a player's hand.

In

An active player; one who has not folded.

Inside Straight

The term applied when a player has 4 of 5 cards needed for a straight with the missing card being inside the sequence rather than at either end. If a player is holding 3, 4, 5, 7 and draws a 6 he or she has made the inside straight.

In the Money

Having qualified for a prize in a tournament. If a player is 'In the Money', he or she will win at least the minimum prize available for that tournament.

Jackpot

A bonus opportunity to win under specific circumstances set by the poker room.

Kicker

The card used to break ties between Two of a Kind or between Two Pair.

Muck

1. Withdraw from further participation in the current hand. Fold. Drop.
2. The pile of folded cards and discarded cards.

Multi-table tournament (MTT)

A tournament where players compete at more than one table, starting with equal numbers of chips, until one player has won all the chips.

nh

Abbreviation for 'nice hand', common in the chat dialogs.

No Limit (NL)

A game where each bet is limited only by the number of chips a player has on the table.

Omaha

A game in which each player receives 4 face down cards and shares 5 community cards.

On the Button

In the dealer position in Texas Hold'em and Omaha games. A 'button' marks the dealer position with a 'D' in the centre.

One on One

A game where only two players may participate.

Pair

A poker hand made up of two cards of the same rank.

Pass

Can be used in place of either check or fold depending on the context.

Play Chips

The chips used for play money games. Play chips have no monetary value.

Playing the Board

Using all the community cards in Hold'em to make your best hand.

Pocket Cards

The two down cards at the start of the hand.

Pot

The chips available to be won in any given hand.

Pot Limit (PL)

A game where each player may bet up to the current amount in the pot.

Profile

Your profile may include your favourite hobby, favourite web site, favourite quote, and more. You can make this information available to other players if you wish.

Rake

The amount of money, in chips, taken by the house as the service fee.

Raise

Increasing the value of the bet in a round of betting.

Rank

The value of a card going from the lowest, 2, to the Ace. In High/Low games, the Ace may be used both for its high rank and as the lowest rank card.

Re-Buy

To get more chips during a cash game. This applies to real money and tournament play. Tournament Re-Buy allows for a player to continue competing in a tournament. Re-Buys are available in a Re-Buy and Add-On tournament only.

Reducing

Removing chips from a table and returning immediately with fewer chips. Reducing is considered poor etiquette.

Registration

We ask you to select a screen name to serve as your poker room identity, a password, and to provide a location and email address to create an account. This is your registration.

River

The fifth and final community card in Hold'em. Also known as Fifth Street.

Round

The dealing of a set of cards and associated betting. For example, the dealing of the river and the bets that follow are a round.

Royal Flush

The best possible high hand. This is a straight flush from 10 through to Ace of the same suit.

Screen Name

The identity you select by which you are known in the poker room. Screen names are unique identifiers. Not everyone can be Mr Black.

Server

The main computer or set of computers, providing a service to client computers. In this case the service is the poker room.

Showdown

The final act of a poker game, where players reveal or fold their hands, thus deciding the winner.

Side Pot

A pot created when a player goes all-in. The side pot is the pot available to those players not all-in at that point. There may be multiple side pots during a given hand.

Single Table Tournament (STT)

A poker table at which you may buy-in to a seat. All buy-in money goes to the prize pool. The prize pool is returned to the top finishers per the payout table on the tournaments page. A fee is normally required to play at this table. Players are staked to equal numbers of chips and play until one player has won all the chips. Single table tournaments begin as soon as the table has filled.

Sit Out

Holding your seat at a table while not participating in some hands. Under most conditions, we limit the time you may sit out. In blind games, you may be asked to post the equivalent of the blind if you return to your seat prior to the blind reaching you. To sit out you click a check box on the table screen. To return, you unclick the 'sit out' check box.

Stakes

The amount each player must invest to enter a tournament; the buy-in.

Straight

A hand in which the player has five cards in rank order, irrespective of suit.

Straight Flush

A poker hand that is in order of rank and all of the same suit.

Stud

A family of poker variants where players receive the first card(s) down followed by some up cards where those up cards are exclusively for the use of that player. There may be a further down card as in 7 Card Stud.

Suit

A standard deck of cards is divided into four suits. They are hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades.

Texas Hold'em

A poker game where each player gets two down cards followed by five community cards face-up.

Three of a kind

A poker hand made up of three cards of the same rank such as three Jacks or three Queens.

Tournament Buy-In

The cost to enter a tournament.

Tournament fee

Payable with all buy-in tournaments. Sometimes called the house fee.

Trips

A poker hand made up of three cards of the same rank; three of a kind.

Turn

The fourth community card dealt in Hold'em and Omaha. Also known as Fourth Street.

Two Pair

A poker hand made up of two pairs of the same rank, such as two Aces and two Queens.

Under-raise

A raise to a prior bet that necessitates going all-in to do so with an amount less than the full raise.

Up Card

A card dealt face up, so that all players may see it.

Wheel

The best low hand, 5, 4, 3, 2, A.


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