Poker Terms Selection

This is a selection of entries from the Wikipedia article Glossary of poker terms.

  • bet The opening bet of a betting round.
  • fold To discard one’s hand and forfeit interest in the current pot.
  • walk A walk is a situation where all players fold to the big blind.
  • laydown The choice to fold a strong hand in anticipation of superior opposition
  • raise To raise is to increase the size of an existing bet in the same betting round.
  • reraisecoming over the top Raise after one has been raised.
    backraise 
    A reraise from a player that previously called in the same betting round.
  • check-raise Deceptive play whereby a player initially checks with the intention of raising should another player bet.
  • check To bet nothing.
  • call To match a bet or raise.
  • overcall To call a bet after others have called.
  • hero call Calling when a player has a relatively weak hand but suspects their opponent may be bluffing.
  • cold call To call an amount that represents a sum of bets or raises by more than one player.
  • flat callsmooth call A call, in a situation where one might be expected to raise.
  • all in When a player bets all of their chips in the current hand.
  • coin flip A situation where two players have invested all their money in the pot and have a roughly even chance of winning.
  • heads up Playing against a single opponent.

  • deep stack A stack of chips that is relatively large for the stakes being played.
  • short stack A stack of chips that is relatively small for the stakes being played.
  • dirty stack A stack of chips apparently of a single denomination, but with one or more chips of another.
  • cow A player with whom one is sharing a buy-in, with the intent to split the result after play.
  • donkeyfish A weak player.
  • grinder A player who earns a living by making small profits over a long period of consistent, conservative play.
  • in turn A player is said to be in turn if that player is expected to act next under the rules.
  • maniac A very loose and aggressive player, who bets and raises frequently, and often in situations where it is not good strategy to do so.
  • mark A person at a poker table that is the focus of attention, often due to their inexperience.
  • nit A player who is unwilling to take risks and plays only premium hands in the top range.
  • rock A very tight player (plays very few hands and only continues with strong hands).
  • sandbagging Slow playing.
  • shark A professional player.
  • under the gun The playing position to the direct left of the blinds.
  • dry board A measure of texture of the community cards. A board is considered dry when the cards on the table mean that is unlikely or impossible that any player has made a strong hand like a straight or flush.
  • wet board A wet board is when the cards on the table make it possible for players to have hit strong hands.
  • family pot A deal in which every (or almost every) seated player calls the first opening bet.
  • orbit A full rotation of the blinds at a table, equal to the number of people at the table.
  • play the board If the player’s best hand is on the board and the player goes to the showdown they are said to play the board.
  • rabbit hunt After a hand is complete, to reveal cards that would have been dealt later in the hand had it continued.
    suits The four French suits: clubs (), diamonds (), hearts () and spades ().
  • flop The dealing of the first three face-up cards to the board, refers also to those three cards themselves.
  • turn The turn, turn card or fourth street is the fourth of five cards dealt to a community card board
  • river The river or river card is the final card dealt in a poker hand, to be followed by a final round of betting and, if necessary, a showdown.
  • dry ace An ace in one’s hand without another card of the same suit.
  • four-flush Four cards of the same suit.
  • door card First visible card of the flop.
  • blank, rag A card, frequently a community card, of no apparent value.
  • broadway A 10 through ace straight.
  • burn card, burn A card that is removed from the deal to prevent cheating.
  • kicker A card in a hand that does not itself take part in determining the rank of the hand, but that may be used to break ties between hands of the same rank.
  • junk A hand with little expected value.
  • rainbow Three or four cards of different suits, especially said of a flop.
  • runner-runner A hand made by hitting two consecutive cards on the turn and river.
  • top pair In community card poker games, top pair is a pair comprising a pocket card and the highest-ranking card on the board.
  • top two A split two pair, matching the highest-ranking two flop cards.

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