Glossary: ​​A Guide to Poker Terminology

This guide provides a comprehensive list of terms and definitions that can appear in both live and online poker. Of course, no one expects you to know all of the terms listed here immediately when you start playing online poker.

However, if you want to improve your chances of winning and better understand the terms used by the dealer and other players, check out the following terms in our Poker Glossary.

ABC: A player is called an ABC player if they play predictably and meticulously follow poker books or lessons.

Add-on: Additional chips that a player can buy at any given time.

All-in: A player puts all of his chips in his hand.

Ante: A bet that all players must make before a hand is dealt. Similar to a blind, each player has to bet this amount before starting the game.

Backdoor: A hand is only reached with the last two cards, i.e. with the turn and river.

Backer: A person who finances a poker player.

Bad beat: When a poker player who is statistically ahead with his hand preflop still loses to an opponent after the flop, turn or river.

Bankroll: The money a player has available to play poker.

Big Blind: The number of chips that the second player to the left of the dealer must wager.

Big Slick: The ace-king is also known as the big slick.

Blind: A specific bet that two players to the left of the button must pay. The generic term denotes either the small blind or the big blind. If a player is one of the blinds, then he is either sitting to the left of the dealer. Button (small blind) or two places to the left of the dealer button (big blind).

Board: The community cards that all players use in combination with their hole cards to get the best hand.

Boat: A full house is also known as a boat.

Bring-In: The bring-in is a bet that the player with the lowest open card must place in Seven Card Stud before the first round of betting.

Burn Cards: Before each betting round, the dealer discards the top card.

Button: The position of the dealer.

Buy-In: The fee you have to pay to enter a poker tournament

Call: Pay the previous stake to continue playing the hand.

Calling station: A calling station is a player who seldom raises himself and who too often only pays raises from other players.

Check: As long as no stake has been made, the action can be passed on to the next player with “Check.”

Check-Raise: When a player first passes the action on in a round with “Check,” and after the opponent has made a bet, he increases his stake (raises).

Chip leader: The player who has the most chips at the table.

Coinflip: When two players are all-in and each has a 50:50 chance of winning. For example, if one player has a pocket pair and the other has two overcards such as ace and queen, the odds for each of them are around 50%.

Cold Call: Calling a raise when there has already been a bet and one or more raises.

Community Cards: The cards that are dealt face-up in the center of the table and can be used by all poker players to form the best poker hand.

Connector: A starting hand that contains two cards that follow each other in their order, such as 5 of hearts and 6 of clubs.

Cut Off: The position to the right of the button.

Dealer: A representative of the casino who shuffles the cards and deals them to the players. He is responsible for the entire course of the game.

Dealer Button: The button that shows who the dealer is and that is passed clockwise after each hand.

Downswing: A downswing is a streak of bad luck or a bad run in poker.

Draw: To stay in the game, hoping to improve four connected cards with the fifth card. For example: flush or straight.

Draw Out: A card that improves your hand so that you beat your opponent, who had a better hand than you before the draw.

Drawing Dead: A hand that will still lose even if it improves.

Early Position: A player in an early position who must bet before his opponents do.

Family Pot: That situation at the table when almost all players are in the pot and want to see the flop.

Final Table: The last table in a poker tournament.

Fish: A fish is an inexperienced or poor player.

Flop: The first three community cards that the dealer deals face up after the first round of betting.

Floorman: A representative of the casino who oversees the rules and makes decisions.

Flush: Five cards of the same suit.

Fold: giving up your hand by discarding the cards face down and losing the bet. Players usually fold (fold) when their hand is too weak to compete with other poker players.

Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same rank.

Freeroll: A tournament in which the player does not have to pay a participation fee (buy-in).

Full House: Combination of three of a kind and a pair.

Gutshot: Also known as a “belly shot” and the case when a player lacks a card in the middle to form a straight. For example, the player has 10, jack, queen and ace, so he lacks the king for the straight.

Hand: Five cards made up of the player’s hole cards and community cards.

Heads-Up: Playing against another player in a poker tournament.

Hole Cards: The cards that the player is dealt face down.

In the money: If a player reaches the money ranks in a poker tournament he is “in the money”.

Kicker: If two players hold the same hand during a showdown, but one of the players with the higher kicker (by-card) wins the game.

Limit: A game with fixed minimum and maximum stakes and a certain number of raises.

Limp: Another term for a call.

Loose: In contrast to tight, a player who plays a lot of starting hands.

Monster: A very strong hand is often referred to as a monster.

Muck: The discarded cards. But also to fold and not show your cards.

No-Limit: A variant of poker in which a player can bet his entire stack.

Nuts: The best possible hand a poker player can have at any given time in the game.

Offsuit: A poker hand made up of different colours.

Omaha: A variant of the game of Texas Hold’em in which players are given four hole cards and must use two of them in addition to three of the five community cards to form a hand.

Over-pair: In Texas Hold’em, a pair in hand that is higher than other cards on the board.

Open-Ended: A straight that can be completed by one of two card values. For example, 10, Jack, Queen, King, so every nine and every ace make up the straight.

Out: A card that can improve your hand.

Overcards: A card that is higher than the cards on the board and higher than the opponent’s cards.

Pair: Two cards of the same rank.

Pocket Cards: The cards in your hand that are not part of the community cards.

Pocket Rockets: The best-starting hand in Texas Holdem – a pair of aces – is also known as Pocket Rockets.

Position: A player’s place in relation to the dealer, who also determines the order of the bets.

Pot: The chips or money in the middle of the table that you can win.

Pot Committed: A scenario where you can’t fold anymore because of the money in the pot compared to your stack.

Pot limit: When bets and raises are limited by the current pot size.

Preflop: The phase in a tournament in which every player holds his hole cards, but there are no community cards on the board.

Quads: Four of a kind (poker).

Rainbow: A flop that contains no cards of the same suit.

Rake: The amount the house withholds from a poker hand.

River: The last of the five community cards.

Raise: Increase the previously placed bet.

Rock: A very tight player is often referred to as a rock.

Royal Flush: A royal flush is the best possible hand in poker: a straight with an ace-high straight flush.

Runner Runner: When a player is still behind on the flop, but the turn and river help them make the winning hand.

Satellite: A poker tournament with a small buy-in that collects all of the participants’ funds and awards places for a higher-quality poker tournament as a prize.

Semi-Bluff: A bluff with a poker hand that has the potential to develop into an effective bluff.

Set: A pocket pair that becomes three of a kind.

Shorthanded: A game of poker with a maximum of six players at the table.

Short stack: The short stack is the player at the table who has the fewest chips.

Showdown: After the final round of betting, players show their cards and the best hand wins the pot.

Side Pot: A side pot is formed next to the main pot. The side pot is created from every additional money bet by players who are not all-in, i.e. can still actively bet.

Sit ‘n Go :  A poker tournament that begins as soon as a certain number of poker players have registered.

Slow Play: When a poker player with a strong hand only bets small to keep other poker players in the game.

Small Blind: The position to the left of the dealer button. The small blind is the smallest of the two blind bets. The size of the small blind is half the size of the big blind.

Split Pot: When two or more poker players have the same hand and the pot is split between them.

Straddle:  An optional bet that a player can place under the gun in a cash game.

Straight: A hand made up of 5 cards in a row but not of the same suit.

Straight Flush: A hand consisting of 5 consecutive cards of one suit.

Suited: cards of the same suit.

Suited Connectors:  A starting hand that contains two cards that follow each other in their order and are of the same suit, such as 5 of hearts and 6 of hearts.

Upswing: Upswing is a streak of luck or a good run in poker.

Tell: A tell is a sign by which the player reveals the strength of his hand.

Tight: A player is called tight if he only plays a few (mostly strong) starting hands.

Tilt: When a poker player loses many games in a row and then plays aggressively or without concentrating, this is called “tilt”.

Time: A request for more time to think about the next decision.

Top Pair: A pair with the highest card on the board.

Trips: Three of a kind or three of a kind, i.e. three cards of the same value.

Turn: The fourth community card, also called “Fourth Street”.

Two Pair: A player holds two pairs.

Under the gun: The position of a player after the blinds who must post first.

Video Poker: This game is based on 5-Card Draw-Poker and is offered in casinos.

Wild Card: A card that can have different values.

Different variants of poker have nuances, but the rules and strategies, as well as the basic terms, are always the same. Playing poker online Very easy when you know all these terms!

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