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Have you ever wondered what that poker word that keeps popping up means? Thanks to PokerHigh's comprehensive poker vocabulary, you won't have to wonder anymore! We go over all of the essential poker online terms in detail here. 

Action

  1. One's turn to act during a hand.

  2. To bet or raise.

  3. A game with a lot of betting and raising is known as a high-stakes game.

Ante

Before a hand is dealt, all players must place a little wager. An ante is similar to a blind, but it must be contributed by everyone before a hand can begin. Antes immediately assigns a value to the pot.

All-in

A stake in which a player throws all of his or her chips into the pot.

Backdoor

Make your hand by hitting your required cards on the turn and river. If you have two hearts in your hand and one heart on the board, and two more hearts appear on the turn and river, you've struck a "backdoor" flush.

Bad beat

When a player who has a significant statistical advantage against an opponent before the flop, turn, or river loses his hand to that opponent.

Bad beat story

A terrible beat's tale or recall. These are usually dull stories that you already know the ending of. For instance: "My opponent had 2-3, while I had ace-king. On the board, there was an ace. The curve was a 4, and the river, believe it or not, was a 5!"

Big blind

The amount of chips that the second player to the dealer must wager. The sum is determined by the stakes. It's a pre-determined amount, similar to an ante, that makes the pot worth playing for before the action begins. It's the same as a full first-round wager. It's termed a blind because it involves placing a wager without first seeing the cards.

Blind

The term used to describe either the big or tiny blind. If you're a blind, you're either sitting immediately to the left of the dealer button (small blind position) or one position farther left (large blind position) (big blind).

Board

The communal cards are used by everyone in conjunction with their pocket cards to produce the best hand possible in real money games India.

Bubble

The top finisher out of the money in a tournament is known as the bubble. For example, if a tournament has 450 players and only the top 45 are rewarded, 46th place is known as "the bubble."

Burn

Before each betting round, the top card is discarded. If the top card has a distinguishing mark on it, the burn card conceals the next card to be dealt before it is revealed. That manner, no inaccurate information is provided, either purposefully or unintentionally.

Button

The dealer's situation. It's commonly indicated in live poker by placing a plastic disc in front of the dealer. Each time the dealer shuffles for a new hand, it spins clockwise. The button has an advantage because he is the last player in a betting round.

Buy-in

The cost of entering a tournament or the minimum amount required to sit at a given table in a cash game. Typically, the huge blind is multiplied by 20. For example, if you want to sit at a $5/$10 table, you'll need $200.

Call

To make the smallest possible contribution to the pot in order to continue playing a hand.

Check

To refrain from betting. There is nothing to call if there is no action (bet) to you. You can simply "check" if you don't wish to gamble. If your fellow players in the betting round take further action, the action will come back to you to call, fold, or raise.

Check-raise

When a player checks on the first bet chance and then raises any following bets in the same betting round, this is known as a check-raise.

Cold call

On your turn, you may call two or more bets. You're cold calling if a pot has already been bet and raised before it reaches you.

Connector

Pocket cards in order. Connectors would be a 5 of clubs and a 6 of hearts. "Suited connectors" are connectors of the same suit, such as 5 and 6 of clubs.

Community Cards

Cards that are dealt face up in the centre of the table and are available to all players in poker tournaments in order to form a hand.

Counterfeit

A duplicate card on the board devalues your hand significantly. You've been "counterfeited" if you hold a pair of 6s in your hand, the board is ace-ace-7-4, and the river card is a 7. You had two pairs, but now there are two better pairs on the board. Any other player holding a card higher than a 6 now has a better hand than you.

Cut-off

The area immediately to the right of the button.

Dealer

The person who deals the cards and shuffles the deck.

Dealer button

In live poker, the dealer is indicated with a button (typically a plastic disc). After each hand, it is passed clockwise.

Draw

Keeping a hand in the hopes of making it better. You don't have anything specific yet, but you need one or more cards to complete a straight or flush. You are considered to be "drawing" if you call (or raise) a round of betting to see if the required card(s) appear. Flush draws (drawing for a flush) and straight draws are the two most common draws (drawing for a straight). You can also play for a three-of-a-kind, a full house, or a better hand.

Draw out

To be dealt a card that changes your losing hand into a winning hand.

Drawing dead

You're drawing, but it's pointless because there isn't a single card in the deck that can help you make a winning hand. You are "drawing dead" if you have two pairs and want to construct a full house on the river, but your opponent already has four of a kind.

Flop

After the first round of betting, the first three communal cards are dealt out.

Flush

Five cards of the same suit make up a poker hand.

Fold

To surrender by laying your cards face down on the table and losing all of your previous wagers. When you think your hand is too weak to compete with the other players, you fold.

Four of a kind

A hand with all four cards of the same rank in it.

Full house

A hand with three of a kind and a (different) pair in it.

Gutshot

One possible card completes a straight from the "inside." A 7 and only a 7 on the turn or river would complete your "gutshot" straight if your pocket cards are 5 and 6 and the flop is 4-8-king. It's the polar opposite of an open-ended straight, which can be completed by any of two outer cards. A gutshot has half the chance of connecting with an open-ended straight.

Hand

Five cards consisting of a player's pocket cards and communal cards.

Heads-up

Playing a pot or tournament with just one other person.

High card

The top card in a poker hand with five separate cards that do not make any kind of match is the highest card, and it is only valuable against another hand with five unmatched cards if a showdown occurs.

Implied odds

Consider potential calls from your fellow players when you're drawing to anything. If you draw well, you might expect them to call with their hands. Because they aren't in the middle yet and won't be until you hit your card and they call your bets, these funds are speculative and not concrete.

Kicker

If you and another player hold the same hand at showdown, the player with the highest kicker wins the pot. You win if the board is 7-7-5-5-2 and you have ace-king and your opponent has king-queen. The "kicker" is your ace. In this case, the highest card in a five-card hand is the only factor that determines whether you win or lose.

Late position

Position in a betting round when the player must act after the majority of the other players have (usually considered to be the two positions next to the button).

Limp

Calling slang that implies it's not an aggressive move.

Limit

A game structure in which bets and raises are capped at a certain sum.

Live bet

Calling slang that implies it's not an aggressive move.

Muck

In a hand, all the discarded cards. When a player folds, his hand is tossed "into the muck."

No-limit

A game structure in which players can wager their entire stack. There is a limit to how much you can gamble, but no upper limit.

Nuts

The best hand a person can have at any particular time. If you have pocket 7's and the flop is 7-6-2, for example, you have the "nuts" at this stage since trip 7's is the best conceivable hand. If the turn card is a 5, you no longer have the nuts, as anyone holding 8-9 and making a straight now has the honour. If the river is the last 7, you'll have the nuts once more, as your hand is the best imaginable.

Off-suit

Pocket cards of various suits are held.

Omaha

Players are dealt four hole cards and must use exactly two of them, along with three of the five board cards, to form a hand.

Open-handed

A group of games in which a portion of each player's hand is exposed.

Over-pair

A pair in the hole in hold'em that is larger than any community card on the table.

Open-ended

One of two possible cards can finish straight from the outside. If you have 5-6 pocket cards and the flop is 4-7-king, a 3 or an 8 on the turn or river will complete your open-ended straight. A "gutshot" is twice as likely to strike as an open-ended straight.

Orbit

After each table member has served as the dealer for one hand. Every time the button is pressed, you complete one orbit.

Out

This card will help you improve your hand. You need one of the two remaining kings - your two "outs" - to beat your opponent if all the money is in the middle and you turn over a pair of kings and your opponent has a pair of aces.

Over-cards

Having cards that are higher in value than the board or your opponent's pocket. If it's heads up and someone goes all-in, the remaining two players will reveal their cards. When a pair of sevens is up against an ace-king, the ace and king are known as "over-cards" in the poker app.

Pair

Two cards of the same rank.

Pocket Cards

The cards in your hand that aren't in the community deck. It's your two down cards in hold'em. It's your four down cards in Omaha. Hole cards are another name for them.

Pot

The area in the poker table's middle where wagered chips are placed. The hand's winner takes all of the chips in the pot.

Pot-committed

Due to the quantity of money in the pot versus your remaining stack of chips, you will most likely have to call. It makes no sense to fold in these circumstances.

Pot-limit

A game structure in which bets and raises are limited by the current pot size.

Pot odds

The amount of money in the pot compared to the number of calls required to continue playing. Let's say there's $100 in the pot. Someone wagers $10, bringing the total to $110. Because calling costs $10, your pot odds are 11-to-1. Do you believe your chances of winning are better than 11-to-1? If that's the case, you should call. It would also be fair to call if you are getting the same 11-to-1 odds and you don't have a made hand but the odds of drawing to a stronger hand are more than 11-to-1.

Quads

Four of a kind.

Rainbow

A flip in which no two cards of the same suit are dealt. "The flop was an ace-9-7 rainbow," for example.

Rake

The amount taken from a poker hand by the house.

Ring game

A traditional poker game in which money is bet on each hand.

River

The final of the five community cards.

Rock

A "tight" player, in slang. Without playing for a pot, a rock can sit at a table orbit after orbit. You know he's got the goods when he enters a pot.

Raise

To gamble more than the needed minimum to call, causing other players to do the same.

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