Holding back and calling despite the fact that you have a very good hand, usually to disguise strength, provoke bluffs, and to check-raise.
A mini-tournament to gain an entry into a larger tournament.
To win the entire pot.
A waiting list. A player can put his or her name on this list if there are no seats at the table at which they wish to play.
In flop games, when you pair the second highest card on the board.
Betting with a mediocre or drawing hand.
Having a pocket pair that matches one of the cards on the board.
7 Card Stud
A well-known poker game in which players get three down cards and four up cards. You play the best five of those seven cards. Click here for information on 7 Card Stud.
This is the final round of betting in 7 Card Stud and Stud 8 or Better.
Shills are paid props who help start and maintain poker games.
Purchasing chips after your initial purchase. Usually the minimum for a short buy-in is less than the initial buy-in.
A ‘short-handed’ game has few players.
At the end of the final betting round, it’s when all active players turn their cards face-up to see who has won the pot.
A separate pot(s) which is contested by remaining active players when one or more players are all-in.
In 7 Card Stud, this is the fourth ‘up’ card dealt to a player (their 6
th card). It is also the 4 th round of betting. Small Blind
The amount put in the pot by the person immediately to the left of the dealer ‘button’ prior to the cards being dealt.
A seat or game that is favorable because of the lack of skill at the table.
A fairly tight player (and reasonably good).
A pair of fives.
A pile of chips.
When a player remains in the game by calling rather than raising.
A raise by someone in late position in an attempt to reduce the number of players and/or steal the pot.
Re-raising to make a player(s) call two bets instead of one.
A five high straight (A-2-3-4-5) of the same suit.
A straddle is a Blind bet which is usually double the size of the Big Blind, (and one that a player may raise when the action gets to him).
Five consecutive cards of any suit.
Five consecutive cards of the same suit.
The limits put on the blinds/ante, bets, and raises in any particular game.
Games in which players get both down cards and up cards.
A player who is losing in a game.
A characteristic of a playing card. The card being either of Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, or Spades.
The surface on which poker is played.
An action that gives clues about the cards someone is holding.
This is also the name for Hold’em, the most popular form of poker.
In 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud 8 or Better, this is the first betting round on the first three cards.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same number or face value (‘trips’).
Either a player who doesn’t play many pots, or a game that doesn’t have much action.
Behavior as a result of losing, usually negative.
Tournament of Champions.
In flop games, when the player pairs one of his down cards with the highest card on board.
Top Two Pair
Having both your pocket cards match the highest two cards on the board.
A pair of threes.
Three of a kind.
In flop games, this is the fourth card dealt. It is the third round of betting.
A hand consisting of two different pairs.
A pocket pair of lower value than the lowest card on the board.
Under the Gun
Being the first person to act, being in the earliest position.
A card that is dealt face-up.
A pair of sevens.
A card that can be played as any value.
A losing hand.
World Series of Poker.