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A small card.

Back Door Flush (or Straight)

When the last two cards make a player's hand, even though he or she played on the flop for some other reason.

Back Door Straight

When the last two cards make a player's hand, even though he or she played on the flop for some other reason.

Back Into A Hand

To draw into a hand different from the one you were originally trying to make.


Catching both the turn and river card to make a drawing hand. For instance, suppose you have As- 7s. The flop comes Ad-6c-4s. You bet and are called. The turn is the Ts, which everybody checks, and then the river is the Js. You've made a 'backdoor' nu

Bad Beat

To have a hand that is a large underdog beat a heavily favored hand. It is generally used to imply that the winner of the pot had no business being in the pot at all, and it was the wildest of luck that he managed to catch the one card in the deck tha


The amount of money you have available to wager.


You're behind if you don't have the best hand before the last cards have been dealt.

Belly Buster

A draw to fill an inside straight; a gut shot.

Bet For Value

Betting in order to raise the amount in the pot, not to make your opponents fold.

Bet Into

To bet before a stronger hand, or a player who bet strongly on the previous round.

Bet The Pot

To bet the total value of the pot.


To voluntarily put money or chips into the pot.

Betting Black

Betting $100 amounts (black is a common color for $100 chips).

Betting Green

Betting $25 amounts (green is a common color for $25 chips).

Betting Interval

The period during which each active player has the right to check, bet or raise; the round of betting. It ends when the last bet or raise has been called by all players still in the hand.

Betting Red

Betting $5 amounts (red is a common color for $5 chips).

Betting White

Betting $1 amounts (white is a common color for $1 chips).


The lowest possible hand in lowball: Ace-2-3-4-5. Also called a wheel.

Big Bet Poker

Another term for pot-limit and no-limit poker.

Big Blind

The forced bet in second position before any cards are dealt. Usually this is a Live Blind, which means that the player in this position can raise if no one else has before the cards are dealt.

Big Slick

The Ace-King card combination.

Black Leg

Archaic term for crooked card-sharp.


A board card that doesn't seem to affect the standings in the hand. If the flop is As-Jd-Ts, then a turn card of 2h would be considered a blank. On the other hand, the 2s would not be.

Blind Raise

When a player raises without looking at his hand.


A forced bet (or partial bet) put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. Usually, blinds are put in by players immediately to the left of the disc.

Blow Back

To lose back one's profits.


Pretending to have better cards than you actually do - is a fundamental strategy of the game. A player who bluffs usually bets higher than his/her cards warrant. The desire of the bluffer is to scare the other players out of the hand by making them th


All the community cards in a hold'em game - the flop, turn, and river cards together. Example: 'There wasn't a single heart on the board.'


Another name for full house.

Bottom Pair

A pair with the lowest card on the flop. If you have As-6s, and the flop comes Kd-Th-6c, you have flopped bottom pair.


A small amount of cash awarded to a player when he knocks out another player in some tournaments.


A blank.

Bring It In

To start the betting on the first round.


The forced bet made on the first round of betting by the player who is dealt the lowest card showing in Seven Card Stud and Stud 8 or Better. In Razz (Lowball)it is the highest card showing


An Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10).

Broomcorn's Uncle

A player who antes himself broke.


A cardroom employee responsible for managing the seating list.


In all flop games, a small disk used to indicate the dealer, or used to signify the player in the last position if a house dealer is used; a button.


A Joker that can be used to make straights and flushes and can be paired with Aces, but not with any other cards.


Another term for an Ace


A pair of Aces.


To raise.

Buried Pair

In stud games, a pair in the hole.


To discard the top card from the deck, face down. This is done between each betting round before putting out the next community card(s). It is security against any player recognizing or glimpsing the next card to be used on the board.

Bust a Player

To deprive a player of all his chips; in tournament play, to eliminate a player.

Bust Out

To be eliminated from a tournament by losing all your chips.


A worthless hand that has failed to improve as the player hoped; a busted hand.

Busted Flush

A hand with only four of five cards in a flush.


Broke, tapped.


A white acrylic disk to indicate who is the (nominal) dealer. Also used to refer to the player on the button. Example: 'Oh, the button raised.'


(1) As in 'buy the pot.' To bluff, hoping to 'buy' the pot without being called. (2) As in 'buy the button.' To bet or raise, hoping to make players between you and the button fold, thus allowing you to act last on subsequent betting rounds.


The minimum amount of money required by a player to sit down in a particular poker game.


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