Poker Glossary -
A pot in which most of the players at the table are still involved at the end of the hand.
As in 'play fast.' To play a hand aggressively, betting and raising as much as possible. Example: 'When you flop a set but there's a flush draw possible, you have to play it fast.'
A hand that has the best chance of winning.
In flop games, the final round of betting and the fifth community card on the board; in stud games, the fifth card dealt to each player and the third betting round (on the third upcard).
To make a full house.
To pull the card one is seeking; to hit.
A poor player; an amateur who is losing a lot of money.
Slang for Jacks.
Five Card Draw
A poker game in which the player is dealt five cards down. They have one draw to replace them and the best high hand wins the pot.
Five Card Stud
A poker game in which each player is dealt five cards, one down and four up, with betting after 2, 3, 4, & 5 cards.
Bets can only be made in specified increments.
To call a bet without raising.
A betting limit in a poker game that does not escalate from one round to the next.
A family of poker games played with five community cards. The first three cards, turned face up simultaneously, are called the flop. Popular flop games include Texas Hold 'Em and Omaha.
A series of games with five community cards. These are called flop games. Hold'em and Omaha are two popular flop games. The flop is the first three community cards dealt.
Having four cards of the same suit, and hoping to draw a fifth to make a flush.
When all five cards in your hand have a common suit, you have a flush. The flush with the highest card not in common is better, so AK873 of spades is a better flush than AK872 of diamonds. A flush ranks between a straight and a full house.
To muck your cards because someone else has made a larger bet than you are willing to call. You are unable to win the pot but at least you don't lose more money.
A required bet to start the action on the first round of a poker hand.
A hand which may not be played for one reason or another. A player with a foul hand may not make any claim on any portion of the pot. Example: 'He ended up with three cards after the flop, so the dealer declared his hand foul.'
Four Of A Kind
Four cards of the same denomination.
Four cards of the same suit, requiring a fifth to make a flush.
In flop games, the fourth card on board and the third round of betting, the turn; in Seven-Card Stud, the fourth card dealt to each player and the second round of betting (on the second upcard).
A turn or river card on which you don't have to call a bet because of play earlier in the hand (or a reputation which you have with your opponents). For instance, if you are on the button and raise when you flop a flush draw, your opponents may check
To stay in a hand without being forced to bet.
For one player to have a shot at winning an entire pot when he is currently tied with another player. For instance, suppose you have Ac-Qc and your opponent has Ad-Qh. The flop is Qs-5c-Tc. You are tied with your opponent right now, but are free rolli
A poker tournament with no cash entry fee but still offers cash prizes.
A situation in which two players have the same hand, but one of the players has a chance to better his hand.
A game or tournament in which all players start with the same amount and play until one player has won all the chips.
A 5 card hand consisting of a pair and 3 of a kind. For example, a had with two 10's and three Queens would be a full house.
A strong hand that ranks between a flush and four of a kind, that consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. AAA77 is aces full of sevens, often abbreviated to 'aces full'.
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