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Poker Terms

American airlines

A pair of Aces in the hole.

Ante

Forced bet that players must make before seeing any cards. This guarantees money in the kitty for each hand.

Baby

A small card.

Back door

Hand made in the last two cards.

Bad beat

Losing when you have a very strong hand, usually to a very unlikely draw on the last card.

Baggage

An onlooker of a poker game who is broke and cannot play

Come

Playing a worthless hand in the hope of improving it is called ‘Playing on the come'.

cut it up

To split the pot after a tie.

card mechanic

An expert who manipulates cards for the purpose of cheating.

down to the felt

Out of money.

doyle brunson

10-2 Hole cards in Texas Hold 'em

equity

The value of a hand or combination of cards.

even money

A bet in which you hope to win the same amount as you bet.

expectations

The profit or loss you would expect to make on an average Number of bets.

exposed pair

A face-up or open pair in Stud and community cards.

four flush

Four cards of the same suit.

free card

A turn or river card on which you do not have to call bet Because of play in previous hand.

free roll

A free to enter poker tournament, usually played online rather than at cardrooms. Prizes can range from a cash prize to entry into a bigger or major tounrament.

full house

A hand with three cards of one index and two cards of another.

get the right price

The pot odds are favourable enough for you to justify calling A bet or a raise with a drawing hand.

get there

To make your hand.

give action

Betting, calling, raising or re-raising.

hit

To pull the card one is seeking.

hit and run

A player who has only been at the table for a short while and Leaves after winning big.

home run hitter

A player who makes big plays that requires maximum risk

jacks or better

When a player needs a pair of Jacks to start betting.

jam

To bet the maximum.

joker

The fifty-third card in the pack used as a wild card.

kansas city lowball

A form of lowball poker played for a deuce to seven low.

keep honest

To call an opponenet on the river, even if you believe he has a Better hand than yours.

key card

The one card that will make your hand complete.

kansas city lowball

A form of lowball poker played for a deuce to seven low.

ladies

Queens . Indicates the weak hand.

lay down

To reveal your hand in a showdown.

lay the odds

To bet more money on a proposition than you hope to win

miss

To not make your drawing hand when final cards are dealt.

monster

A hand that is almost certain to win.

nit

To bide your time whilst waiting for a playable hand.

no limit poker

A game in which players can bet as much as they have in of them at any given round.

nuts

The best possible hand given the cards on the board.

Open

ended straight

A hand with four consecutive cards. A straight which can be Completed by drawing the fifth card at either end.

outs

Any remaining card that will give you the winning hand.

outrun

To beat.

protect

To keep your hand or a chip on your cards.

push

When a hand is finished and the winner is determined the dealer Pushes the winnings towards the winner.

quads

Four of a kind.

rack

A tray that holds a hundred chips in five stacks of twenty.

rag

Poor card that has no impact on the game.

rainbow

A flop containing three different suits.

set

Three of a kind.

seventh street

The final betting round on the last card in seven-card stud.

school

the players in a regular game.

third pair

In Seven-card stud, the first round of betting on the first three Cards.

up card

An open card dealt face-up.

value

Bet for value as opposed to bluffing.

variance

A measure of the up and down swings of your bankroll.

walk

To be away from the table long enough to miss a few hands.

wheel

The lowest hand in lowball, A-2-3-4-5.

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