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We have accumulated a list of the most common poker terms.

 

All in: having bet all of your chips in the current hand.

Ante: a forced bet required, in some types of poker, of all players before the hand begins.

Backraise: a reraise from a player that previously called in the same betting round.

Bad Beat: losing with what is, or appears to be, a considerably stronger hand.

Bank: also called the house, the person responsible for distributing chips, keeping track of the buy-ins, and paying winners at the end of the game.

Bet: any money wagered during the play of a hand. More specifically, the opening bet of a betting round.

Big/Small Blind: the larger/smaller of two forced bets in certain types of poker.

Bluff: a bet made with a hand that is mathematically unlikely to be profitable either to make money or to disguise play patterns.

Busted: out of chips. To "bust out" is to lose all of one's chips.

Button: most commonly a marker that indicates the dealer position at the table.

Burn Card: is a card that has to be discarded ("burned"), and can't used by the players due to the game rules, a.k.a. Thorn Card.

Buy-in: the minimum required amount of chips that must be "bought" to become involved in a game (or tournament).

Call: to match a bet.

Cash Game: a game where each hand is played for real money as opposed to tournament play.

Community Card: the card dealt face up in the center of the table that can be used by all players to form their best hand.

Community Poker (games): games in which each player's incomplete hidden hand is combined with shared face-up cards.

Connectors: two or more cards of consecutive or close to consecutive rank.

Continuation Bet: a bet made after the flop by the player who took the lead in betting before the flop.

Deal: to distribute cards to players in accordance with the rules of the game being played.

Dealer: the person dealing the cards.

Dealer's choice: a version of poker in which the deal passes each game and each dealer can choose, or invent, a new poker game each hand or orbit.

Dominated Hand: a hand that is extremely unlikely to win against another specific hand, even though it may not be a poor hand in its own right.

Double-Draw: any of several Draw poker games in which the draw phase and subsequent betting round are repeated twice.

Double Raise: the minimum raise in a no-limit or pot-limit game, raising by just the amount of the current bet.

Draw Poker (games): games in which players are dealt a complete hand, hidden, and then improve it by replacing cards.

Drawing Dead: playing a drawing hand that will lose even if successful.

Family Pot: a deal in which every (or almost every) seated player called the first opening bet.

Flop: the dealing of the first three face-up cards to the board, or to those three cards themselves.

Fold: to discard one's hand and forfeit interest in the current pot.

Free Card: a card dealt to one's hand (or to the board of community cards) after a betting round in which no player opened.

Hand: the five cards determining the poker ranking. Sometimes referring to all a player's personal cards.

Kicker: the highest unpaired card that helps determine the value of a five-card poker hand.

Kill Card: a card that forces you to fold. Any player who has or receives a card with the same rank as the "Kill Card" is obligated to fold his hand. A "Kill Card" cannot be used as a community card.

Limit: the minimum or maximum amount of a bet.

Match the Pot: to put in an amount equal to all the chips in the pot.

No-Limit: rules designating players are allowed to wager any or all of their chips in a single bet.

Poker Face: a blank expression that does not reveal anything about the cards being held.

Position Bet: a bet that is made more due to the strength of the bettor's position than the strength of the bettor's cards.

Pot: sum of money that players wager in the middle of the table during a single hand or game.

Pot Limit: the betting structure of a game in which you are allowed to bet up to the amount of the pot.

Pot Odds: the amount of money in the pot compared to the amount you must put in the pot to continue playing.

Pre Flop: on flop games refers to the time when players already have their pocket cards but no flop has been dealt yet. It's also the first round of bets.

Quads: four of a kind.

Redeal: to deal again.

River: the fifth and final community card, put out face up, by itself. Also known as "fifth street".

Round: the events between the eldest player's action, and the youngest player's action of the same type (ie. bid, play), inclusive.

Split Pot: a pot that is divided among players, either because of a tie for the best hand or by agreement prior to the showdown.

Stud Poker (games): games in which each player receives a combination of face-up cards and face-down cards in multiple betting rounds.

Thorn Card: a card that must be discarted. Any player who has or receives a card with the same rank as the "Thorn Card" is obligated to discard it from his hand. A "Thorn Card" cannot be used as a community card.

Turn: the fourth card dealt on the board during community card games.

Wild card: a card that replace a suit or rank to complete the best hand possible.

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