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ABC Poker
A player plays very predictable

All In
A player bets all of his remaining chips

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Faking a bluff, disappointment or good cards

Aggressive
Betting and Raising more often then checking or calling

Ante
A set amount posted by all players before the start of a hand


Backdoor
Catching both the turn and river card to complete a draw

Bad Beat
Your strong hand is beaten by a weak hand

Bankroll
An amount of money you reserve to play poker with

Betting the pot
You make a bet that's the size of the pot

Blinded off
You don't get strong hands and your stack will slowly get smaller due to the blinds

Bluffing
You play your weak hand like a strong hand

Belly Buster
A draw to an Inside Straight

Big Blind
The player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind, the player to the left of the small blind posts the Big Blind.

Blank
A card that doesn't affect the hand, also known as brick

Board
The community cards on the table

Boat
A full house, three of a kind plus a pair like, A,A,A,Q,Q

Bubble
The place before getting in the money in a tournament

Burn card
The top card of the deck that goes into the muck before dealing the flop, turn and river

Button
The spot from where the dealer starts dealing


Call
Placing a bet that matches a made bet

Crying call
Calling eventhough you think you're beat

Calling Station
A player that calls a lot, but doesn't raise or fold often

Chasing
You try to to outplay your opponent on the flop by bluffing and hope to make a hand on the turn and river

Check
If no bets have been made, you can check

Check Raise
You check to your opponent,he bets, and you raise him. Also known as Sandbacking.

Chip Leader
The person with has the biggest stack

Connectors
Consecutive cards, like 34 or JQ

Community Cards
Cards dealt to the table so all players can use these cards to complete a five card hand

Cut off
The player to the right of the button


Downcards
Two cards that are dealt to you, also known as Hole Cards or Pocket Cards

Donkey
A very bad player, also know as a fish


EV, Expected Value
A term used with odds calculation


Facecard
King, queen, or jack

Family Pot
A hand that all players at the table are playing

Fifth Street
The last community card in a flop game also known as the river

Fish
A bad very player, also know as a donkey

Floating
Calling a bet with the aim to try to steal the pot on the turn or river

Flop
The first three community cards

Fold
You give up the hand and throw your cards into the muck

Free card
You can see the turn or river without having to call a bet

Freeze out
Poker tournaments with no rebuys

Flush
You have five cards of the same suit, like K,J,7,5,2 of hearts

Four of a kind
When you have four of the same cards, like K,K,K,K also known as quads

Fourth street
The fourth community card, also known as the turn

Full house
Three of a kind plus a pair like, A,A,A,J,J also known as a boat


Grinder
A player that plays tight and safe poker. Usually a multi table player.

Gut Shot
An inside straight draw


Hole cards
Two cards that are dealt to you, also known as Down cards or Pocket Cards

Heads up
There are two players left in the game or hand

High card
The highest card that decides the winner when none of the players made a combination

Hit
You get the card on the community board that you need


Implied Odds
Pot odds that do not exist at the moment, but may be included in your calculations because of bets you expect to win on future betting rounds.

Inside Straight Draw
Four cards that need one more card in the middle to complete a straight. If you catch this card you make an Inside Straight.


Jamming
Betting and raising constantly to get as many chips as possible into the pot, also known as Ramming and Jamming


Kicker
Your highest unpaired card to go with a pair, two pair and three of a kind that decides the winner in tie situations.


Lay Down
Fold

LAGG
Loose aggressive player

Leak
A fundamental shortcoming in your game why you constantly lose money

Limper
A player enters the pot by calling the Blind

Longhand
You play poker with more then seven players

Loose
A player that plays many hands


Made hand
A hand that's completed and doesn't need anymore help from the board

Maniac
A very loose, aggressive player

Married
You keep playing a hand, when you know you're beat and don't have the proper odds to stay in the hand

Monster
A very strong hand

Muck
You throw your cards in without showing them


Nuts
The best possible hand in a game, an unbeatable hand

Nit
A player that plays very tight and is afraid to gamble


O
The symbol for offsuit

Offsuit
Cards that don't have the same symbol, like Spades and Klubs

Odds
The chance you have to hit a certain card

Outs
The number of cards left in the deck that can improve your hand

Outside / Open ended Straight
A hand of 4 consecutive cards that needs a high or a low card to complete the straight

Overpair
A higher pocket pair than the community cards on the board

Overcards
Higher hole cards then the community cards on the board


Pass
Fold

Pocket cards
Two cards that are dealt to you,also know as downcards and pocket cards

Pocket pair
Two cards that are dealt to you are a pair

Poker face
Your face doesn't show what's on your mind

Position
The position that you have in the hand, the later the position you're in , the more information you have

Pot Odds
The calculation you make when you're deciding if you're going to call a bet

Post
A forced bet like a blind

Pot
The total of chips in the centre of the table

Pre flop
The first bettinground, before the flop

Push
Going All in


Quads
Four of a kind


Ragged
A flop that doesn't help anybody

Rainbow
A flop with three different suits

Raise
You raise the first bet

Rake
A set amount of money removed from each pot by the house

Raise, Re-Raise
A bet that increases the level of the current bet

Rebuy
Tournaments with the option to buy in again after losing all your chips

River
The last community card in a flop game also known as fifth street

Rock
A passive, tight player

Royal Flush
The highest possible handcombination, five consecutive cards of the same suit, A,K,Q,J,T of Spades

Rush
A short period of invincibility, you can't lose any hand you play, also known as on a roll, a streak and in the zone

Runner
The card that you need to complete your hand


Satellite
Tournaments that reward a seat in a subsequent tournament

Set
Three of a kind, also known as trips

Semi Bluff
Betting your hand while your hand isn't completed yet

Shark
A good , strong player who consistently wins

Short handed
You play poker with less then seven players

Showdown
The betting rounds are finished and the cards are shown to establish the winner

Slow Play
To play a strong hand weak to try to make more money

Small Blind
A forced bet made by the player to the dealers left

Smooth call
Calling a bet or raise with a very strong hand to hide your handstrength

Straight
Five consecutive cards of any suit

Straight Flush
Five consecutive cards of the same suit

Sucker Straight
Five consecutive cards of any suit on the lowest side of the community cards on the board

Suit
The cardsymbols, Diamonds, Spades, Klubs and Hearts


T
Symbol for ten

TAGG
A tight-agressive player, tight with the handselection but aggressive in playing them

Tell
Certain behavior of a player from which you can tell if he has a strong or weak hand

Texas Dolly
Pokerlegend Doyle Brunson's nickname, he won the WSOP twice with hole cards T and 2

Tilting
Playing carelessly with bad decisions after a run of losing money, bad luck or a bad beat

Trips
Three of a kind, also known as a set

Tricky play
Playing your hand unusual to confuse your opponents, also known as deceptive play

Two Gap
A connector with two missing cards, like A and J

Turn
The fourth community card, also known as fourth street


Underpair
A pocket pair lower than the community cards on the board

Under the Gun
The first player to act in a hand, the player to the left of the big blind


Wheel
A straight with Ace,2,3,4,5

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