Texas Holdem Poker

Glossary of terms used in Texas Holdem Poker

There are a variety of words and terms used in Texas Holdem Poker which may be confusing to the novice.

  • Absolute Nuts - the best possible hand based upon the cards dealt.

  • Active - a player who has not yet folded.

  • American Airlines - a pair of aces.

  • Anchor - the player seated in the last position before the dealer. This player makes the final decision in the game, and so is called the anchor.

  • Ante - sometimes used in Texas Holdem Poker, the ante is the minimum amount that each player must put into the pot before a new game starts.

  • Baby - a card with a low rank

  • Bad Beat - a bad beat in poker is when you have a good hand that would have been considered a favourite to win, but on this occasion it gets beaten by another hand. This happens from time to time.

  • Belly-buster - This is also known as an inside straight draw or gut shot.

  • Big Slick - hole cards are an Ace and a King.

  • Big Chick - Refers to holding an Ace and Queen as your two hole cards.

  • Blinds - forced bets depending upon your position to the dealer. One to the left is the small blind and two to the left is the big blind.

  • Bluff - betting on a weak hand in order to make players with stronger hands fold.

  • Board - The five community cards that are dealt face up on the table.

  • Button - the white token, also referred to as the "dealer button", that shows the position of the dealer on the table.

  • Chips - gaming tokens used instead of cash.

  • Community cards - the cards that are dealt face up to be used by all the players.

  • Ducks / Deuces - a pair of twos.

  • Flop - In Texas Holdem, the "flop" is when the first three community cards are dealt.

  • Flush draw - a hand in which you have 4 of the 5 cards needed for a flush.

  • Fourth Street - The fourth community card to be dealt, also known as the "turn".

  • Fifth Street - The fifth community card to be dealt, also known as the "river".

  • Gut Shot - a hand in which you have 4 of the 5 cards needed to make a straight, but the cards are not in sequential order, eg you have 3 and 4, and the community cards are 5, 7 and 8. You currently have a "gut shot" as only a 6 will complete your straight. This type of hand is also known as an "inside straight" or "belly-buster straight".

  • Hole cards - Your own two cards that the other players cannot see.

  • Inside Straight Draw - See directly above.

  • Kicker - a tie breaking card. Eg, if your hand and your opponent's hand both contain two kings, but you hold an Ace and your opponent's highest card is a Queen, you would win. The Ace kicker would beat the Queen kicker.

  • Lay down - fold

  • Limp in - to call a bet instead of raising.

  • Long odds - a small probability of the event occurring.

  • Marry - to become "attached" to a hand and playing it to the showdown, when it would have been wiser to fold earlier.

  • Maniac - A player who plays in an aggressive manner by making large bets on poor hands in the hope of winning by bluffing.

  • Monster - an extremely strong hand that is unlikely to lose.

  • Muck - folding without showing your cards.

  • Nuts - the Nuts or Nut hand is the best possible hand at that particular moment. For example, if I am holding the King and Queen of spades, and the flop brings the 4, 6and 10 of spades, at that moment I would have "the nuts". However, this can change as the 4th and 5th community cards are dealt. The highest possible straight or flush can be referred to as the "nut flush" or the "nut straight".

  • Offsuit - cards of a different suit.

  • Pair - two cards of the same value, eg two jacks or two sevens.

  • Picture cards - the Jack, queen and king.

  • Playing the board - your best hand uses only the five community cards.

  • Pocket Rockets - same as American Airlines - your two hole cards are aces.

  • Pot - all the money that has been bet.

  • Put down - To fold a hand.

  • Quads - four of a kind, eg four eights.

  • Raise - to increase the size of the bet.

  • Rake - This is the commission the house takes from every pot. The rake can be set dollar amounts or a percentage of the pot, depending on the casino.

  • River - The "river" is fifth and final community card in Texas Holdem. It is also referred to as "fifth street".

  • Round of betting - This is when the players can bet, check or raise.

  • Royal Flush - an ace high straight where all the cards are of the same suit, eg Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of hearts. This is the best possible hand.

  • Send It - Means the same as "Ship It" (below).

  • Ship It - Antagonistic excalmation of success by with winner of a big pot, most often used in an online poker room.

  • Showdown- The showdown occurs at the end of the last round, when all active players display their hands to see who has won the pot.

  • Slow-play - intentionally under-playing a very strong hand to lure your opponent into a false sense of security, encouraging him to bet more later.

  • Small blind -The amount put into the pot by the first person to the left of the dealer button.

  • Speed limit - Two fives.

  • Stone Cold Bluff - Betting on your hand when there is virtually no chance of it winning if you are called.

  • Straight - five consecutive cards of any suit, eg 2 of hearts, 3 of spades, 4 of diamonds, 5 of diamonds and 6 of clubs.

  • Straight flush - five consecutive cards that all have the same suit, eg 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of spades.

  • Suited Connectors - Two hole cards that are of the same suit and sequential, eg King and Ace of spades.

  • Tilt - This terms refers to a player who is angry, upset, or emotionally unstable, impacting his poker game in a negative manner. For example, a player who just suffered a "bad beat" may go on "tilt". A player on tilt will often play erratically and more aggressively than his usual tendency.

  • Trips - Three-of-a-kind, eg three fives.

  • Turn - The "turn" is the dealing of the fourth card of five community cards dealt in the game of Texas Holdem. The "turn" is also referred to as "Fourth Street". The turn card would be the fourth card on the board. See "Flop".

  • Walking sticks - a pair of sevens

  • WSOP - the World Series Of Poker.

 

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