Poker Terms & Jargon

3-Bet permalink
the third bet increase during a round
4-Bet permalink
the fourth bet increase during a round
aggressive permalink
calling infrequently, preferring to raise or fold
backdoor permalink
a hand, such as a straight or a flush, that a player needs two more cards to complete
BB permalink
1.the big blind 2. a big bet
big bet permalink
in Limit Hold'em, the size of bets made on the river and the turn. Typically, the big bet is twice the size of the small bet.
blind permalink
1. a forced bet, placed before any cards are dealt 2. a player required to make a blind bet
brick and mortar permalink
a physical poker room (as opposed to an online one)
burn card permalink
a card dealt face down and set aside before dealing other cards. The burn card makes it more difficult to cheat by marking the backside of cards. Burn cards are not used on-line play, as it's impossible to cheat in that way.
button permalink
1.the player dealing this hand 2. a physical button indicating the current dealer
calling station permalink
a loose and very passive player who almost always calls
check-raise permalink
checking to wait for another player to bet, then raising within the same round
community cards permalink
the face up cards in Hold'em that all players share
continuation bet permalink
an opening bet made by the player who put in the last raise in the previous betting round
cutoff permalink
the player immediately to the right of the button
CO permalink
cutoff
dominated permalink
a hand that has few ways to beat the opponent's hand. For example, JdJs is a good starting hand, but it's dominated by QdQs.
donk bet permalink
an opening bet made by a player acting before the player who put in the last raise in the previous betting round
fallacy permalink
an argument that at first glance may appear logical, but contains a critical flaw
fish permalink
a weak player
flop permalink
in Hold'em, the three community cards dealt face-up after the first round of betting is complete
hole permalink
cards dealt face-down to a player
implied odds permalink
the ratio of the expected final size of the pot to the cost of a call. For example, if a player with 6d6c expects to win $100 when he flops a set and calling costs $5, then the implied odds are $100-to-$5 or 20-to-1.
in position permalink
a player to the left, who will act after other players. For example, the dealer is in position with respect to all other players.
IP permalink
in position
limp permalink
calling pre-flop in an un-raised pot
loose permalink
playing too many hands and folding too few
monster permalink
an exceptionally strong hand
nuts permalink
the best possible hand, in light of the community cards
off-suit permalink
hole cards of different suits, such as Ts9d
OOP permalink
out of position
out of position permalink
a player to the right, who will act before other players. For example, the small blind is out of position with respect to all other players.
overcard permalink
a face-down card that is higher than any of the community cards
passive permalink
calling most hands, rather than folding or raising
pocket rockets permalink
two aces in the hole
pot odds permalink
the ratio of the size of the pot to the cost of a call. For example, if the pot is $50 and calling costs $5, then the pot odds are $50-to-$5 or 10-to-1.
reading permalink
inferring information about an opponent's hand using tells
re-raise permalink
3-Bet
re-re-raise permalink
4-Bet
river permalink
in Hold'em, the community card dealt face-up after the third round of betting is complete
runner-runner permalink
backdoor
set permalink
three of a kind, when two of the cards are hidden and one of them is exposed
showdown permalink
the end of a hand of poker, where the remaining players reveal their cards and the winner is determined
slow playing permalink
playing a great hand as if it were a weak hand in the hopes of getting other players to bet rather than fold
small bet permalink
in Limit Hold'em, the size of bets made pre-flop and on the flop. Typically, the small bet is half the size of the big bet.
strategy permalink
an overall plan to win money at the poker table
suited permalink
hole cards of the same suit, such as Ts9s
tactics permalink
a method for extracting value in a particular hand
tell permalink
an indicator, such as a nervous twitch or particular grin, that gives you partial information about an opponent's cards
tight permalink
typically playing only premium hands; folding most other hands
tilt permalink
a heightened, often agitated, emotional state causing a player to make more mistakes than usual
trips permalink
three of a kind, when one of the cards are hidden and two of them are exposed
turn permalink
in Hold'em, the community card dealt face-up after the second round of betting is complete
under the gun permalink
the first player after the big blind
UTG permalink
under the gun
wild permalink
1. making many raises, even with poor hands 2. a card (such as a joker) that can take on the value of any other card

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