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Glossary poker

Hands at Poker

High card high card
Pair pair
Two pairs twopair
Three of a kind three of kind
Straight   straight
Flush flush
Full house full house
Four of a kind   four of kind
Straight flush straight flush
Royal flush royal flush

Terms

All-in

If you bet all your chips at any point, you are considered as having gone "All-in." This can happen either when you don't have enough chips to make a required or elective bet, or when you bet all your chips as a strategic move in No Limit games. Having gone All-in gives you the potential to win a share of the pot up to and including your last contribution to that pot. You cannot share in any bets added above and beyond that point. These bets form a side-pot. The all-in is also used for situations where a player in a hand loses connection to the server.

Bad Beat

This term refers to a heavy favorite in a hand who loses to an opponent who was a severe underdog statistically speaking.

Bet the Pot

This term is used in pot limit games. It means your bet matches the current amount in the pot. If, when your turn to bet, the pot was at $217, and you bet the pot, your bet is $217.

Big Blind (limit poker)

In games using a blind to put money in play, the big blind is generally equal to the lower amount of the stakes for that game. In a $5/$10 game, the big blind is $5. The big blind follows the small blind, which is put up by the first player to the left of the dealer.

Blind

This term refers to the required bets, called the small blind and the big blind used to put money into play. The blinds are mandatory bets and rotate around the table.

Burn

In physical poker rooms, the top card of the deck is discarded prior to each round of dealing. The intent is to minimize the risk of cheating by knowing the next card. There is no possibility of this happening in our poker room, therefore we do not burn cards.

Button

A marker, usually disk-shaped, to indicate which player is the virtual dealer. The button is used in games where position relative to the dealer is important.

Buy-in

The amount of money required to sit down at a poker game. Tournament entry fees are considered the "buy-in." At a ring game, there is a minimum and a maximum buy-in, defining how much money you can bring to the table.

Call

When a player matches the prior bet on the table, that action is termed the call.

Cap

The last permitted raise in a betting round is called the cap. We allow three raises beyond the initial bet in limit games. The third raise is the cap.

Check

If there is no bet on the table and you do not wish to place a bet, that action is termed a check. You may only check when there are no prior bets.

Dead Hand

A hand no longer in the game.

Drawing Dead

This describes the situation when a player is trying to draw a card to complete a hand when there is already a hand that will beat it, even if made.

Drop

To drop your hand when you decide not to go further with your hand; to return your cards to the muck. Same as fold.

Flop

In Texas Hold'em, the set of 3 face-up community cards or the first three cards on the board, all dealt at the same time.

Fold

Withdraw from further participation in the current hand. Also see drop.

Freeroll

This term applies to poker tournaments where the entry fee, the stakes, or both the entry fee and stakes are waived. In some non-freeroll tournaments, the house may guarantee a minimum prize pool.

Hand

A set of cards used by a player during a single round. Another word for a single round of shuffling, dealing, and betting.

High/Low

A variation of a game where the pot is split between the best hand and the worst hand. The worst hand is comprised of the 5 lowest cards. Most poker rooms, including this one, consider 5, 4, 3, 2, A (the wheel) as the lowest possible hand, despite it also being a straight.

Kicker

The term for the card used to break ties between two of a kind or between Two Pair.

Live Blind

A forced bet put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. The "live" means those players still have the option of raising when the action gets back around to them.

Main Pot

The initial pot of money. When one or more players go all-in, a side pot is created for each all-in player.

Muck

As a noun, this refers to the pile of folded cards and discarded cards. As a verb, at showdown time, the act of returning a losing hand to the dealer facedown.

Multi-Table Tournament (MTT)

A tournament where players at more than one table compete, starting with equal numbers of chips, until one player has won all the chips. Prize payouts are a function of the number of entrants, and are posted on the tournaments page. Multi-table tournaments have a posted start time, and require registration in advance.

No Limit

A variation of the betting rules in which each bet is unlimited up to the number of chips a player has on the table (NL).

On the button

This term means you are in the dealer position in Texas Hold'em and Omaha games.A "button" marks the dealer position with a "D" in the center..

Pass

Can be used in place of either check or fold depending on the context.

Play Chips

The chips used for play money games. Play chips have no monetary value.

Playing the Board

Using all the community cards in Hold'em as your best hand.

Pocket Cards

The term for the two down cards at the start of the hand.

Pot

The chips available to be won in any given hand.

Pot Limit

A variation on betting where each player may bet up to the current amount in the pot (PL).

Raise

The act of increasing the amount bet by a prior bettor.

Rake

The amount of money, in chips, taken by the house as the service fee in a ring game when the pot reaches a minimal amount.

Raked Hand

A Raked Hand is where any player is dealt cards in ring game play, in a hand which generates rake. This constitutes one Raked Hand even where the player folds before the flop.

Re-buy

To get more chips during a game but not during a hand that you are in. This applies to real money and tournament play.

River

The fifth and final community card. This card is also known as Fifth Street.

Round

This refers to the dealing of a set of cards and associated betting. For example, the dealing of the river and the bets that follow are a round.

Satellite

A preliminary poker tournament awarding seat(s) to a larger, more important tournament..

Showdown

After the final bet, when all players show their hands or muck, is known as the showdown.

Side Pot

This is a pot created when a player goes all-in. The side pot is the pot available to those players not all-in at that point. There can, on occasion, be more than one side pot.

Sit 'N' Go

A tournament which starts as soon as the required number of poker players sit down at the table.

Sit Out

We permit you to hold your seat at a table while not participating in some hands. Under most conditions, we limit the time you may sit out. In blind games, you may be asked to post the equivalent of the blind if you return to your seat prior to the blind reaching you. To sit out you click a check box on the table screen. To return, you unclick the "sit out" check box.

Small Blind

In Hold'em and Omaha, this is the mandatory bet required of the player to the left of the dealer.

Straight

A hand in which the player has five cards in rank order. Suit does not matter. For example, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen.

Texas Hold'em

The poker game where each player gets two down cards followed by five community cards face-up.

Tournament Buy-In

The cost to enter a tournament. All buy-in money is returned to the players via the prize pool.

Turn

The nickname for the fourth community card in Hold'em and Omaha.

Wheel

A nickname for the best low hand 5, 4, 3, 2, A.

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