A hand that has 3 aces and any pair.
A hand that only has one ace as its best possible combination and is ranked lower than a pair.
A hand that contains two pairs: one of which must be aces and another pair of any other value.
The process of checking, betting, calling, folding or raising.
Any player who is competing for the pot.
Going All-In is when a player bets all his or her chips.
To Backdoor into a hand is to create a hand other than the one intended such as making a straight instead of the intended flush.
When a strong hand that appears to be a winning hand is beaten by a lucky draw.
The amount of a player's money.
When a player puts money into the pot.
Bet the Pot
Making a bet that is equal to the size of the pot.
This is the forced bet that is made by the person sitting two seats to the left of the dealer button.
Poker slang for a hand that contains an Ace, King.
A card that does not improve the value of the player's hand.
Blinds (Small and Big)
The two mandatory bets that must be placed by the two players who are sitting immediately to the left of the dealer button. These bets are used to start the action and are placed before any cards are dealt. Placing a "blind" bet means making a bet before seeing any cards.
Attempting to win a pot by making other players believe that one's hand is better than it really is by raising and betting.
To "bust out" is when a player loses all their chips and is eliminated from the game or tournament.
Otherwise known as the dealer button, this is a small white plastic disc that moves from player to player in a clockwise direction after each hand. The object is to identify the theoretical dealer of each new hand. The idea is to have the button change positions after each hand so that each player can have the advantage of being in the last betting position.
This is the minimum amount of money that a player must pay in order for them to be able to participate in a tournament and/or live games. It is very often represented as two separate numbers such as $100+$9, which means that it will cost the player a total of $109 to enter that particular tournament. Of the total, $100 will go toward the prize pool and $9 will be kept by the House.
Putting money in the pot that will equal the most recent bet or raise.
The maximum number of raises allowed in a game, usually 3 or 4, only if that particular game has a cap on the maximum number of raises. For example, in no limit Texas Hold Em there is no limit on the number of permitted raises.
When it is a player's turn to bet and they choose to NOT make a bet but rather to "check". This also gives the player the option to call or raise later in the betting round.
The 5 shared cards that are played face up in the middle of the table. All players are allowed to use these cards.
Dead Man's Hand
This hand contains a pair of aces and a pair of eights. It was made famous because Wild Bill Hickock was holding this hand when he was shot and killed in the back during a poker game.
To "double up" is to bet all one's chips and win the bet, thus doubling the amount of chips.
Cards that are dealt face down. In Hold Em these would be the first 2 dealt cards that a player receives, which are also known as hole cards or pocket cards.
To "draw dead" is drawing a card for a hand that even if it improves has no chance of winning.
An "early position" is a position where the player must act before most of the other players at the table. It is generally considered a poor position.
This is the fifth and final community card on the table that appears during the final round of betting, otherwise known as the "river card".
Poker term for an easy or poor player who generally loses money easily.
The first three community cards that are dealt face up in the center of the table. In Hold Em, this is also the start of the second round of betting.
To stop betting and give up your cards, to withdraw from the game.
Four of a Kind
Four cards with the same number or face value.
This is the fourth community card on the table that appears during the third round of betting, otherwise known as "the turn".
A hand that contains three-of-a-kind and a pair.
Gut Shot Straight Draw
To draw and complete a straight with one of the middle cards missing. Ex: If you have a 10 and a 6 as your down cards and the flop contains a 7 and a 9, then you need an 8 in the turn or river card to complete the straight.
During a tournament, this is the hand that proves to be a turning point for a player, either for better or for worse.
The highest card in a player's hand that does not have a pair or is not being used to create any other type of hand. Ex: say a player has a pair of queens with a King, 8, and 5. The "kicker' card would be the King since this is the next highest card in the player's hand.
A "late position" is a position where the player must act usually after most of the other players at the table. It is generally considered a good position.
Folding a strong hand in a critical situation.
When a player enters the pot by calling, rather than raising the bet.
A hand that still has potential to win the pot.
This is the main, center pot that is apart from any side pots. Side pots can be created when a player goes all-in.
A very strong hand that has a high probability of winning.
To discard a hand without showing one's card to the rest of the players at the table. It is also the pile of folded and burned cards.
No Limit Hold Em
A version of poker where a player can bet any or all of their chips at any time.
A hand that cannot be beat no matter what comes.
The probability of making versus not making a poker hand.
On the Button
In Hold Em, the player who acts last in a round, generally considered the best position.
A card dealt face up.
A pair of cards that is dealt face-up.
A card which is still in the deck that could improve your hand.
Out of Position
Having to act before your opponent, generally considered a disadvantage.
When a player beats their opponent by drawing a better hand.
Over the Top
Making a large raise.
Two cards that have the same value ex: Queen, Queen
When a player folds their hand.
Playing the Board
In a flop game, when your best five-card hand is the five cards on the board.
Where a player is seated in relation to the dealer, which determines his or her betting order.
The chips that have been bet in the center of the table, which the players are attempting to win.
Protect a Hand
To make bets in an attempt to convince other players to fold, and reduce the risk of having them outdraw you.
Four of a kind.
To bet more chips than the previous better, forcing the other players to either match your bet or fold.
The value of the card or hand.
To make a raise on top of a previous raise within the same hand.
The fifth card or final community card that is dealt.
A passive and conservative player.
Round of Betting
The period in which each active player has the opportunity to check, bet or raise and only ends when the last bet or raise has been called.
A professional player who frequents high-stakes tournaments.
A hand containing: A, K, Q, J, 10 in the same suit. This is the best possible hand in poker.
To call a bet.
When a player has very few chips in comparison to the stacks of the other players.
After the final round of betting when all the active players turn over their cards to see who won.
This is a separate pot that is contested by other players when one player is all-in.
This is the forced bet that is made by the person sitting one seat to the left of the dealer button. The amount is half the size of the big blind.
Playing recklessly due to frustration.
Five consecutive cards that can be any suit ex: 4H, 5S, 6D, 7C, 8H
Five consecutive cards of the same suit.
All the playing cards belong to one of four different suits: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, or Spades.
This is the most popular form of poker.
Three of a Kind
Three cards that are of the same number or face value, also called "trips".
This is the fourth community card that is dealt in flop games and signifies the third round of betting.
A hand which contains two different pairs of cards ex: 4, 4, J, J, 8