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Video Poker and Generic Poker Terms

Ace-High: A five-card hand consisting of an ace without a pair; It outranks a king-high, but loses to any pair or above.

Aces Full: A full house hand with aces over any pair.

All-In: The act of wagering all remaining chips a player has.

An Ace Working: An ace in a hand.

Ante: A small token bet required prior to the beginning of a hand.

Back Door Flush (or Straight): When the last two cards make a player's hand.

Bankroll: The total sum of money a player has available for wagering.

Belly Buster: A draw to fill an inside straight; a gut shot.

Bet:
The act of voluntarily putting money or chips into the pot.

Bet The Pot:
To bet the full value of the pot.

Bicycle:
The lowest possible hand in lowball: Ace-2-3-4-5. This hand is also called a Wheel.

Big Slick:
An Ace/King card combo.

Blind Raise:
The act of raising without looking at cards.

Bluff:
The act of betting or raising with a hand that will probably be the least likely to win.

Boat:
Term for a Full House.

Broadway:
An ace high straight.

Bullet:
An Ace.

Bump:
To raise.

Buried Pair:
In stud games, a pair in the hole.

Bust:
A worthless hand that has failed to improve as the player hoped; a busted hand.

Call:
To match, rather than raise, the previous bet.

Cash In:
To leave the game and convert one's chips to cash, either with the dealer or at the cage.

Cash Out: To leave a game and cash in one's chips at the cage.

Check:
To abstain from betting, reserving the right to call or raise if another player bets. Also another name for a chip.

Cheese:
A very substandard starting hand.
Cold Deck: A fixed deck.

Come:
Playing a worthless hand in the hope of improving it is called "playing on the come."

Come Hand:
A hand that has not yet been made, requiring one or more cards from the draw to complete it.

Cowboy:
Slang for a King.

Dead Money:
Money put into the pot by players who have already folded.

Dealer's Choice:
A game in which each dealer, in turn, chooses the type of poker to be played.

Deuce:
A two, the lowest ranking card in high poker.

Draw Out:
To improve your hand so that it beats an opponent who had a better hand than yours prior to your draw.

Draw Poker:
A form of poker in which each player receives five cards and then has the option of discarding one or more of them and receiving new cards in their place.

Drop:
To fold.

Even Money:
A wager made in hopes of earning the amount that was wagered.

Fill Up:
The act of creating a Full House.

Fish:
An amateur who continues to lose at consecutive poker hands.

Fishhooks:
Slang for Jacks.

Five-Card Draw:
A type of poker game in which the players are allowed to draw cards for replacing their initial five cards.

Five-Card Stud:
A type of poker game in which the players are dealt five cards, one of them being exposed.

Flop:
In flop games of poker, this is the term given to the act of simultaneously exposing the first three community cards before the second betting round.

Flop Games:
A family of poker games played with five community cards that can be used by all the players. Texas Hold 'Em and Omaha are Flop Games.

Flush:
Five cards of the same suit.

Flush Draw:
The act of drawing a fifth card that will determine whether a hand is a Flush or not.

Four-Flush:
When four cards are of the same suit, but still needing a fifth card of exact suit to create a true Flush.

Four Of A Kind:
Four cards of equal value from each suit.

Full House:
Any three cards of equal value, with the addition of a pair (two cards of equal value).

Gut-Shot:
A drawn card which fills an inside straight.

Hand:
Five cards comprising a rank determined by card combinations.

High-Low:
A poker game in which the highest and lowest hands share the pot. Also called High-Low Split.

Hit:
The act of drawing a sought after card.

Hit And Run:
The act of joining a poker game, winning big in a short period of time, and leaving the table.

Hold 'Em:
A type of poker that implements five community cards in combination with two hole cards in molding a five-card hand.

Hole:
A concealed card.

Hole Card:
A card that is being concealed in a hand.

Home Run Hitter:
A player who makes risky calls and wins.

House:
A casino or card playing room.

Hot:
Adjective used to describe a player who wins often.

Implied Odds:
The amount of money that could be won on a wager compared to the amount of money needed to stay in the game.

Inside Straight:
Four cards needing one in the middle to fulfill a straight.

Jackpot Poker:
A type of poker in which a jackpot is made available for bad beats. Aces or better is usually a prerequisite.

Jacks Or Better:
A type of draw poker in which a player is required to have at least a pair of Jacks in their hand to commence the betting.

Joker:
The fifty-third card in a deck, serving as a wild card.

Kick It:
The act of raising.

Kicker:
The highest unpaired side card.

Knave:
A Jack.

Leak:
The act of losing a portion or the full some of one's earnings due to sloppy gambling.

Limit Poker:
A poker game that has set minimum and maximum betting intervals.

Live One:
Name given to a gullible player who evidently has plenty of money to gamble.

Lock:
A hand that is sure to win.

Long Odds:
A very unlikely chance for an event to take place.

Maniac:
Name given to a bold and reckless player who plays for hands more cautious players would not go for.

Miss:
The act of not being able to make a drawing hand when a player's final cards are dealt.

Monster:
A hand that is a sure winner.

No-Limit Poker:
A type of poker game that does not place any limits on wager size whatsoever.

Nuts:
The best possible hand at any point in the game, a cinch hand.

Odds:
The probability of winning in ratio to the probability of not winning.

Off-suit:
Two different suits, describing the first two cards of the game.

On The Come:
A hand that is being molded towards a straight or flush while cards are being drawn.

On Tilt:
Term given to the mental state of a player who is making emotional decisions in the game.

One-Gap:
An inside straight.

Open:
The act of making the first bet.

Open-Ended Straight:
A hand that consists of four successive cards that require one more card at either end of the card line in order to make a true five-card straight.

Open Card:
An exposed card, or a card dealt that is revealed while being dealt.

Open Poker:
Poker games that require some of the cards to be dealt face up.

Out:
A card that is still circulating in the deck, which could significantly better a players hand.

Paint Cards:
King, Queen and Jack; face cards; court cards; picture cards.

Pair:
Two cards of the same value.

Pass:
The same as folding.

Pay Off:
The act of calling a wager by a player who believes they have an inferior hand.

Picture Cards:
King, Queen and Jack; face cards; court cards; paint cards.

Pip:
The suit symbols on a non-court card that designate the cards rank.

Pocket Rockets:
A pair of aces in the hole.

Pot:
The money or chips gathered at the center of the playing table.

Rack:
Used in casinos, a plastic tray capable of holding 100 chips in 5 stacks of 20.

Rags:
Meaningless cards treated as scraps of paper.

Rainbow:
Three or four cards of unlike suits.

Raise:
To call and increase the previous bet placed in a betting round.

Rank:
The worth or value of a playing card.

Read:
The act of one player attempting to uncover another players gambling tactics.

Rock:
A conservative and predictable player.

Royal Flush:
The highest ranked hand in poker, consisting of five cards of same suit, with the denominations 10 through the Ace.

Run:
A straight, or a series of good cards in a hand.

Running Bad:
A losing streak.

Running Good:
A winning streak.

Running Pair:
When the last two cards on the board happen to be pair.

Scare Card:
An up card which may have made an excellent or winning hand.

Scoop:
The act of winning the complete pot.

Semi-Bluff:
The act of wagering with a hand that will not likely win, but has good odds of improving.

Set:
Another name given to a three of a kind.

Splash Around:
The act of gambling more aggressive and imprudent then should be.

Straight:
Five successive cards of various suits.

Straight Flush:
Five successive cards of one suit.

Streak:
A run of good or bad cards.

Stud:
Any type of poker where the initial cards of a players hand are dealt face down, while many of the remaining dealt cards are done so face up.

Suited:
Cards being of one suit.

Tapped Out:
When a player is out of money.

Three Flush:
Three cards of one suit.

Three Of A Kind:
Three cards of the same value.

Top Pair:
In flop games of poker, this is the act of pairing the highest card.

Trey:
A three.

Triplets:
Another name for a three of a kind.

Trips:
Another name for 'triplets'.

Two Flush:
Two cards of one suit.

Two Pair:
A poker hand comprised of two pairs and a kicker.
Underdog: Name given to the player who holds the hand least likely of winning after the initial cards are dealt.

Wheel:
In lowball games of poker, this is the lowest hand: Ace-2-3-4-5, commonly referred to as a 'bicycle'.

Wild Card:
Any card that has been deemed to function as a joker, which enables it to be played at any denomination.

Wired Pair:
A live pair in a players hand.

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