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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
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
Belly Buster: A draw to fill an inside straight; a gut
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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;
Pip: The suit symbols on a non-court card that designate the
Pocket Rockets: A pair of aces in the hole.
Pot: The money or chips gathered at the center of the playing
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
Rank: The worth or value of a playing card.
Read: The act of one player attempting to uncover another players
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
Scare Card: An up card which may have made an excellent or winning
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.