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Texas Hold 'em Dictionary

Here's your source of all the buzz words and phrases used in Texas Hold 'em

Learn the rules, learn these phrases, and you are ready to play in any tournament, or run your own home game.


| A | B | C | D | F | G | H | I | K | L | M | O | P | R | S | T |

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A

All in: When all of a player's chips are in the pot.

Ante: Money that players must put in the pot before the deal. Antes are used to force players to bet, thus resulting in a larger pot.

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B

Bad beat: When a player has a great hand, and plays it well, yet still loses to a better hand, it is considered a bad beat.

Bait: Slow playing a strong hand in order to encourage other players to bet.

Bet: The act of placing money in the pot, thus causing other players to at least match that amount to stay in the hand.

Bet the pot: The act of betting in an amount equal to the current value of the pot.

Big blind: A type of ante put up by the second person to the left of the dealer.

Big slick: Having pocket Ace-King, suited or unsuited.

Blinded out: When a player loses their chips, due to the antes and blinds, instead of by losing hands. It is considered a weak way to lose, since it means the player did not play any hands.

Blinds: A type of ante paid by the two players to the left of the dealer. There are usually small blinds and big blinds.

Blinds are good: The blinds are correct on the table, ready for the deal.

Bluff: Giving the appearance of having a superior hand than what you actually have, mainly by betting aggressively to get superior hands to fold.

Board: The community cards.

Boat: A full house

Bottom pair: Pair comprising of the lowest card on the board.

Broadway: Ace high straight.

Bubble: In a tournament, the last person to exit the tournament without cashing is said to be on the bubble. For example, in a tournament that pays the top 10, the player who places 11th is on the bubble. Typically players act overly cautious near the bubble to avoid missing being in the money.

Bullets: Aces.

Burn and turn: Part of the dealing process. The dealer will burn a card followed by dealing a card.

Burn card: Card(s) discarded by the dealer while dealing.

Button: Slang for the dealer button.

Buy in: The amount of money needed to enter a tournament.

Buy the pot: Betting or raising high, without great cards, to cause everyone else in the hand to fold. A form of bluffing.

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C

Call: Matching previous bets to stay in the hand.

Cash in: Entering a cash game and exchanging money for chips.

Cash out: Exiting a cash game and exchanging chips for money.

Chase: Playing draws.

Check: Not betting. Only possible if no one bet before you, thus you do not need to call.

Check raise: Initially a check, then another player bets, then you raise. Typically viewed as setting a trap for a player, thus seen as a powerful move.

Color up: Exchanging low denomination chips for higher denominations. In a tournament, there may be a color up during a break.

Come over the top: To raise over a previous raise.

Community cards: AKA the board. Cards in the community are dealt face up and are used by everyone, in conjunction with their hole cards, to form their hand.

Connectors: Cards that are sequentially next to each other.

Cut the deck: After the cards are shuffled but before the cards are dealt, the dealer places the shuffled deck in front of the player to the right of the dealer. That player then cuts the deck by taking off a top portion of the deck and placing it on the table. The dealer then places the bottom portion ontop of the top portion.

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D

Dealer: In professional tournaments, the dealer works for the casino and deals the card. Also, the term dealer is used for the player with the dealer button. At home games, the player with the dealer button typically deals.

Dealer button: Also simply called the button, is some form of token (such as a chip with a D on it) that symbolizes who is the dealer for that hand.

Deuce: Two.

Double up: Doubling the amount of chips you have in just one hand.

Down cards: AKA hole cards.

Draw: A hand needing one or more cards to be of great value. Typical draws are having four consecutive cards (thus needing a fifth for a straight) or being four-flushed.

Drawing dead: When there are no possible cards remaining that can make a hand a winner.

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F

Face card: AKA paint. A card that is a jack, queen or king.

Family pot: A hand with many players.

Fifth street: AKA the river.

Final table: In a tournament, when there are so few players left that the tournament directors combine everyone to the single (and last) table, players are said to have made it to the final table.

Flop: The first three community cards dealt. Cards are dealt face up.

Flush: Hand composed of five cards of the same suit.

Flush draw: AKA four-flushed. A draw involving four cards of a suit.

Fold: Exiting a hand. Done as an alternative to putting money in the pot.

Four-flushed: AKA Flush draw.

Four-of-a-kind: Hand composed of four cards of the same rank.

Fourth street: AKA the turn.

Free card: A card is considered to have been received for free if you do not have to call a bet to it. An example is everyone checks after the flop, which makes the turn a free card.

Full boat: Full house.

Full house: Hand made of three cards of one rank and two cards of another.

Full of: A method of stating what cards consist of a player's full house. When a player says I have tens full of aces, they have three tens and two aces.

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G

Gutshot straight: A draw whereby a hand consists of four of the five elements that make up a straight, but one of those hands must be the high end of the straight and one must be the low end. AKA inside straight.

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H

Heads up: Term is used to indicate there are only two players involved. Can be used in reference to a tournament (a tournament with only two remaining players in it) or a hand (a hand with only two remaining players in it because the rest folded.

High card: Hand that does not have any other combination of cards other than five random cards, it is said to be a high card hand. For example if your hand is KJ954 offsuit, it is called King high.

Hole cards: The two cards dealt face down to each player.

House: The directors or owners of the game, as in house rules.

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I

Inside straight: AKA gutshot straight.

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K

Kicker: The remaining card. The kicker becomes important as a tie breaker. For example, in a heads up hand, if the community cards are KJ952, and Player A has K3 and Player B has KQ, Player B would win the hand. Player A's five best cards would be KKJ95 but Player B with the Q kicker would have KKQJ9.

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L

Last position: Final player to act in a hand.

Low pair: Either a bottom pair, or the losing pair at a show down.

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M

Main pot: When a player is all in, yet other players have betted more than the all in player's bet, a main pot is formed which all players in the hand can win, and a side pot is formed which only the players who bet higher than the all in player's bet.

Middle pair: After the flop, a middle pair is formed when pairing the middle ranking card on the flop with one of your hole cards.

Miss the blind: Being absent when the blind reaches a player. In a tournament game, the player will be dealt in as if he was there. In a cash game, the player will skip the blind but need to be in the blind when he returns.

Monster: A great hand.

Muck: To fold to avoid showing a bad hand.

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O

Offsuit: Cards not in the same suit. For example, I have Ace-seven offsuit means you have an Ace and a seven of different suits.

On the button: Player with the dealer button in front of them.

Open ended straight: A draw consisting of four consecutive cards, and in need of either a higher card or a lower card to make a straight.

Option: Preflop, if no player raises, the big blind has an option of checking or raising.

Out: In a hand, any card that could be dealt that will improve a player's hand is considered an out.

Over betting: Betting more than a hand is worth.

Over card: A card that is higher than any other. For example, a player has an over card if he has a card that is higher than any card on the board.

Over the top: See come over the top.

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P

Paint: AKA face card.

Pair: Two cards of the same rank.

Paired board: When the board has a pair.

Pocket: AKA hole cards.

Pocket pair: When a player's hole cards consist of a pair.

Pocket rockets: When a player's hole cards consist of a pair of Aces.

Pony up: Pay an ante.

Pot: The chips that are in play in the hand.

Pot committed: In no limit poker, it is a situation whereby a player has most of their chips in the pot, and therefore folding from the hand is not a reasonable option.

Preflop: The period of betting before the flop but after the cards are dealt.

Push: 1. Raising, as in, pushing your chips into the pot. 2. Slang for a tied hand. Concept stolen from Blackjack..

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R

Raise: After a bet, placing more money than needed into the pot to continue in the hand, thus forcing other players to fold, call your raise, or reraise.

Reraise: Raising after another player raised.

River: The fifth community called. Also called fifth street.

Royal flush: An ace high straight flush.

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S

Set: AKA Three of a kind.

Short stacked: Having few chips remaining.

Showdown: After the final round of betting after the river, if there is more than one player in the hand still, players turn over their cards and determine who has the winning hands at the showdown.

Side pot: A pot in addition to a main pot. A side pot is used when one player goes all in, yet other players are in the hand and bet more than the all in player had contributed.

Slow playing: Acting as if you have a worse hand than you really do. Opposite of bluffing.

Small blind: A type of ante paid by the person to the left of the dealer.

Splash the pot: Act of physically tossing your chips into the pot in a manner that causes a disturbance in the chips and/or causes confusion if the player actually bet the correct amount. Generally not acceptable in tournaments and considered rude.

Split pot: When two or more players have identical best hands. Basically, it is a tie, and the pot is split.

Steal the blinds: Preflop, betting aggressively to persuade everyone to fold.

Straight: Hand which has five consecutive cards, such as TJQKA.

Straight draw: Hand that is one card away from making a straight.

Straight flush: Straight all in the same suit.

String bet: Pushing a bet into the pot with multiple physical trips. This is considered rude and illegal, as it causes confusion, as the next player may make their move without knowing the previous player is not done moving chips into the pot.

Suited: Cards of the same suit.

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T

Three-of-a-kind: AKA Trips or set. Three cards of the same rank.

Top: The highest of something, such as top pair or top kicker.

Trips: AKA Three-of-a-kind.

Turn: The fourth community called. Also called fourth street.

Two pair: Hand that has two pairs of different ranks, such as QQ662 has a pair of Queens and a pair of Sixes.

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