Another term for "betting," that is, to
start the action is to start the betting.
A small sum of money, placed in the pot by each player.
Antes are used in Stud and Draw, but not in Hold'em or Omaha.
A bet that must be posted by the player two seats
to the left of the button. It is equal to the amount of the smaller betting
limit in a game, for example, in a 10-20 game, the big blind would be
Forced bets placed in the pot by the first two players
in front of the dealer button, in Hold'em and Omaha. See "small blind"
and "big blind."
To bet when you hold a weak hand, hoping that the
intimidation factor of your bet can win the hand.
In Stud, a bet that must be made on the very first
betting round. Usually the player showing the lowest card is forced to
make a bet; in some games, the player showing the highest card is forced.
The bring-in applies only on the very first betting round, though. On
all further rounds, the player showing the highest hand on board has the
OPTION to bet first, but need not.
To match a bet that has been made.
To possess the option to bet, but decline. A player
cannot check once someone else has bet; at that point, the player must
call, raise, or fold. But if no one has yet bet, a player can check, allowing
the betting option to pass to the next player.
To check, indicating weakness, with the intention
of raising after someone else bets.
Check-raises are allowed in all casino poker games; in some home games,
they are frowned upon.
The fifth community card in Hold'em or Omaha (in
these games, 5th street is more often called "the river.").
Also sometimes used to refer to the fifth card received in 7 Card Stud.
In Hold'em or Omaha, the first three community cards,
turned up all at once.
To drop out of a hand.
The fourth community card in Hold'em or Omaha (in
these games, 4th street is more often called "the turn."). Also
sometimes used to refer to the fourth card received in 7 Card Stud.
Cards that are face down and cannot be seen by the
1) A single card kept along with a pair, in Draw,
in an attempt to make two pair. For example, someone might keep 3-3-K,
drawing two cards, in the hope that he might get either a three (for trips)
or a King (making two pair, Kings-up).
2) The highest single card held by two players in
Hold'em who each hold the same pair. For example, if the board in Hold'em
is A-10-8-5-2, and Player One holds A-J as his hand, and Player Two holds
A-Q, each player has a pair of Aces, but Player Two has a better kicker
and would win the hand.
Narrowing the Field:
To bet or raise in the hopes that you will drive
out some players whose hands are currently worse than yours, but who might
improve if allowed to stay in.
The best possible hand. This phrase is almost always
used in the context of a particular hand (otherwise "the nuts"
would just be a term for a royal flush). For example, in Hold'em, a player
holding 8-9 would hold "the nuts" if the flop came 6-7-10. At
that moment, the 6-7-8-9-10 straight is the best possible hand. However,
if the Turn card were a Jack, and the River a Queen, a player holding
A-K would then have the nuts-a 10-J-Q-K-A straight.
The money in the center of the table, being contested
by the players still remaining in the hand.
The amount of money the casino takes from the pot
to make money from the poker game. In low limit games, the casino usually
rakes some percentage of the pot, usually a maximum of 10% of the pot.
In higher limit games, the casino makes money either by charging players
an hourly fee to play, or by collecting a fee each time a player holds
In Hold'em or Omaha, the fifth and final community
card. Also sometimes called fifth street.
A player known to be very conservative, who usually
bets or raises only when he has a very powerful hand.
A bet that must be posted by the player one seat
to the left of the button. It is usually equal to one half of the smaller
betting limit in a game, for example, in a 10-20 game, the small blind
would be $5. Occasionally, the small blind is some other fraction of the