Poker Terms


Listed below is a brief breakdown of terms used in poker.





All In

When a player puts all of his/her chips into the pot.

Big Blind

The full minimum bet. The big blind is second left of the dealer button.

Big Slick

Ace and King in the hole


To play a strong hand as a weak hand, which keeps more players in the game (also known as Slow Play)


A forced bet put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. Typically, blinds are put in by players immediately to the left of the dealer button (little blind, then big blind). Blinds are used to force action into the pot. This way someone will always win some money.

Bottom Pair

When you've paired up against the lowest cards on the board.

Bullets in the hole

Two Aces in the hole


To burn or discard the top card from the deck, face down. This is done between each betting round before putting out the next community card(s). It's security against any player recognizing or glimpsing the next card to be used on the board.


As in 'buying the pot'. Typically referring to an overbet that causes everyone to fold. Unless the better shows, you really have no idea if they were buying or tempting you to foolishly put more money in.


To Check. To not wager or get any money on the hand.

Dealer Button

A white disk the follows the where the deal is coming from. Typically used in games that have a fulltime dealer.

Drawing Dead

When cards are left to be turned but no other card can help you against the winning hand.

Heads Up

A pot that is played between two players, either due to others folding or only two players are left in the game.

Hole Cards

The cards in your hand dealt face down.

Inside Straight

Any four cards that require a fifth to fill one of the three middle ranks of the five-card sequence as known as a Belly Buster Straight (Opposite to Open Straight).


A unmatched card kept with a pair in a an attempt to match up with a drawn card.


These famous kings of history are represented in a deck of cards: King David (Spade), Charlemagne (Hearts), Julius Ceaser (Diamond), Alexander the Great (Clubs)

Little Blind

Half of the minimum bet. This forces action in the pot. The little blind is left of the dealer button.


Jacks & Fives (Jaskson Five) - get it.


To fold, without showing your cards. The pile of cards no longer in play is also referred to as the Muck.

No Limit

A poker game with "no limit" means that a player can bet as much as they have on the table in chips during any round.

Open Straight

Any four cards that only require one card on either end of the sequence to make a straight (Opposite to Inside Straight).

Pocket Pairs

When your hole cards (cards dealt to you face down) are paired.

Pocket Rockets

A pair of aces dealt face-down. Any pair which is dealt face-down may also be called a Pocket Pair.

Pot Bet

To place a bet equal to the size of the pot. Either you have a good hand or your buying the pot.

Puppy Dog Paws

Spades (Also Christine's sceen name on Party Poker)

Railbird / On the Rail

Someone who hangs around a poker room who watches the games and/or is looking to get into action.


When three cards of different suits are dealt on the flop. Typically indicates that a flush is not likely to happen.


A fee for the house taken out of the pot. Every house has a different set of rakes.


The number or letter on a card that represents its value (A,K,Q,J,10,9,...,3,2). A or Ace is high or low. K or King is the second highest card rank.

River, Fifth Street

The fifth and final community card turned in Hold'em games.


Guys who play/hustle cards for a living. Also a poker movie starring Matt Damon and Ed Norton.

Royal Flush

A hand that consists of the A,K,Q,J, and 10 of the same suit. The highest hand in natural poker.

Sent to the Rail

When a person loses all his/her chips and must leave the table.


Players who have matched all bets expose their cards and declare the winner(s).

Side Pot

A separate pot that is formed by remaining players when one or more players are all-in, while other players still in have additional chips to bet.

Slow Play

To play a strong had as a weak hand, which keeps more players in the game (also known as bleeding)

Speed Limit

A pair of fives dealt face-down. Any pair which is dealt face-down may also be called a Pocket Pair.

Split Pot

A pot shared by two or more players due to each player having the same hand.


The black or red image on a card. Suits are alphabetically ranked (Spade, Heart, Diamond, Club).

The Flop

In Texas Holdem - The first three community cards turned up.


Or on the Tilt. To play recklessly, usually done after loosing a large hand you thought favored to win.

Top Pair

When you've paired up against the highest cards on the board.


Three of a kind

Value Bet

When you would like you opponents to call your bet (as opposed to you bluffing). This bet is typically smaller which helps keep others in the game. Typically you have the nuts or a high favored winning hand.

Wired Pairs

A Pair typically in the hole (sometimes referrs to a red and black suit of paired cards - from a red & black wire)


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