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Online Poker Glossary

Welcome to the Poker Terminology section

Action: A fold, check, call, bet or raise.

Aggressive Action: A bet or raise that could make it possible for a player to win a pot without a showdown

All In: Betting all of your playable money and chips during the course of a hand. You cannot return to your pocket during the course of a hand.

Ante: A set amount placed in the pot before the start of a hand by all players. Most hold'em games do not have an ante; they use "blinds" to get initial money into the pot.

Backdoor: Catching both the turn and river card to make a drawing hand. For instance, suppose you have As- 7s. The flop comes Ad-6c-4s. You bet and are called. The turn is the Ts, which everybody checks, and then the river is the Js. You've made a "backdoor" nut flush. See also "runner."

Bet: The act of placing a wager in turn into the pot on any betting round or the chips put in the pot.

Big Blind: The largest "Blind" in a game.

Blank: A board card that doesn't seem to affect the standings in the hand. If the flop is As-Jd-Ts, then a turn card of 2h would be considered a blank. On the other hand, the 2s would not be.

Blind: A mandatory bet made before any cards are dealt.

Blind Game: A game in which a Blind is used.

Board: (1) The board on which a waiting list is kept for players wanting seats in specific games. (2) Faceup cards on the table which are common to each of the hands.

Boardcard: A community card in the center of the table, as in holdem or Omaha.

Bottom: A pair with the lowest card on the flop. If you have As-6s, and the flop comes Kd-Th-6c, you have flopped bottom pair.

Boxed Card: A faceup card in a deck where all other cards are facedown.

Broken Game: A game no longer in action.

Burn: To 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 is security against any player recognizing or glimpsing the next card to be used on the board.

Burncard: A card that is placed under a chip in the pot, for security purposes, after the initial round of cards is dealt.

Button A player who is in the designated dealer position. See dealer button.

Button Games Games in which a dealer button is used.

Buy-In The minimum amount of playable money required to enter any game.

California Lowball: Ace-to-five lowball with a joker.

Call: To match a bet that has been made.

Calling Station: A weak-passive player who calls a lot, but doesn't raise or fold much. This is the kind of player you like to have in your game.

Cards Speak: The face value of a hand in a showdown is the true value of the hand, regardless of a verbal announcement.

Capped: Describes the situation in limit poker in which the maximum number of raises on the betting round have been reached.

Case: The last card of a certain rank in the deck. Example: "The flop came J-8-3; I've got pocket jacks, he's got pocket 8's, and then the case eight falls on the river and he beats my full house."

Check: To waive the right to initiate the betting in a round, but to retain the right to act if another player initiates the betting.

Check-Raise To check, indicating weakness, with the intention of raising after someone else bets.

Collection The host fee (taken either out of the pot or from each player).

Collection Drop A fee charged for each hand dealt.

Colour Change To change the chips from one denomination to another.

Common Card A card dealt faceup to be used by all players at the showdown in the games of stud poker whenever there are insufficient cards left in the deck to deal each player a card individually.


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