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Dictionary 2


 All in –

  when a player would place all his or her remaining chips into the pot. Players going all in would not call additional bets, and they couldn’t compete for additional bets made by other players, which went into a side pot.

  Bad beat –

    an improbable loss, such as having lost with a very strong poker hand or having lost to someone’s long shot draw.

  Bet –

  placing money in the pot that other players would have to match to remain in the hand.

  Big blind -

  the player two seats to the left of the button, who would have to make a pre-flop bet before receiving pocket cards. 

  Bluffing –

  having bet on a weak hand in order to convince others the hand had been strong.

  Board –

  the face-up cards on the table (see community cards).


  alternate term for full house.

  Button –

  a small plastic disk that is used in casino games to mark the player in the “dealer’s position.”After each hand, the button is rotated to the next player on the left.

  Because a non playing casino employee will deal the cards, the button is moved after each hand, allowing players to takes turns having the advantageous dealer position of acting last.

  Call –

  Matching another player’s bet.

  Cards speak –

  A rule that players would not have to correctly state the contents of their hand. The dealer would award the pot to the player showing the best cards, regardless of what statements the player has made. Casino games are usually played with the cards speak rule.

  Check –

  Passing on betting.

  Check-raise –

  Raising another player’s bet after initially checking (see raise).

  Chips –

  Tokens that are purchased by players for use for placing bets.

  Community cards –

  The five cards that are placed face-up in the center of the table, and are used by all the players to form their hands (see board).

  Dealer –

  The person who will deal the cards and manage the money going into the pot. In a casino, the dealer would be an employee, not a player in the game.

  Drawing dead –

  To draw in a situation where even if the draw is made the player would still lose. For instance, if you have drawn a flush when someone already has a full house.

  Drawing hand –

  A and that will not win unless it is improved. Having four cards to a straight or four cards to a flush are examples of drawing hands.

  Flop –

  The first three community cards in Hold’em, which would be shown all at once.

  Fold –

  Dropping out of a hand and forfeiting all the interest in the pot.

  Freeroll tournament –

  A poker tournament with no cash entry fee, but cash prizes for the winners at the end (see poker tournament).

  High-low split –

  A poker game where the players holding the highest and lowest hands will split the pot. In many high-low games, the low hand would have to qualify to claim half the pot. A common qualification would be that the low hand would not have a card higher than an eight. If no low hand would qualify, the high hand would take the entire pot.

  Implied collusion –

  A situation where many players would be on an improbable draw to beat the best hand.

  Implied pot odds –

  The ratio of the total amount of money a player would expect to win to the amount of money that a player would have to contribute to the pot. For instance, the pot might contain $50, but would expect five players to call your $10 bet. The implied odds would be 10 to 1 since you would expect to win $100. Contrast with pot odds.