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When you bet all your chips on one hand. Typically this
will happen in a no-limit game. If your stack of chips
is smaller than the total bet by another player, you
will only be able to win the main pot. Any extra chips
bet by other players will form a side pot, which the
remaining players will contest.
All-In protection is also offered by some online sites.
This is a different concept all together and basically
means that if you fail to play a hand in time, you will
stay in the hand and be eligible to win any money which
your betting has matched. Any further bets, beyond what
you have contributed to the pot, will be contested between
the other remaining players.
A small “tax” per hand, which each player
must pay in order to be in the game.
To lose a hand when you were, at one point in the hand,
a heavy favourite. For instance, you and one other player
go “All-In” pre flop - you have pocket aces
and lose to someone
holding 2,2 when the board comes up A,2,3,J,2.
(Small blind/big blind) These are the forced bet, which
ensure people do not simply sit and wait for two hours,
to get AA. The person to the left of the dealer must
pay the small blind and the person after him must pay
the big blind.
The community cards, which are dealt face up in the
middle of the table. All players can use these cards
to complete their best possible hand.
Removing the top card
from a deck to be discarded from the current deal. This
is done in case a player has accidentally seen the card
at the top of the deck.
The amount charged to
enter a tournament. This will be exchanged for a fixed
number of chips (e.g. 1000). Everyone will start the
tournament with the same number of chips.
When you double the
size of your chip stack. Usually in a no limit game
and often when two players go All In against each other.
When you have a hand
that cannot win, no matter what remaining cards are
If you hold a drawing
hand, you need to improve your hand to win the pot.
A typical drawing hand would be holding 4 cards of the
same suit, in which case you would need a 5th card of
that suit to be dealt as one of the community cards.
Someone who loses a
lot of money (usually at poker). "If you can't
spot the fish, you are the fish".
A free to enter tournament,
which offers a prize to the winner (usually cash) and
also to a set number of finishers – perhaps the
top 10. Many sites offer large freerolls to new customers
and to players who play a certain number of raked hands
over a set period of time. Freerolls with total prize
pools of $250, $1000 or even $5000 are not uncommon,
so don’t waste your time playing those which have
piddling prizes, such as $5 to the winner.
Gunshot / Belly Buster
An inside straight draw.
E.g. you have 4,5,7,8 and need to hit the 6.
Similar to Pot Odds,
but also takes into account future bets. I.e. whatever
you have to bet now to stay in the pot, as a fraction
of what you think the final pot is likely to be, if
you complete your desired hand.
All bets, calls and
raises in limit poker are to a fixed value. In a $1-2
limit game, all bets and raises are $1 in the first
two rounds (preflop and flop), whilst all bets and raises
are $2 in the last two rounds (turn and river).
To only call the big
blind, pre flop.
Multi Table Tournament.
The tournament will start with e.g. 1000 players, playing
at 100 tables and the field will slowly be eliminated
until there is one table of 10 people, then finally
1 winner. Such tournaments require very different strategies
to single table play.
In no limit, bets can
be as large as a player’s available chip stack.
There will be a minimum level of bet (that of the big
blind) and each subsequent raise usually has to be at
least double the current bet amount.
Holding the best possible
hand, which cannot be beaten.
The number of unseen
cards which can still be drawn and which would complete
your desired hand. For instance, if you hold A clubs,
K clubs and the flop is Qc,9s,7c and you believe someone
holds a Q, then you have 15 outs (9 clubs, 3 Aces and
3 Kings) to beat a pair of queens.
AA as your hole cards.
The best starting hand in Texas Hold’em. Also
known as American Airlines.
All bets are limited
to the size of the current pot. However, it is not calculated
that simply – the size of the pot is defined as
the money currently in the pot + (if you have been raised)
the amount you would bet if you re-raised.
In very simple terms,
if the pot is $1 and you have to bet 10c to stay in
the pot, the pot odds are 10-1. Again, in very simple
terms, if the pot odds are greater than your odds of
winning the hand, then you should stay in the hand.
If the pot odds are smaller than your chance of winning,
you should fold. In a complicated world, you should
also take into account “Implied Odds” when
making this decision.
You have been dealt
your two hole cards, but no community / board cards
have yet been dealt.
A rake is a small fee
(percentage of the pot) charge by the poker room or
casino in return for hosting the game. A typical rake
is 5% of the pot up to $3.
A single table, real
money game. Players buy in and cash out chips with a
real monetary value rather than, for instance, having
1000 chips in a $2 buy in tournament.
When a player makes
a bet with a hand that is currently not the best but
has the potential to become a very strong hand, if they
draw the right cards.
The box, which holds
the cards from two or more decks, ready to be dealt.
When a player gives
the impression that his hand is weaker than it is, by
checking or only calling, with the intention of drawing
substantial bets from a player he has beaten.
Holding the best possible
hand, which cannot be beaten and cannot even be tied
for the pot with an identical hand.
The first 3 board cards
in Texas Hold’em.
The 4th board card in
The 5th and final board
card in Texas Hold’em.
3 cards of the same
rank, e.g. 999 or 333.
The World Series of