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Texas Holdem Poker Dictionary and Terminology:

All-in – When a player does not have enough money to cover the full bet amount, they must go all in if they wish to continue playing the round. You are now playing for a portion of the pot depending on how much you have contributed. In no limit Texas holdem poker, a player can go All-in and has now bet all their money on the particular round.

Ante – Before betting begins and before the cards are dealt, each player must place the minimum bet (ante) into the pot.

Big Blind – A forced bet to the player sitting to the left of the player who posts the small blind. In limit poker the big blind is equal to the low bet, therefore in a $20-$40 game the big blind would be $20.

Big Pair – A pair where the face value of each card is at least a 10.

Blind Bet – In the first round of betting every player must bet the ante, small blind or big blind (depending on your seat at the table) before any cards are dealt. This is to ensure that there is money in the pot and to encourage players to continue playing the round (as they have already invested money into the pot).

Buy-in Amount – An amount of money the player must start with to play in a poker game.

Buy-in Limit – A minimum amount of cash one must have to buy-in to a 1 on 1 game of poker. Typically used in a 7-card stud poker game.

Call – When a player places an equal bet to the previous bet. The player does not raise.

Cap – In some poker games, a cap is placed after the third raise in a single round. If a cap is placed, players can now either call or fold, no more raises are allowed.

Check – A player will check if they wish to continue playing the round but do not want to raise the bet. The player can only check if there are no previous raises to them.

Coffee housing – A term used to describe the intent to mislead or influence your opponents by talking out loud about the hand being played.

Community Cards – In hold ‘em poker games, five “community cards” are dealt on the table. Every player can now use any of these cards combined with their hold cards to form the best five-card hand possible.

Dealer-button – A small disk marked with a D that is placed in front of the dealer to signify and remind players what position the dealer is sitting in at the table.

Equalized – A term used when all the players at the poker table have contributed the same amount of money to the pot.

Flop – The first community cards dealt on the table. The flop is comprised of three different cards. Used only in hold’em or Omaha poker games.

Fold – When a player chooses to no longer take part in the round. The player throws in their cards and can no longer claim the pot.

Lowest Card – The card in play with the lowest value. If two players hold the same card with the lowest value then the lower card is determined by the suit of the cards. The suit ranking from lowest to highest is: clubs, diamonds, hearts then spades (alphabetical order).

Muck – When the player with the losing hand discards his hand without showing it to the other players at the table.

Pocket Cards – Cards that only the player himself can see. The dealer deals them face down.

Post Now – If you are new player joining a game you must bet the equivalent to the big blind to receive your cards.

Pot – The amount of money or chips that accumulate in a round of poker which grows as players ante up, raise and call bets. The winner of that particular round wins the pot. If two players are holding the same hand then they will split the pot.

Raise – When a player chooses to match the previous bet and then increase it. The other players in the round must now at least match the raised bet to continue playing in the round.

River Card – The fifth and last community card dealt to the table.

Runs – The betting sequences around the table. A run begins with the first player at the table and ends once the last player has made his move.

Showdown – Once all the betting is over the players compare their hands to determine the winner. The player with the best hand wins the showdown and the pot.

Sitting Out – When a player decides to sit out of the action for a few hands. Typically, a player can sit out for fifteen minutes or two rounds before they are removed from the table.

Small Blind – A forced bet to the player sitting to the left of the dealer. In limit poker, the amount of the blind is equal to half of the low bet. For example, if the game is $20 -$40 limit, then the small blind would be $10.

Turn – In holdem poker the turn card is the fourth community card dealt to the table.

Visible Cards – Also known as the community cards, these cards are dealt face up on the table and are used by the players to form a five-card hand.


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