Poker Glossary (Dictionary)

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72o. The (in)famous! The hilarious! The bomb! The perfect starting hand… (for the loser). Seven-two off-suit is considered the worst possible starting hand in Texas Hold’em.


All-In. The most powerful move in Texas Hold’em games. When you go All-In, you bet all your remaining chips. To call your bet, the other players have to bet the same amount of chips you have, or their whole stack, whichever is lower. For example: You have 5000 chips and you go All-In. A player that has 7000 chips can call your bet by putting 5000 chips in the Pot. If you win, you get all the chips in the pot, and the losing player would still have 2000 chips. Another example: You go All-In with 5000 chips. A player that has 3000 calls your bet, by putting all his chips in the middle. If you win this hand, you get all the pot, as usual. But, if the opponent wins, he only gets 3000 of your 5000 chips, because he cannot get more than double his chips from each player.


BB. Big Blind. In some texts it may represent the Big bet, so read carefully.

Big bet. In Limit Texas Hold’em games, this is the minimum bet after the turn and the river. Its value is double the Small bet. For example, in a $1/$2 limit table, the Big bet would be $2. Do not be confused: this is not the same as the Big Blind.

Big Blind (BB). This is the position at the left side of the Small-Blind Position. If you are in this position, you always have to pay the minimum bet in the hand, even before you are dealt any cards. The BB is the last one to act before the flop.

Big Slick. Nickname for Ace-King, one of the best hands in poker.

Blinds. Blinds are the mandatory bets made by some players before the first cards are dealt. Usually, one player bets the big blind, and one other player bets the small blind (half a big blind). If you are playing a Cash Game, you usually have to post a Big blind when you sit down, at your first hand, before getting your Hole Cards. You can find games with blinds as low as $0.01/$0.02, or as high as $10,000/$20,000 (or even higher, in some casinos). In a tournament, usually the blinds go up after some pre-determined time has passed – you can find that info in the tournament description.

Button. The button is a disk that represents the Dealer Position.


Card Codes. Codes commonly used to represent card names in articles. A = ace, K = King, Q = Queen, J = Jack, T = 10, s = suited, o = off-suited, x = any small number. Examples: so, JTs = a Jack and a 10 of the same suit. AQo means an Ace and a Queen, with different suits. Axs = an Ace and a small card, like 5 for example, both of the same suit. Pairs are always off-suit, since we only use one deck in Texas Hold’em.

Cash Game. This is a game in which everyone has a different amount of money, that can be used in the bets. This is different from tournament games, where each player starts with the same amount of chips. You can find cash games with blinds as low as $0.01/$0.02, or as high as $10,000/$20,000 (or even higher, in some casinos).

Connectors. Consecutive cards, like 8 and 7, which makes it easier to do a straight. Suited connectors (connectors of the same suit) are even better, since they also increase the chances of a flush.

Cutoff Position. The seat just right to the Button.


Dealer Position. The best position in the game, located just to the right of the blinds. It’s represented by a Button. The dealer acts just before the blinds after the hole cards are dealt, and it is the last to act after the flop.


Early Position. The first two or three players to the left of the blinds, the first ones to act before the flop. Not a good position.


Flush. Five cards of the same suit, not in sequence, like: AJT93s.

Full-House. Three-of-a-kind plus a pocket pair. For example, 33377, or AAATT. We would call the first one “threes over sevens”, and the second one, “aces over tens”.



Heads-Up. When there are only two players in a hand, or in a table.

Hole Cards. The first two cards that are dealt in a Texas Hold’em hand. The cards that are dealt face down – “hidden” cards.




Kicker. The second card in the hole cards that is not used to make your final hand, but can be used to break a tie. For example, if I have AT as my hole cards, and my opponent has A9, if our final hands become AA plus other cards, I would win because of a higher kicker (T versus 9).


Late Position. The players at the right side of the blinds. They act after the players in early and middle positions.
bullet3 Limit Texas Hold’em. A form of Texas Hold’em in which you have limits to your bets: if you want to raise, you can only add a bet, to the limit of 4 bets. For example: it’s a $1/$2 limit game, before the flop. A player bets ($1), you raise ($2), the player after you re-raises ($3), and the other player “caps” the bet, by re-raising to $4, the maximum bet for this round. After the turn card is dealt, Big bets are the minimum bets allowed (see Big bet definition). A player bets (one Big bet, $2), the other raises ($4), and so on, to the maximum of $8. Newbies should try Limit games first, before tasting the adrenalin of No-Limit games.

Limp In. To enter a pot before the flop without raising.


Maniac. A player that plays very aggressively, raising most of the hands, is called a “maniac”.


No-Limit Texas Hold’em. A form of Texas Hold’em without limits to your raises. At any round, you can go All-In, betting all of your chips. It’s the most commonly played game of Texas Hold’em, and the most intense. Newbies should try Limit games first, before tasting the adrenalin of No-Limit games.


Off-suit (o). Cards with different suits. Example: A9o means an Ace and a 9, with different suits.


Pocket Pair. Two matched cards in your starting hand. For example, 99.

Pot. The chips in the middle of the table, the chips already in play. The winner of the hand get the pot.



Royal Flush. The best possible five card hand, an Ace to 10 sequence, all cards of the same suit: AKQJTs.


Satellite. A tournament that give, as prizes, one or more free entries into a bigger tournament. For example: a poker room may have a $5 buy-in satellite for a $200 buy-in larger event. If you win the satellite, you get free entry to the $200 buy-in event.

Set. Nickname for Three-of-a-kind. For example: 777.

Small Bet. in Limit Texas Hold’em games, this is the minimum bet pre-flop and just after the flop. This is also the mandatory bet of the player on the BB position. The minimum bet after the turn and the river is the Big bet (double the Small bet). For example, in a $1/$2 limit table, the Small bet would be $1, the minimum amount to pay in order to be in the hand.

Small Blind (SB). this is the position at the left side of the Dealer Position. If you are on this position, you have to put a mandatory bet – half the minimum bet – before being dealt your cards. If there are only two players in a table, the SB is also with the Button.

Stack. The chips in front of each player.

Straight. A sequence of five cards with mixed suits, for example: A2345, TJQKA, 6789T.

Straight Flush. A sequence of five cards of the same suit, like 45678s.

Suited (s). Cards of the same suit. Example: 98s means a 9 and an 8 of the same suit.

Suits. There are four suits in card games: Spades, Diamonds, Clubs, and Hearts. All suits have the same strength in Texas Hold’em.

Super Satellite. A tournament, usually with a small Buy-in, that gives, as prizes, one or more free entries to Satellite tournaments.



Under the Gun. The first position, the first player to act in this hand.




x. Usually means “any low card”, for example, Ax means an Ace and a small card, like 5 for example.



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