Poker, like other pastimes and professions, has developed its own terminologies. This guide includes not just common poker terms, but also those specifically related to online Poker.
If you run out of chips during a hand you will be deemed All-in. This means that you have the potential to win a share of the pot up to and including your last contribution to that pot. You cannot share in any bets added beyond that point, these bets will form a side-pot.
A term from computer gaming for an image or figure used to represent a person.
In tournaments, you may not “sit out”. Rather, you may be “away-from-table” which means you are dealt into every hand, posting blinds when it’s your turn, and then folded when there is a raise before the flop, or a bet after the flop. When you are in a tournament and need to leave, time-out, or lose your connection, you are automatically marked as “away-from-table”.
This term refers to a heavy favorite in a hand who loses to an opponent who was a severe underdog statistically speaking.
Bet the Pot
This term is used in pot limit games. It means your bet matches the current amount in the pot. If, when it is your turn to bet, the pot was at $217, and you bet the pot, your bet is $217.
Big Blind (limit poker)
In games using a blind to put money in play, the big blind is generally equal to the lower amount of the stakes for that game. In a $5/$10 game, the big blind is $5. The big blind follows the small blind, which is put up by the first player to the left of the dealer.
This term refers to the required bets, called the small blind and the big blind used to put money into play. The blinds are mandatory bets and rotate around the table.
The community cards in Hold’em are collectively known as the board.
In physical (live) poker rooms, the top card of the deck is discarded prior to each round of dealing. The intent is to minimize the risk of cheating by knowing the next card. There is no possibility of this happening in our poker room; therefore we do not need to burn cards.
A marker, usually disk-shaped, to indicate which player is the virtual dealer. The button is used in games where position relative to the dealer is important.
The amount of money you sit down in a game with.
When a player matches the prior bet on the table, that action is termed a call.
The last permitted raise in a betting round is called the cap. We allow three raises beyond the initial bet in limit games. The third raise is the cap.
If there is no bet on the table and you do not wish to place a bet, that action is termed a check. You may only check when there are no prior bets.
The term for the software that allows you to interact with the poker room’s servers.
A form of cheating where two or more players attempt to gain an unfair advantage by sharing information. We do not tolerate cheating.
Face up cards on the table that are shared by all players are termed community cards. Texas Hold’em has community cards.
In a situation where you have missed your blinds and wish to re-enter the game before your turn to post the big blind, you must post both the big blind and the small blind. This is termed a dead blind, because it does not count towards calling a bet.
A hand no longer in the game.
The face-down cards dealt to a player, also termed hole cards.
This describes the situation when a player is trying to draw a card to complete a hand when there is already a hand that will beat it.
To drop your hand when you decide not to go further with your hand; to return your cards to the muck. Same as fold.
Dealt cards that are not visible to other players.
Dealt cards that are visible to all players.
In Texas Hold’em, the set of 3 face-up community cards or the first three cards on the board, all dealt at the same time.
Any 5 cards in one hand that are all the same suit.
Withdraw from further participation in the current hand. Also see drop.
A mandatory bet. In certain games, a player is required to bet, having sat-in the game.
Four of a Kind
A great hand … all 4 of one rank. For example, 4 Tens.
This term applies to poker tournaments where the entry fee, the stakes, or both the entry fee and stakes are waived. In some non-freeroll tournaments, the house may guarantee a minimum prize pool.
A hand in which you have a combination of 3 of a kind, and a pair.
The term for the artwork used to present you with the images of a poker room, including the table, chairs, avatars, cards, and chips.
A set of cards used by a player during a single round. Another word for a single round of shuffling, dealing, and betting.
A game where only two players remain in contention for the pot.
Head to Head
A game where only two players may participate.
The card with the highest rank.
Also called Texas Hold’em, this is the most popular poker game. Each player gets 2 down cards and can use any number of the community cards in combination with any number of their hole cards to make their best 5 card poker hand.
The down cards in a player’s hand.
A term for being an active player; one who has not folded.
The term applied when a player has 4 of 5 cards needed for a straight with the missing card being inside the sequence rather than at either end, and gets the missing card. For example, a player holding 3, 4, 5, 7 needs a 6 to complete the straight. Getting that 6 is termed “making the inside straight.”
A bonus opportunity to win under specific circumstances set by the poker room.
The term for the card used to break ties between two hands of similar strength. i.e. a pair or Two Pair.
A blind that counts towards any bet you call or raise.
The initial pot of money. When one or more players go all-in, a side pot is created for each all-in player.
As a noun, this refers to the pile of folded cards and discarded cards. As a verb, at showdown time, the act of returning a losing hand to the dealer facedown.
(MTT) A tournament where players at more than one table compete, starting with equal numbers of chips, until one player has won all the chips. Prize payouts are a function of the number of entrants, and are posted on the tournaments page. Scheduled Multi-table tournaments have a posted start time, and require registration in advance. Sit and Go MTTS will begin when the required number of players register.
Nice hand. Other friendly terms are gl, (good luck), ty (thank you)
A variation of the betting rules in which each bet is unlimited up to the number of chips a player has on the table (NL).
On the button
This term means you are in the dealer position. A “button” marks the dealer position with a “D” in the center.
One on One See head to head.
This is a hand where the player’s best hand is made up of 2 cards of the same rank.
Can be used in place of either check or fold depending on the context.
The chips used for play money games. Play chips have no monetary value.
Playing the Board
Using all the community cards in Hold’em as your best hand.
The term for the two down cards at the start of the hand.
The chips available to be won in any given hand.
A variation on betting where each player may bet up to the current amount in the pot (PL).
A term describing the information a player may enter about himself/herself that may be available, at the player’s option, to other players in the poker room.
The act of increasing the amount bet by a prior bettor.
The amount of money, in chips, taken by the house as the service fee.
A Raked Hand is where any player is dealt cards in a ring game hand which generates rake. This constitutes one Raked Hand even where the player folds before the flop. Please note that some PokerAce network tournaments with raked hand requirements refer to Raked Hands where a player has contributed to the pot in a hand which generates rake.
The value of a card. The rank of the 2 of Spades is 2. The rank of the Queen of Hearts is Queen. Rank value increases from 2 through 10, followed in order by Jack, Queen, King, and Ace.
To get more chips during a game but not during a hand that you are in. This applies to real money and tournament play.
The act of removing chips from a table and returning immediately with fewer chips. Reducing is considered poor etiquette.
We ask you to select a screen name to serve as your poker room identity, a password, and to provide a location and email address to create an account. This is your registration.
The fifth and final community card. This card is also known as Fifth Street.
This refers to the dealing of a set of cards and associated betting. For example, the dealing of the river and the bets that follow are a round.
The best possible poker hand. This is a straight flush from 10 through to Ace.
The identity you select by which you are known in the poker room. We only allow one player per screen name so please understand if the one you have selected is already taken.
The computer, or set of computers, providing a service to client computers. In this case the service is the poker room.
After the final bet, when all players show their hands or muck, is known as the showdown.
This is a pot created when a player goes all-in. The side pot is the pot available to those players not all-in at that point. There can, on occasion, be more than one side pot.
Single Table Tournament
(STT) A poker table at which you may buy-in to a seat. All buy-in money goes to the prize pool. The prize pool is returned to the top finishers per the payout table on the tournaments page. A fee is normally required to play at this table. Players are staked to equal numbers of chips and play until one player has won all the chips. Single table tournaments begin as soon as the table is filled.
We allow you to hold your seat at a table while not participating in some hands. Under most conditions, we limit the time you may sit out. In blind games, you may be asked to post the equivalent of the blind if you return to your seat prior to the blind reaching you. To sit out, click a check box on the table screen. To return, you unclick the “sit out” check box.
This is the mandatory bet required of the player to the left of the dealer.
Stakes See buy-in.
A hand in which the player has five cards in rank order. Suit does not matter. For example, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen.
A straight all of the same suit.
Any of the four sets (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, and Spades) in a deck of cards.
The poker game where each player gets two down cards followed by five community cards face-up.
Three of a kind
A hand consisting three cards of the same rank.
The cost to enter a tournament. All buy-in money is returned to the players via the prize pool.
A small fee the house charges to enter a tournament.
A nickname for three of a kind.
The nickname for the fourth community card in Hold’em.
A hand in which the player has a pair of two different ranks of cards.
This occurs when a player raises a prior bet but has to go all-in to do so because they only have an amount less than the full raise.
A card dealt face up, so that all players may see it.