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    Post by Guest on Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:24 am

    The highest extra card in your hand that doesn't participate in a straight or flush. The card does not contribute to the strength of your hand except by itself. For example, if you hold QQ943, you have a pair of queens with a nine kicker. Five-card hands (straights, flushes, and full houses) don't have kickers.

    A pair of Queens as your hole cards in texas holdem.

    Limit poker
    A structured poker style that uses fixed limits on betting and raising per round. Limit poker games require specific bet amounts, as opposed to no-limit games in which you can bet the farm if so desired. A $5-$10 Texas Hold'em game usually requires $5 bets and raises on the first two rounds (pre-flop and post flop) and $10 bets and raises on the last two (after the turn and river).

    Limping In
    Calling the big blind rather than raising.
    Live Card(s)
    Cards that are not duplicated in an opponent's stronger hand.
    Live Hand
    A hand that has not been folded or mucked, or a hand with many outs remaining.

    Referring to a player, table or game, loose is the opposite of tight, obviously, and means playing with almost any cards.

    Made Hand
    A hand which is good enough that it doesn't need to improve.

    Main Pot
    The only pot an all-in player is eligible to win. The main pot consists of the all-in player's bet plus all player's calls of that bet. Additional bets, placed in a side pot.

    Middle Pair
    If you pair one of your pocket cards to the second highest card on the flop, you have middle pair.

    A very strong hand.

    Multi Table Tournament.

    The act of throwing your cards away because you cannot or did not win the pot. They are ineligible to win the pot if they are mucked.

    A version of poker in which a player may bet any amount of chips (up to the number in front of him) whenever it is his turn to act. It is a very different game than limit poker.

    The best possible hand, that cannot be beaten, at a particular point of the game.

    Nut Flush
    A flush containing the Ace.

    Cards of different suits.

    To make the first bet in a round.

    Open-Ended Straight Draw
    A straight draw with four consecutive cards that can be completed on either end. An example is 6/7/8/9, since a five or a 10 will make a straight.

    The number of cards left in the deck that can improve your hand. If you hold pocket 7's and the flop comes A,K,Q with no flush draw, then the only remaining cards that can improve your hand are two 7's. Therefore you have 2 'outs'.

    A card higher than any card on the board.

    A pocket pair higher than any card on the flop.

    Two cards of the same value such as two kings.

    Play the Board
    To show down a hand in hold'em when your cards don't make a hand any better than is shown on the board

    Your first two down cards. Hold'em players tend to call them pocket cards; stud players tend to call them hole cards.

    Pocket Pair
    A hold'em starting hand with two cards of the same rank, making a pair.

    Pocket Rockets
    A pair of Aces as your pocket cards (hole cards).

    The best part of your day.

    Your place at the table, relative to the order of betting within a betting round. The first few players to act are in early position, the next few in middle position, and the last few in late position. There is an advantage to being in late position, seeing as how you know exactly what your opponents have done. In some games, the dealer, or the player on the dealer button, is always in last position. If you have position on someone, then they are on your right and you will always act after them.

    Position Bet
    A bet made relying on the strength of one's position rather than on the strength of one's hand. If no one opens, a player on the button in Texas Hold'em is in good position to steal the pot, due to his position.

    The money gathered in the middle of the table from blinds, bets, and raises. This money goes to the winner, or winners as the case may be. If you have not yet folded, you are "in the pot."

    A state where you are essentially forced to call for the rest of your stack because of the size of the pot, the amount of your chips already in there, and your remaining chips.

    Pot Odds
    A mathematical solution to whether or not a particular situation is worth a call. The ratio of the amount of money in the pot to the amount of money it will cost you to call a bet. The greater the pot odds, the more likely you should be to call.

    Before the flop, such as raising pre-flop.

    To induce folding in order to prevent another player from outdrawing you is protecting your hand. This is done by betting and raising so that someone on a draw will fold rather than call to see if their cards come off. A protectable hand is one that is almost always the best, but is vulnerable to being outdrawn.

    Put On
    To mentally assign a hand to a player for the purposes of playing out your hand.
    Four of a kind (four cards of the same denomination).
    When a pot is won without a showdown, to "rabbit hunt" means to ask the dealer to expose what cards would have come if the player decided to play his hand.
    A flop (or board) that doesn't appear to help anybody very much
    Useless cards - cards that don't improve a hand.

    When the board contains 3 or 4 cards of different suits.

    To increase the amount of the bet after the betting has already been opened in a round. For example, if the betting limit is $10 and player A bets $10, player B can fold, call the $10, or raise it to $20. Often, an inexperienced player will say "bet" when he means raise or "raise" when he means bet.

    The house cut of each pot. The rake amount and protocol changes from cardroom to cardroom. Some rake the big blind and put the small blind in a jackpot, while others use a time charge, and others yet do a percentage of the pot as the rake.
    Pokerhut365 charge just 2.50 rake at the beginning of the night.

    The numerical value of a card. Each card has a suit and a rank. The three of spades and the three of hearts have the same rank. A pair is two cards of the same rank.

    If you run out of chips in a tournament, and you wish to continue playing, you then re-buy, meaning, you buy more chips. This is only legal in re-buy tournaments. You can only re-buy up until a certain point.

    To play as if you hold a certain card or hand.

    A second raise after the initial raise in a round. This occurs when a player raises after a raise by another player.

    Ring Game
    Another name for a cash game, to distinguish it from a tournament game.

    The fifth and final community card dealt in flop games, or the last card dealt in non-flop games. Also called Fifth Street in Texas Hold'em.

    A player who will only play the best hands and nothing less.

    A betting round begins after a card or several cards are dealt. Each player is given a chance to act, and the round ends when everyone has either folded to or called the last bet or raise.

    Royal Flush
    This is the highest possible ranked hand. To achieve this hand you need an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same suit.

    Typically said "runner-runner" to describe a hand that was made only by catching the correct cards on both the turn and the river.

    Calling, not raising, with a very good hand, to disguise its strength, in order to keep a player betting, and then to check-raise. Called 'Sandbagging' because it feels like you have been hit with a sandbag when it happens to you.

    A tournament that does not award cash to its winners, but a seat (or seats) in a subsequent "target" tournament.

    Scare Card
    A card that, when it appears, brings forth a possibility for a better hand. In Texas Hold'em, a third suited card on the river is a scare card, because it makes a flush possible.

    Second Pair
    A pair with the second highest card on the flop.

    To see someone is to call their bet.

    To bluff with a hand that still has drawing potential and could improve to be the winning hand.

    Three of a kind when you have two of the rank in your hand, and there is one on the board

    Seven Card Stud
    A popular game commonly played in public card rooms. In seven-card stud, each player is dealt seven cards of their own: two down, then four up, and a final card down. There is a round of betting after the first up card and after each subsequent card dealt.

    Seven Deuce
    The acknowledged weakest starting card combination in Texas Hold-em (7-2) My 2nd favourite hand

    A poker game with six or fewer players.

    Short Stack
    A number of chips that is not very many compared to the other players at the table

    The showdown occurs at the end of a hand, to determine the winner, if there is more than one player left. You can either show your cards, or, if you aren't a winner, you can muck them in most situations.

    The mixing and rearranging of the cards before each hand so that the cards occur randomly. This is done by the dealer.

    Side Pot
    A pot created in which a player has no interest because he has run out of chips

    Sit In
    To join in a game that has already started.

    Sitting Out
    When you choose to leave a table for a few hands.

    Slow Playing
    Playing non-aggressively with a powerful hand; calling and betting instead of raising. This in the hope of not driving players out of the hand and thus sucking more money into the pot. Also called "sandbagging".

    Small Blind
    The first bet posted by the player to the Dealer's left. It is a forced bet. The small blind bet amount is equal to half of the lower bet. For example, in a $10 - $20 game, the small blind is $5.

    Smooth Call
    To call. Smooth call often implies slow playing a strong hand

    Sit and Go tournament. A single table tournament.

    Splash the pot
    To toss chips into the pot instead of placing them. Seen as bad etiquette.

    Split Pot
    In a game that isn't high-low split, a tie between at least two players. This happens when both players show the same hand. This is common in Texas Hold'em for straights especially when both players are playing the board. In a high-low split game, of course, almost every hand results in a split pot.

    Split Two Pair
    A two pair hand in which one of each of your cards' ranks appears on the board as well

    Starting Hand
    The two pocket cards in Texas Hold'em or the first three cards in 7-Card stud.

    To try and win the pot by betting when everyone else has checked, or by making a large raise when everyone else has called.

    A straight is five cards of any suit in ascending order. The ace can be either high or low and the high straight wins the tie.

    Straight Flush
    A hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks of the same suit, aces being high or low.

    The rules of a particular game regarding betting, including antes, blinds, and the amount that may be bet on any round. For example, In connection with tournaments, structure can also mean anything having to do with the amount of money in tournament chips players can get, the re-buy and add-on rules, and the way in which the blinds increase.

    String Bet
    Only applies to a live game. Putting the amount of chips to call in a pot first then adding more chips to make a raise is called a string bet. It is illegal and frowned upon.

    Single table tournament.

    Refers to stud games in general, however, usually short for seven card stud. Stud games are contrasted with flop games and draw games.

    Suck Out
    To stay in a hand against a better hand and catch your card on the river.

    Suited Cards
    Cards of the same suit.

    A gesture or signal unintentionally done by a player that gives other players information about the player's hand. For example, a player who twitches when they are bluffing.

    Texas Hold'em
    Often shortened to just Hold'em, is widely considered the grandfather of poker. A flop game, in Texas Hold'em each player gets two pocket cards, while five community cards are dealt face-up on the table. The strength of a player's hand is the best five-card hand that can be made with these seven cards. There are four rounds of betting: after the pocket cards are dealt, after the first three community cards (the flop), after the fourth, or turn card, and after the final, or river card.

    Three of a Kind
    Having three cards of the same value.

    To play wildly or recklessly. Usually players 'go on tilt' after suffering what they feel was a bad beat.

    A player that only plays with good cards. Also, a table or game where most players play properly; i.e. with good cards.

    To Go
    The amount a player must call if he wishes to continue playing.

    Top Pair
    If you have a pair with one of your pocket cards and the highest card on the board, you have top pair.

    Top Set
    The highest possible three of a kind, or Set in relation to the board.

    Top Two
    Two pair, with your two hole cards pairing the two highest cards on the board.

    Top and Bottom
    Two pair, with your two hole cards pairing the highest and lowest cards on the board.

    In a poker tournament, each player sits down with the same number of chips, and eventually only one player has any chips left. That is the basic idea behind a tournament. Each card room runs tournaments differently. Tournaments are usually played with chips that have no value outside of the tournament. So a buy-in of 10 might get you 3000 in tournament chips to play with, but you can't cash them out in the middle. The winner of a tournament (the last player to bust out) as well as several of the other top finishers are typically awarded prize money according to some predetermined schedule.

    Tournament Director
    Refers to the manager of the cardroom. The person responsible for the smooth running of the tournament and answering any payer queries. The TD's word is final.

    Three of a kind. - More accurately, having one card in your hole cards and two on the board. Two paired hol cards and one on the board is a Set.

    The fourth community card dealt.

    Two Pair
    A hand consisting of two pairs of cards with the same value.

    Under the Gun
    The player who must act first in the betting round.

    A person or hand not mathematically favored to win a pot.

    Value bet. A drawing hand that has a positive expectation because of the size of the bet in relation to the pot.

    A measure of the up and down swings your bankroll goes through

    Visible Cards
    Cards dealt face up to each Player. Applies only to Stud games.

    A straight from Ace through five.

    Winning hand
    The hand that takes all the chips in the pot because it was the best hand in a showdown.

    Wired Pair
    A Pair in your starting hand.

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