Learn Common Poker Terms and Definitions

Poker, like other games, has developed its own terminology. This glossary of poker terms will be useful to novice players.

All-in – If you bet all your chips at some point, the move is regarded as having made an “All-in”.

Bad Beat – This term refers to when a favorite hand loses to an opponent who has seemingly little chance of winning the hand.

Buy-in – The amount of money required to sit down with in a cash game. Also, the fees to enter tournaments are considered a “buy-in”. In a ring game, there is a minimum and maximum buy-in, which players can bring to the table.

Call – When a player behind you bets and another player matches this bet.

Flop – In Hold’em, the three community cards that are dealt open at the same time.

Flush – Five cards in a hand of the same suit.

Fold – Retire to participate in a current hand.

Full House – A hand in which there is a combination of trips and pair such as A-A-J-J-J.

Heads-up – A game where there are only two players.

Pair – A hand that is made up of 2 cards of the same rank.

Quads – A hand that is made up of 4 cards of one rank such as 10-10-10-10-K.

Raise – The act of increasing an amount of wager from a player who bet above.

Re-buy – Get more chips during a game but not during the hand in which is currently playing. This applies to real money cash games and tournaments.

Sit ‘N’ Go – It is a tournament that starts as soon as the required number of poker players has been sitting at the table.

Small Blind – A forced bet requested from the player immediately to the left of the dealer.

Trips (Three of a kind) – A hand consisting of three cards of the same rank.

Turn Card – The fourth community card in Hold’em and Omaha.


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