Glossary of Poker Terms

August 6, 2009

Below are some of the most common poker terms, some of which we have used throughout the different sections. Hoepfully this will help you understand the game of poker more.

Action – also known as betting

All-in – All chips which the player has is played

Ante – An amount which all players have to put into the pot inorder to play. This is not part of the actual game.

Blind – This is term used in Texas Hold’em, like an ante money has to be put into the pot but only by two players. The big-blind is the minimum amount of the bet in full and small blind is half the amount of the bet.

Bluff – player choose to play with a bad hand, trying to make another player fold

Board – term can be used to descibe the 5 community cards placed on the table by the dealer

Buy-in – Usually it is the required amount to enter a tournament, the more exclusive the event the more the buy in will be.

Bots – automatic robot which acts as a player in a game, form of cheating method

Call – when a player wants to match the previous players bet the term is used.

Check – This is a option which allows for player to stay in the hand with in the current hand without needing to make a bet, call or raise. A check can also be used by the big blind in only 1st round (if no other player raises) and by the first player to make a bet in any of the rounds. The last possible way to use this option by all players till someone make a bet.

Check Fold – player can check when able to and fold when bet into

Check Raise – player can check when able to and raise when bet into

Community cards – these are the cards which are dealt by the dealer, they appear faced up on the board and can be used by all the players.

Concealed Pair – Pair of card which are faced down

Connectors – Usually two cards which follow a sequence

Cowboys – A poker term for cards which are Two kings

Dead Card – these are cards which are no longer part of the game as they have already been played

Dealer Button – Usually used by the dealer in a online game to deal the cards, will rotate clockwise after each hand

Deuce / Duck– A poker term for a card which is a single two

Drawing Hand – when a player required more card to complete a hand either a flush or straight

Fish Hooks – A poker term for a cards which is used for Two Jacks

Flop – This is usually the name for the 2nd round, the dealer will deal the first 3 cards of the game

Fold – Player can use this option to quit the game and not continue.

Hole cards/Pocket cards – These are two cards which all players recieve faced down, during the pre-flop

Ladies – A poker term for a cards which are Two queens

Lay-down – when a player decides to fold a strong hand

Muck – players can fold during the game and not require to show the cards to the other players

Nuts – this is a term which can descibe the the best hand a player has based on the cards on the board.

Opener – the first player to start, without any prerequisite

Over-card – is term used for the highest card on the board

Payout – the amount of money a player leaves with after winning

Raise – increase in the previous bet

Rake – usually found on pokersite, represent a small percentage of money which goes to the site

Ring Game – A game which allows players to leave any time after buying in

River – Term used for the last card dealt by the dealer in the game, in Texas Hold’em this is known as 5th street

Rockets/Pocket Rockets – A poker term for a cards which are a Pair of aces

Split Pair – Term used when one card is on the board and the other matching card is hidden.

Trips – A poker term used for card which represent three of a kind

Texas Hold’em Betting Limits

August 6, 2009

In the game of Texas Hold’em there are three different types of limits which can be played. They are the following:

  1. Fixed Limit
  2. Pot Limit
  3. No Limit

Fixed Limit

This is most common type of game. In our Guide To Playing Texas Hold’em we have used an example of fixed limit game. The basic idea is for each round the limits have already been set and can not be exceeded. So in the example we used the fixed limit was $8/$16. For the first two rounds the most that can be betted is $8 and in the next two rounds the maximum is only $16.

Of course in each round the betting can be raised with a maximum of 3 raises in each round. In our example the total which the raised bet amount can total in round 1 and 2 is $32 and and total of $64 in the last two rounds.

This type of limit game is great for new players, as it will allow them to learn the basic of the game without having to spend to much money.

Pot Limit

A pot limit game is when a minimum bet has been determined by the table and a big blind has been deposited. When the game starts players can only make a bet worth double of the previous bet and no larger then the amount in the pot currently. A typical example is there is around $200 in the pot and the previous bet was $30 then the next player must raise a minimum of $60 and no higher then $200.

This form of the game offers the best choice if you like to be flexible. There is of course more strategy involved and bluffing will be of great use here. Beginners should only give this a go if the buy in amounts are low.

No Limit

Similar to the previous limit game, the game is dictated by the big blind player who places the first bet into the pot. Another similarity is when a raise is made by the next player, the minimum amount has to be double the previous. But the difference is the maximum amount which can be placed is all of the chip which the player has.

Basic Texas Hold’em Game Rules

August 5, 2009


Below are some of the most important facts and terms which you will need to know before playing Texas Hold’em

Most common poker games games can be played at least two players (in Hold’em this will be known as heads up match), the maximum of players for Hold’em is 10.

Dealer Button (“Button”, “Buck”, “Puck”)

This is commonly used for online poker, the idea is to make the dealer of the hand known to all the players. The dealer will usually be marked with a special symbol normally a “D”. The two players left of the dealer will find making the dealer of great importance as they are required to post two blinds at some point in the game. The button for the dealer will be moved in a left direction for each hand till the end of the game, giving each player a fair chance.

You may now be wondering why go though this, well blinds allow for enough money to be in the pot before the game gets started. It makes sure that if the game ends quickly for whatever reason no player go away without anything. Also by having some money in the pot at the beginning it should allow for more players to participate.

The amount to be paid for the blinds is pre-determined depending on the level of limit you have placed on the table. For example if you are playing $4/$8 table then a small blind amount would be only $2 and a big blind amount is $4.

Betting Structure

The format for betting will not change and remain the same for any table. The only change that can be made is the amount of money which is set for the particular limit. In this example we will use a $4/$8 table.

Small/Big Blinds: $8/$16
1st Round: $8
2nd Round: $8
3rd Round: $16
Final Round: $16

Note: To make sure its fair there is normally a limit placed on the bet amounts, hence only 1 bet can made per round and only three raises. In our example betting would be restricted to a sum of $32 in the first two rounds and then $64 in the rest.

Hole Cards (“Poket Cards”) – These are normally given to all the players faced down, making making sure that they are only ones who can see the cards.

The Flop – Usually are the 3 cards which are dealt at the beginning of the game by the dealer

River – This is the term given to the last card, normally the fifth card which is given by the dealer.

Turn – This is a term given to the fourth card which is given by the dealer.

Basic Poker Rules

August 5, 2009

Have you ever caught yourself racking your brain every now and again trying to remember the basic rules of poker hands, or forgetting what poker hand beats what? Don’t worry; this is a common concern among many novice players and even effects intermediate players from time to time.

Regardless of what player category you fit into, let’s face it; you need to know the basics of poker in order to really dig your heels into the sport of Texas
Hold’em, or any other style of poker game for that matter. Thus, whether this is your first time learning about the possible winning poker hands, or you are simply in need of a little refresher course, here is what you need to know.

First and for most, a standard 52-card deck is used in every poker game, regardless of the number of players, or the style of game that is being played.
The standard deck features the following cards starting with the highest rank to the lowest as listed below:

  • Ace
  • King
  • Queen
  • Jack
  • Ten
  • Nine
  • Eight
  • Seven
  • Six
  • Five
  • Four
  • Three
  • Two
  • Ace ( Can count as both a high or low card)

Each rank is featured in the same 4 equal suits:

♠ Spade
♦ Diamonds
♥ Hearts
♣ Clubs

The object is to achieve the highest hand by obtaining one of the winning card combinations listed below in the table. Note, the following list begins with the highest and ends with the lowest possible winning hand:

  1. Royal Flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit)
  2. Straight Flush (5 consecutive cards of the same suit)
  3. Four of a Kind (4 cards with the same value)
  4. Full House (3 of a kind and a pair, with the 3 of a kind valued first)
  5. Flush (Any 5 different cards of the same suit)
  6. Straight (5 cards of any suit in consecutive order)
  7. Three of a Kind (3 cards with the same face value)
  8. Two Pair (2 sets of pairs)
  9. One Pair (2 cards with the same face value)


If none of the above hands are achieved within a game, the player with the highest card wins. Additionally, In the event that two players have the same hand, the player with the highest card wins.