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

Top 10 Tips and Tactics

August 6, 2009

  1. You have to be careful how you play if you have a low pair for the first two cards given

    If you have the following scenario then I would stick it out if the betting is low. If as the game carries on you do not get a 3 of a Kind or two pairs with the cards on the table then it is always best to fold.

  2. Don’t fold too early

    If you find that all the players remaining are checking, then it is wise to check yourself and move on to the next round. This ensures that you stay in the game, and may get a card you need. Also you would not need to put any money into the pot when checking.

  3. You will have 5 cards to deal with after the second round

    This is perfect an opportunity to see how well you are doing, how good is you current hand? If the hand is good and stand a chance to win then continue but if it is not the best or very bad consider folding.

  4. Don’t play on tables which are too high for you

    All players have tendency to play on tables which have stake values in order for a great payout if they win. But for other players who may not have the money, it can affect your play making mistakes and feeling very panicked. High Stake games are considered for players with great experience, hence a beginner should never try these games.

  5. Take out weak players if you start with a strong starting hand

    This is a great opportunity to take out some the weaker hands, play with high raise during the preflop which should make a few players drop out. Those who believe can win will add money to the pot.

  6. Be careful of sequences such as 6,7,8

    Always be aware that even if you have a high pair when there is a sequence like 6,7,8 another player may have cards to make it a straight.

  7. If you are caught bluffing, it may not be all bad news

    If you are caught don’t worry as it can make it harder then next you bluff for the other player to guess what you are going to do. Don’t however have a goal to trick bluff the other players as if a player knows you are doing it they can take all your chips.

  8. Know the players habits

    During the game, pay attention to the other players, particularly how they make each move. Are they making decisions fast or take their time, sometime this can help judge the cards which they hold and make a move accordingly. For online games, this is slightly harder unless you are a regular and then you can end up at the same table as other players you have had previous game with. This a great opportunity to use the feature in you chosen poker software to read up on poker notes.

  9. Watch high stake games

    If you have an opportunity to watch a high stakes game then you will be able to learn more about how the professionals play. Again the player note feature in your software can be very useful.

  10. Don’t relax when playing in no money games

    If you are just beginning and learning about a particular game such as Texas Hold’em. I would resist the urge of not playing as if the game had money on it. You actions will be very tentative and if the same situation comes again in a real money game it could cost you. Instead always play to win, it is the only way to learn from mistakes, and develop everything you have learnt all without losing any money.

Basic Poker Strategy

August 6, 2009

The game of poker is played normally with a standard deck of 52 cards. As with all card games, there are many different versions which can played, but each require a hand of only 5 cards. Normally the winning play will have the highest hand in card value, though in games such as hi-lo where the lowest wins.

All rules and stake values are set at the beginning of each game, by all players ensuring it is fair. In most games a initial bet has to be played before the cards are dealt.

The number of cards which are dealt depend on the game which is being played and also agreed by the dealer at the start of the game. In non-pro games the dealer is normally always the player to the left of the previous player who deals in the round previously, this ensures every player has a go. In online and casino games the first player is given a special button which normally goes from player to player after each round, giving the dealer option to all players. Of course in real games the dealer is done in-house, and players have no control over the actions.

The betting starts as soon as everyone at the table receives their first set of cards . In any game which up-cards the player usually with the lowest hand place the first bet. In games where the cards are not shown the player who left of the dealer is the first to bet. The opening player has the option to ‘check’ which then moves the betting responsibility to the next player, this can continue till every player has ‘checked’. When a bet is player, the other must either call, put an equal amount, raise the bet or ‘fold’ which make them forfeit the hand. If the bet is raised, all players who have already betted much either make a new bet or ‘fold’ or their next turn. There are many different poker games which have a restriction on the number of raises which can made, and there are games which do not.

In some of the games you can get an opportunity to change some of the original card which you received from the dealer, in turn you get new ones of the same number. This allows for a second form of betting to occur. In games such as stud, this is not possible but you are given more opportunities to bet as each series of cards are different from the previous round of betting.

Winning When all card have been given out, and all bet have been made the winner is determined by the highest series of card value unless of course all other player have ‘folded’ giving the last man standing the winnings. This is normally done for all poker games except in hi-lo and lo games where a different rules applies. In Hi-lo games there are two winners, this is always the highest and lowest hands. Whilst in Lo game the winner is the one who has the lowest card series. Declaring card only happens when a player has called another player to reveal their hand, otherwise there is no need to show. The main principle of poker is about out bluffing your opponent, hopefully folding before you do.

Strategies for Texas Hold’em

August 6, 2009

As you find with most poker games, there are various methods which can be used by different players to try and get an edge over the competition. Texas Hold’em is no different for this reason we will concentrate on the basic strategy and hopefully give you some tips and tactics which you can use to become a better poker player.

As a player you will always have to make one of two decisions in all rounds of the game, these are whether to ‘fold’ or to ‘stay’. The decision normally relies on two important aspects of the game these are

  1. The five cards placed on the table by the dealer (community cards)
  2. The two original cards given at the start of the game by the dealer (hole cards)

Most poker strategies are based around the two original cards which are given to each player. These cards are very important as they always determine the starting hand used with the cards placed on the table. Remember that this is the same for all the other players.

Deciding on the right strategy will take practise and a lot of hours playing against opponents of similar levels to you. The decisions which are made can depend on the following

  • The starting hand
  • How many players in the game
  • The five cards (community cards) dealt by the dealer for the table
  • The limit of the game (How high)

IMPORTANT: It does not matter the number of players in a game or the stake value it is the starting hand that plays the most important part to becoming victorious.