Poker Terms

Learn Poker terminology


Some tournaments allow players the opportunity at a certain point to buy additional chips, called an add­on. This is different from a rebuy, because usually everyone still in the tournament is able to add­on. Add­ons usually mark the end of the rebuy period.


When a player puts the last of their chips into a pot, that player is said to be all­in. An all-in player is not eligible to win more money from any other player then what he had at the table before the pot. The all­in player will be eligible for the main pot and if other players bet more there will be a side pot.


A small forced bet that everyone at the table is required to pay before each hand. In games with an ante, these bets constitute the initial pot.


The amount of money you have on the table. This is the maximum amount that you can lose or that anyone can win from you on any one hand.

Bad Beat

The situation in which a very strong hand is beaten by an even stronger hand.


To bet is to put money into the pot, usually by opening as later action in a round is a raise or a re­raise.

Big Bet Poker

Pot limit and No limit poker is sometimes call Big Bet Poker. ''Big'' is refering to the size of the bet in regards to the pot, no matter the amount of money invloved. On our Poker page we call Big Bet Poker the limits of NL2000 and above.


To bring in the betting is to make the first bet on the first round of a hand (not including blinds bets and antes).

Button (dealerov button)

Usually "the button" refers specifically to the dealer button, used to mark the dealer position, or the player playing in that position.


The amount of money with which you are entering the game is your buyin. In non tournament games this is the amount you receive in chips. In tournament, your buyin is the amount you have to pay to receive the starting chip stack.

Big Blind

Big Blind is a determined amount which a player who is sitting on the second place clockwise from the dealer has to put in the pot, before the hands are dealt. Players who are joining a game in progress have to put Big Blinds, but they can also do this from any position.


Calling means paying the current bet. If the bet was €10 and raise €10, then calling means paying €20. Calling is the cheapest way to stay in the hand.


If there were no bets before you in a round you can check you big blind which is the same as calling a bet of €0 or you can fold.


When a player checks and then raises after another player had bet it is called a check raise. Usually a good hand is behind this with intention to raise the pot.

Community card(s)

Face­up cards that are shared by all the players in a hand. Flop games, like Texas Hold’em or Omaha, have five community cards.


To deal is to give out the cards during a hand. The person who does this is called the dealer. To be dealt in is to be given cards during a hand. To be dealt out or dealt around is not to be given cards.


A set of playing cards. In most games, the deck consists of 52 cards.


In a draw game, a card that was thrown away by a player, to be replaced by another card.


Draw games are games where at some point during the hand you are allowed to discard some or all of your cards, to be replaced from the deck.

Drawing Hand

An incomplete, but potentially strong hand. This usually refers to a hand where you have 4 out of 5 cards to make a straight (straight draw) or a flush (flush draw).

Fixed limit

In limit poker, any betting structure in which the amount of the bet on each particular round is preset.


A number of games, such as hold'em and omaha, are played with five community cards. The first three of these cards are dealt all at once, and are called the flop. Games with a flop can be called flop games.


A poker hand consisting of five cards in the same suit.


When a player surrenders his hand and no longer participates in the pot.

Forced bet

A mandatory bet on the first round of play in a stud game, such as 7­card Stud.


Freeroll tournaments are tournaments with no entry fee or initial buy­in.

Full House

The poker hand consisting of one pair and three of a kind. E.g. 4­4­K­K­K (two fours and three kings). Deciding which hand is stronger one first looks on the three of a kind.


Play between only two players. Our card room offer special heads­up tables.


In draw poker, a side card (one of a different rank) held, when drawing, with a pair or three of a kind, to disguise the hand or to try to improve the hand. In hold'em, the unpaired card that goes with a player's pair or three of a kind. Often, the rank of the kicker determines the winner of the pot.

Main pot

When a player goes all­in in a table stakes game, that player is only eligible to win the main pot ­ the pot consisting of those bets they were able to match. Additional bets, placed in a side pot, are contested among the remaining players.


The pile of discarded cards or the act of putting cards in this pile (and therefore taking them out of play).


The best possible hand at a given point in the game.


A hole card that is higher than all the community cards on the board.


Two card of the same rank. E.g. J­J.


The player's location relative to the dealer.


Put up a blind (small blind or big blind). If you miss playing the blind in a particular round the house dealer asks if you want to post, that is, put in as many chips as are in the blind you missed. When the action gets to you, you have already called one bet, and, if the pot has not been raised, you do not have to put any more chips in the pot. You can, of course, raise in turn.


All the money in the middle of the poker table that goes to the winner of the hand is the pot.

Pot limit

Betting structure of a game in which you are allowed to bet up to the amount of the pot.


After someone has opened betting in a round, to increase the amount of the bet is to raise. For example, if the betting limit is €5 and player A bets €5, player B can fold, call the €5, or raise it to €10.


Chips taken from the pot by the card room as payment for hosting the game.


Each card has a suit and a rank. A pair is two cards of the same rank.


When you first sit down at a game, you buy in with a certain amount of money. Rebuying is what you do when you buy more chips before you leave. Rebuys are also allowed in some tournaments to players who fall below a certain point ­ often only up until a certain point and often limited to a fixed number of rebuys.

River (Fifth street)

The last of five community cards in flop games, e.g. Texas Hold'em and Omaha. Sometimes also called Fifth street. Sometimes "river" is used to refer to the last card in nonflop games, such as 7­card Stud.

Royal Flush

A poker hand consisting of a straight flush from A­10 (Ace to Ten). E.g. A­K­Q­J­10 (Ace­King­Queen­Jack­Ten) within the same suit.


When all the betting is done, if more than one player is still in the pot, a showdown is the process of figuring out who wins.

Side pot

An auxiliary pot generated when one or more players run out of chips, and which those who ran out cannot win. This can lead to a situation in which the holder of the second best (or worse) hand can win more money in a pot than the holder of the best hand.

Small Blind

The amount put in the pot by the person immediately to the left of the “dealer button" prior to the cards being dealt.


The amount of money you have in front of you on the poker table (i.e., stack of chips). A stack can also refer to a particular number of chips.

Steal the pot (bluffing)

To win a pot through bluffing.


A poker hand consisting of five cards in a straight rank order. E.g. 4­5­6­7­8.

Straight Flush

A poker hand consisting of a straight and all the cards are in the same suit.


One of the four groups of 13 cards into which a deck is divided: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

Table stakes

(1) The amount of money you have on the table. This is the maximum amount that you can lose or that anyone can win from you on any one hand.

Three of a kind

Three card of the same rank. E.g. Q­Q­Q (three Queens).

Turn (Fourth street)

The fourth of five community cards in flop games, e.g. In Texas Hold'em and Omaha it is called the turn. Sometimes it is also known as Fourth street.

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