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Poker Terms Explained In The Nuts Poker Guide & Glossary

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Poker Lingo

A five high straight (A 2 3 4 5). Also known as a Wheel.

Case Card
The last card of a particular rank that has not been seen during a hand and is believed to be in the deck.

Chop Chop
Splitting the pot when equal hands are drawn.

Drawing Dead
Trying to make a particular hand that, even if it is made, cannot possibly win.

Free Roll
When you have the nuts with more cards to come.

Gut Shot
An inside straight draw. (ie: you hold A K J 10 7)

The highest card in your hand that does not make a pair or trips.

Limp In
To call another players bet with a weak hand.

To fold and throw your hand into the discard pile; the discard pile itself.

The best possible hand that can be made in any given situation of a game.

Playing the Overs
An agreement among the players left in a game who want to play a higher limit.

A poker player who has a reputation for playing consistently low risk poker.

A poker player who plays a game nearly every night.

Winning several poker games close together in a short period of time.

Slow Play
To play your hand in a much weaker manner than it would normally call for in order to disguise its strength for a future betting round.

Under the Gun
Playing in the first position to the left of the dealer.


Poker Term Explanation
Aces Up Two pair, a pair of Aces and any other pair.
All Blue Flush containing either clubs or spades.
All In Putting all your chips into the pot during the course of a hand.
All Pink Flush containing either diamonds or hearts.
Big Blind Largest blind in a game, equals amount of the minimum bet.
Blinds Required bets made before any cards are dealt.
Bottom Pair Pairing the lowest of the community cards.
Burn To discard the top card from the deck face down. It is security against any player recognising or glimpsing the next card.
Button A player who is in the designated dealer position.
Call Match the bet made by the previous player.
Check To waive the right to start the betting in a round, but retain the right to act if another player starts the betting.
Community Cards The cards dealt face up in the centre of the table can be used by all players to form their best hand.
Drawing Dead Drawing a hand that cannot win because somebody holds a hand that will beat it.
Flop First three face-up community cards.
Fold To throw a hand away.
Heads-Up Only two players involved in the poker game.
Kicker The highest card in your hand that doesn't make a pair.
Limp-In To call another players bet with a weak hand.
Nuts The best possible hand.
Pocket Two cards dealt face down to each cards player.
Pot Chips or money being played for.
Rags Cards not worth playing,
Raise Increase the bet made by the previous player.
River Fifth face up community card
Small Blind Smallest blind in a game, equals half the amount of the minimum bet.
Showdown Determining the winner of the pot after all betting has been completed.
Turn Fourth face up community card.
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