Ever wondered what the difference between a big blind and a back raise or flop and a flush? Well, we have your back here at Maverick Poker with our list and definitions of poker terms.
The players turn to make a move: bet, raise, check or fold.
When a player wages their entire bankroll in one bet.
Unethical manipulation of the rules to try and gain an unfair advantage, but often just legal enough.
This is a forced bet required by all players before the game of poker begins.
Any two cards
An expression used in Texas hold’em to say that a player’s cards do not matter in a situation.
This refers to a draw which requires two or more rounds to fill.
This is a re-raise made by a player who just called in the same round.
Refers to the total amount of money a player has with them to play.
Purposely taking smaller or more controlled bets to ensure bankroll doesn’t run out.
Placing a wager.
The person next to the small blind pays mandatory big blind payment pre-flop.
To play without looking at one’s cards.
Pretending to have a better hand than one actually has to scare off other players into folding.
The initial amount of money required to join the game of poker.
To ‘call’ means that you wish to continue with the current round/game and will match the bet previously set.
The limit on the number of raises allowed per round, which is typically three or four.
The last available card of a certain type, for example, the last ace.
This means placing no additional bet and passing on to the player to your left.
A cunning strategy to at first check and then raise when another player raises.
Part of constructing a player’s hand, typically placed in the middle of the table. They can be used by anyone.
Taking an action without seeing the cards prior.
The person who deals the cards.
To go all in against a single player and win, doubling your stack of chips.
Where a player will have a chance to improve their hand considerably if they receive certain cards. E.g., a ‘flush draw’
The slang term for a pocket of twos.
The first two/three seats at a table.
The likelihood of a certain hand winning at a showdown.
How valuable a certain hand is based on its likelihood of winning.
Used interchangeably with ‘expectation’.
Any card which shows a character on it e.g., king, queen and jack.
The most likely to win based on their cards.
Slang for a weak player at the table.
Poker slang for ‘call’
The second betting round in community cards where three cards are dealt face up to the table.
This is a hand which is comprised of all the same suit.
To withdraw from further betting and concede your hand.
This is a hand comprising of three of a kind and a pair.
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Refers to an ‘inside straight draw’. This is a hand with four of the five cards needed for a straight.
The five cards a player has to play with.
Playing against one other player for money.
With no other combinations available in a hand, the highest value card.
The most popular form of poker.
The casino that runs the game.
To speculate on the odds of a winning hand with a future card to try and value the pot based on a player’s future calls. As the name suggests this is simply implied and not concrete.
Inside straight draw
This is a hand with four of five cards needed for a straight.
Where players agree to split or reduce the pot to minimise their losses.
A large pool of money collected by the house typically paid out for rare occurrences such as a bad beat – where a player with an extremely strong hand gets beaten.
The extra card in a deck that is typically not involved in poker.
When it comes to a showdown, if you and an opponent have hands of equal strength, the ‘kicker’ will determine the winner, which is the best spare card.
Slang for a player who is ‘loose aggressive’ due to starting many hands aggressively.
The player who makes the last bet or raise in a betting round. They are said to have the lead at the start of the next round.
The maximum or minimum betting amount.
The slang word for calling instead of raising.
The muck comprises of all the discarded cards, and a player’s cards are added to this if they fold.
As the name suggests, this is where players can bet as much as they wish with no limit.
Slang for the best possible hand. For example, “This hand is nuts, I can’t lose.”
When there is no correlation between suits, often in the opening stages of the game.
A popular variant of poker, where community cards are heavily utilized.
The name for the first raise of the first betting round, as the name would suggest.
Two cards of the same rank.
Any cards between a jack and an ace, also known as ‘face cards’, see above.
When a player has a starting hand with a pair.
Everything from the second betting round onwards is considered post flop.
The pile of chips in the middle of the table where bets are wagered, the winner of the hand takes all.
This refers to any round before round two (aka the first betting round).
Quads is four of any kind, the third highest possible hand.
Starting hand with every card being a different suit.
To increase the size of your bet, and anyone else’s who wants to stay in.
The small amount of money taken by the dealer each game in exchange for running the game.
This simply refers to the value of any given card.
To raise when someone has already raised on that round of betting.
The term for the final betting round.
The best possible poker hand: ace, king, queen, jack and ten of the same suit.
A form of reverse-bluffing where a player makes passive moves like checking while having a strong hand.
Three of a kind, with a pocket pair.
This simply means the order of the cards.
A term for a poker table with less than six players.
Slang for going all in.
As the name suggests, this refers to the size of the bet.
The position to the right of the button with the smaller of the two blind bets.
A form of raising where there has already been a bet and a call on the current betting round.
A hand with five cards in ranked order. E.g. 2,3,4,5,6.
A straight with all of the same suit, the second strongest hand in poker.
A starting hand with two or more cards of the same suit.
An unconscious giveaway as to what type of hand an opponent is holding.
Three of a kind
Three cards of identical rank and two kickers.
You’ll never guess this one – two sets of pairs and a kicker.
Under the gun
Refers to the player who must act first in the betting round.
Up the ante
Slang for upping the stakes or increasing the betting amount.
A hand is ‘vulnerable’ if it risks being outdrawn.
An ace with a lower kicker.
A bad poker player – typically at a high-stakes game.
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