Poker Terms

3-Bet Putting in the third bet in a Betting Round. This means there has been a Bet, followed by a Raise, and then a Re-Raise. This Re-Raise is the 3-bet.
4-Bet A 4-bet is made when a player Re-Raises after a 3-bet has been made.
5-Bet A 5-bet is made when a player Re-Raises after a 4-bet has been made. Further Re-Raises can lead to a 6-bet, etc.
Ace-High (Straight/Flush)
  1. A hand with no pairs or higher, but with an Ace.
  2. Straight with an Ace, meaning it cannot be beaten by another Straight.
  3. Flush with an Ace, meaning it cannot be beaten by another Flush.
Act To Check, CallBet, Raise or Fold; “I was first to act“.
Action A player’s opportunity to Act; “The action was on me“.
Aggressive The term can be used to describe players who Raise frequently. Raises are considered Aggressive Actions.
Aggressor The player who has most-recently initiated the Betting or Raising. This initiative gives them domination over the play.
All-In When a player that Bets chooses to do so with all their Chips. If a player does not have sufficient chips to Call or Raise another player’s Bet, they are still permitted to go ‘All-In’. 
Ante A small forced Bet made by all players in the hand who are not the Small Blind or Big Blind. Does not apply in Match Poker.
Bad Beat When a hand is the favourite to win but does not, due to bad luck. In Match Poker, a Bad Beat is unlikely to be ‘bad’.
Bet An action a player may take during a Betting Round where they are the first to contribute Chips and raise the stakes. Players must Fold if they do not wish to Call or Raise.
Betting Round When all players are given an opportunity to commit a number of Chips into the Pot which all players must match in order to participate in the hand.
Big Blind A forced Bet made by the player to the left of the Small Blind, usually double the size of the Small Blind.
Blank A Community Card that does not appear to influence the current Hand in any way.
Blinds Forced Bets made by the two players immediately to the left of the Dealer, known as the Small Blind and Big Blind respectively.
Bluff Attempting to make an opponent fold a hand that you believe is stronger than yours via Betting or Raising.
Board All the Community Cards taken together; “The board had no Aces“.
Boat Full House.
Broadway Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten are the Broadway cards.
Button An icon or token used to denote who the Dealer is in a given Hand.
Buy the…
  1. In “Buy The Pot” = Betting in the hope you will not be Called so you can claim the Pot.
  2. In “Buy the Button” = Betting in an attempt to make all players between yourself and the Button fold, thus granting you the best position for the rest of the Hand.
Call An action a player may take during a Betting Round where they match the amount of another player’s Bet or Raise.
Calling Station An inexperienced player who Calls often but does not Bet or Fold often. 
C-Bet Shorthand for a Continuation Bet.
Check An action a player may take during a Betting Round where they decline to Bet. This action is only available if no player in that Betting Round has Bet.
Check-Raise To Check, and then, after another player bets, Raise.
Chips The currency with which Bets are made or equalled. Note: In Match Poker Online™ there are no visible ‘chips’ – they are represented by numbers.
Community Cards Five cards that are progressively revealed to all players; 3 on the Flop, then 1 on the Turn, then 1 on the River. These cards can be used by players to make the best 5-card Hand.
Connectors Two Hole Cards that have consecutive values. E.g. 9, 8. Also see Suited Connectors.
Continuation Bet When you Raise before the Flop and then follow it up with a Bet straight after the Flop. Also called a ‘C-Bet’.
Court Cards Jack, Queen and King are the Court Cards. Also known as ‘Face Cards’.
Crack To beat a big Hand; “My Kings were cracked twice tonight.”
Cutoff The name for the second-last Position around the table to Act, before the ‘Dealer‘ but after the Hijack.
Deal When all players receive their cards.
Dealer The name given to one player in the Hand for the purposes of determining the order of play. This changes after every Hand. The Dealer is the one with the Button.
Dealer Button An icon or token used to denote who the Dealer is in a given Hand. Also known as ‘Button’.
Deuce (Deuces) Another name for the ‘2’ card.
Dog Usually refers to a significant Underdog.
Donk An abbreviation of Donkey.
Donk Bet Betting before the Aggressor in a subsequent Betting Round, thus denying the Aggressor the opportunity to make a C-Bet.
Donkey A weak or unskilled player. Also called a Fish. Be aware, this word can be offensive to players who are unfamiliar with this word’s specific definition in Poker.
Double-Ended Straight Draw See Open-Ended Straight Draw.
Double Up To double the size of your Stack after winning when you were All-In.
Draw (Verb) To stay in a hand to get more cards.
Draw Dead When you are Drawing, but cannot win even if you get the Community Card(s) you desire.
Duplicate Poker A form of poker conceived by Bruce Altshuler and Dan Kleinman that deals the same shuffle to multiple tables to compare players’ skill. Match Poker is an example of this form of poker, as is Match Poker Online. In the latter, however, deals are asynchronous – drawn from a database.
Equity Your mathematical share of the Pot, typically found by multiplying the Pot by the likelihood (%) that you will win the Hand.
Face Cards Jack, Queen and King are the Face Cards. Also known as ‘Court Cards’.
Family Pot When all (or almost all) players at a table Call before the Flop.
Favourite The player or Hand statistically likely to win the Pot.
Fish A weak or unskilled player. Also called a Donkey.
Flat Call To Call when you would be expected to Raise. Also called a ‘Smooth Call‘.
Flop The first three Community Cards, revealed after the first Betting Round.
Flush One of the Hand combinations in poker, featuring five cards of the same Suit.
Fold An action a player may take where they refuse to participate in the Hand any longer. Any Chips they have contributed up to this point are surrendered.
Free Card Being able to see the Turn or River without paying chips because players Checked.
Free Roll When your Hand is tied with an opponent’s, but you have a chance of winning the Pot due to Outs that favour you but not them; i.e. the worst that can happen is that you split the Pot.
Full House One of the Hand combinations in poker, featuring a pair of two cards and three of a kind of other cards.
Grand Master (GM) A Match Poker Online player who has reached the highest possible Rank.
Gutshot (Straight) A Straight that was completed by Community Cards that filled in the ‘inner’ cards of the Straight. Also termed an ‘Inside Straight‘, or sometimes a ‘Belly Buster’.
Hand ‘Hand’ has different, contradictory meanings depending on context:

  1. A single match of Poker, played until all-but-one players have Folded.
  2. An alternate name for a player’s Hole Cards.
  3. The best five-card combination a player has collated – from their two Hole Cards and the five Community Cards available – which decides which player is the winner after the Showdown.
Heads-Up A Pot being contested by only two players.
Hero The nickname given to the first-person storyteller of events that happened at the poker table.
Hijack The name for the third-last Position around the table to Act, before the Cutoff.
Hit When Community Cards come out that are favourable to you, you are said to have ‘Hit‘.
Hole Cards Two cards privately dealt to each player. These cards can be used by players in conjunction with the 5 Community Cards to make the best 5-card Hand.
IFMP The International Federation of Match Poker, the governing body for the sport of poker known as Match Poker.
Implied Odds The chance that more Chips may come into the pot, and so help you decide whether or not to Fold. [Click Here to learn more about Implied Odds]
Inside Straight A Straight that was completed by Community Cards that filled in the ‘inner’ cards of the Straight. Also termed a ‘Gutshot’ or ‘Gutshot Straight’.
In Position Acting after your opponents, which has advantages. See Position.
Jam To go All-In.
Kicker A Hole Card that was not paired, but may still determine who wins a Hand by being the best ‘next card’ where players’ other cards are equal; “We both had a pair of Kings, but I had an Ace Kicker“.
Limp To enter the Pot by Calling the Big Blind.
Lojack The name for the Position immediately before the Hijack. In a six-player game, this is also (and more commonly) referred to as Under The Gun.
Luck Box A player whose success in poker can be attributed to luck more than skill.
Luck Boxes have significantly less success in Match Poker. 
Match Poker A variant of Texas Hold ‘Em poker approved as a sport, wherein the influence of luck is significantly reduced. [Learn More Here!]
Match Poker Online™ A mobile app that allows players all around the world to play Match Poker against each other and compete for Rating Points to establish their level of skill at poker. Download it now!
Misclick / Mistap Accidentally taking the wrong action by tapping or clicking the wrong option when playing online.
Monster A hugely powerful hand.
Muck To Fold.
No-Limit Hold ’em (NLH) The style of Poker played in Match Poker, featuring two Hole Cards, five Community Cards and no rules limiting the size of a player’s Bet at any point.
Nuts The best Hand possible; “The nut flush“, or “He flopped the nuts“.
Offsuit Two Hole Cards of different suits.
One Gap / One Gapper Two Hole Cards that have values separated by one number, e.g. 4, 6.
Open (Verb) To be the first to bet.
Open-Ended Straight Draw Where a Straight can be completed with a Community Card immediately above or below a current Four-Card Straight. Also called an ‘Up-And-Down’ Straight Draw or a ‘Double-Ended’ Straight Draw.
Out A Community Card that will make you win if it comes out; “I have eleven outs“.
Out-of-Position Acting before your opponents, which has disadvantages. See Position.
Outrun To beat, usually from an underdog position. “Villain outran my trips with a full house on the river“.
Overbet To make a Bet larger than the current size of the Pot.
Overcall To CallBet after other players have already Called. This Call is sometimes called an Overflat.
Overcard A card higher than any on the Board, or higher than what you are focussed upon. E.g. if you have a Jack, then a Queen, King or Ace would all be Overcards.
Overflat If there has been a Bet, followed by a Call (or Limp), then an Overflat is another Call after this.
Overpair A Pocket Pair higher than any pair that you are focussed upon. 
Pay Off (Verb) When you Call a player to see if they have a better hand than yours.
Play The Board When a player’s best five-card combination is simply the five Community Cards.
Pocket Pair Your Pocket cards are your Hole Cards. If these are a pair, then you have a Pocket Pair.
Preflop Before the Flop.
Position Your place in the order of Actions around the table.
Generally, acting later than your opponents has advantages.
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Postflop Events that occur in the Betting Round after the Flop.
Pot A collection of all the chips wagered in a single Hand. It is awarded to the winner of the Hand (or split evenly in the event of a tie). Also see Split Pot and Side Pot.
Pot can also refer to a single Hand (match) of poker.
Pot Odds A ratio, comparing the amount in the Pot to the amount you will Bet. [Click Here to learn more about Pot Odds]
Price The Pot Odds you are getting for a Call or for certain Outs.
Protect To invest more chips into a Pot that you have already invested in (or more than you might normally have bet) – so as to defend it from others.
Push To go All-In.
Quads Four of a kind.
Rainbow Three or four Community Cards where no two cards are of the same Suit.
Raise An action a player may take during a Betting round where they are the first to contribute Chips and Raise the stakes. Players must Fold if they cannot Call or Raise.
Rank
  1. The numerical value of a card; “Ace has the highest rank“.
  2. The category of players you belong to in Match Poker Online, defined by your Rating Points being within a certain band.
Rating Points (RP) Points awarded to players in Match Poker Online for playing skilfully, or subtracted for poor decision-making. Your RP determine your Rank and reflect your level of skill at poker.
Represent To play as if you have specific Hole Cards, whether you actually do or not.
Re-Raise To Raise after another player has already Raised.
River The fifth and final Community Card, revealed after the third Betting Round.
Royal Flush The best Hand combination in poker, featuring five consecutive cards of the same Suit from Ten to Ace.
Run (Noun) A series of Hands that share a characteristic. “I had a bad run last night“.
Runner-Runner A hand where both the Turn and the River were helpful; “A runner-runner straight“. Also sometimes referred to as ‘Backdoor’.
Scare Card Community Card that could make the best hand bad.
Semi-Bluff Bluff that you hope will not be Called because you don’t think it is the strongest Hand, but which could still be, or improve to, the strongest Hand.
Set Three of a kind made from your two Hole Cards and one Community Card.
Shark A skilled player.
Shove To go All-In.
Showdown The Betting round immediately following the River.
Side Pot A pot sometimes created when a player goes All-In, where two or more other players are still in the Hand and continue Betting against each other. This can create a segregated Pot that cannot be won by the All-In player.
In Match Poker, where stacks reset after each hand, Side Pots would not exist.
Sizing The size of a Bet, an important strategic consideration.
Slow Play To have a strong Hand but play weakly or passively.
Small Blind A forced Bet made by the player to the left of the Dealer
Smooth Call To Call when you would be expected to Raise. Also called a ‘Flat Call‘.
Split Pot When multiple players have hands of equal value after the Showdown. The Pot is distributed evenly between them.
Stack The total amount of Chips a player has remaining.
Straight One of the Hand combinations in poker, featuring five consecutive cards.
Straight Flush One of the Hand combinations in poker, featuring five consecutive cards of the same Suit.
Street The Flop is the first Street, the Turn is the second Street, and the River is the third Street.
Suit An attribute of every card, being either a Spade, Heart, Diamond or Club.
Suited An adjective to describe cards that have the same Suit.
Suited Connectors Two Hole Cards that have consecutive values and are of the same Suit.
Tell A clue a player may give about their Hand, often via body/facial language. It can be involuntary, or deliberate in order to deceive.
Tilt Going on Tilt is when a player plays wildly or recklessly, usually due to anger or frustration.
Top and Bottom Two pair, made from your Hole Cards pairing the highest and lowest cards on the Board.
Top Pair A pair made with the highest card on the Board. (See Second Pair).
Top Set Trips made with the highest card on the Board.
Top Two Two pair, made from your Hole Cards and the two highest cards on the Board.
Trap To play a Hand weakly in the hope that another player Bluffs, Calls, or Raises.
Trips Three of a kind made form one Hole Card and two Community Cards.
Turn The fourth Community Card, revealed after the second Betting Round.
Under The Gun (UTG) The name given to the player first to Act, sitting to the left of the Big Blind
Underdog The player or hand that is not the Favourite to win the Pot. Sometimes called ‘Dog’.
Up-And-Down Straight Draw Where a Straight can be completed with a Community Card immediately above or below a current Four-Card Straight. Also called an ‘Open-Ended’ Straight Draw.
Value Bet Betting with the desire of being Called, often because you expect to win the Hand.
Villain The nickname for an opponent, usually in a story told by ‘the Hero‘.
Whale An unskilled player who is wealthy or has a carefree attitude towards their Chips.

 

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