It’s imperative to know the basic Poker terms and definitions before you even think of playing online. We have put together this extensive list of glossary terms for easy reference to assist you in your gameplay. Combine these with our Poker hands and Poker hand rankings to help you become a pro before you know it!
Aggressive Player: Someone who bets hard and big in order to bully those on the table and try and force them off a pot that they may be winning.
All in: Putting all of you chip stack into the pot meaning if you lose the hand you are out of chips.
Ante: A bet often found in the later stages of a tournament, a bet that all players need to pay before a hand starts, similar to a blind but a smaller amount as all players must pay it.
Bad Beat: When someone gets beaten by a hand when they were well ahead at one point, such as a player hitting a 2 or 3 cards outer on the River
Bad Beat Jackpot: Some online sites offer a jackpot if you get a premium hand but still lose, an example being four of a kind being beaten by a straight flush.
Bankroll: The total amount of money a player has to play poker with.
Bet: To put chips or money into a pot as the first action in a betting round.
Blind: A bet required by 2 players before a hand of poker starts, the Big Blind puts in an amount equal to the minimum bet, whilst a Small Blind pays an amount equal to half of this. It ensures there is always money in the Pot for the winning hand to stop everyone Checking or Folding. The player to the left of the Dealer pays the Small Blind and the player two to the left of the Dealer pays the Big Blind.
Bluff: Pretending you have a better hand than you do by betting big attempting to force other players to Fold and give you the hand when you are likely to be behind.
Bubble: When a Tournament reaches the money, the last person out is known as the Bubble, he or she is the last person in the Tournament not to receive a payout.
Button: A small token used to indicate the Dealer for a Hand. Any player acting as the Dealer is said to be “on the button.”
Call: Matching the bet made by another player who has already put chips into a hand.
Check: If there is no action ahead of a player, they can Check and choose not to bet and put chips in. If someone later in the betting round bets, the person that Checked needs to either Call or Fold.
Chip: A token that is used to represent money, either real or tournament money, on the poker table.
Community Card: Any card dealt face up on the table to be used by all players in the hand. In the most popular form of Poker, Texas Hold’em, all cards except the first 2 Hole cards are Community cards.
Dealer: The player with the dealer button who is either dealing the cards for real or in the position of the dealer if playing online or at a casino with a physical dealer.
Face Cards: Cards with the rank J, Q or K, so known as they have a picture with a face on them.
Flop: The first three Community cards in either Texas Hold’em or Omaha that are dealt face up.
Flush: 5 cards all of the same suits that aren’t in ascending order.
Fold: To give up on your hand to avoid paying more chips to a pot.
Four of a Kind: When your hand includes four cards of the same rank. This is only beat by a Straight Flush or Royal Flush.
Freeroll: A poker tournament that is free to enter (or using points with no monetary value) that awards genuine prizes.
Freezeout: A tournament where you cannot add more Chips when you are low, once you are out of Chips, you are out of the Tournament.
Full House: A Poker Hand which includes a Pair and Three of a Kind.
Heads Up: When a Hand or Tournament is down to just 2 players, it is said to be ‘Heads Up’.
Hole Cards: The cards before the Flop that is dealt face down to each player.
Kicker: In hands that don’t include 5 cards, such as Three of a Kind or Two Pair, the Kicker is the highest ranked card/s available to make the hand up to 5 cards and can help determine who wins a hand.
Loose: A Player who partakes in many hands including those where his or her cards are weak.
No-Limit: A type of betting structure where a player can bet any amount from the minimum to the entirety of the stack on any betting round.
Nuts: The best possible hand at that given moment.
Offsuit/Unsuited: 2 or more cards of different suits.
Omaha: A variant of poker that uses 5 community cards, and each player is dealt a 4 card hand where they need to use any 2.
Pair: A Hand of two cards of the same rank and any 3 others.
Position: Your current seat at the table in comparison to the location of the Button. Players close to the left of the Button are in early, or bad position, while players on or to the right of the button are in late, or good position.
Pot: The money bet during all betting rounds that is awarded to the winner of the hand.
Raise: To increase the largest Bet made by a player during the current betting round, meaning all other players need to Call your bet or Fold.
Rake: Money taken from each pot by the card room or casino. This is how an online Poker site makes their money.
Rakeback: Some Poker rooms offer a % of the Rake paid by a player as an incentive to stay there and play.
Rebuy: When you run low on a cash table, you can rebuy and add more chips, some tournaments are Rebuy Tournaments meaning a player can pay another entry fee to get more Chips.
River: The 5th and final Community card dealt. There is one final betting round after this card then the winner of the hand is declared, as such it is considered the most important of the Community cards.
Royal Flush: Having 10-J-Q-K-A of all the same suit. The best hand in any form of Poker.
Short Stack: The player with the least amount of chips in a Tournament or at a cash table.
Showdown: After the final betting round, the cards are shown and the winner claims their chips.
Sit and Go: A tournament which starts as soon as the required number of players register as opposed to starting at a specified time.
Slow Play: Playing a very strong hand as if it’s very weak. An example would be Checking or Calling a Full House after the Flop in the hope another player hits a Flush or a Straight.
Straight: A hand with 5 consecutively ranked cards of different suits.
Straight Flush: A hand with 5 consecutively ranked cards of the same suit. The 2nd best hand in Poker after a Royal Flush.
Suited: 2 or more cards of the same suit.
Suited Connectors: 2 or more cards of the same suit and consecutive ranks.
Three of a Kind: A hand with 3 cards of the same rank and any 2 others.
Top Pair: A hand that uses one of your Hole cards with the highest ranked card on the board to make a Pair.
Turn: The 4th Community card dealt, after the 3 cards from the Flop but before the River.
Under the Gun: The player to the left of the Big Blind and the very first to act in the hand. This is considered the worst place to be as you act before anyone else.