Poker Terms and Definitions

Full A-Z of poker terms and poker lingo, So you'll never look like the fish at the table!

Board

The 'board' is essentially another way to describe the community cards as a collective. It can be us...

Boat

Alternative name given by players to a Full House.

Big blind

The Big Blind is the player seated immediately to the left of the Small Blind. A Big Blind must put ...

Bullets

Bullets is a term for the pocket aces hand. As pocket aces are the best starting hand one can have, ...

Burn card

A burn card is the card that is discarded before the flop, turn and river of every hand. It is almos...

Bet

A bet in poker is the initial amount of chips/money put at stake by a player during play. Other play...

Buy-in

A buy-in is the amount of money required for a player to enter a tournament or cash game. A small nu...

Bounty

A bounty is a status given to a player in a tournament which gives other players incentives to knock...

Bad beat

A bad beat occurs when a player has a solid hand, but still loses against another player. ...

Big blind special

A Big Blind Special is when a big blind unexpectedly hits the board and wins the hand. A Big Blind S...

Backdoor

A hand made with both the Turn and the River. For example, a player holding two diamonds in a flop w...

Bankroll

Is the money a player has top lay Poker. Usually, players keep their bankroll separated from their l...

Blank

This ter mis used to name a Turn or River card that is very unlikely to have improved a player’s h...

Blocker

Is a card we hold that would be an out for our opponent, or that make it unlikely for him to have a ...

Blocker bet

Is a bet made by a player out of position with the intention to prevent a larger bet from another pl...

Broadway

This name is given to TJQKA straight. Also, it is said that a player holding two cards between a Ten...

Bubble

Is the stage of a Tournament or Sit and Go where the next player to be eliminated will be the last o...

Bubble boy

Is the player eliminated just before entering the prized positions. For example, if 20 players cash ...

Bad beat story

A Bad Beat Story is a story told, usually ad nauseum, by a player about a time they lost a hand whic...

Blinded out

Being Blinded Out is when a player loses all of their chips to the blinds. This usually happens in o...

Blank

A Blank is a term given to a card on the board that does not benefit a player in a hand. ...

Bust

When a player is eliminated from a tournament, it is said that he just “busted”.

B & M

Short for 'brick and mortar', detonating real life casinos and venues, as opposed to online cas...

Back to back

Refers to doing something twice in a row, without interruptions; usually winning a tournament o...

Backdoor straight

Term from Hold'em and Omaha games played with the hole cards. Refers to having three cards of t...

Bet in the dark

Put a bet out before the cards are dealt out, most often before the flop or turn is seen. Dark ...

Bike

Bike or bicycle is a term used in high / low poker variations and sometimes in Hold'em to denot...

Big pair

Usually a pair of 10s or higher (Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces).Example: If you ...

Big Slick

Different name of Ace - King hand in Hold'em games. (AK)

Bet Sizing

The term 'Bet Sizing' is most commonly used in a strategic sense to determine what the best size of ...

Bluff

A bluff is where a player raises with an inferior hand or no hand at all in an attempt to lie their ...

Bankroll

A bankroll is the amount of money a player has aside for the purposes of playing poker. ...

Barrel

This name is given to the bets of the original raiser. For example, after the original raisers bets ...

Backdoor flush

Term from Hold'em and Omaha games played with the hole cards. Refers to having three cards of t...

Belly buster

Also known as an inside straight draw, meaning that player can catch only four cards to complet...

Big Chick

Although not used as often as the big slick term, this expression stands for Ace - Queen hand i...

Blaze

A hand that is not actually found in the standard poker ranking system, but is sometimes used i...

Bottom pair

Weakest possible pair created by the combination of a hole card and a community card....

Bring-in

Forced bet in the Stud games. In high / low variation, the bring-in is the lowest card showing ...

Button

Different name for a dealer position, coming from the small (usually round) object put in front...

Bubble factor

Somewhat complicated term showing the difference between your odds in chips and the actual cash...

Bottom dealing

A form of cheating at cards, where a person dealing pulls the cards from the bottom of the deck...

Bounty hunter

A special form of tournaments, mostly found online. Unlike the usual bounty tournaments, bounty...

Bankroll management

Is the administration of the money a person has to play Poker. Serious player follow a strict bankro...

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