Poker Terms and Definitions

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

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    Continuation bet

    A bet that is wagered on the flop by the pre-flop aggressor. The player who made the final raise pre-flop generally cont...

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    Community cards

    These are the cards that every player at the table can use to make the best five card hand possible, in combination with...

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    Call

    A call is when a player decides to match a bet or raise that is made by another player at the table. e.g "...

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    Check

    A check is when a player decides to not bet any money during play. Players are able to check when they are either first ...

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    Check-raise

    A check-raise is a move where a player firsts checks their hand only to raise it when another player decides to make a b...

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    Calling station

    A calling station is a player who usually only calls bets. They rarely, if ever, raise, re-raise or bet themselves. They...

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    Cowboys

    Cowboys is a colloquial name given to pocket Kings, the second best starting hand one can get in poker. e.g "...

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    Checking in the dark

    Checking In The Dark is where a player opts to check before the next card on the board is put out. e.g "Simo...

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    Chris Ferguson

    Chris Ferguson is an American elite level poker player. Nicknamed Jesus, he is known for his long hair, cowboy hat, sung...

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    Cooler

    It is a situation where a player loses a pot (usually a big one) that would have developed the same way every time. A cl...

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    Cutoff

    The first seat to the right of the button is known as the Cutoff position.

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    Cap

    This term is used in several different contexts. It usually refers to maximum number of bets in a betting round, but is ...

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    Cards speak

    Once all the betting and bluffing is over, the cards speak. Regardless of what a player might say or think, ultimat...

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    Cash in

    Usually means exchanging your chips for the money

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    Cash out

    Leave the game and exchange your chips for cash.Example: I'm done for tonight, I think I'm going to cash...

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    Change gears

    Change the style of play during the game.Example: It seems that Phil decided to change gears, starting t...

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    Chop

    Indicates a split or division. It is often used when talking about tournament prizes or when two (or more)players h...

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    Cold call

    To call more than one bet in front of you. For example, Player A raises, Player B reraises and it folds to Player F...

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    Cold deck

    The term is usually used to explain very unlucky situations, where two (or more) players have big hands that they c...

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    Color change

    Exchanging chips of one denomination for chips of different denomination. A practice commonly used in tournaments, when ...

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    Combo draw

    A draw that can turn into different types of hands, for example both straights and flushes.Example: I ra...

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    Come over the top

    Another term used for raising a players bet or raise.Example: John bet 500 on the flop and Phil came ove...

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    Computer hand

    Queen - Seven (Q 7). It is given this name because in the hand rankings, it stands exactly in the middle between the str...

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    Concealed pair

    Usually used in the Stud games, when two cards face down are paired up, without opponents knowing about it.

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    Connectors

    Cards of similar ranking, for example 7-8 or 6-8, called connectors because community card can help them connect an...

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    Counterfeit

    An expression from the games with the community cards, when a player's hand is rendered worthless or almost worthle...

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    Crabs

    A nickname for pocket Sevens (pair of Sevens in the hole)

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    Cripple

    Take a big percentage of someone's chips, not eliminating them but putting them in a really unfavorable spot....

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    Chip race

    When the smaller denominations are raced off the table in a poker tournament and players play for any odd chips that hav...

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    Chopping the blinds

    A practice that is sometimes encountered in the live cash games amongst regulars. If only small and big blind are l...

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    Coinflip

    A term used when two (or more hands with similar chances of winning are all in. As all hands are almost as likely to win...

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    Collusion

    Term used to describe two or more players who work together, either sharing information or cheating in some other w...

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    Cooler

    Term describing a situation where two or more players have such big hands that they are never folding and all the c...

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    Cutoff

    A seat to the right of the button, acting last before the dealer.