Poker Terms and Definitions

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

Continuation bet

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

Community cards

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

Call

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

Check

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

Check-raise

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

Calling station

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

Cowboys

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

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. ...

Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson is an American elite level poker player. Nicknamed Jesus, he is known for his long ha...

Cooler

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

Cutoff

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

Cap

This term is used in several different contexts. It usually refers to maximum number of bets in a be...

Cards speak

Once all the betting and bluffing is over, the cards speak. Regardless of what a player might s...

Cash in

Usually means exchanging your chips for the money

Cash out

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

Change gears

Change the style of play during the game.Example: It seems that Phil decided to chan...

Chop

Indicates a split or division. It is often used when talking about tournament prizes or when tw...

Cold call

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

Cold deck

The term is usually used to explain very unlucky situations, where two (or more) players have b...

Color change

Exchanging chips of one denomination for chips of different denomination. A practice commonly used i...

Combo draw

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

Come over the top

Another term used for raising a players bet or raise.Example: John bet 500 on the fl...

Computer hand

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

Concealed pair

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

Connectors

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

Counterfeit

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

Crabs

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

Cripple

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

Chip race

When the smaller denominations are raced off the table in a poker tournament and players play for an...

Chopping the blinds

A practice that is sometimes encountered in the live cash games amongst regulars. If only small...

Coinflip

A term used when two (or more hands with similar chances of winning are all in. As all hands are alm...

Collusion

Term used to describe two or more players who work together, either sharing information or chea...

Cooler

Term describing a situation where two or more players have such big hands that they are never f...

Cutoff

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

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