Poker Terms and Definitions

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

Hole cards

In games such as Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha, each player is dealt cards which only they are a...

Hand for hand

Hand for Hand play occurs is where tables start playing hands at the same time. This happens in tour...

Hit

A hit is the moment when a poker player gets a strong hand. e.g "Pedro had pocket 8s an...

Hand

Do not be confused by the word hand in poker. It refers to the cards that you are holding that make ...

Hand for hand

In multi-table tournaments, the last few tables consist of players who are in or close to being "in ...

Hand history

Modern, online poker rooms offer players access to their hand histories. These are written and recor...

Hand rankings

There are two kinds of hand rankings: those associated with "straight" games and those associated wi...

Hanger

A hanger refers to a card that is sticking out from the bottom of the deck when held by a dealer. It...

Harrington, Dan

Dan Harrington has written many best-selling poker books. They include Dan Harrington On Hold'Em and...

Head's up

Head's Up is a very common term used in many types of poker. It refers to play that involves only tw...

Hollywood

Hollywood is a term given to when a player puts on a major act before calling or re-raising. It is u...

Heater

When a player hits several good hands in a row, or wins several events in a row, that is known as be...

Hero

This is a slang word that is most often used by people who are making comments about a particular ga...

Hero call

This is a poker slang term and refers to when a player makes a call that is based on gut moreso than...

High card

High card is often used in poker for different reasons. As a hand ranking, it is lower than one pair...

High society

High Society is slang for the top denomination of poker chip at any particular casino or card room. ...

Hijack

This is an older term that is not used very often anymore. It represents the player who is sitting t...

Hit

The word "hit" in poker terms means to get the card that either makes or helps to make a player's ha...

Hit and run

This term is used when a player wins a big pot after just joining a table and the takes the money an...

Hit by the deck

Used when a player gets a streak of good cards that lead to wins. For instance, getting dealt QQ, AK...

HOF

Like many sports, poker has its own Hall of Fame (HOF). Some of the most notable players in poker hi...

Hold

A term normally used in poker to denote a weak hand that is nonetheless "holding" the lead. Often us...

HoldManager software

Holdem Manager is the name of a somewhat popular online tracking and analysis program used for poker...

Hole cam

This wildly popular device was created by Henry Orenstein. It lets television viewers see what cards...

Hole card

In Hold'em, each player gets two hole cards. These two cards can only be seen and used by that playe...

Hollywooding

This is a slang word used for those players who are pretending to have a better hand than they reall...

Home game

Home game does not necessarily mean games that are played at someone's home, although it certainly c...

Horse

HORSE is usually a high-stakes game that combines Texas Holdem, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz poker, 7 Card Stud...

House

In poker, the house is the casino or the online poker room where players play. The house makes its m...

Howard Lederer

Howard Lederer is a very well-known poker player and has won many titles. He has been a dominate pla...

Hoyle

For more than 200 years, Hoyle has been known as the authority source for poker rules. It is also kn...

HPH

HPH is an important terms for poker players, especially online players. It stands for Hands per Hour...

Huck Seed

Huckleberry 'Huck' Seed is well-known professional poker player. Seed has won 4 WSOP bracelets, and ...

Humberto Brenes

Humberto Brenes is a well-known professional poker player. His nickname is The Shark which got becau...

Hammer

When a player is dealt a 7-2 off-suit, he has what is known as the hammer. Most experts agree that a...

Heinz

This is a popular slang word for a hand that contains a 5-7 in the hole cards. It comes from the fam...

Hilton sisters

This is slang for a hand that contains wired queens. It refers to the Hilton heiresses. "...

Hooks

A popular way of saying a player has a pocket pair of Jacks. The term comes about because the J's re...

HOSE

HOSE is a mixed game format. In it, play alternates between (H)oldem, (O)maha, (S)even Card Stud, an...

High limit

Poker games are often classified as Low, Medium, and High Limit. As one might imagine, a high limit ...

High roller

When a gambler plays for large stakes, he or she is known as a high roller. The term itself is somew...

High-low split

There are popular poker game types in which one-half of the pot is awarded to the high poker hand an...

Home run hitter

In poker, a home run hitter is a player who often makes risky calls but wins. Gus Hansen is a good e...

Hijack

The seat which is two places to the right of the button in a table with more than 6 players is known...

Horse (staked player)

As you saw in between brackets, a player who plays under a staking agreement with another person, is...

HUD

Used in online poker rooms and it means Heads Up Display. A player's HUD will show their unique stat...

High-low

Some games, like Omaha and Seven Card Stud are played in High Only and High-low variation. When...

Hockey sticks

Another name for pocket Sevens. (77)

Hijack seat

A seat to the right of the cut-off, second seat on the right from the button.

House player

Although these are not as common any more, house players are the players that casino pays in so...

House rules

Although poker has a set of rules in place, every casino ("house") has a right to introduce the...

Heads-up

Heads-Up is a situation in poker where there are only two players actively involved in the hand. ...

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