Poker Terms and Definitions

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

Implied odds

Refers to the ability to win a certain amount of money after hitting a hand like a draw or a set. Ge...

In the money

Being 'in the money' in poker is being guaranteed a monetary payout in a tournament. This occurs whe...

Inside straight draw

An inside straight draw happens when a player is trying to fill a straight with one of the "inside" ...

Implicit collusion

This occurs during a tournament when the last five players will be in the money, but there are six p...

Improve

Improve is a common poker term and it means to draw cards that will make the hand better. For instan...

In

A player is "in" if he or she is actively participating in a game. This usually means the player is ...

Indices

These are the number designs (or letters for face cards and Aces) that are printed in the top left-h...

In the air

This is a phrase used at many casinos. It is called out when directors are ready for the dealers to ...

In the dark

Betting or checking "in the dark" means to bet or check without first looking at your hole cards. It...

Iron Duke

This term is used when a player has a certain winner for the game. In some places, it is called "the...

Isolate

To isolate is to raise with enough chips that other players will fold with the exception of the one ...

ICM

ICM stands for Independent Chip Model. It is often used in poker as a way of representing a player's...

In for the minimum

When a player says he is "in for the minimum" it usually refers to the amount of money they have use...

Insta-call

This slang used when a player calls a bet or raises with little thought or hesitation. In most cases...

IRL

This is used a lot in online poker rooms and IRL stand for "in real life". It can be used for many r...

IRL

This is used a lot in online poker rooms and IRL stand for "in real life". It can be used for many r...

Ice

This word is used at all types of poker games. It is most often used by a player who has not had any...

Idle card

In poker, an idle card is any card that does not add value to a hand. If one is hold holding two pai...

Image

This word is used a lot in poker. It refers to the perception that other players have of you (as a p...

In a row

Normally used when a player is referring to a straight. The term means "in a line or in sequence". ...

In action

In action, or in the action, refers to a player who is actively engaged in a hand. Those who have fo...

In the middle

In the middle refers to those players (or player) who happens to be sitting between opponents who ar...

Indirect bet

An indirect bet or indirect betting occurs when an opponent is betting or raising for another player...

Idiot end

This term is used when referring to the low end of a straight. Some people will call it the "sucker-...

Ignorant end

The term is usually used in connection with a straight (or straight draw) in games with communi...

In the hole

Cards you are holding in your hand, hidden from the rest of the players, facing down: e.g. hole cards.

Image

Referring to table image, e.g. the perception your opponents have of you (aggressive, passive, ...

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