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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    Implied odds

    Refers to the ability to win a certain amount of money after hitting a hand like a draw or a set. Generally, players use...

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    In the money

    Being 'in the money' in poker is being guaranteed a monetary payout in a tournament. This occurs when there are equal or...

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    Inside straight draw

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

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    Implicit collusion

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

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    Improve

    Improve is a common poker term and it means to draw cards that will make the hand better. For instance, if a player is h...

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    In

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

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    Indices

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

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    In the air

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

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    In the dark

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

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    Iron Duke

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

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    Isolate

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

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    ICM

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

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    In for the minimum

    When a player says he is "in for the minimum" it usually refers to the amount of money they have used to re-buy into a t...

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    Insta-call

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

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    IRL

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

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    IRL

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

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    Ice

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

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    Idle card

    In poker, an idle card is any card that does not add value to a hand. If one is hold holding two pair and hoping for a f...

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    Image

    This word is used a lot in poker. It refers to the perception that other players have of you (as a player). Image does n...

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    In a row

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

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    In action

    In action, or in the action, refers to a player who is actively engaged in a hand. Those who have folded or are not play...

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    In the middle

    In the middle refers to those players (or player) who happens to be sitting between opponents who are raising one anothe...

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    Indirect bet

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

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    Idiot end

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

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    Ignorant end

    The term is usually used in connection with a straight (or straight draw) in games with community cards. Ignorant e...

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    In the hole

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

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    Image

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