Poker Terms and Definitions

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

Snap call

Also know as "insta call". The phrase refers to the action of a player calling very quickly an oppon...

Shark

A shark is a player who is a highly skilled and, usually, experienced poker player. They very rarely...

Soul read

The phrase is used to describe the action of a player who has made the correct decision (most common...

Set

A set is another term for Three of a Kind, but is usually referred to as such when a players' pocket...

Small blind

The small blind is the person sitting to the immediate left of the dealer/button. A small blind must...

Shortstack

A shortstack is a players' amount of chips that is considerably smaller than the stacks of other pla...

Straight

A straight is a hand with 5 cards that are in direct sequence. It is a stronger hand than three of a...

Straight flush

A straight flush is a hand with 5 cards in direct sequence that are also of the same suit. It is the...

Satellite

A satellite is a tournament where the top prize/s are a seat in another major tournament. The primar...

Straight draw

A straight draw is a hand where a played needs one card to make up the sequence for them to complete...

Straddle

A straddle is a pre-flop blind bet which is at least double that of the big blind of that hand. A pl...

Suited

Suited refers to a player's starting hand that is of the same suit (Spades, Diamonds, Clubs or Heart...

Stack

A stack is the total amount of chips each player has on the table while playing poker. ...

Split pot

A split pot is when two players both win a hand, meaning that the pot must be split in two equal sum...

Suckout

A suckout is where a vastly inferior hand ends up winning a pot against a player with a solid hand. ...

Showdown

A showdown is when two or more players show their cards to the table before a hand a completed. This...

Snapcall

A Snapcall is when a player instantly calls a bet that is made during a hand. e.g "Ian...

Stealing the blinds

Stealing The Blinds is where a player raises pre-flop, usually bluffing, in an attempt to win the bl...

Slowroll

A slowroll happens when a players thinks too much before calling an All In or a bet on the River wit...

Slow roll

To deliberately delay the showing of a good hand in order to give other players false hope that thei...

Stop and go

This is a play which is not used too much. It is only useful in tournaments when you have a short st...

Steal

This is the name given to an open raise which has the objective of winning the pot preflop. As there...

Staking

Staking happens when somebody pays for another player’s buy-in as an investment. Staking can be do...

Sit and go

Is a tournament which starts when a previously stated number of players register. There are Heads-Up...

Shootout

It is a type of tournament, in which each table plays until only one player remains. Then, that play...

Set up

This is the way to describe a hand we lost that was impossible to avoid. For example, a set over set...

Semi bluff

This is a bet where we have a draw, but the main objective of beting is to pick up the pot right the...

String bet

A String Bet is a bet that is made in more than one movement without a player stating how much they ...

Slowplay

To slowplay in poker is to play a very solid hand in a way that makes other players believe the hand...

Scoop

The term coming from the hi/lo game variations, where there can be more than one winner. To sco...

Seven card stud

Poker variation played with seven cards, using the standard rules. Best five card hand wins. Se...

Short-handed

A game where there is fewer than 9 or 10 players; everything from 8 to 3 players can be conside...

Side pot

When there is an all in player with two or more active players still in the hand, these players...

Slowroll

Deliberately taking a long time to make the last call holding a very strong hand that you know is wi...

Snowmen

Pair of Eights, called thus because of their likeness to a snowman (8 8).

Squeeze

Raise, usually on the bigger side, made with a weak hand with intention of making the original ...

Suited connectors

Cards of the same suit and close in value, like 6h7h or 9s10s.

Stand pat

In draw games, player stays pat when he/she decides not to draw any cards for that round.

Scared money

A player playing with the money that he is not comfortable with losing for whatever reason. If ...

Snap off

Make a super quick call without any thinking about it (snap call).

Six Plus Hold'em

Six Plus Hold'em is an action packed Hold'em variation played with a deck of 32 cards. Originating f...

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