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Poker Terms

Learn the Poker Terms from Freeroll Poker! The 'lingo; used in Texas Holdem is:

Action Spot - This is the table area where the betting is occurring.

Active Player - It is a player who is competing for a pot.

Advertise - Making a move intended at falsely exposing oneself as a weak or bluffing player.

Ante - A small forced bet sometimes placed by all players before each hand. Common in big tournaments to provoke aggressive play.

Big Slick - It is when, in Texas Hold'em, hole cards of A-K, suited or not.

Burn - To discard the top card from the deck, face down. This is done between each betting round before putting out the next community card(s). It is security against any player recognizing or glimpsing the next card to be used on the board.

Bluff - Means to make a bet or raise with a poor hand, in hope that the remaining active player(s) will fold.

Buy - (1) As in "buy the pot." To bluff, hoping to "buy" the pot without being called. (2) As in "buy the button." To bet or raise, hoping to make players between you and the button fold, thus allowing you to act last on subsequent betting rounds.

Board - The opened cards in Hold'em and Stud

Cap - To max out the number of allowed raises, usually four, in a fixed limit poker game.

Case - The last card of a certain rank in the deck. Example: "The flop came J-8-3; I've got pocket jacks, he's got pocket 8's, and then the case eight falls on the river, and he beats my full house."

Cardroom - The room or place in a casino where poker is played.

Discard Pile - It is also known as deadwood. A stack of discarded cards, usually those, folded or discarded by players.

Draw - In draw poker, cards dealt from the stock after termination of the first round of betting.

Edge - It is either a specific or subjective advantage over an opponent.

End Bets - Final-round wagers.

End Strippers - Cards tapered along the ends for fooling.

Farm System - A few poker games at different stakes under control of a good player.

Filling - It means to draw and then to catch a full house, flush, or straight.

Fin - It draws five dollars.

Good Player - A player who gets maximum money from the game.

Grand - It draws a thousand dollars.

Gravy - Player's winnings.

Hole Cards - In Stud and Hold'em, these are the face-down cards dealt to each player.

Hook - It is named a Jack because the "J" resembles a hook.

Lead - The first player who makes a bet into a pot.

Live One - A not so bright player who plays a lot of hands.

Long Shot - When making a hand despite having few outs and/or poor probabilities.

Open Card - This is when a card is faced up.

Open Pair - Two cards of the same costs that are dealt face-up.

Packet - A share of the pack.

Paint - A card that is faced in a lowball hand.

Pair - Two cards of the same cost.

Rake - In casino poker this is the sum the house keeps from a pot. Royalties - It is also known as a Bonus and means an extra payment for having a strong hand such as a straight flush or royal flush.

Showdown - After the last round of betting, the players cards are turned face-up to see who won.

Small Blind - The forced wager that is made by the person sitting one seat to the left of the button. Such a bet is half the size of the big blind.

Talon - The rest of the deck after the deal.

Tap - To wager all one's money in table stakes.

Wild card -
It is usually the joker in a pack, or two. This card can have any value that a player wants it to have.

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