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While learning to play poker online like at the spin palace casino or in a home game or tournament you will hear other players using poker lingo, poker lingo is table slang for the many spoken terms by poker players also referred to as poker terms and poker slang on and off the poker table, beginners would be wise to learn the spoken terms in order to improve there game and get a better understanding of some of the various names poker hands can also be referred to, some of the basic poker lingo you may have already picked up while playing poker would include all-in, call, fold, raise ect.

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The home of poker has put together a comprehensive list of poker lingo and a detailed explanation of the poker lingo found below, knowing your poker lingo can also give other opponents an impression of you being a seasoned player and add strength to your game, after all not knowing your poker lingo when chatting to other players would show weakness and would definitely be exploited by them.

Common Poker Lingo Terms

All-in: When you do not have enough money to cover the required bet, you will be forced to contribute the remainder of your money to the pot. You will then play for an amount proportional to your contribution. This action is known as an all-in.

Please note that if you are disconnected from the poker room during the play of a hand, you will be considered all-in. This prevents you from being penalized during the period of disconnection.

Ace-High: A hand with an Ace but no flush, straight or pairs.

• All-In: Wagering all your poker chips /money on at once.

Auto-Muck: (Online) To have the software automatically fold your hand at the showdown if it isn't a winner.

Auto-Post: (Online) To have the software automatically post your blind so it doesn't have to ask you each time.

Blind Bet: A blind bet refers to the first bet that is placed by each player. This is a mandatory bet that is placed before the cards are dealt. The blind bet is considered to be a live bet for the first round. This bet is only applicable to certain games: Texas Holdem, Omaha and 1-on-1 Poker Play.

Buy-in Amount: The buy-in amount is the amount of money that each player must bring to a game.

• Buy-in Limit: The buy-in limit is the minimum amount required to buy into a 1-on-1 game. This limit also applies to Seven Card Stud.

• Call: This takes place when a player places a bet equivalent to the previous bet.

Dealer Button: The dealer button indicates the dealer's position at the table.

Flop: This refers to the first three community cards that are dealt at the table. This is applicable to Texas Hold'em , and Omaha .

Flop Games : Games where five, face-up community cards are available for use by all the players who are also dealt personal and secret hole cards.

• Fold: A player is said to fold when he throws in his cards. Once a player folds, he is not eligible to win the pot. He also is not responsible for contributing past that point.

Heads-up: To play against only one other player.

Hole Cards : A player's own, secret down cards.

Muck: To muck means to fold a hand without showing it to the rest of the poker table.

• Nuts : The best possible hand that can be made from the existing cards. The nuts can change as a hand progresses.

Pot: The pot is the money that builds up during the course of a game. The pot grows from player antes, bets and raises. The pot's value depends on the stakes of the game and the amount that players bet. The pot is awarded to the winner of the hands in each round. If two players have equivalent winning hands, they will split the pot. The house also takes a small percentage.

Raise: A raise increases the betting stakes for the participating players at the poker table. A bet must be matched first before it is increased.

• Re-raise : Increase the previous raised bet.

• Rake: Money taken out of the pot by the casino for acting as a mediator for players. This amount is called the rake.

• River Card: The River Card is the last community card to be dealt.

• Runs: Each betting cycle is known as a run. One cycle is defined a round of bets from the first player to the last player.

• Sitting Out: When a player leaves the table for a short amount of time, it is referred to as sitting out. Players who sit out for long periods of time (more than 15 minutes) or miss two rounds of blinds are removed from the poker table.

• Slow Play : Playing a strong hand as if it were a weak hand in order to deceive your opponents.

Small Blind: The player sitting to the left of the dealer posts the first bet, which is known as a small blind. The small blind is a mandatory bet that equals half of the lower bet. I.e. in a $3/$6 game, the small blind would be $1.50.

Texas Hold'em : A flop game where a player makes the best five card hand from any combination of his two hole cards and five community cards.

Street: The Street is the term used to refer to different betting stages. Betting commences on the Third Street and concludes on the Seven Street. There are five rounds of betting in total. This applies to 7 Card Stud.

Table Stakes : Only the poker chips on the table in front of a player during the current hand are available.

Tells : A poker player's unconscious actions or habits that disclose the strength of his hand to his opponents.

• Texas Hold'em : A flop game where a player makes the best five card hand from any combination of his two hole cards and five community cards.

• Third Street: This refers to the first round of betting when each player has three cards. The player who holds the lowest card brings-in the betting. This applies to Seven Card Stud.

• Tight : Patient, conservative player who plays very few hands and waits for strong cards.

Tight Game or Table : A game where few players remain in a pot until the end of a betting round. Many players fold early in a hand.

• Turn Card: This refers to the fourth community card dealt and applies to Texas Hold'em and Omaha .

• Visible Cards: Visible cards are any cards that are dealt face up to players. Players use them to complete five card combinations.

•WSOP : (abbrev.) World Series of Poker

• WPT : (abbrev.) World Poker Tour

• WPTC : (abbrev.) World Poker Tour Championship

Some of the Less Common Poker Lingo Terms

Ante: Each player must contribute an ante, or minimum bet, to the pot before betting begins. This is completed before the ards are dealt.

B&M: Brick and Mortar. This refers to a poker game in a casino, as opposed to an online casino .

Big Blind: The big blind is a mandatory bet that is placed by the player to the left of the player who places the small blind. The big blind is equivalent to the lower bet of the card game. I.e. the big blind for a $3/$6 game is $3.

• Big Pair: A big pair is a pair that is worth 10 or more.

Bring-in: A bring-in is a forced bet that is placed by the player who holds the lowest card in the first round of betting (also known as the Third Street). Note: this is only applicable to Stud games, 5Card Stud and 7Card Stud.

Calling Station: A player who will pay to see the last card no matter what.

• Cap: Betting will be capped after it has been raised three times in one round. After this, players have two options: call or fold.

Check: By choosing to check, you are permitted to stay in a game without placing any bets. You may only do this if no other bets have been placed in that betting round.

• Coffee housing: Coffee housing refers to chat that has the purpose of misleading or manipulating other players. Coffee housing is expressly forbidden.

Community Cards: These cards are dealt to the table face-up, and are used by all players to complete their five-card hands.

Equalized: Once the players have given the same amount of money to the pot, the game is considered equalized.

Freeze out: A tournament with no re buys available ,when your out your out.

• Fast Play : Play aggressively and raise often, regardless of the strength of a hand.

• Fifth Street: The Fifth Street is the name for the third round of betting. Each player has five cards at this time. In this round, bets are set to the highest limit. The card room sets all betting limits. In the Fifth Street, the highest-ranking player begins the next round of betting.

Hooks: A pair of Jacks.

Hose (H.O.S.E.): A mixed game where you play Hold'em, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud (high), and Seven-Card Stud (high-low).

Inside Straight : A sequence of cards missing one of the inside cards.

• Last To Act : The last player to act. In Texas Hold'em, this position is the player on the dealer button.

• Live Blinds: Live blinds are blind bets that are in play. For example, if one player posts a small blind and a second player joins and posts a big blind, the first player has to balance out the betting since the big blind is live.

• Loose: A player who plays many hands regardless of the strength of the cards he is holding.

• Loose Games or Table : A game with lots of action where many players remain in most pots.

• Lowest Card: This is the card with the lowest value, given that Aces are high, and determines which player needs to bring-in the betting. Should players have the same card, the lowest is determined by suit. Clubs are the lowest suit followed by Diamonds, Hearts and Spades, respectively. Note: this is only applicable to Stud games, 5Card Stud and 7Card Stud.

• Pocket Cards: Pocket cards are the face down cards dealt to players.

Post Now: When new players join the card game, they are given the choice to post immediately or wait for the big blind. Players who choose to post immediately are required to post the equivalent of a big blind bet. They receive their cards at once.

• Playing the Board : In a flop game, using the five community cards as your best hand.

Position : Where you are seated in relation to the dealer button and determines when you bet.

Rags : Cards seemingly worthless to all players.

• Satellite: A tournament that allows you entrance to another poker tournament if you win.

• Seventh Street: The Seventh Street is the fifth and last round of betting. In this round, each player has seven cards. This applies to 7 Card Stud .

The following rules apply to the Seventh Street:

The first player from the Sixth Street also makes the first play in the Seventh Street
The River Card is dealt face down
If there are multiple players remaining after another betting round, the game is decided by a showdown
Each player must reveal his/her best possible five-card hand
The winner gets the pot
Showdown Poker: If multiple players remain in the card game after the last betting round, they all show their hands to decide upon a • winner. The player who has the highest-value hand wins the pot.

Sixth Street: This is the name for the fourth round of betting. In this round, each player has six cards. This term applies to Seven Card Stud .

The following guidelines apply to the Sixth Street:

Bets are set at the highest limit
The next round is initiated by the player with the highest ranking hand
Please note that the poker room sets the betting limits

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