A Poker Glossary
Add on – a game in which there is an option for the purchase of more chips.
All in – putting all available chips in the current hand.
Ante – a mandatory bet in which all of the players will need to put the same number of chips before dealing begins.
Bet – the money wagered during a hand of poker.
Blind – the forced bet.
Bounty – a prize on a player’s “head” during a poker tournament.
Cash out – converting chips into cash.
Check – to place no bet.
Chip – a poker game token.
Deal – the official manner in which cards are distributed in a game of poker.
Discard – to put a card out of play after it has been dealt.
Draw – to take another card.
Expected Value – the estimated value that a player can expect to take from a single pot.
Exposed Card – a card that has been revealed to all of the players at the table.
Final Table – table at which a tournament winner will be determined.
Flop – dealing the first three “face up” cards to the community.
Freezeout – a type of tournament game in which there are no rebuy options.
Gap – a hand in which one rank is separating two cards.
Grinder – poker players who earn a living making small wagers.
Hand – the sets of cards that are used to determine the winner in a game of poker.
Hole Card – the cards that are dealt face down.
Home Game – poker games played in private venues rather than casinos.
Implied Odds – used for future hands and when a player expects to fold in the following round.
Improve – to obtain a better hand by exchanging cards.
Insurance – games in which players agree to reduce a pot with more cards.
Jackpot – the pool of money collected by the house and awarded to the winner.
Joker – the 53rd and 54th cards in a deck.
Junk - poker hands with little value.
Kitty – a pool of money.
Lead – a player who makes the last bet in a betting round.
Limit – the minimum or maximum levels of any bet.
Low – lowest ranking card.
Match the Pot – a wager that is equal to all of the chips in the pot.
Middle Pair –a pair with neither the highest or lowest of the community cards.
Move In – when the player bets their entire stake at once.
No Limit – games in which players may bet all of their chips in a single instance.
Nothing – hands that provide a player with only the “high card” option as a method for winning.
Open – to place the first bet in a hand.
Outs – the cards that are considered to be of benefit to a single player’s hand.
Overbet – making a bet that is larger than the size of a pot.
Pair – two cards of the same rank in a hand.
Pot – the amount of money or chips available during a hand of poker.
Pre-flop – the first round of betting in a game.
Qualifier – when a game has a minimum hand value.
Quarter – some poker games have pots that are distributed in percentages, and a quarter is what often goes to one of the lowest ranking players.
Rag – a card that has a low value in a specific poker game.
Rebuy – tournament option that allows the player to acquire another quantity of chips.
River – final community card in a poker game.
Setup – pre-game actions.