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Five Letter Gaming A-Z
Describes 9-handed play
e.g. a full ring cash game as opposed to 6max.
Position to the right of the button
In casinos, the player in this seat cuts the deck after the deal has shuffled, hence the name.
Position two to the right of the button
Since the cutoff is a common place to steal from, this player is able to 'hi-jack' these plans by raising first.
A good feeling in a tournament!
To bet more than is in the pot
Usually a good sign that a player is bad, but can be used to look like a bluff sometimes
To bet into the initial raiser/aggressor of the previous street
In certain instances this is a correct play but in most common scenarios check/raising proves the better option
To bet/raise on a draw
Playing this way has the opportunity of taking the pot down whilst also building it in case you then hit
To bet on the flop after raising before it
Common especially in more aggressive formats such as 6max cash games.
To make a small bet in order to reduce the cost of a showdown with a marginal hand
For example betting a small amount with 88 on the river on a Q9357 board to see a cheap showdown
To put in the third bet (second raise) of the current street
This also applies to reraising pre-flop, since in this case the posting of the blinds is considered the first bet, and so yours is the third.
A generally loose player who calls too often or plays too many marginal/bad hands
A very flexible word, e.g. 'he's a fishy player', 'they fished along', 'i want to go fishing for my flush'
A very tight player who only plays premium hands
A player than can be exploited in small pots but should be played cautiously if they show strength
A player who will call on multiple streets with weak hands regularly
A very exploitable kind of player for extracting value, or bluffing if they often fold the river!
The situation where players are one knockout away from cashing a tournament
Play often tightens up around this point; in the bubble of this year's WSOP we saw multiple players fold KK preflop
A straight draw where only one rank of card will complete it
For example having 4578 to the river; a 6 only will complete your straight.
A 'blind' posted by all players at the table
These can be seen in special ante cash games, in limit games such as cash game stud or in the later stages of tournaments
The potential that your bet has to induce a fold
This will add value to your raise if it can fold out some of the hands that beat yours!
e.g. having 6789 made with one card to come, you have an oesd (a 5 or 10 complete your straight)
The name for the straight A2345
Origins of this name are unclear, though it is believed to have something to do with the bicycle design used on popular US playing cards
The straight TJQKA, or the group of cards that are ten or higher
Origins unclear, but since this is the highest straight it may have come from the phrase, 'You can't beat broadway'
A very small bet that deliberately gives your opponent great odds to call
Often used to create confusion and cause your opponent to fold or feel like they should raise with nothing.
A bet designed to extract the most money from your opponent's range of hands
A good idea if you think your opponent's hand is marginal and they won't call a stronger bet
Your current stack divided by the starting amount of the pot (all blinds)
An important concept especially deep in tournaments, this determines a lot of gear-changing especially for shortstacks.
To represent weakness with a strong hand to get more value
Includes check/calling with a strong hand like a boat to make your opponent bluff or bet with the worst hand
To call with a relatively weak holding out of not wanting to be bluffed or because of a particularly strong read
Presumably derives from the heroic feeling you get from calling down a massive bluff with a weak hand
When you're facing a raise with a player who has shown strength still to act behind you are in a...
Most of the time it's not a nice-tasting one either!
The player who put in the first raise pre-flop
Generally applies to 3rd and 4th positions at a 9 seater table
Tight aggressive (TAG) is another common term assigned to players.
Playing the game differently/worse than normal is called being on...?
This includes playing while tired, upset or while focusing on something else like the TV
One of the many types of tilt that include others such as passive tilt and aggressive tilt
First to act before the flop
With so many players behind hands become less playable from this position.
The absolute best possible hand at a given moment
For example on a 443 flop the nuts would be pocket fours.
To think over a difficult decision
As in, 'he entered the tank before making the call' or 'my opponent tanked a bit but laid it down'
Calling because you perceive you can get extra value out of a hand if you hit your draw is calling for the...
For example calling with a flush draw without the necessary pot odds because you think your opponent will call on the river with a hand if you hit it
To play a (generally small) pocket pair in order to try and catch trips
This becomes a good idea when you think your opponent is very strong since your implied odds will be higher.
Reraising after a raise and one or more calls in front
A useful concept that basically determines the individual value of each chip in play based on the number of players left, average stack, the prize structure etc
When a player wins a pot after making a bad call and being way behind their opponent is said to suffer a...
Players are often keen to tell their own bad beat stories to others.
An imaginary phenomenon assigned to a period of 'running bad' for a poker player
Human nature makes us think that 'downswings' have set patterns when they logically don't; past results don't affect what's about to happen.
For example if you call a raise in the SB vs the button then you will be playing OOP once the flop comes.
A very loose player might be said to be playing 'any two cards' preflop in the hope of latching onto a monster or bluffing people out.
Most of the time refers to Ax type hands where you hit a flop that comes x-high.
If you are considering a call with a flush draw on a paired board, you must consider the RIO of catching your flush when your opponent already has a full house.
Regretting a statistically correct play based on what happened or might have happened in one instance
Whilst this line of thought is completely illogical, it's sometimes difficult to ignore!
The draw to an ace-high flush.
An average figure which, over a large enough sample, determines the profitability of players at the stakes they are playing at
When two players are all-in and both are roughly 50% to win
The most common example of this is some kind of pocket pair vs overcards, e.g. AKs vs 88.
A draw that requires two more cards to be completed
Generally ignored but in terms of coinflips a backdoor flush draw on the flop can add 4% to your chance of winning
A phrase shouted by a player who is all in and vainly hoping to get lucky
This completely meaningless act was used a lot (arguably to great effect!) in the latter stages of this year's WSOP.
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