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The cards dealt to a player are cards that are in the...
Concealed from the other players, hence in the pocket or hole
As in 'no-limit hold 'em', there is no restriction on how often you can raise or how much you bet
A statistical term often used to describe the 'swings' a player experiences
This is an incorrect application of the term but it doesn't stop people doing it. Variance in statistics is E(X^2) - (E(X))^2
The concept that you are either crushing or being crushed by your opponent's holding, and so there is 0 value in betting
In live play, to discard the top card of the deck before dealing a street
Reduces the likelihood of the deck being rigged. The dealer may burn as many cards as he/she sees fit
The act of investing more money in a cash game, to replenish your stack (usually to 100BBs)
It is generally agreed that playing optimum cash game poker online involves automatically reloading to 100BBs
To invest in another player for a % of their winnings
Useful to get a player off the ground if they are good enough to play but don't have cash available
These come with software such as pokertracker and can be very useful in generating statistics-based reads in online poker.
Measured as a % of hands dealt, often shown by a HUD
Measured as a % of hands dealt, often shown by a HUD
Measured as a % of hands played from the button and SB, the % of the time that you have raised and taken it down or folded to a 3bet.
In live play, to throw a bet over the current pot so that the total is made ambiguous
Considered bad etiquette; especially if you do not clearly declare your bet beforehand as the dealer may have a hard time figuring things out
When a player is all-in and ahead, but a card comes down to scare them/give their opponent more outs they are in a...
It can be fun to watch a player's agony as they pray for their hand to hold up against a monster draw of their opponent
To call on the flop with nothing with the intention of bluffing the next street
Who said you had to raise in order to bluff someone?
e.g. Pot Limit Omaha; betting is restricted to betting up to the value of the pot.
To call with multiple bets (i.e. bet and a raise or raise and a reraise) in front
e.g. 'Someone raised, I 3bet my AK and a third player cold-called me from the button'
A player who is proven or perceived to be strong
A shark snacks on the fish.
The last card of a particular rank left in the deck is called the ___ card
e.g. My AK was ahead on the KKx board, but then he caught a case ace on the turn with his AA
To call preflop in an unraised pot
Generally signifies weakness or wanting to see a cheap flop, weak players often do this too often
When the BB collects the pot by all players folding to them
A useful result, especially in late stages of tournaments where you might pick up a bunch of antes too!
To put in a raise with the intention of chasing everyone out of the pot but one player
e.g. 'I 3bet my AJ because i wanted to isolate the fish who had raised'
A game, normally a tournament, where the type of betting that is allowed fluctuates from FL to NL
To call from the small blind for just half the BB more
'The action called around to me and i completed from the SB' This is often done because pot odds are very favourable.
To call a bet after another player has already called
Pot odds are normally starting to get favourable and an overcaller normally also has position on the other players in the pot.
An amount taken from the pot by the house as a fee for playing
Whilst you're never directly playing the house in poker, they are still earning money from you!
When the board is all different suits
Often abbreviated with an 'r', e.g. the flop came 237r
When a card comes on a street that doesn't change anything about the board it is a...
e.g. 'I had a flush draw but the turn bricked and i had to fold'
To move all-in
e.g. 'I shipped the flop', 'I thought he was bluffing so i jammed him', 'I was playing push/fold poker'
Literally a tournament with more than one table of players; encompasses things like 45-mans all the way up the main event of the WSOP
When a player has put in a lot of their stack already and can't conceivably fold they are...
Generally a bet that makes a person committed represents a strong holding.
To call a raise out of the BB
Because they're defending the money they've already invested into the pot
To call out of position with the intention of betting at a good flop
A good example of this is calling a 3bet preflop with JJ, in order to bet a low flop and avoid a flip with a possible AK
A physical/verbal action that may give away information about a person's holding
e.g. 'When that guy is bluffing he leans back in his chair'
The situation in a tournament where all players have shallow stacks and so short term luck precides over skill is a...
e.g. 'The blinds just kept going up and we were all so short it was a crapshoot'
Applies to online poker, essentially means min-raising someone to get more value
Extra money paid during a specific period to receive more chips for your stack
Specific tournaments have add-ons after a set period of time to build the prize pool and delay the effects of blind levels
The third raise of a street of play
Note a bet does not count as a raise in this case.
The money you can statistically anticipate winning from a particular play
A crucial concept that underlies everything a poker player does
An inherent flaw in a player's game that loses them money in the long term
Generally assigned to something that slips beneath the radar, like betting too small with made hands
To watch/observe a table of players
This is literally derived from the rail that prevented observers from affecting play. This is where other terms such as 'railbird' come from too
A useful statistic in tournament play to gauge how you are progressing relative to the field.
A tournament where the only way to advance is to beat all players at your table
E.g. a heads up shootout involves half the field being knocked out in each 'round' down to the final heads up match
A tournament where the winners receive a ticket to another, more high profile tournament
This is how both Darvin Moon and Chris Moneymaker got their tickets to the WSOP!
To deliberate over an easy decision for no good reason
Considered bad etiquette, players who do this generally do it deliberately to agitate the other player.
To put in a blind raise under the gun, in order to get more action on the hand.
This player then gets the last action post-flop. Most commonly seen in high stakes cash games, like on 'Poker After Dark' or 'High Stakes Poker'
Three of a kind with a pocket pair in the hole
Conversely 'trips' is normally used to refer to three of a kind where two are on the board.
When a card falls that renders your hand very weak/useless
For example, 44 on a 77A8 board. An 8 on the river would render your pair meaningless and you would just be playing the board.
To make a call with a very weak holding based on very favourable pot odds
Because 99% of the time your opponent flips a monster and you shed a tear whilst you muck your A high...
Like in fixed limit hold 'em, bet amounts are set per street and only a certain number of raises are allowed before that street is 'capped'.
In live play, to put the chips in to call then reach behind the betting line for more chips to raise
Considered bad etiquette, in most casinos if you do not clearly declare a raise then your attempt to put in more chips will not be allowed.
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