Texas Holdem Dictionary

Action: The betting in a specific hand or a game. A game with more of action is the game with more of betting. The player who begins the action is the player who makes the first bet.

Active player: The player already in the pot.

All-in: Having everybody's money in the pot.

Back door: Back door is three cards to a flush or a straight, after five cards are faced up. The term is generally used for a hand made on the end, which a player was not initially trying to make.

Bad beat: To have a hand which is a big favorite defeated as a draw, particularly when the person drawing was playing wrongly by being in the pot in the first position.

Bad game: A game where your rivals are too good for you to make you win much.

Belly buster: A draw to an inside-straight. It is also called a gut -shot.

Bankroll: The amount of money you have available to wager.

Best of it: A circumstances where a wager is expected to be profitable over a long period of time.

Bet: To contribute money in the pot before others do on any particular round.

Bettor: The person who first contributes money in the pot on any particular round.

Bet for value: To bet in order to be called by a lesser hand. You bet so as to make money and not to make your rivals fold.

Big slick: Ace-king.

Blank: A card that is not of any value to any player's hand.

Blind: A forced bet that one or more players must make to start the action on the first round of betting. The blind rotates around the table with each new deal. The player whose turn it is to bet is said to be in the big blind.

Bluff: A bet or raise with a hand that you do not think is the best hand.

Board: The community cards in the middle of the table.

Bottom pair: Pairing the lowest card on board.

Busted hand: A hand that does not create anything of value.

Button: When there is a house dealer, as in the card rooms of Las Vegas the button is the round disc that rotates around the table to show a dealer for the purpose of indicating which player is to be first to act.

Buy in: The minimum amount of money needed to sit down in a given game.

Card room: The area in the casino where poker game is played.

Call: To contribute in the pot an amount of money equivalent to a rival's bet or raise.

Call a raise cold: To call a double bet - i.e. a bet and a raise.

Caller: The person who calls a bet or a raise.

Chase: Continuing in a hand to try to outdraw a rival's hand you are sure is better than yours.

Check: To decline to bet when it is your turn.

Check-raise: Checking and then raising after a rival bets.

Chip: A round coin in different denomination representing money. It is also called a "check" by many professional gamblers.

Cinch: The best possible hand, given the cards on board, when all the cards are out.

Come hand: A hand that has not been made, with more cards still to be dealt. Therefore, a four-card flush will be on a come hand.

Community Cards: The cards dealt face up at the middle of the table that is shared by all active players.

Crying call: A call with a hand you think has a small chance of winning.

Cut the pot: To take the ratio from each pot as the profits for the person or the casino playing the game.

Dead hand: A hand a player may not proceed to play because of an indiscretion.

Dead money: Money contributed in the pot by the players who have already folded their hands.

Drawing dead: Drawing to try to make a hand that cannot probably win because the rival already has a bigger hand. A player drawing to make a flush when a rival already has a full house is drawing dead.

Draw out: Improving your hand so as to beat a rival who had a better hand than yours before to your draw.

Double belly buster: See Open-ended straight.

Early position: A position on a round of betting where you should perform before all the other players performs.

Edge: An advantage over a rival.

Effective odds: The percentage of the total amount of money you desire to win if you make your hand to the total amount of bets you will have to call to continue from the present round of betting to the end of the hand.

Equity: The amount of a given hand or the combination of cards.

Expectation: The average profit (or loss) of any bet over a long period of time.

Family pot: A pot where many players at the table are involved.

Favorite: In poker game, before all the cards are out, a hand that has the best chance of winning.

Fifth street: The fifth and last card faced up to each player.

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