Action: The betting that occurs in a game.  If the game has a lot of action, there is a lot of betting.  A game with not a lot of action is tight and passive, with little betting.

All-in:  Putting all of your money in the pot.

Ante:  The required bet to allow you to play in a hand.  The most common enta at the luow limits is fifty cents.  Many spread-limit games have no required ante at all.

Bad beat:  Having a powerful hand get beat by a bigger monster.  Spend an hour in a poker rom, and you will hear the first of many stories from other players about bad beats they have suffered during play.

Bang away:  To bet and raise aggressively to try to build the pot.

Bnkroll:  Money you have for your poker wagering.

Bet:  Putting money in the pot before other players have done so (when it becomes a call or raise).

Bettor:  The person who puts the first amount of money in the pot.

Bluff:  Placing a bet or raise when you do not believe your hand is the best.

Board: The face up cards on the table in a player’s hand.

Boat:  Another term for a full house.

Bring-in:  A forced bet required of the low card, it can be for a minimum (half of the small bet) or full amount (a full small bet).

Busted draw:  A hand that didn’t complete.

Buy-in:  The amount of chips you start out with.  Most card clubs have a minimum buy in for each table that changes as levels increase.  Always start out with more than the minimum.

Call:  Placing an amount of money in the pot that equals the amount of money that another player has bet.

Calling station:  A person who will call most of the time, but not raise or fld.

Cap:  Putting the last raise that is allowed in the pot.  Frequently three raises are the maximum.

Case:  The rank of last card in the deck.  An example : you hold Poker Two Pair, 9s and 5s.  A 9 is dead, and you get the last (case) 9.

Cold call:  Calling a bet that has been raised.

Check:  Not betting anything when the action is to you.

Check-raise:  Checking and raising when the action comes back to you.

Chip/ Check:  The round token used in play of hands.  Different colors are used to separate denominations.

Come hand:  Having a hand not yet made that has more cards to come.  A four-straight on sixth street is an example.

Crack:  Beating a hand, usually a big one.

Crying call: Calling with a hand that you do not feel has a good chance to be the winner.

Dog:  Slang term for an underdog.

Door card:  The first card exposed in a player’s hand.

Drawing dead:  Drawing to a hand that will not win because another player has already made a larger hand.

Erly position:  The position of betting when you need to act before most of the other players in the hand.  With eight players, early position includes the first three.

Family pot:  A pot that involves most of Poker players at the table.

Fifth street:  The fifth card that is dealt to each player.

Fill up:  Making a full house.

Fish: An inexperienced player who makes many mistakes and tends to be very loose with his money.

Flush:  Five cards that are of the same suit.

Fold: Laying down your cards and dropping out of the hand.

Forced bet:  The required bet when you are the low card on third street.

Fourth street:  The fourth card that’s dealt to each player.

Free card:  A card given to each player when every player has checked.

Full house:  Holding three cards of the same rank and two of another.

Gut shot:  Drawing to an inside straight.

Hole:  Those cards that are face down.

Inside straight:  A straiht that can be made only when a card of one particular rank is dealt.  Example: You hold 4 5 7 8.  Only a 6 will complete your hand.

Kickers:  Your side cards outside of the hand you currently hold.  Example:  You hold AAQ.  The queen is your kicker.

Late position:  Being one of the last players to act in a betting round.  In a full game of eight players, this is the seventh or eighth spot.

Limit:  The amount of money that can be bet on a given round.  The limit increases in structured limit games when action gets to fifth street; it’s always the same in a spread limit game.

Limp in:  Getting to the next round as cheaply as possible by just calling as opposed to raising. 

Loose:  Playing more hands than are justified by the odds.

Loose game:  A game in which most of Poker players stay in to see hands rather than folding.  Loose games tend to have higher pots.

Middle position:  Being in the middle of the betting action.  With eight players, this includes the fourth, fifth and sixth spots.

Muck:  Folding a hand.

Odds:  The mathematical probability of achieving a result.

Open-ended straight:  A straight than can be made with two cards.  Example: You hold 4 5 6 7.  A 3 or an 8 will complete your straight.

Open pair:  A pair on the board visible for everyone to see.

Outs:  Card that will improve the quality of your hand.  Example:  You have a four-flush, and there are four dead cards.  You have five “outs” for your fuslh.

Pass:  Another term for checking.

Pocket:  Another way of referring to hole cards.

Pot:  The total amount of money wagered in a hand, placed in the center of the table.

Pot odds:  Odds calculated by figuring a ratio of the amount of money that is in the pot to the bet you need to call to continue with a hand.

Protecting a hand:  Betting aggressively to force other players out who could draw to a bigger hand than what you hold.

Quads:  four of a kind.

Rags:  Term for lousy cards held by a player.

Raise:  Adding money to a bet made by another player.

Rake:  The amount of money taken out of each pot by the house.

Reraise:  Raising after another oppoent has raised.

River:  The last card (the seventh) that is dealt face down.

Rolled –up:  Three of a kind on the first three cards.

Running cards:  Cards that come back-to-back.  Example :  having a three-flush on fifth street and then catching two of the same suit on sixth and seventh streets to complete your flush.

Sandbag:  Playing slowly with a monster hand in an attempt to keep other players in.

Scare card:  A card dealt to another player that could indicate a powerful hand being made. 

Semi-bluff:  Betting with a hand that is not the best but has a chance of improving to the best.

Seventh street:  The last card.  It is dealt face down.

Set:  Another term for three-of-a-kind.

Short-stacked:  Playing when you have few chips remaining in front of you.

Side pot:  A second pot created when a player goes “all-in.”  Poker Pelyer going all in has no stake in the side pot.

Sixth street:  The sixth card dealt in a hand.

Slowplay:  Another term for sandbagging, playing a hand slowly to keep other opponents in to pay you off when you hold a powerful hand.

Stealing the antes:  Betting heavily on third street to force all of the other players out so you will win the antes.

Straight:  Five cards of different suits in sequence.

Straight flush:  Five cards of the same suit in a sequence.

Table stakes:  Rule in most games that a player can not take out extra money from his billfold during the course of a hand.  This is why a player low on chips must go “all-in” if he does not have enough chips to call a bet or meet the structure requirement.

Tell:  Body language by a player that gives clues to what he is holding.

Tip/Toke:  A small amount of money given from the pot winner to the dealer.

Trips:  Another term for three-of-a-kind.

Underdog:  A hand for which the odds are against its winning.

Under the gun:  On third street, it is Poker Player with the low card who is first to act.  Later on, it is Poker Player to the immediate left of Poker Player who bets.

Wired pair:  A hidden pair in the hole.