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DICTIONARY

DICTIONARY

All-in

The table stakes rule says that you can only bet up to the amount of money you had in front of you at the start of a hand. 

when you ’ve bet (or called) up to that amount, you ’re said to be all-in. 

You ’ve put all the money into the pot that you can for that hand. 

Other active online poker players can continue to bet among themselves, but they’ll compete for a side pot.

Your and will compete for the pot at the point where you were able to match all bets.

Angle

An action that ’s not explicitly against the rules, but is considered a serious ethical violation and unfair act.

Angle-shooting

Angle-shooting is the use of angles to gain an unfair advantage.

Backdoor

A draw where you have three of the five cards you need on the flop.

To make your hand, you need the right cards on both the turn and the river.

Three cards to a flush on the flop is a backdoor flush draw.

Back-raise

Calling a bet, then reraising when someone raises.  Sometimes called sandbagging, it ’s a form of slow play.

Bad beat

When a very good hand is beaten by a hand that had to make a long-shot draw, such as a backdoor draw, then it ’s called a bad beat.

Bet odds

The odds you get from the number of callers on a betting round.

If you bet and four players call, then your bet odds are 5-1.

Blind

An initial forced bet that is put out before the cards are even dealt is called a blind bet.

It ’s used in Hold’Em to replace the ante to get some initial money into the pot.

Blind, big

The larger of two blinds.  Usually this blind is half the size of the bet size on the first betting round.

Blind, small

The smaller of two blinds.  Usually this blind is half the size of the bet size on the first betting round.

 

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