Poker Lingo

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Poker Lingo

Postby suitedpairs29 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:24 pm

After our moderator asked me what TPTK was, I felt it necessary to post a little catalog of the most commonly used poker jargon. Feel free to add any of yours

In a live game, to buy more chips before you have busted. In tournament play, a single rebuy for which all players are eligible regardless of their stack size. This is usually allowed only once, at the end of the rebuy period

A draw requiring two or more rounds to fill. For example, catching two consecutive cards in two rounds of seven-card stud or Texas hold 'em to fill a straight or flush.

A card, frequently a community card, of no apparent value. Also "rag". Compare to "brick", "bomb".

The set of community cards in a community card game.

The last finishing position in a poker tournament before entering the payout structure. He was very frustrated after getting eliminated on the bubble. Also can be applied to other situations like if six players will make a televised final table the player finishing seventh will go out on the "TV bubble". Also used to describe any situation close to the payout structure

buy the button
Usually done by the person sitting to the immediate right of the dealer, to raise to encourage the button player to fold, thus giving the raiser last position in subsequent betting rounds

case card
The last available card of a certain description (typically a rank). The only way I can win is to catch the case king., meaning the only king remaining in the deck

chip dumping
A form of collusion that happens during tournaments, especially in the early rounds. Two or more players decide to go all-in early. The winner gets a large amount of chips, which increases the player's chance of cashing. The winnings are then split among the colluders

cold call
To call an amount that represents a sum of bets or raises by more than one player. Alice opened for $10, Bob raised another $20, and Carol cold called the $30. Compare to "flat call", "overcall"

A form of cheating involving cooperation among two or more players

The seat immediately to the right of the dealer button

drawing dead
Playing a drawing hand that will lose even if successful (a state of affairs usually only discovered after the fact or in a tournament when two or more players are "all in" and they show their cards). I caught the jack to make my straight, but Rob had a full house all along, so I was drawing dead.

drawing live
Not drawing dead; that is, drawing to a hand that will win if successful.

drawing thin
Not drawing completely dead, but chasing a draw in the face of poor odds. Example: a player who will only win by catching 1 or 2 specific cards is said to be drawing thin

dry pot
A side pot with no money created when a player goes all in and is called by more than one opponent, but not raised

family pot
A deal in which every (or almost every) seated player called the first opening bet.

fill, fill up
To successfully draw to a hand that needs one card to complete it, by getting the last card of a straight, flush, or full house.

A player who earns a living by making small profits over a long period of consistent, conservative play
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Re: Poker Lingo

Postby suitedpairs29 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:41 pm

Implied Odds
Implied pot odds, or simply implied odds, are calculated the same way as pot odds, but take into consideration estimated future betting. Implied odds are calculated in situations where the player expects to fold in the following round if the draw is missed, thereby losing no additional bets, but expects to gain additional bets when the draw is made. Since the player expects to always gain additional bets in later rounds when the draw is made, and never lose any additional bets when the draw is missed, the extra bets that the player expects to gain, excluding his own, can fairly be added to the current size of the pot. This adjusted pot value is known as the implied pot.

On the second to last betting round, Alice's hand is certainly behind and she faces a $1 call to win a $10 pot against a single opponent. There are 4 cards remaining in the deck that make her hand a certain winner. Her odds of drawing to one of those cards is 10.5:1 (8.7%). Since the pot lays 10:1, Alice will lose money by calling if there is no future betting. Since Alice expects to always make an additional $1 when she makes her draw, and always fold when she misses her draw (lose no additional bets), her implied pot odds are 11:1 ($10 plus the additional $1 bet, to her $1 call). This call now has a positive expectation.

A "business" deal in which players agree to split or reduce a pot (roughly in proportion to the chances of each of them winning) with more cards to come rather than playing out the hand, or else a deal where one player makes a side bet against himself with a third party to hedge against a large loss

in the money
To place high enough in a poker tournament to get prize money. Also "ITM"

The player who makes the last bet or raise in a round of betting is said to have the lead at the start of the next round

A reraise from a player that previously limped in the same betting round. I decided to limp-reraise with my pocket eights to isolate the all-in player.

live cards
A player's hand is said to contain "live" cards if matching either of them on the board would give that player the lead over his opponent. Typically used to describe a hand that is weak, but not dominated.

A community card with a higher rank than a player's pocket pair

probe bet
A bet after the flop by a player who did not take the lead in betting before the flop (and when the player that did take the lead in betting before the flop declined to act)

rabbit hunt
After a hand is over, a rabbit hunt means to reveal the last card that would have come up in a community card game with a fixed number of cards. Such activity is usually prohibited in casinos. Also "fox hunt".

The rail is the sideline at a poker table - the (often imaginary) rail separating spectators from the field of play. Watching from the rail means watching a poker game as a spectator. People on the rail are sometimes called railbirds

A hand made by hitting two consecutive cards on the turn and river. Also "backdoor".

scare card
A card dealt face up (either to a player in a game such as stud or to the board in a community card game) that appears to create a strong hand for someone. The Jack of spades on the turn was a scare card because it put both flush and straight possibilities on the board.

slow roll
To delay or avoid showing one's hand at showdown, forcing other players to expose their hands first. When done while holding a good hand likely to be the winner, it is considered poor etiquette, because it often gives other players "false hope" that their hands might win before the slow-roller's is exposed

To intentionally go easy on a player (e.g. not betting or raising against him when you usually would).

string bet
To call with one motion and raise with another, or to reach for more chips in the middle of laying a bet/raise without stating the intended amount. String bets are prohibited in public cardroom rules.

under the gun
The playing position to the direct left of the blinds in Texas hold 'em or Omaha hold 'em. The player who is under the gun must act first on the first round of betting

value bet
A bet made by a player who wants it to be called (as opposed to a bluff or protection bet). This is typically because he has a superior hand that he expects to win at showdown, or a very good draw for which he can increase his pot equity by more than the amount of his bet

wake up
To "wake up with a hand" means to discover a strong starting hand, often when there has already been action in front of the player.

A 5-high straight (A-2-3-4-5), with the Ace playing low.

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Re: Poker Lingo

Postby DM101 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:40 pm

More Poker Education Mike :D
Keep them coming haha
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