Add-on - Some tournaments allow players the opportunity at a certain point to buy additional chips, called an add-on. This is different from a rebuy, because usually everyone still in the tournament is able to add-on. Add-ons usually mark the end of the rebuy period
All-in - When a player puts the last of his or her chips into a pot, that player is said to be all-in. An all-in player is not eligible to win more money from any other player than what he had at the table before the pot. The all-in player will be eligible for the main pot and if other players bet more there will be a side-pot.
Ante - A small forced bet that everyone at the table is required to pay before each hand. In games with an ante, these bets constitute the initial pot.
Artificial All-in - A way to protect players from losses due to problems with the connection. If a player cannot act he will be treated as all-in if he has put money into the pot (if not his hand will be folded).
Bankroll - The total amount of money one player is willing (and able) to put at risk.
Bad Beat - The situation in which a very strong hand is beaten by an even stronger hand.
Bet - To bet is to be the first one to put money into the pot. Later action in a round is a call, raise or a re-raise.
Big Bet Poker - Pot-limit and no-limit poker are sometimes referred to as Big Bet Poker. The "Big" refers to the size of bets relative to the forced bets, irrespective of the amount of money involved. However, at our poker site we also call our big €100/€200 games "Big Bet Poker".
Big Blind - This is the larger of the two blind bets and is the size of a first round bet
Big Slick - Nickname for Ace-King
Blind - A compulsory bet that starts a game of poker, put in by the two players to the left of the dealer, the first player is the 'small blind', the second the 'big blind'
Board - The community cards on the table which everyone can see
Bottom Pair - The lowest pair available
Bring-in - A form of forced bet used mainly in forms of stud poker, and sometimes in combination with antes. The bring-in is usually decided by who has the highest - or lowest - card.
Button (dealer button) - Usually "the button" refers specifically to the dealer button, used to mark the dealer position, or the player playing in that position.
Buy-in - The amount of money with which you enter a game is your buy-in. In a non-tournament game, the buy-in is the amount you get in chips. In a tournament, your buy-in is the amount that you have to pay to enter and get your initial number of tournament chips.
Big Blind - A designated amount that is placed by the player sitting in the second position, clockwise from the dealer, before any cards are dealt. Players joining a game in progress must post a Big Blind, but may do so from any position.
Call - To call is to match the current bet. If there has been a bet of €10 and a raise of €10 then it costs €20 to call. When all bets in the current betting round has been called the betting round is over. Calling is the cheapest way to remain in a hand.
Calling Station - A player that calls a lot and hardly ever raises or folds
Check - If there has been no betting before you in a betting round, you may check, which is like calling a bet of €0, or passing your turn.
Check-Raise - To check and then raise when another player bets. This is usually performed by a player with a strong hand, with the intention of increasing the pot.
Community card(s) - Face-up cards that are shared by all the players in a hand. Flop games, like Texas Hold'em or Omaha, have five community cards.
Connector - A pocket hand that consists of two cards next to each other in value, i.e. 9s 10d
Deal - To deal is to give out the cards during a hand. The person who does this is called the dealer. To be dealt in is to be given cards during a hand. To be dealt out or dealt around is not to be given cards.
Deck - A set of playing-cards. In most games, the deck consists of 52 cards.
Discard - In a draw game, a card that was discarded and thrown away by a player, to be replaced by another card.
Draw - Draw games are games where at some point during the hand you are allowed to discard some or all of your cards, to be replaced from the deck.
Drawing hand - An incomplete, but potentially strong hand. This usually refers to a hand where you have 4 out of 5 cards to make a straight (straight draw) or a flush (flush draw).
Early Position - This describes players immediately to the left of the blinds, said to be 'early' as they are the first players to bet.
Fifth Street - Another name for the river, the fifth and final community card in Omaha and Texas Hold'em
Fish - A bad player
Five Card Stud Poker - Original stud poker game in which players receive their first card face down, but all four subsequent cards face up. A round of betting follows each card being individually dealt, which the best visible hand initiating betting.
Fixed limit - In limit poker, any betting structure in which the amount of the bet on each particular round is fixed and pre-set.
Flop - A number of games, such as Hold'em and Omaha, are played with five community cards. The first three of these cards are dealt all at once, and are called the flop. Games with a flop can be called flop games.
Flush - the poker hand consisting of five cards in the same suit.
Forced bet - A mandatory bet on the first round of play in a stud game, such as 7-card stud.
Fourth Street - 4th community card dealt after betting on the flop has finished.
Freeroll - Freeroll tournaments are tournaments with no entry fee or initial buy-in.
Freezeout - In tournament play, when the period for re-buys ends, the tournament becomes a Freezeout.
Full House - The poker hand consisting of one pair and three of a kind. E.g. 4-4-K-K-K (two fours and three kings). The strongest three of a kind decides which full house is the strongest. E.g. 2-2-A-A-A (two twos and three aces) beats Q-Q-K-K-K (two queens and three kings).
Gutshot - An inside straight draw. An example of a gutshot straight draw (also known as belly buster straight draw) is to have 4578, in an attempt to draw a 6
Heads-up - Play between only two players. Our card room offers special heads-up tables.
Hole Cards - Cards that only you can see (also called pocket cards), used with the board to create the best 5 card hand
Kicker - In draw poker, a side card (one of a different rank) held, when drawing, with a pair or three of a kind, to disguise the hand or to try to improve the hand. In Hold'em, the unpaired card that goes with a player's pair or three of a kind. Often, the rank of the kicker determines the winner of the pot.
Late Position - This describes players immediately to the right of the dealer button, said to be 'late' as they are one of the last people to bet
Limp - Calling a bet
Made Hand - A hand that does not need another card to improve it.
Main pot - When a player goes all-in in a table stakes game, that player is only eligible to win the main pot - the pot consisting of those bets the player were able to match. Additional bets, placed in a side pot, are contested among the remaining players.
Maniac - A person that bets, raises, re-raises and bluffs a lot.
Micro-limit - Small limit poker games, i.e. 5c/10c or 10c/25c
Muck - The pile of discarded cards or the act of putting cards in this pile (and therefore taking them out of play).
No-limit - A type of poker game in which you can bet any amount you like at any stage, including your entire stack
Nuts - The best possible hand at a given point in the game.
Offsuit - Two cards that are not of the same suit
Omaha - A community poker game where each player is dealt four cards and must make his best hand using exactly two of them, plus three of the five community cards.
Open-ended Straight - A hand with 4 cards which only needs a card at either 'end' to make a straight
Out - A card that will give you a winning hand
Overcard - A hole card that is higher than all the community cards on the board.
Overpair - Pocket pairs that are higher than the highest card on the board
Pair - Two card of the same rank. E.g. J-J.
Play the Board - A situation where the board is your only hand.
Pocket - Cards that only you can see (also called hole cards), used with the board to create the best 5 card hand
Pocket Pair - Holding two of the same value cards in your pocket cards
Position - The player's location relative to the dealer.
Post - Putting up a blind (small blind or big blind). If you miss playing the blind in a particular round, the house dealer asks if you want to post, that is, put in as many chips as are in the blind you missed. When the action gets to you, you have already called one bet, and, if the pot has not been raised, you do not have to put any more chips in the pot. You can, of course, raise in turn.
Pot - All the money in the middle of the poker table that goes to the winner of the hand is the pot.
Pot-Committed - A situation where, due to your previous bets and the size of your stack you are forced all-in.
Pot Limit - Betting structure of a game in which you are allowed to bet up to the amount of the pot.
Quads - 4 of a kind.
Rainbow - A flop that consists of three different suits.
Raise - After someone has opened betting in a round, to increase the amount of the bet is to raise. For example, if the betting limit is €5 and player A bets €5, player B can fold, call the €5, or raise it to €10.
Rake - Chips taken from the pot by the card room as payment for hosting the game.
Rank - Each card has a suit and a rank. A pair is two cards of the same rank.
Rebuy - When you first sit down at a game, you buy in with a certain amount of money. Rebuying is what you do when you buy more chips when you run out, so that you are not eliminated from a tournament. Rebuys are also allowed in some tournaments for players who fall below a certain point in chips. In most cases rebuys are allowed only up to a certain point in a tournament (normally 1 hour) and often limited to a fixed number of rebuys.
River (Fifth Street) - The last of five community cards in flop games, e.g. Texas Hold'em and Omaha is called the river. Sometimes it also called Fifth Street. Sometimes "river" is used to refer to the last card in non-flop games, such as seven card stud.
Rock - A very tight player who bets and raises only when he has a decent hand and is therefore fairly predictable
Royal Flush - A poker hand consisting of a straight flush from A-10 (Ace to ten). I.e. A-K-Q-J-10 (Ace-King-Queen-Jack-Ten) in the same suit.
Satellite - Tournaments that do not win you any money but let you play in a further game, usually for high stakes.
Second Pair - Second highest pair possible.
Semi-Bluff - A bet made which you hope will not be called but if it is you have a semi-decent hand to continue playing with, i.e. you hold 7h Qd and the board comes 7d 3h Jd
Set - 3 of a kind when you hold pocket pairs and a card of the same value lands on the board.
Seventh Street - The final community card (also see River) in seven card stud.
Short Stack - Having considerably less chips/money than other players at the table.
Showdown - When all the betting is done, the showdown is the process where all remaining players show their cards to determine who wins the hand.
Slow Play - To check or call with a strong hand with the aim of keeping more players in the pot.
Side pot - An auxiliary pot generated when one or more players run out of chips, and which those who ran out cannot win. This can lead to a situation in which the holder of the second-best (or worse) hand can win more money in a pot than the holder of the best hand.
Small Blind - The amount put in the pot by the person immediately to the left of the dealer "button" prior to the cards being dealt.
Split Pot - A pot that's shared between two or more players because their hand rankings are the same.
Spread Limit - Where the minimum bet on all betting rounds equals to the big blind. The maximum bet varies on the different rounds.
Stack - The amount of money you have in front of you on the poker table (i.e., stack of chips). A stack can also refer to a particular number of chips.
Steal the pot - To win a pot through bluffing.
Straight - The poker hand consisting of five cards in a straight rank order. E.g. 4-5-6-7-8.
Straight Flush - The poker hand consisting of a straight where all the cards are in the same suit.
Suit - One of the four groups of 13 cards into which a deck is divided: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.
Suited - A starting hand that contains two of the same suit, i.e. 4s 6s.
Table stakes - (1) The amount of money you have on the table. This is the maximum amount that you can lose or that anyone can win from you on any one hand. (2) The requirement that players can wager only the money in front of them at the start of a hand, and can only buy more chips between hands.
Three of a kind - Three cards of the same rank. E.g. Q-Q-Q (three Queens).
Tilt - To play recklessly by making bad calls, raises, going all-in with nothing etc.
Top Pair - Highest pair possible.
Top Set - Highest three of a kind possible.
Trey - Another term for a three e.g. trey of clubs.
Trips - 3 of a kind.
Turn (Fourth Street) - The fourth of five community cards in flop games, e.g. Texas Hold'em and Omaha is called the turn. Sometimes it is also called Fourth Street.
Under the Gun - Player that is first to bet, to the left of the big blind.
VIP Points - A weighted reward system based on rake contribution. One VIP point is awarded for each €0.40 been contributed in rake. VIP Points can be redeemed against buy-ins (see above).
Wheel - A straight of any suit from Ace to Five.