If you are new to this game you must be confused by all the different poker terms there are to learn and master. An essential part of learning how to play poker online is to become acquainted with all the special vocabulary associated with this game.
To ease your way, EasyPPPoker has composed this glossary where you can find the right explanations of the different poker slang terms players use. Our main mission is to break down all the important poker terms in depth. That way, you won’t be so lost at the tables when these words and phrases are dropped and you will have the chance to better enjoy playing poker online or talking about it with other people in the best PPPoker Clubs.
Ace High: A hand with no pair which the highest ranking card is an Ace and there is no higher valued combination of cards possible. This means that the best possible hand you can make is a high card of an ace, which is worse than any pair.
Action: Can refer to: a player’s turn to act; the willingness to gamble; any of the available options of the game such as bet, raise, call, check, fold, etc.
Action Card: A dealt community card. It offers to improve multiple players’ hands making the action to dramatically increase.
Add-On: An amount that can be added to the player’s stack of tournament chips for a set fee during a designated break between hands.
Air: A hand of low value equivalent of having nothing.
Alias: This term references your online screenname other players will use to refer to you at PPPoker Clubs.
All-in: This poker slang term is used when all of one’s chips are put in the middle.
Backdoor: A draw that needs to catch two consecutive cards in order to complete. To put it in another way, hitting your needed cards on the turn and the river to make your hand.
Bankroll: Total amount of funds or chips a player has at his disposal for the purpose of playing poker online for money.
Barrel: Making a bet after already being the last aggressor on the previous street.
Bet: To make the first wager on the current betting round.
Bet the pot: To bet equal to the size of the pot.
Big Blind: Investment made by the player two to the left of the dealer button before any cards are dealt.
Blocker: A card that has a card removal effect on villain’s range.
Blocker Bet: A small bet made in the hopes of preventing our opponent making an even larger bet if checked to.
Bluff: Betting with a weak hand in the hopes of getting our opponent to fold a better hand.
Board: This poker term refers to the five community cards.
Boat: Full house.
Bring-in: Forced payment made by the player with the worst upcard on the third street.
Broadway: Any card out of Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
BRM: Acronym standing for “Bankroll Management”.
Busted: The poker term “busted” refers to a draw that missed its card and did not complete.
Buy-in: This poker term means the amount required to join a game of poker.
Call: To match the existing wager on the current betting round.
Calling Station: Poker style. A player that plays many hands but is likely a bad player.
Cash Game: This poker term is also known as “ring game” where players are free to buy in and leave at any time.
Check: To make no wager and let the action instead passes to the player on our left.
Community Cards: Cards placed in the center of the table which players may use to construct their 5-card hand.
Cooler: Situation where our hand is clearly too strong to fold, however ends up being beaten by a stronger hand.
Cripple: A strong hand the opponent can’t outdraw.
Dead Man’s Hand: Two pair, Aces and Eights.
Donk: To make a bet out of position on the current street after closing the action by calling on the previous street. This poker slang term is also used to describe a weak player.
Downswing: A prolonged period of losses.
Draw: Waiting on cards to complete our hand.
Drawing Dead: A situation where we have no shot to win.
Equity: Chance of a certain hand winning at showdown if it doesn’t fold.
Equity Calculator: A tool used to calculate the equity of hands/ranges against other hands/ranges.
Expected Value: This term indicates how profitable we expect a certain play to be in the long run.
Fastplay: To come out betting and raising when holding a strong made hand.
Favourite: A hand or player statistically likely to win.
Float: A call made with a speculative holding, having the intention of bluffing on a later street.
Fold: To discard our holding in a scenario where we don’t wish to match the wager made on the current street.
Free Card: Being able to see a card without having to invest additional chips.
Full House: A five card hand made with a combination of three of a kind and one pair.
Grinding: This poker term refers to playing poker for long hours, slowly building up profit.
GTO: Acronym that stands for Game Theory Optimal. It means the optimal way to play a hand or street according to the Game Theory.
Hand-for-hand: This poker term describes a stage in tournaments where every table completes its current hand before moving on to the next one.
Heads Up: Refers to a poker hand where only two players are involved.
Hero Call: A call made with a speculative hand in the hopes that our opponent is bluffing.
Hole Cards: Cards dealt face down to the player and kept secret.
ICM: Acronym that stands for “Independent Chip Modelling”. It’s a mathematical technique of assigning real monetary values to tournament chips.
Insurance: All deals made before the hand has resolved itself.
Isolation: Raising or betting expecting to only playing against one opponent post flop.
Jam: Colloquial term meaning to shove all-in.
Juice: Interest owed on money borrowed.
Kicker: The highest ranked card in your hand not used in pairs or trips. In scenarios where various players have the same hand, the best kickers will win the pot.
LAG: Poker style. A player that plays many hands and makes many bluffs.
Laydown: Folding with reluctance to ditch the hand.
Leverage: This poker slang term refers to chips that have an influence on correct strategy despite the fact that they are not currently in play.
Limp: Calling when there is no raise before us on the first betting round.
Misclick: Making a wrong action accidentally when playing in an online setting.
Monotone: Describes a board texture or hand structure where all cards belong to the same suit.
Monster: A very strong poker hand.
Muck: To return a losing hand to the dealer at showdown without showing it to the table.
Nuts: The best possible hand that can only chop and never lose.
Off-suit: A starting hand where there is no coordination between the suits, resulting in suited hands always better than off-suited hands.
One-Gap: A term used to describe two cards which are not in direct consecutive order but instead contain a gap of one.
Open-raise: Making the first raise on the first betting round.
Out: A card that will likely give us the best hand if it falls.
Overcall: To call behind another player who has already made a call before us on the current street.
Overcard: A card which is either higher than the board or higher than our current holding.
Pair: In this poker term, pairing is when we hold two cards of identical rank.
Play the Board: To formulate our hand entirely using community cards but also playing without a legitimate hand based purely on the board texture or the appearance of our upcards.
Paint: A term used to designate any cards between Jack and Ace also including them.
Pocket Rockets: Pocket Aces in Hold’em, which is the best possible starting hand.
Pocket Pair: A starting hand where we have a pair in the hole.
Qualify: This means holding 5 cards 8 or lower based on the qualification rules.
Rabbit Hunt: Seeing the remaining community cards after folding.
Ragged: This poker term means a non-coordinated board texture.
Raise: To increase the size of the wager on the current street.
Rake: A small amount taken from the pot each hand as payment for running the poker game.
Range: The possible hands the opponent might be holding.
Rebuy: To purchase additional chips.
Redraw: To make one hand and have a draw for a better one.
River: Final betting round in Hold’em, Omaha and Stud poker variants.
River Rat: A player who gets lucky and sucks out on the river gets called by this poker term.
Rock: Poker style. A player that plays few hands and is very cautious.
Royal Flush: Having 10-J-Q-K-A of the same suit.
Sandbagging: To play a strong hand deceptively by checking and calling.
Scare Card: A card that might cause our opponent to fold more frequently.
Semi-Bluff: A bluff made with a drawing hand.
Showdown: Revealing the strength of our hand to determine the winner after all the betting rounds are complete.
Slowplay: To play a strong made hand passively and deceptively in the hope that our opponent will bluff or pay us off on a later street.
Splash the Pot: Getting the chips into the middle of the table with no order.
Suited: A starting hand where two or more of the cards share the same suit.
Table Stakes: This poker term refers a rule that prevents players from being forced to wager more chips than those they brought to the table.
TAG: Poker style. A player who plays many hands and is patient for a good hand.
Tank: An abbreviation of “time bank” which implies thinking about a decision at the tables.
Tie: When two hands are of equivalent strength, the pot splits.
Trap: To play a strong made hand passively in the hope that our opponent launches a big bluff.
Under the Gun: This poker term describes the first player to act on the first betting round.
Underbet: A bet sizing less than 50% of the pot.
Underdog: A player or hand statistically unlikely to win.
Upswing: A prolonged period of winning.
Value Bet: A bet with a made hand hoping to get paid off by a worse holding.
Variant: There are many poker variants, being the ones you can play at EasyPPPoker Hold’em or Omaha, for example.
Whale: A really bad poker player.
WSOP: The World Series of Poker, the most important poker tournament held every year in Las Vegas.