A Poker Glossary


Add on – a game in which there is an option for the purchase of more chips.

All in – putting all available chips in the current hand.

Ante – a mandatory bet in which all of the players will need to put the same number of chips before dealing begins.


Bet – the money wagered during a hand of poker.

Blind – the forced bet.

Bounty – a prize on a player’s “head” during a poker tournament.


Cash out – converting chips into cash.

Check – to place no bet.

Chip – a poker game token.


Deal – the official manner in which cards are distributed in a game of poker.

Discard – to put a card out of play after it has been dealt.

Draw – to take another card.


Expected Value – the estimated value that a player can expect to take from a single pot.

Exposed Card – a card that has been revealed to all of the players at the table.


Final Table –table at which a tournament winner will be determined.

Flop – dealing the first three “face up” cards to the community.

Freezeout – a type of tournament game in which there are no rebuy options.


Gap – a hand in which one rank is separating two cards.

Grinder – poker players who earn a living making small wagers.


Hand – the sets of cards that are used to determine the winner in a game of poker.

Hole Card – the cards that are dealt face down.

Home Game – poker games played in private venues rather than casinos.


Implied Odds –used for future hands and when a player expects to fold in the following round.

Improve – to obtain a better hand by exchanging cards.

Insurance – games in which players agree to reduce a pot with more cards.


Jackpot – the pool of money collected by the house and awarded to the winner.

Joker – the 53rd and 54th cards in a deck.

Junk - poker hands with little value.


Kitty – a pool of money.


Lead – a player who makes the last bet in a betting round.

Limit – the minimum or maximum levels of any bet.

Low – lowest ranking card.


Match the Pot –a wager that is equal to all of the chips in the pot.

Middle Pair –a pair with neither the highest or lowest of the community cards.

Move In – when the player bets their entire stake at once.


No Limit –games in which players may bet all of their chips in a single instance.

Nothing – hands that provide a player with only the “high card” option as a method for winning.


Open – to place the first bet in a hand.

Outs – the cards that are considered to be of benefit to a single player’s hand.

Overbet – making a bet that is larger than the size of a pot.


Pair – two cards of the same rank in a hand.

Pot – the amount of money or chips available during a hand of poker.

Pre-flop – the first round of betting in a game.


Qualifier – when a game has a minimum hand value.

Quarter – some poker games have pots that are distributed in percentages, and a quarter is what often goes to one of the lowest ranking players.


Rag – a card that has a low value in a specific poker game.

Rebuy – tournament option that allows the player to acquire another quantity of chips.

River – final community card in a poker game.


Setup – pre-game actions.

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