On this page we have provided you with the definitions
for a list of some of the terms often used in poker, as well as a few computer related terms.
term refers to the option given
the big blind player the
option of raising before the flop.
Overcard: In stud, if you assume your opponent has a
pair of sevens, then every card above seven in your hand is considered an
Pair: Also called
two of a kind. This is a hand where the
player's best hand is made up of 2 cards of the same
Pass: Can be
used in place of either pass
or fold depending
on the context.
Play Chips: The chips used for play money games.
Play chips have no monetary value.
Playing the Board:
Using all the community cards in
Hold'em as your best hand.
Pocket Cards: The term for the two
down cards at the start of the hand.
Pot: The chips available to win in any given hand.
Pot Limit: A variation on betting where each player may bet up to the current amount in the
Profile: A term describing the information a player may enter about himself/herself that may be available, at the
player's option, to other players in the poker room.
Your profile may include your favorite hobby, favorite web site, favorite quote, and more.
Rake: The amount of money, in chips, taken by the house as the service fee.
Raise: The act of increasing the amount bet by a prior bettor.
Rank: The value of a card.
The rank of the 2 of Spades is 2.
The rank of the Queen of Hearts is Queen.
Rank value increases from 2 through 10, followed in order by Jack, Queen, King, and Ace.
In High/Low games, the Ace may be used both for its high rank and as the lowest rank card.
Rebuy: To get more chips during a game but not during a hand that you are in.
This applies to real money and tournament play.
Registration: We ask you to select a
screen name to serve as your poker room identity, a password, and to provide a location and email address to create an account.
This is your registration.
River: The fifth and final
community card. This card is also known as
refers to the dealing of a set
of cards and associated
betting. For example,
the dealing of the river
and the bets that follow are a
Royal Flush: The best possible high hand.
This is a straight flush from 10 through to Ace of the same
Screen Name: The identity you select by which you are known in the poker room.
We only allow one player to use a screen name so please understand if the one you have selected is already taken.
See: This is a synonym of
call. It is often used in conjunction with the term raise, as in
"I'll see your $10 and raise you $10."
Self-install: The term used to describe how the file you download from our web site is automatically installed and configured on your computer when you double-click on the file.
Server: The computer, or set of computers, providing a service to client computers.
In this case the service is the poker room.
Showdown: After the final bet, when all players show their hands or
muck, is known as the showdown.
Side Pot: This is a
pot created when a player goes all-in.
The side pot is the pot available to those players not all-in at that point.
There can, on occasion, be more than one side pot.
Sit Out: We permit you to hold your seat at a table while not participating in some hands.
Under most conditions, we limit the time you may sit out to a small number of hands.
In blind games, you may be asked to post the equivalent of the blind if you return to your seat prior to the blind reaching you.
To sit out you click a check box on the table screen.
To return, you unclick the
"sit out" check box.
Small Blind: In
Hold'em and Omaha, this is the mandatory bet required of the player to the left of the dealer.
Stakes: See buy-in.
Straight: A hand in which the player has five cards in
rank order. Suit does not matter.
For example, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen.
A straight all of the same
Stud: The generic term for poker games where players receive the first card(s) down followed by some up cards where those
up cards are exclusively for the use of that player.
There may be a further down card as in
7 Card Stud.
Suit: One of
Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, or
Spades (in rank order).
Table Stakes: The value of the chips with which a player sits down at a table.
Also a term for no-limit poker.
Texas Hold'em: The poker game where each player gets two
down cards followed by five
community cards face-up.
Third Street: The nickname for the third card in any game of
Three of a kind:
A hand consisting three cards of the same
Trips: A nickname for
three of a kind.
Turn: The nickname for the fourth community card in
Hold'em and Omaha.
Two Pair: A hand in which the player has two pairs of cards.
This occurs when a player
raises a prior bet but has to
go all-in to do so. If
the player under-raising …
going all-in to raise … has
less than ½ of the expected
raise for that betting round,
the betting round is locked.
The term locked here
means that any player who has
already acted in the round
(checked, called, or raised)
may no longer raise.
They may only call or
However, players who
have yet to act (betting has
not reached them yet) may
raise the expected raise for
that betting round, after
the under-raise is ½ or more
than the expected raise, the
lock rule does not apply.
- Advance Action:
To help keep the pace of the games moving nicely, we have provided advance action capabilities.
When you know what you will do next, you can use these to indicate your next action prior to the bet reaching you.
These advance action options will always present the correct options for the context of the play.
Using Advance Action buttons
will help keep the pace of the
- All-in: When you run out of chips during a hand, but
don't wish to fold, you are all-in.
This means you have the potential to win a share of the pot up to and including your last contribution to that pot.
You cannot share in any bets added beyond that point.
These bets form a side-pot.
The all-in is also used for situations where a player in a hand loses connection to the server.
- Ante: The small stake required from each player to participate before a hand is dealt.
The ante is used in 7 Card Stud and
7 Card Stud High/Low on our site.
In Hold'em and Omaha, a
blind is used as opposed to an ante.
The ante is not part of a
player's bet whereas a blind is.
- Avatar: A term from computer gaming for an image or figure used to represent a person.
- Bad Beat: to be a heavy favorite in a hand and lose to an opponent who was a severe underdog statically speaking
- Bet the Pot: This term is used in
pot limit games.
It means your bet matches the current amount in the pot.
If, when your turn to bet, the pot was at $217, and you bet the pot, your bet is $217.
- Big Blind: In games using a
blind to put money in play, the big blind is generally equal to the lower amount of the stakes for that game. In a $5/$10 game, the big blind is $5. The big blind follows the
small blind, which is put up by the first player to the left of the dealer.
- Blind: This term refers to the required bets, called the
small blind and the big blind used to put money into play.
The blinds are mandatory bets and rotate around the table.
- Board: The community cards in
Hold'em are collectively known as the board.
- Bring-in: In ante games, the bring-in is a mandatory bet, normally half the lower stake value.
The player with the lowest face-up card must either bet the lower stake, or the bring-in to start the hand.
- Buddy List: A feature of our poker room allowing players to identify other players, with permission, as buddies.
Buddies will be marked for you at tables, making it easier for you to find the people you enjoy playing poker with.
- Burn: In physical poker rooms, the top card of the deck is discarded prior to each round of dealing.
The intent is to minimize the risk of cheating by knowing the next card.
There is no possibility of this happening in our poker room, therefore we do not burn cards.
- Button: A marker, usually disk-shaped, to indicate which player is the virtual dealer.
The button is used in games where position relative to the dealer is important.
- Buy-in: There is a minimum chip value required to sit at any given table.
Normally the minimum is 10 times the higher
stake for that game.
For some special games, that value may be higher.
The minimum value required to be seated is called the buy-in.
The amount of money you sit down in a game with.
All games have a minimum buy-in, typically 10 times the
- Call: When a player matches the prior bet on the table, that action is termed the call.
- Cap: The last permitted
raise in a betting round is called the cap.
We allow three raises beyond the initial
bet in limit
games. The third raise is the cap.
- Check: If there is no bet on the table and you do not wish to place a bet, that action is termed a check.
You may only check when there are no pending bets.
- Client: The term for the software that you download to your computer, allowing you to interact with the poker
- Collusion: A form of cheating where two or more players attempt to gain an unfair advantage by sharing information.
We do not tolerate
- Community Cards:
Face up cards on the table that are shared by all players are termed community cards.
Texas Hold'em and Omaha always have community cards.
In stud games, a community card is dealt in place of the last
down card when too few cards remain in the deck for each player to receive a down card.
- Dead Blind: In a situation where you have missed your
blinds and wish to re-enter the game before your turn to post the
big blind. You must post both blinds and the
small blind is termed a dead blind, meaning it does not count towards calling a bet.
- Dead Hand: A hand no longer in the game.
- Door Card: The first
face-up card dealt with the two
down cards in 7 Card Stud games.
- Down Cards: The
face-down cards dealt to a player.
- Drawing Dead: This describes the situation when a player is trying to draw a card to complete a hand when there is already a hand that will beat it, even if made.
- Drop: To drop your hand when you decide not to go further with your hand; to return your cards to the muck.
Same as fold.
- Face Down: Dealt cards that are not visible to other players.
- Face Up: Dealt cards that are visible to all players.
- Fifth Street: The term for the fifth card in
7 Card Stud and the fifth
board card in Hold'em.
- Flop: In Texas
Hold'em, the set of 3 face-up community
cards; the first three cards on the board, all dealt at the same time.
- Flush: Any 5 cards in one hand that are all the same suit.
- Fold: Withdraw from further participation in the current hand.
Also see drop.
- Forced Bet: A mandatory bet.
In certain games, a player is required to bet, having sat-in the game.
Also see bring-in.
- Four of a Kind:
A great hand ... all 4 of one rank.
For example, 4 Tens.
- Fourth Street: The term for the fourth card in
7 Card Stud and the fourth
board card in Hold'em.
- Full House: A hand in which you have a combination of
3 of a kind, and a pair.
- Graphics: The term for the artwork used to present you with the images of a poker room, including the table, chairs, avatars, cards, and chips.
- Hand: A set of cards used by a player during a single round.
Another word for a single round of shuffling, dealing, and betting.
- Heads Up: A game where only two players remain in contention for the
- Head to Head: A game where only two players may participate.
- High Card: The card with the highest
- High/Low: A variation of a game where the
pot is split between the best hand and the worst hand.
The worst hand is comprised of the 5 lowest cards.
Most poker rooms, including this one, consider 5, 4, 3, 2, A
(the wheel) as the lowest possible hand, despite it also being a
- Hold'em: Also called
Texas Hold'em. One of the most popular poker games.
Each player gets 2 down cards and can use 3 of 5
face-up community cards.
- Hole Cards: The
down cards in a
- In: A term for being an active player; one who has not folded.
- Inside Straight:
The term applied when a player has 4 of 5 cards needed for a
straight with the missing card being inside the sequence rather than at either end, and gets the missing card.
For example, a player holding 3, 4, 5, 7 needs a 6 to complete the straight.
Getting that 6 is termed "making the inside straight."
- Jackpot: A bonus opportunity to win under specific circumstances set by the poker room.
- Kicker: The term for the card used to break ties between
two of a kind or between
- Live Blind: A blind that counts towards any bet you
call or raise.
- Main Pot: The initial
pot of money. When one or more players go all-in, a side pot is created for each all-in player.
- Muck: As a noun, this refers to the pile of folded cards and discarded cards.
As a verb, at showdown time, the act of returning a losing hand to the dealer
- No Limit: A variation of the betting rules in which each bet is unlimited up to the number of chips a player has on the table
- Omaha: A game in which each player receives 4
face-down cards and shares 5
The winning hand must use exactly 2 down cards and 3 community cards.
This game also has a High/Low variant.
- Omaha High/Low:
This game allows players to compete for a
pot split between the highest and the lowest hands using 2
down cards and 3 community
cards. A player may use different sets of cards to make up the best high and the best low hands.
- One on One: See
head to head.
Up Card: A card
dealt face up, so that
all players may see it.
Wheel: A nickname for the best low hand: 5, 4, 3, 2, A.