A simple and straightforward way of playing with limited bluffing.
A full house with three aces.
Acting out of turn
When a player physically or verbally announces what they intend to do before it’s their turn.
Can refer to your turn or to events that happened during a hand.
Air refers to a very weak hand.
A bet where a player commits his entire stack.
A small bet all players must make before cards are dealt. The purpose is to increase the action.
A flush draw with only three cards to the flush – it needs to hit both turn and river to make the flush.
Bad luck in poker.
The total amount of money a poker player has dedicated to playing poker. Note that a bankroll is different than all money you have access to. Bankroll management is a critical skill in poker. One way of doing that is by not playing on higher limits you can afford (with your bankroll).
The amount of chips the second player to the left of the dealer has to bet. The amount depends on the stakes.
An AK hand.
A forced bet referring to the big blind or the small blind. If you are one of the blinds, you are sitting either immediately to the left of the dealer button (small blind position) or one position farther left (big blind).
A relatively small bet made by a player out of position with the purpose to discourage an opponent from making a larger bet when checked to.
A blocker is a card that make it impossible or less likely for an opponent to have a hand that includes that card. For example, if you have the ace of diamonds and there are two diamonds on the board it is less likely your opponent has a flush draw – especially if most suited cards in his range includes an ace.
A hand that can only beat a bluff.
Board coverage refers to how well a player’s range hits the possible flop, turn and river cards.
A full house.
A pair with one of your hole cards and the lowest card on the board.
A card that is unlikely to help either player.
Close to the money in tournaments. For example if the top-10 players win money in a tournament, you are on the bubble when there are 11 players left. The strategies are mathematically changing when getting close to the bubble.
The top card is discarded from the deck to make cheating harder.
A loose player who likes to call bets, but rarely raises.
Clicking it back
Making a min-raise by clicking online.
An all-in situation where both players have about the same chance of winning the pot.
To call after a bet and one or more raises.
Cheating when at least two players are collaboring with each other in some way. For example by exchanging information at the table or handing over chips (in tournaments).
Number of possible card combinations. There are 52 cards in a deck, 13 of each rank and 4 suits. There are 16 ways to combine any unpaired hand and 6 ways to combine a pair. For unpaired hands there are 12 combos of off-suit hands and 4 suited combos.
The cards on the table that are shared by all players to make the best 5 card poker hand in combination with their hole cards. Also called the board.
Calling a bet when you are not confident you have the best hand. This phrase is usually used on the river.
A bet made out of position by a player who did not take the initiative in previous betting round.
A period where a player loses more than expected.
Not quite the nuts (best possible hand), but close enough to be played as it was.
Five-bet (or 5-bet)
A 5-bet is the third re-raise in a betting round. Usually a 5-bet is an all-in preflop. It can happen on other streets as well, but that is rare.
A call made with the intention of bluffing at a later round.
The first three community cards, they are dealt at the same time.
When you have four cards to a flush you have a flush draw.
Four-bet (or 4-bet)
A 4-bet is a second re-raise in a betting round. It is more common preflop, but can happen on other streets as well, especially with deep stacks.
A card you don’t have to pay to see. Usually used when you are in position and raised in previous round and opponents check to you in this round.
A player who makes a living by playing a lot of hands on low stakes.
Gutshot straight draw
When you have one missing card in the middle of a sequence to a straight, you have a gutshot straight draw. For example 7s, 8h, 9c, 5d.
Playing against a single opponent.
Heads up display
An overlay on top of the online poker table that provides you with statistics about the players.
The cards dealt face down to a player. Also known as pocket cards.
A raise with intention of isolating a weak player who has limped (called instead of raising) preflop.
A loose aggressive player who is playing many hands and trying to take down pots by playing aggressively.
The pile of folded and burned cards during a hand. Also used when players fold the cards.
The best possible poker hand that can be made with the community cards.
Four of a kind.
Community cards with no equal suits.
The fifth community card.
Running it twice
When one or more players are all in, they can in some places decide to run it twice. This means the pot is split in two and the remaining cards are dealt twice.
The amount of chips the first player to the left of the dealer has to bet. The amount depends on the stakes.
When you have four cards to a straight you have a straight draw. For example 7s, 8h, 9c, 6d.
A tight aggressive player who is playing well selected hands in an aggressive way.
Three-bet (or 3-bet)
A third raise in a betting round, normally used preflop (where big blind counts as the first raise).
Being emotionally impacted so it influences your play in a negative way.
Three of a kind.
The fourth community card.