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Below is a list of common poker terms used in everyday poker. Click on any link to advance to that description.
Add-on: Typically available at the end of the rebuy period in a tournament, an Add-on allows players to pay an additional fee to receive another amount of chips. Add-ons are permitted regardless of how many chips the player has, unlike rebuys which are restricted to when the player has fewer chips than when he started.
All-in: A player who bets all the chips he or she has left at table. Other players still active in the hand can bet and raise beyond that player’s All-in mount, and the All-in player is not obligated to meet or call those bets. However, the All-in player is only eligible to win the pot up to the point it was when he went All-in and called by all remaining players. Any bets or raises made beyond that point constitute a side pot which is contested by those remaining players.
Betting Round: A sequence of bets made by each player in turn going clockwise around the table. In any given round of bets, the sequence may travel around the table several times if there are bets, raises, re-raises before there are calls or checks.
Big Blind: A designated bet (posted before any cards are dealt) made by the player sitting to the immediate left of the player posting the Small Blind. The Big Blind is normally (although not always) double the Small Blind and is usually equal to the minimum bet for the first rounds.
Blinds: Bets that must be made by the two players sitting directly to the left of the dealer. They are called “Blinds” because they must be made before you have been dealt your pocket cards. The purpose of Blinds is to create the pot and entice other players into betting.
Bluff: To make other players believe that you have a better hand than you actually have by betting or raising as if you did have a great hand. By bluffing, you
Board: The centre of the table is called the Board. This is where the Community Cards (also called Board Cards) are shown and where the pot sits. If your best
Buy-in: The amount of chips you bring to table when you take a seat. Each table has a minimum buy-in and a maximum buy-in. Usually, the minimum is 10 times the Big Blind, and the maximum is 100 times the Big Blind.
Check: To stay in the hand but not bet or raise. Check allows you to stay in the game at no additional risk or cost to you. You may only Check if you are the first player to act in a round of betting or if all preceding players have Checked.
Chips: Poker chips, used for placing bets at table. When you bring chips to a table, the amount is deducted from your Account Balance. When you leave a table, the chips you take away with you are converted back into your Account Balance.
Dealer: The player in the seat position from which cards are dealt. The position of the Dealer is marked by the Button, a green disc with a “D” in the centre. The player to the immediate left of the Dealer posts the Small Blind, and the next player posts the Big Blind (which is usually double the Small Blind).
Feeder: (Also: Satellite) A Feeder is a tournament which funnels winners from one tournament to another. Often, several Feeders are strung together to create a “tournament ladder” where players can enter for a low cost at the bottom and win their way into high stakes tournaments.
Limit Poker: A game of poker with a fixed limit to the amount players can bet, and a prescribed number of raises. When it is your turn, you may only bet or raise by an amount equal to the minimum for that round.
Limits: These are limits on the maximum bet or raise. In poker, there are three basic Limit types: Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit. In general terms, Limit Poker has a fixed limit to the amount you can bet or raise on your turn – usually it is the minimum bet for that round. With Pot Limit, you raise up to the amount in the Pot, and with No Limit you can raise any amount up to what’s left in your chip stack at table.
Muck: Decline to show your cards at the conclusion of a hand. You can choose to muck when there is a better hand visible at showdown (meaning it is clear you lost), or when you win because all other players have folded. When you have the winning hand and there are one or more players still active at the showdown, you must show your cards.
No Limit Poker: A game of poker where players can bet any amount in any round from the minimum bet up to the entire chip stack they have at table. Players cannot bring additional chips to the table from their account balance during a hand of play, but they can get chips between hands.
Prize Pool: The Prize Pool is the cumulative amount of contributions paid by all participants in a tournament. For example, if a tournament buy-in is $5 + $.50, $5 is contributed to the prize pool by each player and $.50 is the entry fee paid to the house. If there are 100 participants, the total Prize Pool is $500 and that amount is distributed to the top finishers in the tournament. Rebuys and Add-ons, if permitted, also contribute to the Prize Pool.
Rank: The value of a card relative to other cards (for example, an Ace is of a higher rank than a King). Also, the value of a player’s 5-card hand relative to the hands of other players (for example, a 3-of-a-kind is of higher rank than a pair).
Rebuy: A Rebuy is when a player brings more chips to the table. This most often occurs when the player loses all of the chips he originally brought to the table, but a player can Rebuy at any time during regular table play up to the maximum amount allowed at the table. Rebuys are sometimes also allowed in tournament play, adding a new level of strategic complexity and excitement.
Round of Betting: (Also: Round) A sequence of bets made by each player in turn going clockwise around the table. In any given round of bets, the sequence may travel around the table several times if there are bets, raises, re-raises before there are calls or checks. In Hold’em Poker, there are four rounds of betting. They occur after: The Pocket Deal (Pre-Flop), the Flop, the Turn and the River. The Blinds are considered to be part of the Pre-Flop round.
Satellite: (Also: Feeder) Satellite refers to a tournament in which the winner or winners receive a seat at another tournament instead of a cash prize.
Side Pot: A portion of the pot that is being contested by the remaining players when one or more players has gone All-in. In a hand of play with several players going All-in on different rounds, there may be several Side Pots.
Small Blind: A designated bet (posted before any cards are dealt) made by the player sitting to the immediate left of the Dealer. The Small Blind is
Split Pot: A pot that is split between two or more players who have hands of equal rank at Showdown. This frequently happens when the 5 community cards constitute the best possible hand. Any remaining players would split the pot between them.
Stakes: The minimum bets for the table, usually show as two figures separated by a slash (such as 2/4 or $5/$10). The Stakes give an indication as to how rich a table is – how fast and high the pots may grow. The higher the stakes, the richer the table. The first figure is the minimum bet for the first two rounds (Pre-Flop and Flop), and the second is for the final two rounds (Turn and River). There are no currency symbols for Free Play table stakes. The minimum bet in No Limit and Pot Limit games is the same for all rounds, but the stakes are still represented as two figures ($5/$5).