You can get lost in the world of poker these days without a handy poker reference guide or dictionary – especially if you’re new to the game and trying not to look like a fish at the local tournaments! So we created this poker dictionary for you! POKER DICTIONARY ACTION – 1: The term ACTION is often used to describe whose turn it is, such as ‘where is the action?’ Or ‘which player is the action on?’ 2: Action can also describe the level of play at a poker table; if players are playing ‘loose’ one might say ‘there is a lot of action at that table’. 3: Any movement involved in the play of the game is considered action.
Placing a bet, folding cards, raising, checking, are all examples of actions. ALL-IN – A player that is ALL-IN has bet all of their money or chips on the outcome of that particular hand. ANTE – A predetermined amount posted before the start of a hand by all players involved. BET – Making the first wager into the pot during any betting round. BIG BLIND – A forced bet designed to promote action paid by the player 2 places left of the dealer button เสือมังกร sa before his or her hand is dealt. BLIND – A forced bet made before any cards are dealt. BLIND GAME – A game which uses a blind system. BOARD – 1: A dry erase board used in poker rooms for players to join the waiting list for a poker table. 2: Used in reference to the community cards face up on the table and shared by each player in the game. BOARDCARD – A community card in the center of the table, shared by all players in the game. BURNCARD – After each player has received their starting hand, the top card is ‘burned’ and tossed into the discard pile face down.
BUTTON – Short for ‘Dealer Button’. A player can be ‘on the button’ meaning they currently have the advantage of the dealer button. BUTTON GAMES – Games in which a dealer button is used. BUY-IN – The minimum amount of money a player must stake to enter any given game. CALIFORNIA LOWBALL – The primary poker game played in California during the 1970s. CAPPED – The maximum number of raises allowable in this round has been reached. Players can call or fold, they can no longer raise. CHECK – There is yet to be a bet in this round, and the player that has the action chooses not to bet, however does remain active in the hand.
CHECK-RAISE – Player Checks (See above) and then after an opponent places a bet, the original player raises that bet. CHOP – 1: An agreement made between the big and small blinds when no action has been made prior to their turn to act, both players agree to pull back their blinds and fold their hands. 2: Splitting the pot, generally due to a tied hand at showdown. COLLECTION – The fee charged in a game. COLLECTION DROP – A fee charged for each hand dealt to players in any given game. COLOR CHANGE – Changing the chips from one denomination to another. COMMON CARD – A card dealt face-up to be used by all players at the showdown in the game of stud poker if there are insufficient cards left in the deck to deal each player an individual card. COMMUNITY CARDS – Cards dealt face-up in the center of the table that are shared by all players in the hand. COMPLETE THE BET – A player has gone ‘All-In’ for less than the minimum bet, players may have the option to just call the short bet, or ‘complete the bet’ by betting the remainder of the amount. CUT – To divide the deck into sections in such a manner as to change the order of the cards, generally accomplished by placing the bottom half of the deck on the top.