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cardschat - Poker Glossary
Category: Sport and Leisure > Poker
Date & country: 28/06/2009, UK
Words: 43


all-in
to have all your chips in the middle; [to move] to bet everything you have left.

bet
to put money into the pot. Only used for the first person who does it during a betting round; the others either "call" or "raise."

blank
a card that didn't help you (often: and didn't help anyone else)

CO
see cut-off

CR
see check-raise

cut-off
the seat just to the right of the button is called the cut-off. This is the second-to-last position in hold'em.

flat call
To just call a bet instead of raising.

flush
A hand that consists of cards that are all of one suit. A flush is better than a straight but worse than a full house.

four-of-a-kind
Exactly what i sounds like: For instance 2-2-2-2-7 is a four-of-a-kind hand. The only hand that beats four-of-a-king (or quads) is a straight flush.

HE
Common acronym for Hold 'em.

hole, hole cards
the cards that are dealt face-down to you in hold'em and stud.

HPFAP
Common acronym for David Sklansky's and Mason Malmuth's book Hold 'em Poker for Advanced Players.

HU
Acronym for heads-up.

leak
A systematic mistake that a poker player makes is called a leak. This is because the mistake is costing him (leaking) money in the long run. "One of my biggest leaks was to constantly be folding overcards in a big pot on the flop."

LHE
Acronym for Limit Hold 'em.

lock
A hand so strong that it's either impossible or at least wholly unlikely that it can lose no matter what comes on the coming streets. Having a lock on the pot means that it's time to figure out how to extract the most money out of the other players.

loose
A player who calls bets with weak hands or when he doesn't have the odds to justify it. The opposite of tight.

move in
To go all-in.

MTT
Multi-table tournament.

NLHE
No-limit Hold 'em.

nuts
Someone who has the best possible hand is said to be holding the nuts. The best possible hand is always at least a set.

PLHE
Pot-limit Hold 'em.

PLO8
Pot-limit Omaha 8-or-better.

push
To go all-in.

quads
See four-of-a-kind.

runner-runner
Catching two cards in a row that you need for a hand is called catching (or needing) runner-runner. An example of this is having three cards to a flush on the flop - you need to hit runner-runner cards of the same suit in order to make your flush.

running bad
When statistical fluctuations cause you to get bad hands and lose money. Also called a cold streak.

rush
See hot streak.

sandwich
To trap someone (or be trapped yourself) between two raisers. This can get very expensive for the person who is sandwiched.

scoop
To win both the Hi and the Lo in a split game is called to scoop.

semi-bluff
Betting or raising on the come. The idea behind this tactic is that the combined chances of you hitting your draw and your opponent folding makes it profitable.

set
A pair in the hole that gives you three-of-a-kind with something on the board.

SF
Stands for straight flush.

shove
Yet another way of saying all-in.

SnG
Sit And Go (or Sit'n'Go). A form of online tournament where it starts as soon as all the seats are filled. The most common form is the one-table SnG.

straight flush
The strongest hand in poker. A straight with all the cards in the same suit.

STT
A single table tournament.

third street
The first face-up card in Stud.

trey
What poker players call a 3.

trips
See three-of-a-kind.

UTG
See under the gun.

WPT
The World Poker Tour.

WSOP
The World Series of Poker.