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cardschat - Poker Glossary
Category: Sport and Leisure > Poker
Date & country: 28/06/2009, UK
Words: 132

To check and call with a made hand, instead of betting or raising. Most often used as a way to trick opponents into thinking your hand is weaker than it really is.

smooth call
Calling a bet or a raise, instead of raising yourself with strong hands.

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.

Small Stakes Hold 'em, a book by Ed Miller, David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth.

When it is checked to someone in late position who raises preflop in Hold 'em, he may be on a steal - raising with a worse-than-usual hand, because of the added possibility of him picking up the blinds uncontested.

When someone posts a big blind plus a raise in the first position after the BB. This is volountarily, and quite frankly, stupid. Some people do this because they like to gamble, but there's no good reason (except maybe to cheaply create a wild and loose image at the table you're sitting at) to ever post a straddle.

A hand where the five cards have consecutive values, e.g. 4-5-6-7-8 or 10-J-Q-K-A, or A-2-3-4-5. A straight can not go "over the ace", however, as in Q-K-A-2-3.

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

A single table tournament.

Someone who has lost money is said to be stuck. "I was going to leave sooner, but I was stuck $130, and I wanted to get some of that money back."

When someone draws against the odds (or draws at all, really) to beat your hand and hits, you are the victim of a suckout. It is also sometimes used about a person, "You're suck a suckout!".

The suit of a card in the deck: Clubs, Spades, Hearts or Diamonds.

When cards all share a suit, they are said to be suited. "the flop came 678-suited. Someone had to have a strong draw, but it wasn't me - I folded."

A mannerism or a quirk in someone's behavior that signals the strength of their hand. The person giving the tell is not aware of what he's doing. It can be a slight shake of the hand, or the way he holds his good cards (as opposed to his bad ones), etc.

third street
The first face-up card in Stud.

In limit poker, this is when someone has bet, someone else raised him, and it's now being raised once again. It's someone synonymous with reraise.

A hand where three of the cards have the same value. This hand is stronger than two pair, and weaker than a straight.

Someone who plays only good hands and tosses his hands when he doesn't have the goods, is said to play tight.

Going on tilt or tilting is when for one reason or another, you're not thinking straight. The most common reason for this to happen is that you've had a series of bad cards, or been the victim of a bad suckout. Your judgment gets clouded, and you begin playing cards that you should fold, for the wrong reasons.

As opposed to cash games. A tournament can have any number of entrants, and any number of buy-in, but once started, you're there until you've either been knocked out or won.

The book Tournament Poker for Advanced Players, by David Sklansky.

When you slowplay a big hand in order to get someone else to bet at it big (typically making someone bluff at the pot), you've set a trap.

What poker players call a 3.

See three-of-a-kind.

The fourth community card in Hold 'em and Omaha, after the flop and before the river.

two pair
A hand like A-Q-Q-6-6. Two pair of matching cards. This hand is stronger than one pair, and weaker than three-of-a-kind.

under the gun
The position at the table just left of the big blind, e.g. the first person to act pre-flop in Hold 'em and Omaha.

See under the gun.

The lowest straight - A-2-3-4-5. In O8, this hand is likely to win both the Hi and the Lo, because it's the lowest possible hand, while simultaneously having very strong high-hand potential.

Winning Low Limit Hold 'Em, a beginner's book by Lee Jones.

The World Poker Tour.

The World Series of Poker.