Poker has a language somewhat to itself. Party Poker provides with a glossary to familiarizeyourself with poker terms. Many of the poker terms in this glossary are linked to one another.If you click a link within a deﬁnition, click your browserʼs “back” button to return to thedeﬁnition you just left.
Aces FullAfull housewiththree aces and anypair.Ace-HighA ﬁve cardhandthat contains one Ace, with nostraightorﬂushor ahand with no pair in it.Aces UpAhandthat contains twopairs, one of which is Aces.ActionChecking/Betting/Raising. A game in which players are playing a lot of pots is considered an “action” game.Active PlayerAny player who is still in thehand.Add-onA purchase of more chips (optional) at the end of the re-buy period ina tournament.All-InWhen a playerbetsall his/her chips.: Inonline poker, you may bedeemed “All-in” when you are disconnected (even if you have chipsremaining).American AirlinesTwo Aces.AnteMoney placed in thepotbefore thehandis begun.
Bad BeatWhen ahandis beaten bya lucky draw.Belly BusterA draw and/or catch toanInside Straight.BetTo place chips into thepot.Bet the PotWhen a player bets the amount of thepot.BicycleA straight that is A-2-3-4-5.Big BlindA designated amount that is placed by the player sitting in the secondposition, clockwise from the dealer, before any cards are dealt.(Players joining a game in progress must post a Big Blind, but may doso from any position.)Big SlickA hand that contains an A-K.BlindThe bet(s) that must be made by the two players sitting directly tothedealerʼs left which will start the action on the ﬁrstround of betting.The blinds are posted before any cards are dealt. (A “Blind” bet is onethat is made inthe dark without looking at your cards.)Blind RaiseWhen a playerraiseswithout looking at his hand.Bluﬀ To make other players believe thatone has a betterhandthan he/shemight otherwise have bybettingorraisingwhen they do not have thebest hand.BoardcardsThe cards thatare dealt face-up in apoker gamefor all players to see.Inﬂop games, ﬁvecards are dealt face-up in the center of the table.InSeven Card Stud, four cards are dealt face-up in front of each player.Bottom PairWhen a player uses the lowest card on theﬂopto make apairwithone of his own cards.BroadwayAn Ace highstraight(A-K-Q-J-10).Bring-InThe forced bet made on the ﬁrstround of bettingby the player who isdealt the lowest card showing inSeven Card Studand Stud 8 or Better.InRazz(Lowball) it is the highest card showing
Bring It InTo start the betting on the ﬁrst round.Broomcornʼs UncleAplayer who antes himself broke.BulletsApairof Aces.BumpToraise.ButtonAlso known as the dealer button, it is a small round disk that is movedfrom player to player in a clockwise direction following each hand, totheoretically indicate the dealer of each hand.Buy-InThe minimum amount of money required by a player to sit down in aparticular poker game.
CallWhen a player choosesto match the previous bet.Call ColdTo call both a bet andraise(s).CapTo take the last of the maximum amount of raisesallowed per roundof betting.CardroomThe room or space in a casino where poker is played.Case ChipsA playerʼs last chips.Cash OutTo leave a game and convert your chips to cash.CheckWhen itʼs a playerʼs turn to act and there has been no action in frontof them and he opts not to bet, he “checks.”Check-RaiseWhen a player ﬁrst checks and then raises in a betting round.ChopTo return the blinds to the players who posted them and move on tothe next hand if no other players call. It also means to “split the pot”.CollusionWhen two or more players conspire to cheat in apoker game.Community CardsCards that are face-up and used by all players.CowboysTwo Kings.
Dead Manʼs HandTwo pair - Aces and Eights (Wild Bill Hickock was shot in the backwhile playing this hand).Door CardThis is the ﬁrst exposed card, or “up” card, in a playerʼs hand in Studgames.Down CardHolecards. Cards that are dealt face down.Doyle BrunsonItʼs a Holdem hand consisting of a 10-2 (Brunson won the worldchampionshiptwo years in a row on the ﬁnal hand with these cards).Draw LowballForm of pokerwhere each player is dealt ﬁve cards with the optionof discarding one or more and replacing them with new ones and thelow hand wins.Draw PokerForm of poker where each player is dealt ﬁve cards down with theoption of discarding one or more and replacing them with new onesto attempt to make a better hand.DropFold.DucksA pair of Twos.DeucesA pair of Twos.
Early PositionPosition on a round of betting where the player must act before mostof the other players at the table. (Itʼs considered the two positionslocated to the left of theBlinds.)Back to top
Fifth StreetAlso knownas the“river”card. Inﬂop games, this represents the ﬁf thcommunitycard on the table and the ﬁnal round of betting. InStudgames, this is the ﬁfth card dealt to each player and represents thethird round of betting.Five-card DrawA poker game in which the player is dealt ﬁve cards down. They haveone draw to replace them and the best high hand wins the pot.Five-card StudA poker game in which each player is dealt ﬁve cards, one down andfour up, with bettingafter 2,3, 4, & 5 cards.Flat CallCallinga bet withoutraising.FlopInHoldʼemandOmaha, the ﬁrst threecommunitycards that are dealtface-up in the center of the table all at one time. The “ﬂop” alsoindicates thesecond roundof betting.Flop GamesPoker games(Hold ʻemandOmaha) that are played usingcommunitycards that are dealt face up in the center of the table.FloormanAn employee of the cardroom who makes rulings and decisions.FlushAny ﬁve cards of the same suit.Flush DrawWhen a player has four cards in his hand of the same suit and ishoping to draw a ﬁfth to make a ﬂush.FoldTo throw your hand away when itʼs your turn to act.Forced BetA required bet that starts the action on the ﬁrst round of apokerhand.Four of a KindFour cards of the same number or face value (“quads”).Fourth StreetInﬂop games, it is the fourthcommunitycard dealt (also known as“the turn”) and represents the third round of betting. InStud games, itis the fourth card dealt to each player and represents the secondround of betting.Full HouseAny three cards of the same number or face value, plus any other twocards of the same number or face value.
Gut ShotTo draw to and/or hit an inside straight.
HandA playerʼs best ﬁve cards.High-CardTo decide the ﬁrst dealer in the ﬂop tournaments each user is dealt asingle card and the player with the highest card (based on the cardand the suit order - of spades, hearts, diamonds & clubs) becomes thetheoretical dealer.High-LowSplit pot games.Hold ʻemAlso known asTexas Holdʻem, where the players get twodowncards and ﬁvecommunitycards. See our completeHold ʻemrules inourGame Rulessection.Hole CardsThese are theDown Cardsin front of the players.HouseThe casino or cardroom that is hosting the poker game.Back to top