Terminology of Poker

Are you a beginner at poker? I’m sure you felt quite strange during your first few games.

There’s a lot of poker terms and phrases that are unfamiliar to anyone who has not played the game at all.

It has evolved through the years, especially with online poker gaining a lot of popularity, with new lingo popping up at live chat boxes by the day!

This poker glossary of the most common terms, expressions, and slang are necessary to build up a strong vocabulary for your poker career.

Basic Poker Terms

If you want to take the game seriously, learning poker terminology and even the witty slang will help you maneuver around the game and give you the confidence in the hopes of winning.

Understanding the poker language will help you have a better time playing by yourself, even so with friends.

The following is an alphabetical list of the most common terms used in a game of poker. Familiarizing yourself with poker jargon will help you make better decisions as well as turn you into a poker expert at any poker table.


A-Game – Playing your “A-Game” means you are concentrating on making the best decisions possible, especially when real money is at stake. It is a state of mind where you are playing to win. It does not always mean you win every instance, but at least you did everything you could.

ABC Poker – These games focus on the basics of poker strategies. It has a very straightforward approach, with no random bluffs or moves. It’s often played when no real money is involved or when a game of poker is merely for fun or practice.

Action – When it’s your turn to make a move, an action is your option to either bet, raise, call, check, or fold. Also used as a term for “gambling.”

Action card – During the turn and river, an action card is what increases the hands of the remaining players. It can increase pot money too, with its effect on betting and raising actions.

Acting out of turn – This is when a player accidentally or deliberately verbally announces his action or even places chips when it is not his turn. This tactic is often seen in brick and mortar casinos to observe the reaction of remaining players. Most people consider this an unfair act.

Active Players – Remaining players who are still in the hand and in on the amount of money in the pot.

Add-on – In a game of real money, an add-on is only used in re-buy tournaments. You have the option to make an addition to your chip stack at the end of the re-buy period. Some tourneys offer multiple add-ons.

Aggressive – One of the poker terms to describe a player’s playing style. Aggression, in this sense, is taking the risk of betting or raising instead of the choice to call or check.

Air – Is somebody considered bluffing since he only has a slim chance to further improve his cards. It is regarded as a very weak hand.

Alias – In an online poker site, this is the screen name you use to be known for.

All-in – The act of putting all of one’s bet amount or remaining amount of chips in the middle of the board.

Angle shooting – Is the corrupt manipulation of rules in games to gain an unfair advantage.

Ante – In a game for real money, an ante is a forced bet all players make at the beginning of the card game. Some tournaments require it in later rounds.


Backdoor – A draw required to hit from both a turn and river to make a winning hand off from both hole cards and community cards.

Backer – Someone who finances or invests in poker players’ games and tournaments for a share in their winnings.

Bad beat – You got a “bad beat” when you lose against a lucky draw when at one point, your hand would have been favored to win.

Bankroll – The sum of real money used to play poker. It is used for bets, entries to tournaments and cash games, and other expenses that may be incurred.

Bankroll management – Is a necessary financial discipline and commitment for every player playing for real money. It helps to determine what stakes you are playing as well as avoid huge risks of losing all the money you have by deciding specific percentages you can allot to poker events.

Behind – Losing the game.

Bet – The act of placing money in the form of chips into the pot. In a game with blinds, the first to make a bet is the person left to the dealer button.

Bet blind – To make a bet pre-flop, when you haven’t checked your cards yet.

Big blind – May refer to the second early position and bet clockwise from the dealer button in games with three or more players. It can also refer to the first position after the dealer in heads-up games.

Blind – The money bet by the first two players to the left of the dealer button. This part of betting is made before any cards are dealt.

Blind Raise – The act of raising without looking at your current hand.

Blocker – Is the combination of cards in community card poker games to turn your opponent’s outs into your own.

Blocking bet – A small bet made by a player to discourage a larger bet by an opponent to control the size of the pot.

Bluffing – When you are in situations where you are at a weak hand, bluffing is betting or raising to lead your opponents into folding. This is an aggressive act to steal the pot.

Board cards – All cards dealt face-up for players to see. Also known as community cards.

Bonus – Extra money offered by poker sites to entice players to join.

Bottom Pair – This is when a player uses the lowest card on the board to make a pair with one of his private cards.

Bounty – Real money offered as a special prize for those who can eliminate specific players.

Bring-In – A forced bet made in the beginning part of stud poker games.

Bubble – The part in the tournament where some players will be eliminated for everyone else to get a payout.

Burn Card – A card dealt face down before dealing any community cards to make sure no one gets to cheat in case they saw the first card from the deck.

Busted – You are considered “busted” if you weren’t able to complete a draw by missing a winning card.

Button – Also knows as “dealer button.” Is the position marker to show which player is the dealer in the hand and to signify who makes the blinds.

Buy-in – The cost of entry or the buy-in for tournaments, or the amount of money to buy chips in cash games.


Call – To match the money waged on the current betting round.

Cap Games – The poker term for money limit games that place a maximum amount that can be wagered postflop in flop games.

Case Card – That last one card of a certain rank in the deck that has not been dealt.

Cash Game – Also known as a ring game. Players may buy-in and leave at any time.

Cash Out – To convert your remaining amount of chips to cash.

Chasing – To bet in the hopes of improving a hand.

Check – The poker terminology for not making a wager and the game moves on to the next bettor. This act can only be done if no bet has been made in the current round.

Check Raise – The act of making a raise when the previous action on the current round was a check.

Chop – To split up the pot when there is a tie. In the event of a tournament, it is when players decide to not play to the end but divide the prize pool among themselves instead.

Coinflip – In poker terms, this means most players have an equal chance of winning the hand.

Cold Call – To call two or more bets on your turn.

Collusion – When players secretly work together to cheat in the hopes of winning others’ chips.

Combo Draw – A hand that has chances to improve. One example is when four cards form to a straight, and a flush is a combo draw.

Community Cards – Are cards dealt face-up to help players construct their best poker hand of five cards. Not all poker variants have them. The most common are Omaha and Texas Hold’Em.

Connectors – Two or more cards in consecutive rank. An example is four cards in the following order: 8-9-10-J

Cooler – A situation where your hand is strong not to fold but is still beaten by an even stronger hand. Like when a four of a kind is defeated by an ace high straight flush.

Counterfeit – When a previously strong hand loses its value after more cards are dealt.

Cutoff – The position precisely to the right of the button.


Dealer – The person who deals the cards. He can be a player, in that case, he is considered in the button position. A dealer can also be a casino employee.

Dirty Stack – An unorganized chip stack. By standard etiquette, chips are to be arranged according to denomination on the chip stack.

Dog – Short for “Underdog,” when having a weak hand and low chance of winning the pot.

Donkey – A weak player.

Door Card – First exposed card in a game of stud poker.

Double Up – After winning an all-in, to double up is to increase the size of your chip stack twice its current value.

Downswings – A long period where a player loses consistently.

Draw – Waiting on specific cards to finish your hand. For example, if you’re aiming for an ace high straight but just lack one card, you have yourself a “straight draw.”

Dry Board – When the community cards can’t make a strong hand.


Early Position –The position of the first few players to make a bet. The small blind and big blind are early positions.

Equity – The likelihood a hand beats others during the showdown.

Expected Value – The profitability to be expected in a certain play.


Family Pot – A pot where all players have not folded in the initial bet round.

Fancy Play Syndrome – The act of trickery in any given situation to use to the player’s advantage.

Field – Players in the tournament collectively.

Fifth Street – Also known as the “river” in community card games. It represents the fifth card dealt on the board and the third round of betting.

Float – To call a bet with the intention of bluffing later on.

Flop – The second round of betting in community card games.

Fold – To discard hand and give up your interest in the pot money.

Fourth Street – Also known as the “turn” in flop games. It precedes the fifth street and represents the fourth community card dealt, and the second round of betting.

Freeroll – A game where no buy-in is required to play.

Fundamental Theory/Theorem of Poker – This theory by David Sklansky says that the idea of poker to make an opponent play differently than what he would if he could see all the cards.


Grinder – A player who takes long hours to make consistent small profits.


Hand for Hand – That part in a multi-table tournament play where tables have to wait for all tables to finish their current hand before starting the next play.

Hand History – This is used by players to analyze their games. It is an available service for online poker games.

Heads Up – A poker game with only two payers head to head.

Hero Call – A call made with the expectation that your opponent is bluffing.

Hole Cards – A player’s private cards, unseen by other players.


Implied Odds – A player’s idea of his actual payoff if he hits his hand, considering as well how much it will cost to play.

Independent Chip Model – A scientific and mathematical model used to calculate the equity of a player in every given tournament.

Inside Straight Draw – A draw that needs one card to complete a straight, and that card is somewhere in the middle of the straight.

Insurance – A side bet.


Junk – A low-value hand.


Kicker – An unpaired card used to determine the strength of a hand in case another player has the same hand ranking.


Late Position – The last few players in the poker table.

Limit – The minimum and maximum raise a player can make.

Limp – To call a bet rather than raising at the beginning of the pot.

Loose – To play with many hands. 


Made hand – A hand that doesn’t need other cards to improve its strength.

Misclick – When playing poker online, this occurs when a player accidentally clicks on the wrong buttons.

Misdeal – A deal where a mistake was made, and cards need to be redealt.


 No Limit – A player may bet or raise any amount of money at any given time in this betting structure.


Offsuit – A starting hand where there is no suit coordination.

Open – To make the first bet.

Open Ended Straight Draw – When you need one or two cards to complete a straight’s sequence.

 Outs – Cards, not hole cards, that will likely improve our five cards to win if they fall.

Out of the Money – A position in a tournament where one player is not awarded the prie money.

Overcard – Refers to a community card that ranks higher than your pocket pair, or a hole card ranking higher than any card on the board.

Over bet – When a player makes a bet larger than the pot’s. 


Pair – Two cards of identical rank. Maybe formed with hole cards, called a “pocket pair” or matched with community cards.

Play the Board – When one forms a hand based on community cards alone.

Pocket Cards – Face down cards dealt to a player. Also known as hole cards or downcards.

Position – The location of one player determining the order of betting action in poker games.

Postflop – Everything from the second action of betting onwards.

Pot – Total amount of money wagered and won by the player with the best hand.

Pot Limit – A structure in betting with a maximum bet or raise equal to a pot-sized bet.

Pot Odds – ratio of money in the pot as compared to what you need to call to keep playing in every betting round.

Preflop – First betting round in games like Hold’Em and Omaha. 

Push – When the dealer pushes the chips to the winning player.


Qualify – To be able to join another tournament with a larger entry fee if you win.


Rag – A worthless card.

Railbird – Not a player. Just a spectator in on the game action.

Rainbow – When cards in a starting hand have different suits.

Raise – When a player increases his bet than made in the previous betting round. Poker games give the player the option to bet or raise.

Rake – Money taken from the pot by the house as payment for running the game.

Rank – The value or number of one card.

Ratholing – The act of taking the chips off the table during a cash game. Also known as “Going South,” and is considered bad etiquette.

Read – To have a good vision of your opponent’s hand. Check “tell” as they are used interchangeably.

Rebuy – To purchase an additional amount of chips.

Re-raise – To raise again even when another player had made a raise in the current street.

Ring Game – Also known as “Cash Game,” when you’re playing for real money.

River Card – The last community card dealt. The best formulated hand wins afterward. 


Sandbagging – When a player plays a strong hand in the hopes of deceiving another player by taking a passive action like checking and calling.

Semi-bluff – If your pot odds are weak, this bluff on a drawing hand can improve our chances of a better hand on the next street.

Short Handed – Games with six players or less. A heads up poker game is an example.

Short Stack – Amount of chips a player has that is smaller than the maximum buy-in.

Showdown – This stage in the game is when the remaining players reveal their hand to determine the winner. This occurs when all betting rounds are completed.

Side Pot – When one player has gone all-in, but there are still other players left in the game who want to continue the betting action, an additional pot is made.

Slow Roll – When a player takes his time to make a decision as he is holding a strong hand.

Small Blind – The smaller forced bet made by the player exactly to the left of the button. It is made when players are not yet dealt their hole cards.

Snap Call – To make an immediate call of action without any second thought.

Split Pot – In games where two players share the same value hand, the prize money is split or shared equally.

Stealing – When a player attempts to win the prize pool outright in the first betting round.

Straddle – It is an optional blind made preflop apart from a small blind that is required.

String Bet – An illegal bet or raise in poker where a player does not get all the chips required for the raise into the pot in one motion.

Structure – Poker term used to mean the format and rules of a specific poker tournament or games.

Suck Out – When a player wins against a hand that was a favorite at some point in the game.

Suited – A card hand of two cards or more that share the same suit. It may be hearts, clubs, diamonds, or spades.

Suited Connectors – Two cards or more with consecutive rank and same suit.


Tell – Used similarly with “read.” This is a change in players’ behaviors, especially during their turn in the betting round that allows another player to determine the strength of the card he may be holding.

Third Street – The first betting round on the first three cards in Seven Card Stud.

Tie – When two players have equivalent value cards in their hand, the pot is chopped.

Tight – When a player plays games with only a strong hand.

Tilt – When a player loses control over his emotions in games, probably caused by a mistake or bad result.

Time Bank – This is an optional time offered during a hand when playing poker online.

Tournament – A poker format where one has to pay fixed buy-ins. Players can play poker games for as long as they still have chips. The one who wins is the last player standing.

Trap – When a player plays a strong hand passively hoping one of his opponents bluffs.

Turn Card – In community card games, this is the fourth community card dealt. 


Under the Gun – A poker term that means a player makes the first move in the initial betting round.

Under bet – A player bet sizing less than half the pot’s.

Underdog – When a player has a hand that is less likely to win.

Upcards – Cards dealt facing up at the center of the poker table for all players to see.

Upswing – When players have a high win rate.

Up the Antes – To raise the stakes of the game or poker tournament.


Value Bet – A bet made by a player whose hand is expectant to win.

Variance – The poker player career’s ups and downs.

Variant – A particular kind of poker game with different rules. The most common are the community card poker games.

Vulnerable – Used to describe if you’ve made hand prone to being outdrawn.


Went To Showdown – A statistic used in heads up displays of the probability a player goes to a showdown.

Wild Card – A card that can be played as any value.

Whale – Used to describe bad poker players in games with higher stakes.

Poker Slang

Through the years, many poker players, especially the famous ones you see at the World Series of Poker, develop certain expressions and often street lingo that makes poker talk interesting. It is practiced by many and has eventually been compiled into unofficial lists. Here are some of the most popular poker slang today:

Ammunition – “Ammo,” player’s chips.

Arsenal – A player’s collection of moves.

Bee stinger – Losing a poker hand.

Bing Blang Blaow – A congratulatory phrase.

Buck -Also known as the dealer button.

Busto – Getting knocked out of poker games.

Card dead – Running bad hands in poker.

Coffeehousing – The act of talking to gain information during a game.

Dust off – Losing money in an unthinkable situation.

Felt – The poker table.

Fist Pump – When a player is very happy to go all-in.

Hit by the Deck – Expression used when you experience an unusually good run in a short period of time.

In the Hunt/ In the Money – The player is still alive in a poker tournament.

Jack It Up – Raising the pot.

Jam – To put all your money in the middle of the poker table.

Juice – “Rake,” The amount of money the poker operator withholds.

Laydown – The act of folding a hand.

Lock Lock – When a player has the best possible low and high hand.

Monster – A hand with excessively high value.

Muck – Folding a hand.

Nit – A very tight player that only plays high-value hands.

Nuts – The best possible hand in a given situation.

Rags – Crappy cards in poker.

Shark – An expert poker player.

Ship It – An expression in poker which means to “send the money in the pot my way.”

Shuffle Up and Deal – To connote the beginning of a poker tournament.

Poker Acronyms and Meanings

With the gaining popularity of online poker, acronyms have become a norm. Shortening terms has made conversations easier at live chatboxes so everyone can focus more on making the best hands possible, and taking the necessary actions at every betting round.

AF – Aggression Factor

AI – All In

AIPF – All In Pre Flop

AK- Ace King, as your hole cards is a good starting hand

AMC – All My Chips

AO – Add On

B&M – Brick & Mortar, a live poker room

B/C – Bet / Call, bets then calls a raise

B/F – Bet / Fold, bets then folds to a raise

B3B – Bet – 3 bet, bets, raises then re-raises

BBJ – Bad Beat Jackpot

BR – Bankroll

C/C – Check / Call, checks then calls a bet

C/F – Check / Fold, checks then folds into a bet

C/R -Check / Raise , checks then raises a bet

C-Bet – Continuation Bet, a bet made after the flop by the pre-flop

CK – Check

CO – Cut Off

EP – Early Position, Small blind and Big blind

EV – Expected Value, +EV for positive expected value, -EV for negative expected value

FE – Fold Equity

FH – Full House

FL – Fixed Limit

FPS – Fancy Play Syndrome

FT – Final Table

FTOP – Fundamental Theory/Theorem of Poker

GG -Good Game, expression in online chat boxes when a player busts out

GTD – Guaranteed Tournament

HE – Hold’Em

HH – Hand History

HJ – Hijack Position

HTH – Head To Head

HU – Heads Up

HUD – Heads Up Display

ICM – Independent Chip Model

ITM – In The Money

LAG – Loose Aggressive, aggressively playing many hands

LHE – Limit Hold’Em

LP – Late Position

MTT – Multi-Table Tournament

NH – Nice Hand, used to complement a hand at the online forums

NL – No Limit

O8 – Omaha Hi-Lo

OESD – Open-Ended Straight Draw

OESFD – Open-Ended Straight Flush Draw

OOP – Out Of Position

OOTM – Out Of The Money, no longer in the game

PF – Pre Flop

PFR – Pre Flop Raise, a raise before cards are dealt to players

PL – Pot Limit

PLO – Pot Limit Omaha

PLO8 – Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

PSB – Pot Sized Bet

PSR – Pot Sized Raise

PTL – Player To My Left (from dealer)

PTR – Player To My Right

R + A – Rebuy and Add-On

ROI – Return On Investment

SB – Small Blind

SH – Short Handed

SNG – Sit and Go Tournament

SS – Short Stack

STT – Single Table Tournament

TAG – Tight Aggressive, aggressively playing strong hands only

TPBK – Top Page Best Kicker

TPTK – Top Pair Top Kicker

UTG + 1 – 1 position to the left of Under The Gun

UTG – Under The Gun

VB – Value Bet

VPIP – Voluntarily Put In Pot

WPT – World Poker Tour

WSOP – World Series of Poker

WTSD -Went To Showdown

Poker Game Variants

Texas Hold’Em would be the most popular poker variant. But it ain’t the only one on the block. 

There are so many variants nowadays that make playing poker more enticing. 

You get to test out your skills and knowledge on strategy on various events. Here are seven of the most common poker variants available today:

Texas Hold’Em – Two hole cards are dealt facedown followed by five community cards dealt facing up in a span of three stages, to seek to make the best five-card poker hand.

Omaha Hold’Em – Also a community card game variant. Each player is dealt four cards. He must make the best hand out of two of his hole cards and exactly three of the five community cards dealt.

Stud Poker – Every player receives a combination of face-up and face-down cards in multiple betting rounds. Common variants are the 5-Card Stud and 7-Card Stud.

Draw Poker – Every player is dealt a complete hand. These cards are private to the plater and then improved by replacing cards. The most common variant is the 5-Card Draw.

HORSE – This is a type of mixed poker. It is a mix of Texas Hold’Em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, 7-Card Stud, and 7-Card Stud 8-or-Better. A game is usually played for a fixed number of hands before players get to move to the next game.

Razz – Also a form of stud poker but is played lowball. The objective of the game is to make the lowest possible five card hand, which is an Ace to five.

Chinese Poker – A type of poker where cards are arranged specifically into three rows to compare opposite with the opponents’ rows to see who wins.

Types of Poker Games

There are so many poker tournaments available. The difference lies on the rules and allowed bets and raises, but the basics remain. 

Poker tournaments are great events for you to show off your poker skills and allow you to win big money! Here is a quick guide for you to get to know these tournaments you can possibly play:

Bounty Tournaments – A game of poker where a special cash prize is awarded to the player who eliminates a particular player.

Freezeout Tournaments – A poker tournament with a fixed entry fee. Players are eliminated when they finish all their chips.

Freerolls and Play Money – Free poker games with no real money at stake.

Guaranteed Tournaments (GTD) – When the prizepool is guaranteed to reach a certain amount.

Heads Up Tournaments – One on one tournaments.

Multi-Table Tournaments (MTT) – Players at many tables compete for each other’s chips. The final table composes the last few surviving players until one player reigns as the ultimate winner, or players are awarded as top finishers.

Rebuy Games – These tournaments allow you to buy more chips during the event. In a standard freezeout, this opportunity is not available.

Re-entry Tournaments – These tournaments allow you to enter the game again after you have been eliminated. They work similarly with rebuy games.

Live Satellite Tournament – A poker event that awards winners a ticket to an even bigger tournament.

Sit and Go (SNG) – These are tournaments with no pre-assigned starting times. It begins when all seats are filled.

Poker Hand Rankings

The ultimate goal of poker is to form the best poker hands possible in order to win the pot. Get to know the different poker hands and their rankings here, arranged from strongest to weakest:

Five of a Kind – Also known as a “blaze.” This is the best poker hand ranking you could get but can only be made possible with a wild card like a Joker.

Royal Flush – When a player composes a hand, may it be a made hand if you get lucky, or with the help community cards, having all the face cards from Ace to Ten in the same suit. Also known as a suited Ace high straight.

Straight Flush – Any hand with five cards in sequential rank sharing one suit.

Four of a Kind – Also known as “Quads.” When a player forms a hand containing identical ranks of cards from all the four suits, plus a kicker. The highest-ranking card of the four of one kind wins.

Full House – Also known as a “boat.” A player’s hand composed of three of a kind and a pair in the same hand. The highest-ranking three of a kind has the better hand.

Flush – A hand composed of five cards of the same suit regardless of order. The highest-ranking card of the flush determines the winning hand in a tied hand.

Straight – A hand made of five card in numerical order regardless of suit. Players may opt to use an Ace as 1 if needed.

Three of a Kind – Also known as “trips” or “sets.” A hand with 3 cards of the same value. If other players also have a three of a kind, the highest face value wins.

Two Pair – A hand made up of two sets of two cards of the same value. A hand can be made of a pocket pair or pairs formed with community cards. The higher valued card of the two pairs determines the winning hand. If the players share the same pairs, the higher value kicker card calls the winner instead.

One Pair – A hand with any two cards of the same value. In the event of two players holding one pair, the highest value pair wins. If not, the remainder of the kicker cards with the highest value determines it.

High Card – If no one makes a qualified hand, the player with the highest card, Ace being the highest possible value, is the winner.

Poker Hand Nicknames

The nicknames used in hands in poker makes an endless list! It gets even bigger all the time as players always come up with new ones. 

Some are pretty obvious, and some are downright witty and amusing. It’s very useful to familiarize yourself with these as they are often coined both in online forums and live tables alike.

Here is a list of the common hand nicknames. Do take note that there are much more nicknames out there but this is a good place to help you get started for sure:


Pair of Aces (A A) – American Airlines, Batteries, Bullets, Pocket Rockets

Pair of Kings (K K) – Ace Magnets, Cowbows, King Kong

Pair of Queens (Q Q) – Ladies

Pair of Jacks (J J) – Fish Hooks, Jay Birds

Pair of Tens (10-10) – Dimes

Pair of Nines (9-9) – Phil Helmuth, Pothooks

Pair of Eights (8-8) – Snowmen, Fat Ladies

Pair of Sevens (7-7) – Candy Canes

Pair of Sixes (6-6) – Cherries

Pair of Fives (5-5) – Nickels, Snakes

Pair of Fours (4-4) – Magnum, Sailboats

Pair of Threes (3-3) – Crabs, Treys

Pair of Twos (2-2) – Deuces, Ducks

Other Popular Hole Card Card Combinations

Ace and King – Anna Kournikova, Big Slick

Ace and Queen – Big Chick

Ace and Jack – Apple Jacks, Ajax, Blackjack

Ace and 10 – Athos, Bookends

Ace and 9 – Rounders Hands

Ace and 8 – Dead Man’s Hand

Ace and 5 – High Five

Ace and 2 – Accey Ducey, Little Slick

King and Queen –Royal Couple

King and Jack – Kojak

King and 9 – Canine

King and 6 – Kicks

King and 3 – King Crab

Queen and Jack – Maverick, Quack

Queen and 10 – Tina Turner

10 and 9 –Countdown

9 and 6 – Big Lick

7 and 2 – Beer Hand

Popular Poker Hands

Aces and Spaces – A pair of aces with three other random cards.

Aces Full – An Ace full house paired with any ranking pair.

Aces Up – A two pair with one pair of aces.

Alabama Knight Riders – Three kings of different suits.

Arkansas Flush – Four suited community cards made into a flush.

Baby Flush – Low hole cards made into a flush.

Bicycle – A low straight that is Aces to five.

Big Bobtail – Outside straight flush draw.

Bobtail – Outside straight draw.

Broadway – A straight of 10 to Ace.

Dead Man’s Hand – A pair of aces and a pair of eights.

Devil’s Hand – Three sixes of different suits.

Double Belly Buster – A hand with 2 gutshot straight draws.

Forest – A hand of all four threes in every suit.

Four Horsemen – A hand of all four kings in every suit.

Four Pips – A hand of all four Aces in every suit.

Golf Bag – A flush of all clubs.

Gut shot – An inside straight draw.

Huey, Dewey, and Louie – Three of a kind of twos.

Mighty Ducks – Four of a kind of twos.

Mommas and Poppas – A pair of kings and a pair of queens.

Paints -Face or picture cards, (Jack, Queen and King)

Slot Machine – Three of a kind of sevens.

Steel Wheel – A five high straight flush.

Three Wise Men – Three of a kind of kings.

Trips – A three of a kind hand formed by using one private card and two community cards.

Yacht Club – Four of a kind of fours.


The amount of poker terms on our list is definitely a handful. Don’t pressure yourself to memorizing each and every one of it, though.

Take a glimpse of this glossary from time to time as you play.

With a lot of experience, we’re sure these will soon come to you quite naturally.

The more you add to your poker vocabulary, the better player you become. Besides that, don’t you find the lingo fun and interesting too?

We hope this article containing as many important terms in poker as possible has helped you take a step towards becoming an expert poker player, of course, with the end in mind to win big cash prizes! For other articles or how-to’s stop by our blog provided to you by NJ No Deposit.

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