Glossary Of Terms For Poker – Part 1


Have you just got intrigued by the grandeur of a poker match you have been to with your friends or an online poker game you have just played? 

Are you now eager to know and learn about all the terms used in poker online game? You are then in the apt place. Here we have collected an easy-to-understand glossary of terms for the poker game; you need to know to be completely comfortable at the tables. We will bring you these terms in instalments, so that you can learn about them properly and without hurry. 

Here we go with the first installment. 


The ace is the highest ranked card. But ace can also play as low card for straights. 


A poker player’s turn to act, to play. 

Action Card: 

A dealt community card that has the possibility of developing multiple players’ hand, resulting in a dramatic increase in action. 


Purchasing more chips between hands in a cash game, adding them to players stack. 


To make a clear, or odd play at the table with the intent of showing the other players what you just did. Typically advertising is done to give the opponents an impression a player is playing a different style, or is not as strong of a player. 

Aggressive, Aggression: 

The extent to which a player is dictating the action with raises and bets, or having a high level of aggression. 


It is a hand of very low relative value. Having air is almost having nothing, or running a full bluff.  

All in: 

Moving full stack into the pot with a bet, raise or call.  


An action or move of dubious morality used to take advantage of another player or scenario. Any player who uses angling at the table is recognized as an “angle shooter”. 


A forced bet of a prearranged amount which must be paid by each player before getting their cards. 


Having to catch two or more consecutive cards to complete player’s hand. 

Bad Beat: 

Any loss in poker online or live which greatly defies the odds. 


The total collection of a player’s money devoted to playing poker. 

Base Dealing: 

A way of cheating by dealing cards off the bottom of the deck instead of the top. This lets the cheat to control the cards on the top of the deck, waiting to deal them at the right moment. 


A player who needs to catch cards to win the hand is termed as being behind. 


It is the chips or money put into the pot in a betting round. Also, in a fixed limit game, it is the standard betting sum. And lastly, it also means the count of actions made in the hand. 

Betting on the Come:

It is the betting with a draw. 

Betting Structure:

It is the rules which controls the selections made by the players during raising and betting. 

Big Bet:

It is the larger of the two limits in a fixed limit game used for the turn and river betting rounds. 


It is the larger of the two blinds. 

Big Blind Special:

Any winning hand dealt to the player in the biog blind seat for that hand. 

Big Full:

It is the largest possible full house. 


A card dealt which is assumed to have no bearing on the players’ hand. 


Any player continuously losing chips over the duration of session is termed as bleeding. 


It is the type of Ante which only two players pay. 

Blinded Off:

Typically in a tournament, a player being blinded off has let the most of the stack to be used solely by paying the blinds. 


In a community card game, it refers to holding one of the cards a challenger needs to finish the hand. 

Blocking Bet:

A bet made by a player with the purpose of blocking an opponent from making a larger bet in a particular round. 


Betting with the worst hand to win by making a better hand fold is known as bluffing. 


The community cards on the table are the board cards. 


Refer to the “Full House.” 

Both Ways:

In a high-low split pot game, a player having it “both ways” has the best hand to win both the high and the low. 

Bottom End:

It is holding the lowest possible straight. 

Bottom Pair:

The lowest possible pair in a community card game is termed as bottom pair. 


Mostly used in several poker tournaments, in which one player get rewards for eliminating another player from the game. 


It is tray in front of a dealer used to hold chips, cards and lammers. 

Boxed Card:

When a card is shuffled upside down in the deck, it is termed as boxed card. 

Brick and Mortar: 

Term used to describe a physical poker room or casino, as opposed to online. 

Bring in:

In stud games, the player with the worst door card dealt must begin action with a forced bet known as bring in. 


The highest possible straight in poker: 10-J-Q-K-A. 


When a tournament needs only one more player to bust before the remaining players make it into the money, the tournament is said to be on the bubble. 


Any player playing aggressively, pushing around the other players with bets is being a bully. 

Burn (Burn Card):

The card dealt face down on the table before dealing any community cards face up. 


To lose all chips in play is termed as bust.  


Any player acting as the dealer is said to be “on the button.” 


The initial amount of money needed to exchange into chips and begin playing. 

Buy the Button:

A player sitting down between the small blind and the button has the option to “buy the button.” 

Buy the Pot:

A bet, which earns the bettor an uncontested pot is said to have “bought the pot”. 


Matching the bet made by another player. 

Call the Clock:

Forcing the player who is action it’s on to make up their mind in a set amount of time.  

Calling Station:

A player unwilling to fold or bet, but call every hand on every street is called as calling station. 


In a Fixed-Limit game the players are permitted one bet and a set number of raises before the betting are “capped” for the round.  

Cap Game:

Numerous No-Limit and Pot-Limit games have a betting cap. Once the bet has reached the sum of the cap, no more betting is permitted for the period of the hand. 

Case (card):

A player hitting the last of any card in the deck just hit the case card. 

Cash Game:

It is a game in which players might buy-in and Cash-out as they need. 

Cash Plays:

Numerous cash games let cash to “play” meaning cash on the table will be included in the total value of the players stack.  


Leaving the game, exchanging the chips players have earned during game for cash. 


Completing a draw, especially a lucky one, is a good catch, or catching your card. 

Catch Up:

A player who catches a card to take the lead in a hand has caught up. 


A player trying to finish a draw is chasing. 


If a player selects to not bet with no-action prior to them, they can check. 

Check Out:

Folding in a situation where a player can have checked. 

Check Raise:

Checking just to raise on the next action after any player bets. 


A gaming token used to symbolize real money at a live or online poker game. 

Chip Dumping:

Cheating with another player. One player will knowingly lose chips to their collusion partner to give them a benefit. 

Chip Leader:

The player with the most chips in a tournament. 

Chip Race:

When small valued chips become obsolete in a tournament, they are removed from the table.  

Chip Trick:

Any sort of chip manipulation, typically done to keep idle hands busy. Players will use intricate chip tricks to state their poker skill to the table. 

Chip Up:

It is to exchange low denomination chips for their value in larger chips. 


When two players have the same hand they chop (split) the pot. 

Coffee Housing:

It is a form of angling using excessive chatter to invoke an action from the opponent at a game session. 

Cold Call:

A player with no money invested in the pot who calls after a bet and a raise is termed as cold calling. 

Cold Deck:

Derived from being cheated with a set-up deck, a cold deck is a hand in which a player had no choice but to lose a large pot with a strong hand to a player with a stronger one. 


It is a form of cheating, two players acting together at the table to one end goal. 

Color Up, Color Change:

In a cash game, changing a bunch of low denomination chips for fewer high denomination chips. 


It is having more than one possible draw, such as having a straight and a flush draw. 

Community Card:

Any card dealt face up on the table to be used by all players in the hand. 


A number of poker situations will see an incomplete bet made.  


Cards next to each other in rank are connectors.  

Continuation Bet:

Any player who raises pre-flop, then bets out on the flop is making a continuation bet, or C-Bet. 


A player who’s presence kills all action in the game. 


It is when the board comes in a manner to render your hand completely useless. 


Leaving a player with not adequate chips to reasonably have a chance at lasting much longer is termed as cripple. 


Crossbook is a bet between two players in the same event.  

Crying Call:

Calling knowing a player is beat, hoping to get lucky in some way. 


After shuffling the cards, the dealer splits the deck in half, moving the bottom half on top of the top half, this is known as “cutting the deck”. 

Cut Card:

An opaque plastic card put on the bottom of the deck during the cut to prevent any players from seeing the bottom card. 


The player to the right of the button is in the cut-off seat. 

Poker lovers, so this is the end of first instalment. We will come back again with another instalment for glossary of terms. Until then, happy learning!