Interesting Poker Terms Every Poker Player Should Know

Poker is an amazing game of the cards, which is fast catching the nerves of Indian masses. It is a skill game played for real money as well as fun in India. Poker, like other sports or games, have many different jargons or slangs which players should know before they think they can make big into this game. Be it live game or online poker, the following terms should be known to almost every player:


It is a situation wherein a poker player attempts to repersent a weak hand just to entice his opponents to bet more aggressively and thus increase the size of the pot he is trying to win.


Limping refers to an action of calling rather than raising. For example, in Texas Holdem, if a poker player calls the big blind pre-flop ( rather than raises), he or she is “ limping-in”.

3.Bet/Check in the Dark

It refers to a situation when a poker player bets or checks without looking at his hole cards.


It refers to all cards which get discarded in a hand. A player folding throws his cards into the muck.


Often used as a trick to scare players off. It happens when a player puts all his chips into the pot.


The act of giving up a hand under pressure and thus losing all the money bet so far. It is done in circumstances when you as a player know that your hand cannot hold against other hands in the round.

7.Nuts/Nut Flush

Nuts means the best possible hand at a point of a poker game. Nut Flush means the best possible flush within a hand. For example, you have the ace of spades to make the nut flush in a hand.


A style of game wherein you are dealt 4 cards and you need to create the best hand using 2 private cards ( 2 hole cards given to you) and 3 cards from the board.


It is a form of poker game wherein two cards are dealt face down to each player, and then five community cards are dealt face up. Players have betting options to check, call, raise, or fold.

Read  more : Complete Poker Dictionary and Glossary

10.Cash Game

A game being played on the live table where a poker player can buy chips at any time.

11.Sit and Go

Also known as ‘SnG’ style of poker, this is usually made of only a single table which must be filled before the game starts. It is a fast-paced game that takes between 20 to 30 minutes. Players pay a fixed buy-in and get the same amount of poker chips. Whoever loses his chips is out of the tournament.


This is used to describe a small qualifying tournament with a nominal buy-in, which wins you seat into a big money tournament. This is ideal for players who cannot afford large buy-ins for a tournament.

13.Pocket Cards

Also known as hole cards, they refer to cards which you use in the game but they do not form part of the community cards. They belong solely to the player and remain hidden from the other players.

14.Community Cards

These are the shared cards which are dealt face up in the center of the table and shared by all players.These cards can be used by all the players to make a hand, using their respective hole cards.


A sharp poker player who wins a lot of games. This type of a player not only understands the odds in the game but also quickly reads their opponents and detects the patterns and physical tells.


A fish is someone who does not really know how to play poker well. He is rather poor and loses often.


Some kind of gesture made by a player which is done unconsciously and can provide details of the hand that the player has. This is often exploited and used by poker players against novice players.


Losing a lot of hands purely due to bad luck, playing the game without any focus or rationality.


A sum of money which has been allocated to be used only for poker.


A term used in tournament poker, this refers to a player who misses out on the paying positions. For example, if there are 100 players and the top 20 get paid, the player finishing 26th is the bubble.


The five cards given to the player which consist of community cards and hole cards.


A term used to describe the fact when a pot is shared between two or more players after a showdown.

23.Short stack/Big Stack

Short stack is the player who holds less chips than the rest of the players in a tournament. On the other hand, big stack is a player who has larger stack than the rest of the players on the table.


The final action in a round of poker. At this point, all the remaining players in a hand at the table must turnover and display their cards in order to determine the ultimate winner.


An investment you need to make to the size of the pot, basically the bigger the odds are the better it is for you. Pot odds indicate the probability of winning a hand to estimate your expected value.


It refers to certian percentage of money that the house charges after a hand of poker.


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