Poker Terms

All-in-To have all of your chips at the table into the pot, creating a side pot for the remaining players. In a table stakes game, a player may not reach into his pocket for more money, but doesn't forfeit his chance at the pot if he doesn't have enough chips to meet a raise.

Blind A forced bet (or partial bet) put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. Typically, blinds are put in by players immediately to the left of the button. See also "live blind."

Cold call It is the situation when both a bet and raise are called at the same time, as opposed to calling a bet then later calling a raise made after the call.

Dead Man's Hand -Two Pair of Aces and Eights. The hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when Jack McCall shot him in the back.

Early Position -Being one of the first to act in a betting round. Usually a disadvantage.

Flop-1. n. the first three community cards dealt face up on the table. 2. v. used to describe what your hand was after the flop. "I flopped the nuts!"

Grindin- Playing in a style with minimal risk and modest gains over a long period of time.

High Limit-A game where the amounts wagered are high.

Long Shot - When making a hand despite having few outs and/or poor probabilities.

Open Card - This is when a card is faced up.

Open Pair - Two cards of the same cost that are dealt face-up.

Packet - A share of the pack.

Rake-Money taken by the house to compensate for expenses.

Semi-Bluff -Betting with a mediocre or drawing hand.

Table Stakes-The rule that you can only play a hand with the money you have at the table.

Underpair-A pocket pair of lower value than the lowest card on the board.