Popular Poker Jargons for the Beginner
As in most games, poker has its unique set of words, or jargon, that help it go on with the game in a smooth way. Poker jargon is specifically useful for shortening otherwise tedious descriptions. For example, instead of saying "the first three cards that are faced-up," one would only need to say flop.
For the beginner, having sufficient knowledge in poker jargon would also help them not only in playing the game smoothly, but also in hiding their status as a beginner. Doing so, the beginner has a chance of strategizing without being harassed by more experienced players.
These poker jargons are perhaps the most popular. They are listed alphabetically. Some poker jargon requires other jargon to be fully understood.
Aggressive plays: Most often refers to opens and raises. All in: To bet all your remaining chips on the current hand. Bankroll: The total amount of money a player can wager during the game. Bet: The amount wagered on a hand. Blind: A forced bets performed by players to the left of the dealer button. Bluff: To play aggressively on a weak hand, to force opponents to fold. Board: The five face-down cards in a community poker game. Buy-in: The minimum amount of chips a player must buy in order to participate in the game. Call: To match a bet or a raise. Check: To decline to bet while keeping one's hand. This can only be done if there were no opens or raise preceding the player. Drawing hand: Is a hand that needs other cards to become valuable. Expected value: Often refers to bets, how much it is going to profit in the long run. Fishing: To call the bets on the flop and the turn in hopes of making a hand on the river. Flop: The first three cards that are turned face-up on the board. Fold: To discard your hand and discontinue vying for the current pot. Hand: Certain combination of cards. Kicker: A card that does not determine the hand ranking, but is used to break ties between hands of the same rank. Offsuit: Cards that are not of the same suit. Open: To bet first. Passive plays: Most often refers to checking and calling. Pot: Sum of all the players' bets. Pot odds: The relative magnitude of the size of the pot in relation to an attempted call or raise. Raise: To increase the size of the bet required to stay in the pot. River: The final card that is turned face-up on the board. Showdown: The act of exposing and comparing hands after the final round, if more than one player remains. Slow play: To play passively on a strong hand. Stack: The total number of chips a player has. Turn: The fourth card that is turned-face up on the board.
Remember, knowing a good deal of poker jargon reduces the chances that you'll be confused at any part of the game. This means that you get to concentrate more on playing and strategizing, ending up hopefully as a winner.
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