Glossary of Poker Terms

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If you have never played Houston poker before but recently became interested in the card game, here is a helpful glossary of poker terms for newbies to become familiar with. Understanding these terms will help you in future tournaments you enter at Champions Social and will aid you in feeling more comfortable when you meet other players.

Common Poker Terms
Add-On: Buy additional chips to add to your current pile after a certain round
All-In: To place all your remaining chips in the pot
Ante: A forced bet in which all players much place an equal, predetermined amount of money into the pot
Blind: A forced bet only 2 players must make–a “small blind” and a “big blind”
 - Big Bind: Player to the immediate left of the small blind who must place the second, bigger blind
 - Small Bind: Player to the immediate left of the dealer who must place the first, smaller blind
Bet: When a poker player places a wager
Bluff: An attempt at stealing the pot of chips by suggesting you hold a stronger hand than you actually do
Board: The community cards showing on the table
Call: A player “calls” when they match the amount of the highest bet so far. If no opponent calls a player’s bet or raise, that player wins the pot
Cash-In: To leave the table and exchange your chips for cash
Flop: Dealing the first three face-up cards to the board
Fold: When a player throws away their cards
FreeRoll: Refers to a hand in which a player wins the entire pot or splits it. Also refers to a tournament that doesn’t require a buy-in
Hole Cards: The two cards dealt face down to each player
Pot: The collection of chips that will be awarded to the winner of that hand
Raise: When a player makes a second wager after someone else has made a bet
Re-Buy: If you lose all your chips early on in a tournament, you may get the opportunity to pay the entry fee again in exchange for another set of chips
River: The fifth and final community card
Turn: The fourth community card dealt after the flop betting round

Different Made Hands in Poker
Bottom Two Pair: Occurs when both of your hole cards are paired with the two lowest cards on the board
Flush: A hand of five cards of the same suit
Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same rank and a side card (Kicker)
Full House: Three cards of the same rank, plus two other cards of a different but matching rank
Nuts: The best possible hand at the end given the circumstances; will vary depending on the cards on the board
Pair: Two cards of matching rank and three un-matched side cards
Pocket Pair: Occurs when you’re dealt a completed pair (example: two kings)
Royal Flush: Consists of Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and a 10 all in the same suit; Cannot be beaten
Straight: Five cards that follow a sequence (example: 5-6-7-8-9)
Straight Flush: Five cards of the same suit that follow a sequence
Suited: Cards of the same suit
Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same rank and two un-matched side cards
Top Two Pair: Occurs when both your hole cards are paired with the two highest cards on the board
Two Pair: Two pairs of cards, each matching

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