abc poker terms

ABC Poker Terms

There are simply too many poker terms in this world. Part I looks at the ABCs of poker terms.  I have divided the poker terms into sections for ease of reference.  Once i get around to it, I will publish the Ds onwards. Stay tuned…

Poker Hands

Aces full – full house consisting three aces plus any pair.

Aces High – ace is the highest card, and there are no pairs or straights.

Air hand – has low value and the player may fold or bluff.

Ajax – starting hand has one J and one A.

American Airlines – starting hand has two A’s.

Backdoor – hand which needs the turn and river to to complete a winning hand. It’s generally making a hand other than what was intended.

Backdoor flush – the turn and river make the flush

Backdoor straight – a straight hand completed by cards dealt on the turn and river

Baskin Robbins – a hand containing the 3 and A. That is, 31 flavours. Get it!

Big Full The largest possible Full House.

Big Slick –  hand containing the A and K

Bottom End – lowest possible straight also called the idiot end.

Bottom Pair – lowest possible pair.

Broadway –  highest possible straight containing the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.

Colt 45 – a hand containing the 4 and 5.

Connectors starting hand with two cards that are consecutive in rank. E.g. a 4 and 3

Cowboys – mean the King card.

Community Cards

Ace in the hole – one of the community cards is an A

Aces Wired –  two of the community cards flipped consecutively are Aces

Action Card – community card resulting in an increase in betting from multiple players

Base Dealing/Bottom Dealing – the dealer takes cards off the bottom of the deck instead of the top.

Blank – community card which does not change the value of the players hand.

Board –  community cards on the table.

Community Cards –  dealt initially face down in the middle of the table. They are then turn face up to add to the active players hand.

Poker Player Actions

ABC Poker is an inexperienced poker player employing a basic strategy. Although, it is possible an experienced player could use this strategy as a bluff.

Action – a players bet of any kind.

Acting out of turn –  a player publicises their actions by folding or checking before it’s their turn.

Advertising – a poker player makes an obvious play such as “accidently” revealing their cards after they fold.

Bluff – a player pretends their poor hand is something better.

Bluff catcher – a hand that calls a player who has bluffed.

Check – a player declines to make a bet.

Crying Call – where a player is calls but is not confident of having the best hand. When proven correct, they cry!

Poker Betting

Add on – buying more chips in between hands.

All in a player bets their entire stack.

Ante – the bet required by each player prior to the cards being dealt.

Bankroll money used to play poker.

Bet blind –  a bet without looking at the cards.

Big stack is a large stack of chips

Bleeding chips – losing all the consistently. Like bleeding cash.

Bust –  a player loses all their money

Buy-in –  minimum amount required to play in a poker game.

Call – matching the most recent bet.

Cashing out finishing the poker game and exchanging the chips for cash.

Colour Up is to trade your chips for ones of higher value.

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