Poker Terms You Should Learn
Wednesday, 20. January 2010

If you are going to be playing poker for fun or money, you will feel much more comfortable in the game if you can use the right language. Poker uses words and phrases all of its own and learning these basic terms can make your poker play much more enjoyable.

Truth be told, all games will develop their own vocabulary. The fact that poker seems to draw an interesting collection of characters and that often great sums of money are involved has caused poker to develop a very rich and entertaining vocabulary.

The following is a list of some of the more common poker terminologies:

Action: Action refers to the amount of money being bet on a poker game.

Aggressive play: Aggressive players start betting high and stay in, continuing to bet high, trying to get other players to give up early.

Betting on a tilt: Betting on a tilt refers to betting based on emotions, not on your actual chances of winning. This is something you will want to avoid if you want to play poker well.

Bluffing: Bluffing means acting as though you have a better hand than you have. This is done by raising bets or meeting bets even when your hand is not great. The object of bluffing is to get others to fold, leaving you holding the (only) winning hand.

Board Cards: Bards cards are the cards that are in the middle of the poker table. They are shared by all players.

Conservative play: Conservative poker players tend to bet only the minimum and fold quickly if they have low cards. This help ensure that they do not lose a lot of money but can also prevent them from winning larger pots. When a conservative players gets a good hand and starts betting above the minimum many players see it as a sign that they have a good hand and quickly abandon the game.

Limit Poker: Limits poker is a poker game with fixed bets. Usually, in a limit poker game, two numbers are given as limits. These two numbers refer to the different rounds. For example, In a $1_2 limit poker game, in the first two rounds all bets and raises are one dollar. In the last two rounds they are two dollars.

Longhand: Longhand poker refers to a poker game with at least seven people.

Outs: Outs refer to the number of cards in the deck that can possibly better your hand. For example, if you need a queen or nine to complete your hand, then you have a total of 8 outs, because there are 4 queens and 4 nines in a pack of cards.

Position: Position refers to where you are seated at the poker table. Position often determines how well you can play a game. The dealer always has the best position at a poker table because the dealer bets last. This means that the dealer has the chance to see other player’s reactions and watch their strategy before betting, giving better odds of an informed play. The person just left of the dealer has the worst position because he or she must bet or play first and so has the least information before placing a bet or making a move.

Pot: The pot refers to the amount of money being anted or betted in a game.

Shorthand: Shorthand is a poker game with six people or fewer.

Tell: A “tell” is a sign or clue of what kind of hand a player hand. No poker player wants others to know what their “tell” is, but almost every player has one. Without realizing it, a player may tap their toes when they have a good hand or frown if they have a bad one. Where possible, you want to stay alert for other players’ tells while trying not to give away any of your own.

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