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ace high - A five-card hand containing an ace but no pair
aces full - A full house with three aces and any pair
all-in - To run out of chips while betting or calling
bad beat - A bad beat is a loss in which the losing player had the better odds on the winning player earlier in the hand
bankroll - The amount of money you have available to wager
big slick - Ace and King
boat - Full House
bullet - Ace
button - A white acrylic disk to indicate who is the (nominal) dealer
buy-in - The minimum amount of money required by a player to sit down in a particular poker game
call station - A player who calls a lot, but doesn't raise or fold much
cash-in - To leave the game and convert one's chips to cash, either with the dealer or at the cage
cash-out - To leave a game and cash in one's chips at the cage
cowboys - A pair of kings
deuce - A two
dominated hand - A hand that will almost always lose to a better hand that people usually play. For instance, A5 is 'dominated' by AJ. With the exception of strange flops (e.g. 5-5-x, A-5-x), it will always lose to AJ
draw dead - Try to make a hand that, even if made, will not win the pot. If you're drawing to make a straight, and your opponent already has a flush, you are 'drawing dead'
drawing hand - A potentially strong hand requiring a particular card from the draw to make it
family pot - A pot in which most of the players at the table are still involved at the end of the hand
fish - A poor player; an amateur who is losing money
flop - The first three community cards dealt in Texas Hold`em and Omaha Poker
freeroll - A poker tournament with no cash entry fee but still offers cash prizes
gutshot straight - A straight filled 'inside'. If you have 10d-9d, the flop comes 8c-6h-Kc, and the turn is the 7h, you've made your gutshot straight
heads up - A pot that is being contested by only two players
hit - As in 'the flop hit me.' It means the flop contained cards that help your hand. If you have 910, and the flop comes 9-9-2, it hit you
kicker - An unpaired card used to determine the better of two near-equivalent hands
limp - To enter the round by calling big blind rather than raising
monster - A very big hand
move-in - To go all-in
muck - The pile of folded and burned cards in front of the dealer
nut flush - The highest possible flush that can be formed with the cards on the board
nut straight - the highest possible straight with the cards on the board
nuts - The best possible hand given the board
odds - The probability of making a hand versus the probability of not making the hand
offsuit - A Texas Hold'em Poker starting hand in which the two cards are of different suits
Pot - The money gathered in the middle of the table from blinds, bets, and raises
Pot Odds - The amount of money in the pot compared to the amount you must put in the pot to continue playing
pre-flop - Before the flop
quads - Four of a kind
rainbow - A flop that contains three different suits
rake - The house cut of each pot
re-buy - To buy more chips
ring game - A regular poker game as opposed to a tournament
river - The fifth and final community card
rock - A player who plays very tight, raises only with the best hands
satellite - A small-stakes tournament whose winner obtains cheap entry into a bigger tournament
semi-bluff - To bet with a hand which isn't the best hand, but which has a reasonable chance of improving
set - Three of a kind when you have two of the rank in your hand, and there is one on the board
suited - A Texas Hold'em Poker starting hand in which the two cards are the same suit
tell - A clue or hint that a player unknowingly gives about the strength of his hand
tilt - To play wildly or recklessly, trying wild bluffs, raising with bad hands etc.
turn - The fourth community card
wheel - A straight Ace-2-3-4-5