Poker Terminology 1 – What Every Poker Player Needs To Know

Poker Terminology

Know your poker terminology when you are at the tables!

Before you go into any poker game, it is vital that you familiarize yourself with the terminology. Doing so will not only enable you to play more successfully, but you will also appear more experienced to your opponents than you actually are, thus decreasing the chances they will take advantage of you.

Though there are thousands of poker terms that are used and these depend on the game in which you are playing, it is essential that you start with getting to know the ones that are the most common. To get you started, it is fitting that you learn the ten terms below.

Big blind–A big blind is when the larger of two forced bets are chosen. A big blind can only apply to specific poker games, such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha.

Small blind–A small blind is usually half of the big blind and is the smaller of two forced bets. The small blind also pertains to specific types of poker games, like the ones mentioned above.

Act–An act is when it is a player’s turn to do something in the game, such as play or fold.

All in–This is when a player puts all of his or her chips into the game – this player is thus said to be going “All-in”. A rather risky move, which usually more showy than practical in a poker game.

Of course, this move makes the game much more interesting – everything is much more interesting when your entire bankroll is at stake.

Collusion–Collusion occurs when two players or more work together to cheat in a poker game. We do not recommend this – where’s the fun in cheating?

Downswing–A downswing occurs when a player goes through a time period in which he or she loses much more than he or she has intended. It is also the opposite of an upswing.

Boxed card–this is a card that is facing upward while the cards are being dealt. Much of the time, these cards are treated as though they never existed, thus they are placed aside and not used for the game. Different poker houses have different rules concerning these. Some may completely ignore them, allowing them to be used. It is advantageous that you check with the poker house at which you are playing to see what their rules are regarding these card, so as to avoid any fouls or disqualifications

Straight–A straight occurs when all of the cards are in a consecutive order from least to greatest. An example of a straight is from ten to ace.

Buck–A buck is a marker that is used to make determinations concerning which player will deal the cards or who is the last to act.

Busted–This term has two meanings, and the meaning that will apply all depends on the situation. Busted can either mean that a player has busted out of all of his or her chips, meaning that all of the chips have been lost. Or, it can also mean that a player has a hand of cards that needs one final card to complete it; however, the card is lacking. An example of being busted in this instance is when you have four cards that are in a consecutive order, and you just need one more card to form a straight.

Once you become familiar with these ten terms, you can then go on to learning more. These are just a point from where you can begin to build your knowledge about the games to facilitate success.

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