Poker Terminology 2 – Phrases To Help You Survive That First Poker Game

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You have heard a whole lot about poker, and you are interested in getting involved in an official game. You want to see what it feels like to play and even win. There is, however, one thing that is holding you back. You do not possess sufficient knowledge about the terminology that is commonly used when playing poker, thus you feel intimidated. If you want to have any hope at all in surviving your first poker game, you will want to familiarize yourself with the below ten most commonly used poker terms.


Two of a Kind (or Pair)–In this instance, you will have two of one kind of each card, like two aces. This is the second smallest possible combination of cards (if you take “high” cards as the lowest of the chain)


Flush–A flush is almost like a straight; however, all of the cards in the hand are of the same suit. A straight may be ten, jack, queen, king, and ace.


In a straight, it does not matter which suit the cards are. In a flush, the cards go in consecutive order from least to greatest, but they must all be of the same suit as well. Additionally, a flush does not have to consist of all five cards, like a straight does.


Royal Flush–This is like the flush above, but the cards are all “royalty”, and they are from the same suit. For example, a 10 of Spades, Jack of Spades, Queen of Spades, King of Spades and Ace of Spades will grant you the elusive Royal Flush.


Be prepared to wow your opponents with this – a Royal Flush comes only at the turn of each century, and you’ll be doing yourself great injustice if you didn’t manage to win a fair share of the pot.


Full House–You have a full house when you have two of one kind of card and three of another. For instance, you have two threes and three fives.


Four-Of-A-Kind – Often confused with the “Full House” by beginners, a Four-Of-A-Kind is exactly what its name implies – having all 4 cards of the same value together with any other card! For example, having a Jack from all four suits, and a three of spades will give you the Full House.


Fill–A fill occurs when a player has success in drawing the card that he or she needs in order to complete a hand. An example of this occurring is when you need one more card to complete a straight.

Your straight has a ten, jack, queen, and a king, but you need the ace in order to complete it.

You draw a card, and it is the ace that you need. Your hand is then complete – and you’re ready to take down your opponents with this bomb of a draw.


Home Game–This type of game is played in a player’s house or at some other private location.


Horse–A player who receives financial backing from someone else, such as a friend.


In the Money–A player is in the money when he or she finishes high enough to win the money.


Joker–This is a sort-of wild card that can be used as an ace or to complete a hand. The rules of the game will determine whether or not a joker card is allowed to be used.

Note that some forms of Poker do not even have this card in the game – Texas Hold’em is one example.

After you have committed these ten terms to your memory, you can build on your knowledge by learning more. Not to mention, you will be able to hang with the big boys.

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