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Commonly Used Terms

Following is a list of some of the most commonly used terms in Casino Hold ‘Em poker. Knowing these terms can help you a great deal in gaining a better understanding of the game:

Action –It corresponds to the money being bet in a Casino Hold ‘Em game. Many perceive action as the money or gambling time of the players.

Ante – It corresponds to the chips bet by players prior to start of the game. It’s got nothing to do with the bets made by players after the dealing of the cards.

All in – It refers to the act of betting one’s entire chip stack. So, when a player goes all in, it implies that he/she has wagered everything he/she has got.

Bankroll – It’s the amount of money a player brings for betting purposes into the game.

Blind – It’s a forced bet amount that’s placed just like the ante bet amount, before any cards are dealt. It helps in ensuring that there’s a certain minimum amount in the pot to play for.

Buy-in – This corresponds to the minimum amount a player must pay in order to join a Casino Hold ‘Em game.

Burn – It refers to the act of taking out the top card from the deck and removing it from the gameplay.

Community cards – Face up cards dealt by the dealer at the centre of the table which can be used by all players for making their best 5 card poker hands are referred to as community cards. Many people also know these cards as ‘board cards.’

Call – Any player wishing to continue playing a Casino Hold ‘Em round must ‘call’ the minimum bet amount to stay in play.

Check – Any player who wishes to stay in the game for another round of betting, without betting any money, is required to ‘check.’

Check raise – It means to first check and then raise the bet in the next betting round.

Deal – This refers to the act of cards distribution to the players, by the dealer.

Dead money – This is the amount wagered by the players who’ve already folded their cards.

Drawing dead – This refers to the attempt of a player to improve his/her hand into a winning one, but eventually ending up in a weaker hand.

Even money – Any Casino Hold ‘Em bet which is paid out the same as the actual bet amount is referred to as even money bet, or ‘1 to 1’ bet.

Flop – This refers to the first 3 community cards dealt by the dealer, placed in face up position at the centre of the table.

Flush – It’s a poker hand comprising of 5 cards of the same suit.

Full house – It’s a poker hand comprising of 3 cards of the same rank and a pair.

Four of a kind – It’s a poker hand comprising of 4 cards of the same rank, and any other card.

Giving away – It’s a scenario in which a player accidentally shows his/her cards.

Hold ‘Em – It refers to the type of poker games, for instance Casino Hold ‘Em and Texas Hold ‘Em where players are dealt 5 community cards and 2 - 4 hole cards, followed by betting rounds.

Hole cards – Facedown cards which are dealt to players by the dealer. This term is commonly used in Stud and Hold ‘Em poker games.

High card – A poker hand that comprises of all random cards not forming any particular legitimate poker hand. Such hands can only be evaluated based on their highest cards.

Kicker – It’s an additional Hold ‘Em poker card which adds to the value of a hand.

Muck – All cards that are discarded, folded on burnt followed by their placement in a stack close to the dealer, constitute the muck.

Pair – A poker hand comprising of two cards of the same rank, for instance, two 5s, two Qs etc.

Pocket cards – This term is used to refer to the hole cards dealt in Hold ‘Em poker.

Pocket pair – Term used to refer to two hole cards of the same rank.

Raise – The term used for raising the bet amount in Hold ‘Em poker is referred to as ‘raise.’

Royal flush – A poker hand comprising of Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of the same suit.

Straight – A poker hand comprising of 5 sequential cards of the same or different suits.

Straight flush – A poker hand comprising of 5 sequential cards belonging to the same suit.

Stand-off – A ‘call’ made by a poker player in response to a ‘raise.’

Three of a kind – a poker hand comprising of 3 cards of the same rank, and any other 2 cards. For instance, 10 10 10 6 8, Q Q Q 7 J etc.
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