It helps in our everyday life to know what the new and upcoming slang is. Whether
it is to help us better communicate with our kids or knowing the new buzz words
that are in your particular career. This is no different with poker. There are
tones of different words and sayings out there that are tossed around the table
while having either a friendly or competitive game of poker. Listed bellow are
some populart poker slang that you might want to catch up on and use.
Blind (Small blind/big blind): These are the forced bets that
take the place of an ante. The person to the left of the dealer must pay the
small blind and the person after him must pay the big blind.
Board Cards: The cards in the middle of the table that are
shared by everyone.
Draw: Drawing means hoping to improve your hand with the cards
that will come on the board. You are on a draw when you want other cards to
come out on the board to complete your hand. If you have 10 9 and the flop is
QJ2, you are trying to draw an eight or a king on the turn or river.
Flop: This is when the first three cards come out in Holdem.
Implied odds: The same as pot odds (read below) except it takes
into account making bets in the future. Thus, you may call a bet at the flop,
but have implied odds of making bigger bets on later rounds if you hit your
draw. So, if you have AK of diamonds and the flop comes two diamonds, your implied
odds are what you have to call at the flop compared to how large the pot will
be at the end of the hand.
Limit Poker: Poker with fixed bets. In a $2-4 limit game, all
bets and raises are two dollars in the first two rounds (preflop and flop),
and all bets and raises are four dollars in the last two rounds (turn and river).
Longhand: This refers to a poker game with seven or more people.
Outs: Number of cards that can improve your hand. If the flop
is QJ2 and you have 10 9, you want a king or an eight to complete your straight.
There are 4 kings and 4 eights in the deck, so you have 8 total outs.
Position: Where you sit at the poker table. The dealer has
the best position because he bets last and therefore has a better understanding
of what other people have in their hand. The small blind has the worst position
because he goes first.
Pot Odds: This is the odds you are getting when you are drawing.
For example, say you have Ace and 2 of diamonds and the board is King, seven,
six- the six and seven are of diamonds. You are sure that someone else has the
king. Nevertheless, there is a total of 9 other diamonds out there (13 ? your
two, - two on board), so you have a roughly 18% chance of hitting a flush on
the next card. Thus, if the pot is 100, and the bet is 10, even though you are
clearly losing, you have odds with your flush draw. However, let's say the pot
is 100, you?re at the turn (one card left) and your opponent bets 300. The pot
is 400 and you must put in 300 to see the river. Your pot odds are 300/700 which
is too high, considering your chances of hitting your flush are about 1/5.
Preflop: When you just have two cards in your hand and there
are no cards on the board yet.
River: This is the fifth and final card that comes on the board
in Holdem, after the turn.
Shorthand: This refers to a poker game with six or fewer people.
Turn: This is the fourth board card that comes out in holdem,
the card after the flop.
There are tones of poker slang words and terms out there. So many infact that
this sheet could go on forever. Poker slang is just one of those things that
seperatet the real poker player to the non poker player. If you want to become
one of those feared and dominate players then commite these to memory.