Ace-high: A hand where the highest card is an ace.
Aces Full: A hand with 3 aces and a pair of any other value.
Aces Up: A hand containing two pairs: a pair of aces and another pair of any other value.
Action: A check, bet, call, fold or raise.
Active Player: A player with chips in the pot.
All-in: When a player bets all of his/her chips on a single hand.
All-in Over the Top: Raising with all of your chips after an opponent's bet.
Back Into a Hand: A situation wherein the cards you draw creates a different hand from the hand you were originally intending to make.
Back-door Flush: A hand consisting of three cards that could formulate a flush, but the turn and river cards are still required to complete the flush.
Back-door Straight: A hand consisting of three cards that could formulate a straight, but the turn and river cards are still required to complete the straight.
Bad Beat: When a lucky hand beats a strong hand.
Bankroll: The amount of money that a player has to wager.
Battle of the Blinds: When everyone folds their cards in deference to the players with forced bets (i.e blinds).
Behind: When you judge your hand to be a poor one (according to the hand rankings) before all the cards have been dealt.
Bet for Value: A bet to increase the pot size, not to make your opponent(s) fold.
Bet the Pot: A bet equal to the size of the pot.
Big Dog: A person with very low odds of winning (i.e. an underdog).
Big Blind: The forced bet made by the person sitting two seats to the left of the dealer. The larger of the two forced bets, this amount increases after each timed round in tournament play.
Big Slick: Poker slang for Ace, King; a very strong starting hand.
Blank: A card yielding no value to the player's hand.
Blind: A mandatory bet placed by both players to the immediate left of the dealer.
Bluff: To raise or bet a weak hand in order to make your opponent think you have a strong hand.
Bust a Player: To eliminate a player from the game by taking all of his/her chips.
Bust Out: When a player loses all of his/her chips and is eliminated from a tournament.
Button: In the PokerWorld cardroom, a white circular icon with a "D" on it that moves clockwise around the poker table indicating where the action begins.
Buy-in: A minimum amount of money paid to enter a tournament and/or live game.
Call: When a player matches (rather than raises) the previous bet.
Cap: The number of raises allowed in a game.
Change Gears: When a player strategically alternates his/her play between aggressive and conservative.
Check: When a player does not bet, reserving the option to call or raise later in the betting round.
Come over the Top: When a player raises or re-raises another player's bet.
Community Cards: Cards dealt face up on the center of the table, for use by all of the active players.
Connectors: Chronologically ranked cards that can help a player form a straight.
Dead Man's Hand: A pair of aces and a pair of eights, thus named because Wild Bill Hickock was shot holding this very hand.
Dead Money: Money put into the pot by a player(s) who has since folded.
Double Up: A bet that results in the player ending up with twice as many chips as the amount he/she started with at the beginning of the hand.
Down Cards: All cards dealt face down to the players.
Drawing Dead: A situation whereby you cannot win, no matter what cards follow.
Early Position: A position in a round of betting that forces a player to act before the other players. This is a disadvantageous position.
Fifth Street: The final round of betting and the fifth card on the table. Also known as the river.
Fish: A poor player who tends to chase favorable outcomes that are highly unlikely.
Flop: Three cards placed in the center of table that any player may use to form a hand.
Fold: When a player withdraws from the game and gives up his/her cards rather than continue betting.
Four of a Kind: Four cards with the same value. (Eg. Four Jacks)
Fourth Street: The fourth card on the table and the third round of betting. Also known as the turn.
Freeze Out: A game or tournament that is played until one player has all the chips.
Full House: A hand containg three-of-a-kind and a pair. (Eg. J, J, J, 2, 2)
Get Full Value: To raise, bet or re-raise with the intention of achieving the maximum pot odds if you win the hand.
Gut Shot Straight Draw: A straight with the middle of the five cards missing.
Hand: A player's best five card combination made by combining his or her cards with the community cards.
Heads-up: A situation whereby there are only two players left and the number of betting rounds is unlimited.
Hole Card: Two cards dealt face down to every player at the start of a hand.
Jammed Pot: A pot that has been raised the maximum number of times.
Key Hand: A hand that proves to be a turning point - for better or for worse.
Kicker: The highest card in a player's hand that is not being used in some way (eg. to create three-of-a-kind, a pair, etc.).
Late Position: A position in a round of betting where a player can act after most or all of the other players have acted. This is an advantageous position.
Lay Down: Folding a strong hand in a critical situation.
Legitimate Hand: A strong hand or hand that is not a bluff.
Limp In: When a player enters the round by calling rather than raising a bet.
Live Hand: A hand with the potential to win the pot.
Long Odds: When a very low probability exists that something positive can result for the player based on the cards currently held.
Loose Play: When a player continually bets with weak hands.
Main Pot: When a player goes all-in, he/she is eligible to win the main pot. Any betting after that is done in a side pot.
Monster: A hand with a high probability of winning.
Muck: To discard a hand; also the pile of discarded hands.
No Limit Hold'em Table Stakes: A game where any player can bet any or all of his/her chips.
Nut Flush: The best flush available within each hand.
Nut Flush Draw: When one card will give you the best possible flush.
Nuts: A hand that cannot be beaten no matter what follows.
Odds: The probability of achieving or/not achieving a desired hand.
On a Short Stack: When a player has very few chips with which to bet.
On the Button: The player who acts last in a round, commonly held as the best table position in Hold Em.
On Tilt: When a player bets recklessly due to frustration.
Open Card: A card that is dealt face-up.
Open End Straight Draw: Four consecutive cards, such as 9-10-J-Q. In this example, any 8 or King would form a straight.
Open Pair: Two cards of the same value dealt face-up.
Out: A card still in the deck that is capable of improving a player's hand.
Out of Position: When a player has the disadvantage of having to act before his/her opponent.
Outdraw: When one player beats his or her opponent by drawing a better hand.
Outs: Any card(s) that will turn the statistical underdog into a winner.
Over the Top: Making a large raise.
Pair: Two cards with the same value (Ex: 3, 3).
Pass: When a player folds his or her hand.
Play Fast: Betting aggressively on a hand.
Playing the Board: When your best five-card hand is the five cards on the board.
Position: Where a player sits in relation to the dealer, determining his/her place in the betting order.
Pot: The total chips being bet.
Pot Odds: The amount of money in the pot vs. the amount of money it costs to continue playing.
Protect a Hand: When a player bets in order to convince other players to fold, to reduce the risk of having their opponents outdraw them.
Putting on the Heat: To pressure the other players by betting aggressively.
Ragged Flop: Flop cards that fail to help any players hand.
Rank: The value of a card or hand.
Re-raise: To raise on top of a previous raise within the same hand.
River: The final community card dealt; all players may use it to form their best hand.
Rock: A conservative player.
Round of Betting: The period when each active player has the opportunity to check, bet or raise.
Rounder: A professional player who frequents high-stakes tournaments.
Royal Flush: A hand containing: A, K, Q, J, 10 in the same suit.
Running Bad: A phrase used to describe a player on a losing streak.
Running Good: A phrase used to describe a player on a winning streak.
See: To call a bet.
Short Odds: When a very high probability exists that something positive can result for the player based on the cards currently held.
Short Stack: The player with the fewest chips at the table has the short stack.
Showdown: When all cards are turned face-up after the final round of betting to see who won.
Side Pot: Separate pot contested by other players when one player has gone all-in.
Slow Roll: When a player stalls before revealing their winning hand to frustrate their opponent(s).
Small Blind: A forced bet, half the size of the big blind, made by the person sitting one seat to the left of the dealer/button.
Steaming: When a player is playing recklessly due to frustration.
Straight: Five consecutive cards of mixed suits
Straight Flush: Five consecutive cards of the same suit.
Structure: The schedule by which the antes and blinds (forced bets) increase.
Suited Connectors: Two consecutive cards of the same suit.
Tell: An involuntary gesture or expression indicating the strength of your hand.
Tight Player: A conservative player who only plays strong hands.
Turn: Also referred to as fourth street, the turn is the fourth common card played.
Wired Pair: When two hole cards form a pair.