Poker glossary - terms and expressions
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Poker Glossary

More than 162 Poker terms & expressions

If you are new to the world of online Poker, the wealth of Poker related terminology might be a bit overwhelming at first. For that reason we have compiled this glossary. This list is not exhaustive, but we aim to provide you with a comprehensive reference that explains interesting and colorful internet terminology you are likely to encounter in the online casino world. Although it's not essential for you to be familiar with all these terms in order to play the game, they're still good to know.

  • Backdoor
    Making a hand other than the combination intended.
  • Backraise
    In online Poker, this is a re-raise from the player who originally called.
  • Bad Beat
    When a good hand is beat by an even better hand in online Poker.
  • Bankroll
    The total amount of money that a player has at his/her disposal for the duration of his or her poker career.
  • Bet
    The act of placing a wager in turn into the pot on any betting round, or the chips put into the pot.
  • Bet Odds
    The odds you get as a result of evaluating the number of callers to a raise.
  • Bicycle [Bike]
    A Straight, also known as a wheel, is the lowest possible straight in poker (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5).
  • Big Blind
    The largest blind posted before cards are dealt in online Poker, placed by the second player from the dealer's left.
  • Blind
    A mandatory bet placed before the cards are dealt to force money into the pot in online Poker. Also see live blindA forced bet put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. The "live" means those players still have the option of raising when the action gets back around to them..
  • Bluff
    To bluff means to make a bet (even though you don't have a good hand) that you hope is not called by your opponents. The aim of a bluff is to win a pot because everyone else folds.
  • Board, Board Cards
    The communal cards dealt face up in online Texas Holdem that all players can use.
  • Boat
    A full house.
  • Bounty
    An option in some online Poker tournaments where by taking out a certain player/players, you get a cash bonus.
  • Boxed Card
    A card that appears faceup in the deck where all other cards are facedown.
  • Bubble
    The bubble refers to the placings in a tournament that are close to winning prize money but do not receive any money. Say, 50 people enter a tournament and the tournament pays out money to the top 10 players, someone busting out around 11th would be said to have busted out on the bubble. When the tournament is at the stage near the bubble, players tend to tighten up a lot because they do not want to bust out and not receive any money. Aggressive players often take advantage of this situation by stealing a lot of pots.
  • Bug
    A Joker that can be used to make straights and flushes and can be paired with Aces, but not with any other cards.
  • Burn Card
    When dealing community cards in online Texas Holdem Poker, the first card dealt is always burnt or discarded to prevent from reading of marked cards.
  • Button
    A symbol to flag which player is sitting in the dealer´s position.
  • Buy In
    The minimum amount a player needs to spend to get into, or buy into an Poker tournament.