When it's your turn to act the poker client will notify you by any of the following: sounds, table pop-up, action buttons.
Action also refers to betting and raising.
A bet contributed by each player to seed the pot at the beginning of certain poker games. Ante is also used in poker tournaments which forces each player to add chips to the pot, prior to the start of each hand.
The action of either moving or calling which causes all your remaining chips to be placed in the pot.
Backdoor (also known as Double Gutshot)
Catching both the turn and river card to make a drawing hand.
A hand in which a player with very strong cards loses to an opponent who is statistically unlikely to win, but hits a lucky card (or two) and unexpectedly takes the pot.
The first chips placed in the pot on any street. Pre-flop, the small blind would be classified as the first bet.
The larger of two blinds typically used in some poker games.
A forced bet. Blinds refer to some poker games which forces a small and big blind to be placed prior to cards being distributed.
To bet or raise holding a hand you believe to be weaker than that of your opponent, with the intention of getting them to fold their stronger hand.
All the community cards in certain poker games - the flop, turn, and river cards together.
A pair with the lowest card on the board in some poker games.
A marker that indicates the last player to act in some poker games.
To put into the pot an amount of money equal to the most recent bet or raise.
A weak-passive player who calls often but doesn't raise or fold much.
To put in the last raise permitted on a betting round in limit poker games.
The action of not betting when it is your turn to act. This only applies when you are first to act after the flop, turn or river or when all other players in the hand also check.
To check and then raise when a player behind you bets.
Cards that are presented face-up in the middle of the poker table and shared among players in some poker games. These are also referred to as board cards or "the board".
A starting hand in which your cards are connected in rank.
To make your hand less valuable because of board cards that duplicate it.
To play a hand that is not yet good, but could become so if the right cards come.
Trying to make a hand that, even if made, will not win the pot.
Your "rightful" share of a pot. If the pot contains $80, and you have a 50% chance of winning it, you have $40 equity in the pot. This term is somewhat fanciful since you will either win $80 or $0, but it gives you an idea of how much you can "expect" to win.
Expected Value (EV)
(1) The amount you expect to gain on average if you make a certain play.
(2) The amount you expect to make at the poker table in a specific time period.
A blind posted by a player just entering the game, returning to the game, or otherwise changing his position at the table. See also "blind" and "post."
A pot in which all players call before the flop.
A poker hand which is the statistical favorite to win.
The first three community cards, put out face-up, altogether in some poker games.
To forfeit any chance of winning the current pot in poker by laying down your hand.
A hand that may not be played for one reason or another.
One player has a shot at winning an entire pot when he has additional outs against a player who he is currently tied with.
Gutshot Straight (Inside Straight Draw)
A straight filled "inside." If you have 9-8, the flop comes 7-5-2, and the turn is the 6, you've made your gutshot straight.
A pot that is being played by only two players.
Cards dealt face-down to a player - most commonly used when describing the first two player cards in Hold'em and the first four player cards in Omaha.
Pot odds that do not exist at the moment, but may be included in your calculations because of bets you expect to win if you hit your hand. For instance, you might call with a flush draw on the turn even though the pot isn't offering you quite 4:1 odds (your chance of making the flush) because you're sure you can win a bet from your opponent on the river if you make your flush.
Inside Straight Draw (Gut Shot)
Seeking one specific card value to make a straight.
A special bonus paid to the loser of a hand if he gets a very good hand beaten. In Hold'em, the "loser" must typically get aces full or better beaten
An unpaired card used to determine the better of two near-equivalent hands. For instance, suppose you have AK and your opponent has AQ. If the flop has an ace in it, you both have a pair of aces, but you have a king kicker. Kickers can be vitally important in Hold'em.
Limit poker is a variation poker where the betting limit is set. The main feature is that players can only bet a specific amount at a time, depending on the progress of the hand.
A 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.
A player who does a lot of hyper-aggressive raising, betting, and bluffing.
The pile of folded and burned cards in front of the dealer. Also used as a verb. Example: "He didn't have any outs so he mucked his hand."
A version of poker in which a player may bet any amount of chips (up to the number in front of them) whenever it is their turn to act.
The best possible hand in each round of game play.
Starting cards of different suits.
Open-Ended Straight Draw
Seeking one of two card values to make a straight.
A card that will make your hand win. Normally heard in the plural.
To call a bet after one or more other players have already called.
A card higher than any card on the board.
A pocket pair higher than any card on the flop.
To call a bet when the bettor is representing a hand that you can't beat, but the pot is sufficiently large to justify a call anyway. Example: "He played it exactly like he made the flush, but I had top set so I paid him off."
Play the Board
To show down a hand in Hold'em when your cards don't make a hand any better than is shown on the board.
A Hold'em starting hand with two cards of the same rank, making a pair.
To put in a blind bet, generally required when you first sit down in a cardroom game.
A version of poker in which a player may bet up to the amount of money in the pot whenever it is his turn to act.
The amount of money in the pot compared to the amount you must put in the pot to continue playing.
To invest more money in a pot so blind money that you've already put in isn't "wasted."
Four of a kind.
A flop (or board) that doesn't appear to help anybody very much. A flop that came down J-6-2 would look ragged.
A flop that contains three different suits, thus no flush can be made on the turn.
To increase the amount of the current bet.
An amount of money taken out of every pot by the dealer. This is the cardroom's income.
The numerical value of a card (as opposed to its suit).
To play as if you hold a certain hand.
A regular poker game as opposed to a tournament. Also referred to as a "live" game since actual money is in play instead of tournament chips.
The fifth and final community card, put out face-up, by itself. Also known as "fifth street."
A player who plays very tight, not very creatively. He raises only with the best hands.
Typically said "runner-runner" to describe a hand that was made only by catching the correct cards on both the turn and the river.
A card that may well turn the best hand into trash.
A pair with the second highest card on the flop.
It is a bet or raise that you hope will not be called, but you have some outs if it is. A semi-bluff may be correct when betting for value is not correct, a pure bluff is not correct, but the combination of the two may be a positive expectation play.
Three of a kind when you have two of the rank in your hand, and there is one on the board.
A number of chips that is not very many compared to the other players at the table.
The point at which all players remaining in the hand turn their cards over and determine who has the best hand.
A pot created in which a player has no interest because he has run out of chips.
To play a strong hand weakly so more players will stay in the pot.
The smaller of two blind bets typically used in certain poker games.
To call. Smooth call often implies slow playing a strong hand.
A pot that is shared by two or more players because they have equivalent hands.
An optional extra blind bet, typically made by the player one to the left of the big blind, equal to twice the big blind.
Used to apply to a certain betting structure in poker games.
A Hold'em starting hand in which the two cards are the same suit.
A rule in a poker game meaning that a player may not go into his pocket for money during a hand. He may only invest the amount of money in front of him into the current pot.
A clue or hint that a player unknowingly gives about the strength of his hand, his next action, etc.
To play wildly or recklessly.
(1) A request by a player to suspend play while he decides what he's going to do.
(2) An amount of money collected either on the button or every half hour by the cardroom.
A small amount of money (typically $.50 or $1.00) given to the dealer by the winner of a pot. Quite often, tokes represent the great majority of a dealer's income.
A pair with the highest card on the flop.
The highest possible trips.
Two pair, with your two hole cards pairing the two highest cards on the board.
Top and Bottom
Two pair, with your two hole cards pairing the highest and lowest cards on the board.
Three of a kind.
The fourth community card used in some poker games.
Under the Gun
The position of the player who acts first on a betting round.
A person or hand not mathematically favored to win a pot.
As in "bet for value." This means that you would actually like your opponents to call your bet (as opposed to a bluff). Generally, it's because you have the best hand. However, it can also be a draw that, given enough callers, has a positive expectation.
A measure of the up and down swings your bankroll goes through. Variance is not necessarily a measure of how well you play. However, the higher your variance, the wider swings you'll see in your bankroll.
The amount of money in the pot that can be won by the best hand(s).