Omaha: A game in which each player receives 4 face-down cards and shares 5 community cards. The winning hand must use exactly 2 down cards and 3 community cards. This game also has a High/Low variant.
Omaha High/Low: This game allows players to compete for a pot split between the highest and the lowest hands using 2 down cards and 3 community cards. A player may use different sets of cards to make up the best high and the best low hands.
On the Button: Being the last player to act in a betting round. Dealer’s Position.
OPTION: This term refers to the option given the big blind player the option of raising before the flop.
OUTS: The number of cards left in the deck that will improve your hand.
OVERCALL: To call a bet after another player has already called.
OVERCARDS: When you have cards that are higher than all the cards on the board.
OVERPAIR: A pocket pair higher than any of the cards on the board.
PAIR: Also called two of a kind. This is a hand where the player’s best hand is made up of 2 cards of the same rank.
PASSIVE: Adjective to describe a player who frequently calls and rarely bets.
PF: (abbev.). Pre-flop.
PLAY BY THE BOOK: To play according to the conventional wisdom regarding basic poker strategy
PLAY THE BOARD: Using all the community cards in Hold’em as your best hand.
PL: (abbev.). Pot-limit.
PLO: (abbev.). Pot-limit Omaha.
POCKET CARDS: The term for the two down cards at the start of the hand.
POSITION: The location of the player relative to the dealer.
POT ODDS: The odds you get when analyzing the current size of the pot vs. your next call.
POT-LIMIT: A variation on betting where each player may bet up to the current amount in the pot (PL).
PROP PLAYER: A player who is paid by the house to play in games with their own money as a way to fill up games.
PROTECTING YOUR CARDS: (phrase): To place a chip over your pocket cards so the dealer doesn’t accidentally muck them.
RABBIT-HUNTING Asking to see additional cards even though the hand has already ended.
RAG: A useless card.
RAG FLOP: A flop with bad cards – usually low cards.
RAKE: The amount of money, in chips, taken by the house as the service fee.
RB: (abbev.). Rebuy.
READ: Analysis of a player based on how they play, mannerisms, and tells.
REVERSE TELL: Intentionally acting in a different way to give a false image.
RING GAME: Any non-tournament game.
RIVER: The fifth and last community card dealt face up in a Hold ‘Em game.
ROUND: This refers to the dealing of a set of cards and associated betting. For example, the dealing of the river and the bets that follow are a round.
ROUNDER: Someone who plays poker for a living.
RUNNER-RUNNER: When a player hits two running cards to make a hand.
SANDBAGING: Holding back and calling despite the fact that you have a very good hand.
SATELLITE: A tournament that lets you enter another tournament if you win.
SB: (abbev.). Small-blind.
SHARK: A good player or player who disguises his skill to trick others.
SHILL: A player who is paid an hourly rate with house money to play in games as a way to fill them up.
SHOOTOUT: A tournament where there are several tables and the winners of each table plays against each other.
SHORT STACK: A player that doesn’t have many chips left. Usually used in a tournament or a no-limit cash game.
SHOWDOWN: After the final bet, when all players show their hands or muck, is known as the showdown.
SIDE POT: This is a pot created when a player goes all-in. The side pot is the pot available to those players not all-in at that point. There can, on occasion, be more than one side pot.
SNG: (abbev.). Sit N Go.
SOFT GAME: A game with a lot of bad players.
SPLASH THE POT: An illegal move where chips are placed in a haphazard way.
SPLIT POT: A pot where more than 1 person are tied for the best hand and they have to split the winnings.
SPREAD LIMIT: A game in which there are betting limits with a fixed minimum and maximum bet for each betting round.
STARTING HANDS: The first 2 cards a player receives in Hold ‘Em or first 3 cards in Seven Card Stud.
STEAL: To bluff and win a pot.
STEAL-RAISE: A raise by someone in late position in an attempt to reduce the number of players and/or steal the pot.
STEAMING: Being on “Tilt”.
STRING BET: An illegal bet in which a player makes a bet with more than 1 motion.
T: (abbev.). Tournament.
TABLE STAKES: The value of the chips with which a player sits down at a table. Also a term for no-limit poker.
TELL: An action that gives clues about the cards someone is holding.
TIGHT-AGGRESSIVE: A player who doesn’t play many hands but plays his hands aggressively.
TILT: To play badly as a result of losing.
TIMED-OUT: When an online game folds you hand because you didn’t act in time.
TRIPS: A nickname for three of a kind.
UNDERPAIR: A pair lower than any card on the board.
UPCARDS: Cards that are dealt faceup.
UTG: (abbev.). Under-the-gun. To be the first one to act. The position to the left of the Big Blind.
WSOP: (abbev.). “World Series of Poker”. The most prestigious tournament in poker, held at Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas.
WPT: (abbev.). “World Poker Tour”.