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ACTION A fold, check, call, bet, or raise. For certain situations, doing something formally connected with the game that conveys information about your hand may also be considered as having taken action. Examples would be showing your cards at the end of the hand, or indicating the number of cards you are taking at draw.
AGRESSIVE ACTION A wager that could enable a player to win a pot without a showdown; a bet or raise
ALL-IN When you have put all of your playable money and chips into the pot during the course of a hand, you are said to be all-in.
ANTE A prescribed amount posted before the start of a hand by all players
BET The act of making a wager before anyone else on a betting round. The chips used by a player to bet, call or raise
BIG BLIND The largest regular blind in a game.
BLIND A required bet made before any cards are dealt
BOARD (1) The board on which a waiting list is kept for players wanting seats in specific games. (2) Cards face up on the table common to each of the hands.
BOARDCARD Community cards in the centre of the table, as in Hold'em or Omaha.
BOXED CARD A card that appears face-up in the deck where all other cards are facedown.
BURNCARD After the initial round of cards is dealt, the first card off the deck in each round that is placed under a chip in the pot, for security purposes. To do so is to burn the card; the card itself is called the burn-card
BUTTON A player who is in the designated dealer position. See dealer button
BUY-IN The minimum amount of money required to enter any game
CARDS SPEAK The face value of a hand in a showdown is the true value of the hand, regardless of a verbal announcement
CAPPED Describes the situation in limit poker in which the maximum number of raises on the betting round have been reached
CHECK To waive the right to initiate the betting in a round, but to retain the right to act if another player initiates the betting
CHECK RAISE To waive the right to bet until a bet has been made by an opponent, and then to increase the bet by at least an equal amount when it is your turn to act
COLOUR CHANGE A request to change the chips from one denomination to another
COMMON CARD A card dealt face up to be used by all players at the showdown in the games of stud poker whenever there are insufficient cards left in the deck to deal each player a card
COMMUNITY CARDS The cards dealt face up in the centre of the table that can be used by all players to form their best hand in the games of Hold'em and Omaha
COMPLETE THE BET To increase an all-in bet or forced bet to a full bet in limit poker.
CUT To divide the deck into two sections in such a manner as to change the order of the cards
CUT-CARD Another term for the card used to shield the bottom of the deck
DEAD CARD A card that is not legally playable
DEAD HAND A hand that is not legally playable
DEAD MONEY Chips that are taken into the centre of the pot because they are not considered part of a particular player's bet
DEAL To give each player cards or put cards on the board. As used in these rules, each deal refers to the entire process from the shuffling and dealing of cards until the pot is awarded to the winner.
DEALER BUTTON A flat disk that indicates the player who would be in the dealing position for that hand (if there were not a house dealer). Normally just called "the button"
DISCARDS In a draw game, to throw cards out of your hand to make room for replacements, or the card(s) thrown away; the muck
DOWNCARDS Cards that are dealt face down in a stud game


1) The poker form where players are given the opportunity to replace cards in the hand. In some places like California, the word "draw" is used referring to draw high, and draw low is called "lowball". (2) The act of replacing cards in the hand. (3) The point in the deal where replacing is done is called "the draw"
FACECARD A king, queen, or jack
FIXED LIMIT In limit poker, a betting structure where the bet size on each round is pre-set.
FLASHED CARD A card that is partially exposed
FLOORPERSON An 888PL Tournament Captain or manager who seats players and makes decisions at 888PL finals
FLOP In Hold'em or Omaha, the three community cards that are turned simultaneously after the first round of betting is complete
FLUSH A poker hand consisting of five cards of the same suit
FOLD To throw a hand away and relinquish all interest in a pot
FOURTH STREET The second up card in seven-card stud or the first board card after the flop in Hold'em (also called the turn card)
FOULED HAND A dead hand
FORCED BET A required wager to start the action on the first betting round (the normal way action begins in a stud game).
FREEROLL A chance to win something at no risk or cost
FULL BUY A buy-in of at least the minimum amount of chips needed for a particular game.
FULL HOUSE A hand consisting of three of a kind and a pair
HAND (1) All a player's personal cards. (2) The five cards determining the poker ranking. (3) A single poker deal.
HEADS-UP PLAY Only two players involved in play
HOLECARDS The cards dealt facedown to a player
INSURANCE A side agreement when someone is all-in for a player in a pot to put up money that guarantees a payoff of a set amount in case the opponent wins the pot
JOKER The joker is a "partly wild card" in high draw poker and ace-to-five lowball. In high, it is used for aces, straights, and flushes. In lowball, it is the lowest unmatched rank in a hand
KICKER The highest unpaired card that helps determine the value of a five-card poker hand
LIVE BLIND A blind bet giving a player the option of raising if no one else has raised
MISCALL An incorrect verbal declaration of the ranking of a hand
MISDEAL A mistake on the dealing of a hand which causes the cards to be reshuffled and a new hand to be dealt
MUCK (1) The pile of discards gathered face down in the centre of the table by the dealer. (2) To discard a hand
NO-LIMIT A betting structure allowing players to wager any or all of their chips in one bet
OPENER The player who made the first voluntary bet
OPTION The choice to raise a bet given to a player with a blind
PASS (1) Decline to bet. In a pass-and-out game, this differs from a check, because a player who passes must fold. (2) Decline to call a wager, at which point you must discard your hand and have no further interest in the pot
PLAY BEHIND Have chips in play that are not in front of you (allowed only when waiting for chips that are already purchased). This differs from table stakes
PLAY THE BOARD Using all five community cards for your hand in Hold'em
POSITION (1) The relation of a player's seat to the blinds or the button. (2) The order of acting on a betting round or deal
POT-LIMIT The betting structure of a game in which you are allowed to bet up to the amount of the pot
PROPOSITION BET A side bet not related to the outcome of the hand
PROTECTED HAND  hand of cards that the player is physically holding, or has topped with a chip or some other object to prevent a fouled hand
RACK (1) A container in which chips are stored while being transported. (2) A tray in front of the dealer, used to hold chips and cards
RAISE To increase the amount of a previous wager. This increase must meet certain specifications, depending on the game, to reopen the betting and count toward a limit on the number of raises allowed
RE-RAISE To raise someone's raise
SCOOP To win the entire pot in a high-low split game by a wager or showdown
SCRAMBLE A facedown mixing of the cards
SIDE POT A separate pot formed when one or more players are all in
SHOWDOWN The showing of cards to determine the pot-winner after all the betting is over
SHUFFLE The act of mixing the cards before a hand
SMALL BLIND In a game with multiple blind bets, the smallest blind
SPLIT POT A pot that is divided among players, either because of a tie for the best
STACK Chips in front of a player
STRADDLE An additional blind bet placed after the forced blinds, usually double the big blind in size or in lowball, a multiple blind game
STRAIGHT Five cards in consecutive rank
STRAIGHT FLUSH Five cards in consecutive rank of the same suit
STREET Cards dealt on a particular round in stud games. For instance, the fourth card in a player's hand is often known as Fourth Street, the sixth card as Sixth Street, and so on
STRING RAISE A wager made in more than one motion, without announcing a raise before going back to your stack for more chips (not allowed).
STUB The portion of the deck which has not been dealt
SUPERVISOR An 888PL employee qualified to make rulings
"TIME" An expression used to stop the action on a hand. Equivalent to "Hold it."
TURNCARD The fourth street card in Hold'em or Omaha
UPCARDS Cards that are dealt face up for opponents to see in stud games
WAGER (1) To bet or raise. (2) The chips used for betting or raising


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