Poker jargon – W
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wash To mix the deck by spreading the cards face down on the table and mixing them up. A dealer may wash the deck before shuffling. weak ace An ace with a low kicker (e.g. four). Also “small ace,” “soft … Read More

Poker jargon – V
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vig, vigorish The rake. vnh Abbreviation for “very nice hand”, used in online poker chat.

Poker jargon – U
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under the gun The playing position to the direct left of the blinds in Texas hold ’em or Omaha . The player who is under the gun must act first on the first round of betting. underfull In a community … Read More

Poker jargon – T
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third man walking A player who gets up from his seat in a cash game, after two other players are already away from the table, is referred to as the “third man walking”. In a casino with a “third man … Read More

Poker jargon – S
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satellite A tournament in which the prize is a free entrance to another (larger) tournament. scare card A card that comes that may have improved an opponent’s hand. The Jack of spades on the turn was a scare card because … Read More

Poker jargon – R
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rabbit hunt After a hand is over, a rabbit hunt means to reveal the last card that would have come up in a community card game with a fixed number of cards. Such activity is usually prohibited in casinos. rack … Read More

Poker jargon – P
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paint The face cards, Jacks, Queens, and Kings, in a deck. In Texas hold’em, a flop can be said to be “all paint” if it consists of only these cards. passive A style of play characterized by checking and calling. … Read More

Poker jargon – O
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offsuit Cards that are not of the same suit. The ace of clubs and the king of spades are called ace-king offsuit open To bet first. open ended, open ended straight draw An outside straight draw. Also “two-way straight draw”. … Read More

Poker jargon – N
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natural card A card that isn’t wild or otherwise modified by the game rules. In some houses, a natural hand beats an equivalent hand that uses wild cards, though this is not generally the case.

Poker jargon – M
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M-ratio In no-limit or pot limit games the ratio of stack to the blinds and/or antes. For example 8-way in a no limit game hold’em game with blinds of $50/$100 and an ante of $10 a stack of $23,000 has … Read More

Poker jargon – L
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laydown A tough choice to fold a good hand in anticipation of superior opposition. limit The minimum or maximum amount of a bet. limp, limp in To enter a pot by simply calling instead of raising. live 1.Still raisable. A … Read More

Poker jargon – K
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keep (a bettor) honest To call a final bet while not expecting to win, for the primary purpose of discouraging future bluffs. kitty A pool of money built by collecting small amounts from certain pots, often used to buy refreshments, … Read More

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