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Poker jargon – A

A-B-C, A-B-C-D
  1. A sequence of the lowest cards in a lowball game. For example, the hand 8-6-3-2-A might be called an eight-six-a-b-c.
  2. Uncreative or predictable play. He’s an a-b-c player.
ace-to-five, ace-to-six
Methods of evaluating low hands.

Aces Full A full house with three aces and any pair .

Ace-High A five card hand that contains one Ace, with no straight or flush or a hand with no pair in it.

Aces Up A hand that contains two pairs , one of which is Aces.

act
To make a play (bet, call, raise, or fold) at the required time. It is Ted’s turn to act. Compare to “in turn”.
action
  1. A player’s turn to act. The action is on you.
  2. A willingness to gamble. I’ll give you action or There’s plenty of action in this game
  3. A bet, along with all the calls of that bet. For example, if one player makes a $5 bet and three other players call, he is said to have $5 “in action”, and to have received $15 worth of action on his bet. Usually this term comes into play when figuring side pots when one or more players is all in.
action button
A marker similar to a kill button, on which a player places an extra forced bet. In a seven-card stud high-low game, the action button is awarded to the winner of a scoop pot above a certain size, signifying that in the next pot, they player will be required to post an amount representing a completion of the bring-in to a full bet. For example, in a stud game with $2 and $4 betting limits and a $1 bring-in, a player with the action button must post $2; after the cards are dealt, the player with the low card must still pay the $1 bring-in, then when the betting reaches the player who posted the $2, he is required to leave it in as a raise of the bring-in (and has the option to raise further). Players in between the bring-in and the action button can just call the bring-in, but they know ahead of time that they will be raised by the action button.

Action Checking/Betting/Raising. A game in which players are playing a lot of pots is considered an “action” game.

action only
In many cardrooms, with respect to an all-in bet, only a full (or half) bet can be reraised. Anything less than a full (or half) bet is considered to be action only, that is, other players can call the bet but not raise it. For example, Alice bets $100. Bob calls. Carol goes all in for $119. When the action returns to Alice and Bob, they may only to call the extra $19; they cannot raise it. Carol’s raise is called action only.

Active Player Any player who is still in the hand .

add-on
In a live game, to buy more chips before you have busted. In tournament play, a single rebuy for which all players are eligible regardless of their stack size. This is usually allowed only once, at the end of the rebuy period.
A purchase of more chips (optional) at the end of the re-buy period in a tournament.
advertising
To make an obvious play or expose cards in such a way as to deliberately convey an impression to your opponents about your style of play. For example, to make a bad play or bluff to give the impression that you bluff frequently (hoping opponents will then call your legitimate bets) or to show only good hands to give the impression that you rarely bluff (hoping opponents will then fold when you do).
air
In a lowball game, “giving air” is letting an opponent who might otherwise fold know that you intend to draw one or more cards to induce him to call.
all day
The total current posted bet. Used to indicate that the speaker is referring to the total bet, versus the difference the acting player would need to post. Action is on Alice; twenty all day.

All-In When a player bets all his/her chips.: In online poker , you may be deemed “All-in” when you are disconnected (even if you have chips remaining).

altogether
The total current posted bet. Used to indicate that the speaker is referring to the total bet, versus the difference the acting player would need to post. Action is on Alice; twenty dollars altogether.

American Airlines Two Aces.

ammo, ammunition
Chips in play. I’m going to need more ammo for this game.
angle
A technically legal, but borderline unethical, play. For example, deliberately miscalling one’s own hand to induce a fold, or placing odd amounts of chips in the pot to confuse opponents about whether you mean to call or raise. A player employing such tactics is called an “angle shooter”.

Ante Money placed in the pot before the hand is begun.

ante off
In tournament play, to force an absent player to continue paying antes, blinds, bring-ins, or other forced bets so that the contest remains fair to the other players. Go ahead and take that phone call. We’ll ante you off until you get back.

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