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.
Action Checking/Betting/Raising. A game in which players are playing a lot of pots is considered an “action” game.
Active Player Any player who is still in the hand.
Add-on A purchase of more chips (optional) at the end of the re-buy period in a tournament.
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).
American Airlines Two Aces.
Ante Money placed in the pot before the hand is begun.
Bad Beat When a hand is beaten by a lucky draw.
Belly Buster A draw and/or catch to an Inside Straight.
Bet To place chips into the pot.
Bet the Pot When a player bets the amount of the pot.
Bicycle A straight that is A-2-3-4-5.
Big Blind A designated amount that is placed by the player sitting in the second position, clockwise from the dealer, before any cards are dealt. (Players joining a game in progress must post a Big Blind, but may do so from any position.)
Big Slick A hand that contains an A-K.
Blind The bet(s) that must be made by the two players sitting directly to the dealer’s left which will start the action on the first round of betting. The blinds are posted before any cards are dealt. (A “Blind” bet is one that is made in the dark without looking at your cards.)
Blind Raise When a player raises without looking at his hand.
Bluff To make other players believe that one has a better hand than he/she might otherwise have by betting or raising when they do not have the best hand.
Boardcards The cards that are dealt face-up in a poker game for all players to see. In flop games, five cards are dealt face-up in the center of the table. In Seven Card Stud, four cards are dealt face-up in front of each player.
Bottom Pair When a player uses the lowest card on the flop to make a pair with one of his own cards.
Broadway An Ace high straight (A-K-Q-J-10).
Bring-In The forced bet made on the first round of betting by the player who is dealt the lowest card showing in Seven Card Stud and Stud 8 or Better. In Razz (Lowball) it is the highest card showing.
Bring It In To start the betting on the first round.
Broomcorn’s Uncle A player who antes himself broke.
Bullets A pair of Aces.
Bump To raise.
Button Also known as the dealer button, it is a small round disk that is moved from player to player in a clockwise direction following each hand, to theoretically indicate the dealer of each hand.
Buy-In The minimum amount of money required by a player to sit down in a particular poker game.
Call When a player chooses to match the previous bet.
Call Cold To call both a bet and raise(s).
Cap To take the last of the maximum amount of raises allowed per round of betting.
Cardroom The room or space in a casino where poker is played.
Case Chips A player’s last chips.
Cash Out To leave a game and convert your chips to cash.
Check When it’s a player’s turn to act and there has been no action in front of them and he opts not to bet, he “checks.”
Check-Raise When a player first checks and then raises in a betting round.
Chop To return the blinds to the players who posted them and move on to the next hand if no other players call. It also means to “split the pot”.
Collusion When two or more players conspire to cheat in a poker game.
Community Cards Cards that are face-up and used by all players.
Cowboys Two Kings.