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TEXAS HOLD’EM GLOSSARY


If you’ve ever read an article in our Poker Confidential section, likely its Texas Hold em lingo sounded like a foreign language. The thing is though, as obscure as some of his Texas Hold em jargon can be, columnist Dave Cinch knows his stuff. All the Texas Hold em terms he uses are thrown around daily at offline and online casinos all over the world. And, while it might seem he slings slang faster than McDonald's pumps out mystery meat, Dave‘s verbal acrobatics are true to typical poker table babble.

So, really, the problem isn’t that Dave’s Texas Hold em jargon is too out-there. It’s that there’s a bit of a gap between everything he knows and your understanding of the game. And how, after all, can you really claim to know a game if you can’t tell your arse from your elbow word-wise? You’d have a hard enough time reading a strategy article, let alone “talking the talk“ at the felt.

That’s why we here at AceHoyle.com decided to put together the following Texas Hold em glossary. In it you’ll find definitions for even the most obscure Texas Hold em jargon; as well as usage examples with each of our Texas Hold em definitions so you know exactly how all the Texas Hold em terms below appear in real-world conversations.

Finally, before we get into our Texas Hold em glossary, we should note that many of the included Texas Holdem terms are also considered general poker terms. This isn’t to say that they’re not used in Texas Hold em, just that they’re also used in other games. No doubt, this will give you a head start in every type of poker while helping to make sure—on the Hold em side of things—you‘re not the kind of idjit who claims to have “the nuts“ before the flop’s been dealt.

AceHoyle.com Texas Hold em Glossary


All-In - In no-limit Texas Holdem terms, a player is “all-in“ when he bets all of his chips at once; Ex: “Johnson went all-in, pushing all $500,000 worth of his remaining chips to the center of the felt.“

Back Door – One of several general poker terms, when a player consecutively gets the two cards he needs to make his hand. Also called a “runner-runner“; Ex: “Although Spadely had trip aces, Ace’s back-door flush took the pot.“

Bicycle – One of several poker hand names, a straight consisting of an ace through 5. Also called a “bike“; Ex: “Ace busted Spadely out after his A-5 turned into a bicycle on a 2-4-3 flop.“

Big Blind – One of two Texas Hold em terms denoting a mandatory bet at the start of each hand. The big blind is always equal to the minimum opening bet and, accoding to all Texas Hold em definitions, is assigned to the player two seats to the left of the dealer button; Ex: “Volodya Pultsin posted the big blind before looking at his hole cards.“

Big Slick – One of several poker hand nicknames, a starting hand consisting of an ace and a king, suited or unsuited; Ex: “There’s nothing like holding a big slick and flopping 10-J-Q.“

Calling Station – In general poker terms, a player who calls every bet, but never raises; Ex: “One sure sign you’re playing against a greenhorn is the guy’s no more than a calling station.“

Check Raise – In Texas Hold em terms, a tactic in which a player checks to allow an opponent to bet, then raises the opponent’s bet; Ex: “Sitting on four-of-a-kind kings, Dave check raised so that Phill would bet first and become pot-committed.“

Cowboys - Texas Hold em slang for a starting hand consisting of two kings. Also called “King Kong“; Ex: “Ace raised pre-flop after drawing cowboys.“

Dealer Button – In Texas Holdem terms, a white plastic disk marking who the last player to act is. The dealer button rotates one player to the left after each hand; Ex: “The dealer button passed to Johnson, making Ace the small blind.“

Double Belly Buster– A gutshot straight draw that requires two other cards to complete the hand; Ex: “With A-K and a Q-9-8, Ace was on a double belly buster for a jack and a 10.‘

Drawing Dead – In general poker terms, a situation in which a player cannot win the hand, no matter what card comes next; “With a 2-7 offsuited in the hole and a board of Q-J-J-J, Ace was drawing dead.“

Flop – In Texas Hold em terms, the first three community cards dealt after the initial betting round; Ex: “After Spadely raised the blind and Ace called, the flop came 4-3-9.“

Four-Flush – In general poker terms, a hand with four cards of the same suit. (This hand would need one more card of the same suit to fill the flush); Ex: “If you haven’t made your flush by the turn chances are you’ll wind up four-flushing in the showdown.“

Full Boat – One of several poker hand nicknames, a hand consisting of both a three-of-a-kind and a pair. Many such hands have their own poker hand nicknames; for instance, K-K-K-3-3 is called “Kings full of threes.“ Also called a “full house“; Ex: “With two queens on the flop and a third on the turn, Johnson’s pair of 4s became a full boat.“

Gutshot Straight Draw – In Texas Hold em slang, any draw that needs one card to fill a straight; Ex: “Dave had 6-7-9-10, and was on a gutshot straight draw for the 8.“

Hole Cards – In Texas Hold em lingo, the two cards the dealer gives the player at the start of the hand. Also called “pocket cards“; Ex: “John’s hole cards were a pair of aces.“

Limp – In Texas Hold em lingo, to call, not raise, the big blind bet at the start of the hand; Ex: “With cowboys in the hole, Ace limped in under the gun to be read for weak.“

Muck - (verb) To fold one’s hand without revealing it; (noun) A pile of discarded cards; Ex: “Ace mucked his hole cards so he seemed to be bluffing, but even if Spadely hadn’t folded Ace’s full house would have taken the pot.“

Nuts - The best possible hand given the current board; “With a royal flush after the flop, Ace was holding the nuts.“

Pocket Rockets - Texas Hold em slang for a starting hand consisting of two aces. This is the best possible starting hand in Texas Holdem. Also called “bullets“ or, as one of several poker hand nicknames, “American Airlines“; Ex: “You should always raise preflop if you draw pocket rockets.“

On Tilt – To become highly emotional during a poker game, especially after losing a big hand. When a player is “on tilt“ he may behave recklessly/foolishly; Ex: “On tilt after his full house got cracked, Spadely shoved on a pair of 3s the following hand.“

Quads – One of several poker hand names, a hand consisting of four cards of the same number. Also “four of a kind“; Ex: “Ace’s pair of nines turned quads when he flopped 9-K-9.“

Rags - Worthless, usually low-valued, cards. Also called “bricks“; Ex: “Ace folded preflop after drawing rags.“

Rainbow - A flop with cards of three different suits; Ex: “Spadely’s A-K hearts could have made a royal flush if the flop hadn’t come Q-10-J rainbow.“

River - The fifth and final community card in a hand of Texas Hold em; Ex: “Johnson was labeled a suck out artist after the river came J to complete his gutshot straight.“

Set – One of several poker hand nicknames, a three of a kind, usually consisiting of a pocket pair and a third matching card on the board; Ex: “Ace re-raised Spadely after making a set of aces on the flop.“

Shove – To go all-in; Ex: “After Boris Pultsin raised the blind, Hank Johnson shoved.“

Slowroll – To slowly reveal a winning hand in order to fool an opponent into believing he has won the pot. Slowrolling is considered a serious breach of poker etiquette; Ex: “Spadely was embarassed in the middle of collecting the chips when Ace had slowrolled a four-of-a-kind.“

Small Blind - A mandatory bet at the start of each hand equal to half the minimum opening bet. The player to the left of the dealer button must post the small blind and, if no one raises, must double his bet in order to see the flop; Ex: “Having paid the small blind, Ace could look at his hole cards, but would have to see the big blind before the flop.“

Steel Wheel – One of several poker hand names, a straight flush consisting of ace through five. Note: This hand is most often mentioned in Omaha High-Low games; Ex: “A flop of 2-4-5 spades turned Ace middling A-3 spades into a steel wheel.“

Turn - The fourth community card dealt in a game of Texas Hold‘em; Ex: “After a flop of 5-5-6 a second 6 on the turn was all Ace needed to take the hand.“

Under the Gun – A seat position at a poker table immediately following the big blind in which the player must act first at the start of the hand; Ex: “After Spadely paid the big blind, Volodya Pultsin raised under the gun.“

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