A Glossary of Poker Terms


Whether you’re new to poker or a seasoned player, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some common terms. Having a general knowledge of these terms will help you become a more efficient and effective player. Here’s a quick glossary of some of the most commonly used terms in the game.

In Poker, the term “A-Game” refers to the optimal mental state. In other words, a poker player who is able to think clearly and make wise decisions. It’s also a term that’s often used to describe players who are psyched up and motivated.

In a poker tournament, the buy-in is the amount of money that a player needs to buy into the event. It’s typically fixed in a tournament, but can vary in cash games.

The Stack to Pot Ratio is a way to measure the relationship between the total amount of chips in the pot and the effective stack. It’s important to remember that the larger the stack, the smaller the amount you can wager. That’s because you can only bet more money if you’re part of a smaller stack.

The Royal Flush is the most powerful hand in poker, consisting of a hand of cards of the same suit. The Royal Flush is usually described as Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace. It’s also known as the Ace to Five straight flush. This type of hand is very strong in PLO8. It’s also a popular hand in Omaha variants.

A pot is a pile of chips in the middle of the table. The chips represent the amount of cash that’s in the pot. They can be used to place bets, but can’t be used for wagers that exceed the amount of money you brought to the table.

A cold deck is a bad run of cards. An Ace high flush is considered stone cold nuts in a game. It’s often the case that an Ace to Five straight flush can win both the high and the low pot.

A straddle is an optional blind bet that a player can make before the cards are dealt. The straddle is an option for those who want to make a bet before the hole cards are revealed.

A steal attempt is a play on the first betting round in a poker game. A player who makes an open-raise from the small blind or button is considered a steal attempt. A split pot is a hand-sharing variant in which half the pot is awarded to the high hand and the other half is awarded to the low hand. Depending on the situation, the other half can be divided into several hands.

An effective stack is the smaller of two stacks in the pot. It’s an important concept because it helps players determine how likely they are to win a hand at the showdown. An effective stack is also called a range. The range is a distribution of possible holdings, characterized by the number of possible combinations.