Poker Terms


Muck

This is when you do not want to show your losing hand or your uncontested winning hand, to the table. The hand is discarded without being displayed to the table.


Multi-Table Tournament

Tournaments that consist of one or more tables to accommodate each Player that registers for the tournament. The maximum number of Players that can enter the tournament may be limited or not, depending on the tournament.


No-Limit Game

A game with no bet limits, and Players can bet any amount they have, in any round. Each bet or raise must at least equal the previous bet increase in the same round.


Pocket Cards

These are cards dealt face down to each Player.


Post

This is the bet Players place to join a game that is play, when they join the game for the first time, or if the Player sits out and misses one or more rounds of blinds.


Pot

This is the pile of chips that accumulate as each Player antes, bets, calls and raises. The pot goes to the winner of the hand.


Pot-Limit Game

A game with a betting structure where the maximum bet limit is determined by the size of the pot at the time, and the betting totals in front of each Player. When a Player wants to raise, they call the bet and then total the pot to determine the maximum amount they can raise. Each bet or raise must at least equal the previous bet increase in the same round.


Private Tables

Tables Players can set up and invite other Players to sit and play. Only Players with a password, set by the Player that created the Private Table, are able to sit and play.


Prize Pool

This is the cumulative buy-in amount from all Players in the tournament that is offered as prizes. The House may elect to add to the prize pool, at their discretion.


Quartered

This is when Players tie with either a high or a low hand and earn a quarter of the pot. Note: This is applicable to Omaha Hi-Lo Poker only.


Raise

This is when you increase the amount of a bet made to you.


Rake

The fee that the House charges for each hand of poker. It is a percentage that is taken from the pot after each betting round. Note: Tournaments do not have rakes, as the entrance fee covers the House charges.


Raked Games

A game where the Player contributed to the pot and a rake for the House was taken. Note: Tournaments do not have rakes, as the entrance fee covers the House charges.


Raked Hands

Any Player that is dealt cards in a hand and the pot is raked a minimum of 25c.

A hand is considered a raked hand when a Player is dealt cards in a hand and the pot is raked a minimum of 25c. Note: Raked Hands are accumulated during non-tournament games. Raked Hands qualify you to enter certain tournaments, such as Free-Roll Tournaments.


Rat Holing

To exit a game and return to the same game with less chips than you initially left with.


Real Table

Tables where you play with real money.


Re-Buy

In Multi-Table Tournaments, this is a feature that enables Players to buy back in to a tournament within the Re-Buy Period.


Re-Buy Period

In Multi-Table Tournaments, this is a specified time period that the Re-Buy feature is available.


Refer-a-Friend

A feature that enables Players to refer other Players to the Poker Room.


Referee

A Player that is referred to the Poker Room by another Player using the Refer-a-Friend feature.


Referrer

A Player that refers a Player to the Poker Room using the Refer-a-Friend feature.


River Card

This is the final community card dealt.


Satellite Tournament

A smaller tournament where the prize is an entry into a larger tournament.


Scheduled Tournament

Multi-Table Tournaments where Players must register in advance to play, and the tournament begins at a specified start time.


Seventh Street

This is the seventh and final card dealt face-down to each active Player in Seven-Card Stud.


Showdown

After the last betting round, the remaining Players compare hands to determine the winner. The Player with the highest hand wins the pot.


Single Table Tournament

Tournaments that only require one table, as the tournament limits the number of Players required to start the tournament.


Sit and Go Tournament

Single Table and Multi-Table Tournaments that run continuously, provided that the required number of Players has joined the tournament.


Sit Out

This is a decision taken by a Player to leave a table for a few hands. Note: Players that sit out for more than two rounds of blinds, may be picked up - removed from the table.


Sixth Street

This is the sixth card dealt to each active Player in Seven-Card Stud. It is the last card dealt face-up.


Slow Play

When a Player is connected to the system but is not responding within the time limit, when it is their turn.


Small Blind

This is the first bet posted by the Player to the Dealer's left. It is a forced bet. The small blind bet amount is equal to half of the minimum bet limit. For example, in a $10 - $20 game, the small blind is $5.


Soft Play

This is when Players play without putting pressure on their opponents by betting aggressively. The Players are not necessarily colluding, but they are not out to get each other's chips either. When they find themselves in a game together they play easy. For example, they may just check each hand to the end of the game.


Stake

The chips that a Player enters a game with.


Street

This is the term assigned to the various stages of betting in Stud games.


Stud Games

Games where Players are dealt some cards face-up and some face-down.


Table Balancing

As Players are eliminated from the tournament, remaining Players are moved and tables are consolidated, until only one table remains in the tournament.


Third Street

This is the second face-up card dealt to each active Player in Five-Card Stud. This is the first face-up card dealt to each active Player in Seven-Card Stud.


Tie

Two or more hands of equal value. Note: If Players tie at the showdown, they split the pot.


Tournament

A Poker game where Players compete for each other's chips as the blinds or antes increase incrementally. The winner is the Player that has all the chips.


Turn

This is the fourth community card dealt.


Value

Value refers to the numerical value of a card.