Scare Card – a card that makes you unsure as to whether you still hold the best hand. For example, if you have a pair of Aces, but a 3rd spade hits the board, you will wonder if an opponent has made a flush.
Second Pair – a pair made up of one card from your hand with the second highest card on the board, coming in lower than ‘top pair’.
Semi-Bluff – the idea behind a semi-bluff is that you bet in the hope that you are not called or raised, but if you are called, you still have outs available that would turn your hand into the best hand. For instance, you might make a semi-bluff with four cards to a straight or flush.
Set - a term for three of a kind when you have a pocket pair and the third card is on the board. This is different to ‘trips’ where two of the three of a kind cards are on the board.
Short Stack – the short stack is the player with the fewest chips at the table compared to the other players.
Showdown – this is when the hand reaches its end and all the remaining players expose their cards to determine who has the best hand.
Side Pot – a side pot is created when a player is all in, but there is more money in the pot than they are entitled to, which the other remaining players can win.
Slow Play – you might slow play a very stong hand in the hope that more players will stay in th pot and call your bets later in the hand. Slow playing allows other players to ‘catch up’, by improving their hand to an extent where they may call a bet, but still not have a better hand than you.
Small Blind – the smaller of the two blinds posted in a poker game. Typically, this is half the size of theminimum bet and is posted by the player immediately to the left of the dealer.
Smooth Call – this simply means to call, but is more often used when a player has a strong hand but elects just to call rather than raise.
Split Pot – a split pot occurs when two players have equal strength hands at the showdown.
Straddle – An optional extra blind bet, typically made by the player one to the left of the big blind, equal to twice the big blind. This is effectively a raise, and forces any player who wants to play to pay two bets. Furthermore, the straddler acts last before the flop, and may “re-raise.”
String Bet – this can only occur in live play and is where a player doesn’t put all the chips in the pot to complete his bet or raise at the same time. Unless he has verbally declared the amount he intends to bet, this is against the rules of the game, as it may be construed as a way of gaining an advantage by judging another players reaction to the chips going into the pot until you believe he will fold.
Suited - used to describe your starting hand where your hole cards are of the same suit, i.e. “I had AK suited”.
var _gaq = _gaq || ; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-22119347-2']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);