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Ace-High: A hand that that boasts only of an ace as its highest card.  This hand has no pairs, straights, or flushes.

American Airlines: Another term to describe a pair of aces.

Angle: When a player seeks out a way to gain an edge over his or her competition.

Backdoor: A hand that requires the fourth and fifth cards on the table. If you need two consecutive spades after the flop in order to complete your flush, you have a backdoor flush draw also called the “runner”.

Big Slick: Being dealt Ace-King at the beginning of the hand, one of the strongest starting hands you can have.

Bluff: When a player pretends to have a strong hand in order to win the pot even when the player doesn’t have good cards. Referred to as well as “angling”.

Boat: A full house. Also known as a full boat.

Bullets: A pair of Aces.

Bust: To run out of chips or money.

Buy-in: The amount of money that a player spends to get into a game of poker.

Call:  Matching the bet amount.

Cash Out:  To leave a poker game, and covert your chips to cash

Check Raise:  When a player who first checks, and then raises in a betting round.

Community Cards: Cards dealt face up in the middle of the table that everyone can use.

Cowboys: Two kings. 

Dealer: The person who handles the cards and gives out the pots. Can also be one of the players at the table.

Ducks - A pair of Two’s

Deuces - A pair of Two’s

Early Position: Position on a betting round where the player must act before most of the other players.

Fifth Street: Represents the fifth community card on the table and the final round of betting. Also known as the “river card”.

Fish: A poor player who never will turn into a fox (an expert player).

Flop: The first three community cards that are dealt face-up on the table. The flop also indicates the second round of betting.

Flush: Any five cards of the same suit. (Spades, clubs, hearts or diamonds.)

Flush Draw: When a player has a chance to make a flush.

Fold: To throw your hand away (only made when it’s your turn to act).

Fourth Street: The fourth community card (aka “the turn”).  Also represents the third round of betting.

Four of a Kind:  Four cards of the same rank.

Full House: Any three cards of the same rank, plus any other two cards of the same rank.

Gut Shot: To draw or hit an inside straight.

Hole Cards: The face-down cards dealt to each player (2 cards in Texas Hold ‘em).

Inside Straight: Four cards which require another card between the top and the bottom card to complete a straight. Players who catch this card make an inside straight.

Kicker: The highest unpaired side card in a player’s hand.

Kojak: A hand that contains a K-J (King and a Jack).

Ladies: A hand holding a pair of Queens.

Limp In: To enter the pot by calling rather than raising.

Loose Play: A player who plays many hands is a loose player.

Monster Hand:  A really good hand.

Muck Cards: To muck your cards is to put them into the pile of discarded cards when folding.

Nuts: The best possible hand at any point of the game.

Open Ended Straight: Four consecutive cards where one additional consecutive card is needed at either end to make a straight.

Open Pair: A pair that has been dealt face-up.

Pair: Two cards of the same rank.

Picture Cards: Face cards (Jack, Queen and King).

Pot: The chips in the centre of a table that all players try to win.

Quads: Same as four of a kind.

Raise: To increase the previous bet.

Rake: Chips taken from the pot by the casino as a fee for hosting the game.

Rag: A rag card is a worthless card which cannot improve your hand.

Re-Raise: To raise a previous raise.

River: This is the last community card given and the last round of betting. In Hold ‘em, it is also know as fifth street .

Rock: A player known to be very conservative or tight, who usually bets or raises only when he or she has a very good hand.

Royal Flush: This is an Ace high straight of the same suite. It is the best possible hand in Poker.

Rush: A winning streak.

Sandbag: To bet, small or not, and try and trap a player into betting.

Showdown: When all active players, at the end of the final betting round, turn their cards face-up to see who has won the pot. Always turn your cards up.

Small Blind: The amount put in the pot by the person immediately to the left of the dealer “button” before the cards are being dealt. The small blind is half the big blind.

Snowmen: A pair of 8’s

Split: To tie your hand with other players and split the pot.

Stack: A player’s pile of chips.

Stuck: A player who is loosing.

Straight: Five consecutive cards of the same suit – a great hand.

Texas Hold’em: The most popular form of poker. This is also the name for Hold ‘em.

Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same rank also called (“trips”).

Thirty Miles: Three ten’s.

Top Pair: When a player pairs one of his/her hole cards with the highest card on the board.

Turn: The fourth community card dealt and the third round of betting.

Two Pair: A hand consisting of two different pairs.

Under the Gun: The term for the player sitting to the immediate left of the big blind and the first to act in the pre-flop betting round.

Up Card: A card that is dealt face up.

Walking Sticks: A pair of sevens.

Worst Hand: A loosing hand.

WSOP: World Series of Poker