Learning Basic Poker Terms

By now, you likely have an understanding that there is a lot of potential to make money playing online poker. Poker players worldwide are earning a living out of playing poker right in the comfort of their homes. Most poker players prefer playing Texas Hold'Em, although there are many other poker variations accessible for playing. Here, we will focus on the basic terms that all poker players must understand.

Hole Cards: In Texas Hold'Em, this refers to the first couple of cards dealt to you.

Rake: A minimal commission the poker room deducts for the services they've rendered.

Pot: This denotes all the money bets. The winner wins all the money in the pot, minus the rake.

All-In: When a poker player wagers all his remaining chips.

River: In the game of Texas Hold'Em, a river card refers to the fifth and final card. The river card is a significant card to the hand of the player, as it can determine winning or losing.

Turn: This card is the fourth card dealt in Texas Hold'em.

Flop: This is the three initial cards that are dealt. The flop cards are revealed immediately.

Call: To make a bet similar to another bet. For example, a bet of $4 was made; to call you simply place $4, as well.

Raise: To place a slightly higher bet than the original bet. To raise a bet, you first match the current bet, and then increase it.

Fold: A player who folds gives up all hopes on the hand. Money placed in the pot is considered gone.

Check: Checking means passing up on your turn.

Blinds: Blinds refer to a certain amount that each player needs to place into the pot to begin the round of poker. In poker, there are small blinds and big blinds.

Bottom Pair: This is the minimum pair on the board.

Top Pair: This refers to the maximum pair on the board.

Buy-In: This is a certain amount to be paid in order to compete in a poker game.

Connectors or Suited Connectors: These are a couple of cards that are separated by just one rank. Connectors with similar suit are called suited connectors.

Limp: This refers to a player who calls on a bet pre-flop.

Nuts: This refers to the most favorable hand that you can have.

Overpair: This is a pair that is higher than what is shown on the board. Let's say you have a pair of kings and the board shows a Q J 2, there is an overpair.

Rank: The rank refers to the numerical worth of the card.

Under the Gun: The first player to make a move.

Learning these poker terms is the first step in gaining knowledge of the game of poker.