(1) Opportunity to act. If a player
appears not to realize it's his turn, the dealer will say "Your action,
(2) Bets and raises. "If a third heart hits the board and there's a lot
of action, you have to assume that somebody has made the flush."
Ante - A small portion of a bet
contributed by each player to seed the pot at the beginning of a poker
hand. Most Texas Holdem
games do not have an ante; they use "blinds" to get initial money into
All-In - To run out of chips while
betting or calling. In table stakes games, a player may not go into his
pocket for more money during a hand. If he runs out, a side pot is
created in which he has no interest. However, he can still win the pot
for which he had the chips. Example: "Poor Bob. He made quads against
the big full house, but he was all-in on the second bet."
Backdoor - Catching both the turn and
river card to make a drawing hand. For instance, suppose you have
The flop comes A♦
You bet and are called. The turn is the
which everybody checks, and then the river is the
You've made a "backdoor" nut flush. See also "runner."
Bad Beat - To have a hand that is a
large underdog beat a heavily favored hand. It is generally used to
imply that the winner of the pot had no business being in the pot at
all, and it was the wildest of luck that he managed to catch the one
card in the deck that would win the pot. We won't give any examples; you
will hear plenty of them during your poker career.
Big Blind - The larger of the two
blinds typically used in a
Texas Holdem game. The big blind is
normally a full first round bet. See also "blind" and "small blind."
Blank - A board card that doesn't seem
to affect the standings in the hand. If the flop is
then a turn card of 2♥
would be considered a blank. On the other hand, the
would not be.
Blind - A forced bet (or partial bet)
put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. Typically,
blinds are put in by players immediately to the left of the button. See
also "live blind."
Board - All the community cards in a
game - the flop, turn, and river cards together. Example: "There wasn't
a single heart on the board."
Bottom Pair - A pair with the lowest
card on the flop. If you have A♠
and the flop comes K♦
you have flopped bottom pair.
Burn - To discard the top card from
the deck, face down. This is done between each betting round before
putting out the next community cards. It is security against any player
recognizing or glimpsing the next card to be used on the board.
Button - A white acrylic disk that
indicates the (nominal) dealer. Also used to refer to the player on the
button. Example: "Oh, the button raised."
(1) As in "buy the pot." To bluff, hoping
to "buy" the pot without being called.
(2) As in "buy the button." To bet or raise, hoping to make players
between you and the button fold, thus allowing you to act last on
subsequent betting rounds.