Terms of Poker. Learn the Meaning of these Poker Terms.

August 28, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker Dictionary


An observer is someone who is watching an online  Online poker game but is not seated at the table, otherwise known as a railbird.


Obv is an oft-used expression that is used in place of obviously by  Online poker players on  Online poker forums and in chat. Some say it when they are talking to others.

Oceans 11 Casino

The Oceans 11 Casino and  Online poker Room in Oceanside, California is a popular Southern California destination for  Online poker players looking for easy action.


Ocrowe is the online handle for Owen Crowe, an accomplished tounrmanet player from Halifax, Canada who has made the final two tables of some major events.


OESD is an acronym for ‘open-ended straight draw,’ a four-straight in  Online poker that can be completed with eight cards from the deck.


OESFD stands for ‘open-ended straight flush draw,’ and it represents one of the most powerful ‘unmade’ drawing hands in  Online poker.


OFC is an acronym used in chat and on  Online poker forums that stands for Of Course.


Two cards are offsuit when they are of different suits. Offsuit is most often used to describe cards in a player’s pocket.


OKG stands for ‘OK, great’ something that is commonly heard in customer service situations and appropriated for  Online poker situations to punctuate awkward moments.


Omaha is played with four hole cards and five board cards. A 5-card  Online poker hand must be made using two cards from the hole cards and three from the board.

Omaha Manager

Omaha Manager is a hand history import tool for tracking and analysis purposes and works with any Omaha game and comes with a working HUD.


Omahahahahaha is a slang term for the  Online poker game Omaha.


The acronym ‘OMG’ is one used often in  Online poker chat boxes at the tables or on forums meaning Oh My God.

One Chip Rule

The one chip rule applies to live  Online poker and states that if a player puts out one chip into the pot after a bet, it is considered a call.

One Eyed Jack

A one eyed jack is a nickname for the jack of spades and the jack of hearts, which only have one eye showing.

One Outer

Hitting a one outer in  Online poker is very lucky. A one-outer is when there’s only one card for you to catch in order to win the pot — and you catch it.

One Player to a Hand

The one player to a hand rule is meant to define self-interested play in  Online poker games. It is a standard for live  Online poker and exists in a gray area online.

One Time

One time is a quasi-lame expression that is often uttered at the  Online poker table to indicate someone wants the outcome of the hand to result in his favor.

Online  Online poker

Online  Online poker is the term used to designate  Online poker action that is played on websites operating on the world wide web, as opposed to in B and M casinos.


The acronym OOP in  Online poker circles stands for Out Of Position.


Opening refers to the act of initiating the betting in a  Online poker game, genereally indicating the first bet made in a  Online poker hand after the blinds.

Open Limp

The term open limp applies to a player who is first to act into the pot and just makes a call.

Open Shove

The move Open Shove refers to when a player acts first in a hand and shoves all of their chips in (all in) to raise.


Open-ended straight draws, aka ‘up-and-down straight draws,’ are identical in strength to ‘double-gutters’ and refer to a straight draw that has eight outs.


Option is the choice given to a player in the big blind (or straddle) to raise the action or check the action during a  Online poker hand.


Orbit is the term used to describe a full rotation of the button around a  Online poker table. An orbit is complete after every player has paid his blinds.


The acronym OTB stands for On The Button, meaning that they are referring to a time that they have the dealer button.


Outs are cards a player can catch in order to make a winning hand. They are used in conjunction with calculating pot odds and implied odds in  Online poker.


An overbet is a bet that is larger than the size of the pot in a  Online poker game. E.g. If the pot has one hundred dollars in it and someone bets a hundred and fifty.


Overcalling is the term used to describe a call that is made after heavy action in a  Online poker hand, often indicating that he caller has a strong hand.


An overcard is one that is higher than rank to those on the board and is often used in conjunction with the  Online poker term overpair.


An overlay occurs when a  Online poker room has to add money into the prize pool for a tournament because not enough players entered to meet the guarantee.


An overpair is a pocket pair that is higher in rank than any card on the board in a game of  Online poker. Overpairs represent strong hands that players can slowplay.


Overs refers to two things in  Online poker situations. First, it is a way of playing higher stakes within a given game. Second, it is slang for ‘overcards.’

Owning Mahowny

Owning Mahowny is a 2003 movie about gambling addiction, degeneracy, and embezzlement. It is based on a true story and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Terms of Poker. Learn the Meaning of these Poker Terms.

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The term paint is used in  Online poker and refers any card with a picture on it, specifically a King, Queen or Jack.

Panorama Towers

Panorama Towers is a modern condominium development in Las Vegas that is home to more  Online poker players per square foot than any other single building in the world.

Party  Online poker

Party  Online poker was the industry leader for online  Online poker during the era of the  Online poker boom, before the UIGEA forced the company to withdraw from the US market.


PartyPoints are points awarded for real money  Online poker play on  Online pokerStars that translate into VIP rewards such as merchandise and cash bonuses.


Pass is another way of saying ‘fold’ in  Online poker, to give up or laydown a hand. The term has origins in British  Online poker circles.


The word passive is used to describe a player who rarely bets or plays aggressively and usually just calls or folds all their hands.


Pat is to draw  Online poker what ‘made hand’ is to other forms of  Online poker such as Omaha or Hold ‘Em and refers to a hand that will not improve via drawing cards.

Patrik Antonius

Patrik is a well-known online  Online poker professional with some big live tournament cashes as well. Patrik is from Finland, but has lived in Las Vegas and Monaco.

Pay Off

To pay off a player means calling a bet with a losing hand. Paying off someone typically involves a trap or other deceptive  Online poker strategy.

Payout Structure

The payout structure in a tournament is the system that designates what percentage of players get paid and what percentage of the prizepool each winner gets.


PCA is the abbreviation for ‘ Online pokerStars Caribbean Adventure,’ an annual tournament held in the Bahamas and sponsored by the  Online poker site.


Pearljammer is the nickname for  Online poker professional Jon Turner, who is a Full Tilt  Online poker Red Pro and accomplished tournament player.

Pechanga Casino

Pechanga Casino is an Indian Casino and ranks as the largest in the state of California, offering 3,600 slot machines and 54  Online poker tables.

Perfect Perfect

Catchin ‘perfect perfect’ describes a  Online poker situation in which a person has to catch the exact two specific runner-runner cards to beat his opponent’s hand.

Peter Alson

Peter Alson is a writer and  Online poker player based out of NYC. He co-authored a book abot Stu Ungar and another entitled ‘Take Me to the River.’

Peter Eastgate

Peter Eastgate from Odense, Denmark won the 2008 WSOP Main Event as a 22 year old. He won $9,152,416 for his efforts.


PFR is an acronym for Pre Flop Raise and is commonly used in HUD generating computer programs for  Online poker like Hold’em Manager and  Online pokerTracker 3.

Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond, aka OMGClayAiken, is a high stakes online  Online poker pro who has won a WSOP bracelt in Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys.

Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon is a professional  Online poker player, commentator, and published author who won the World  Online poker Tour’s Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament in 2002.

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth is known as the  Online poker Brat for his whiny personality whose winnings at the WSOP amount to $5,859,080 and a record 11 tournament victories.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is one of the top  Online poker players in the world and 5 WSOP Bracelets and 1 WPT event win and a consistent winner in top cash games.

Phil Laak

Phil Laak, nicknamed The Unabomber, is a popular high stakes cash game professional and television tournament  Online poker player.


A Pino is a loud-mouthed  Online poker player who may appear slightly shady and frequently type SoCal internet slang to you through instant messages


The pit is the area of the casino where blackjack, craps, roulette and other non- Online poker games are played.

Planet Hollywood

The Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas features one of the nicer small  Online poker rooms on the strip.


PlatinumStar is the 4th level of the  Online pokerStars VIP system that awards players a special multiplier for accumulating FPPs as well as unlocks special items.

Play Money

Play Money games are ones where fake units of money are used and are just for fun with nothing financial at stake.

Play the Board

To play the board means to use the five community cards to make up your best five card  Online poker hand. Playing the board most often occurs in Texas Hold’em.


Playthrough is the amount of action you must give an online  Online poker room to earn a deposit bonus.


The acronym PLO in  Online poker circles means Pot Limit Omaha, a  Online poker game played with four hole cards.


The acronym PLO8 stands for Pot-Limit Omaha Hi Lo 8-or-better used both in online and live card rooms.

Plus V

It’s commonplace to hear  Online poker players say ‘plus ev’ in reference to their supposed positive expectation. But ‘plus v’ simply means plus value.


A pocket consists of the down cards that are dealt face down to a player that only he knows and can use. These are the opposite of community cards.

Pocket Pair

A pocket pair is one in which a player’s hole cards match. The made hand makes them a favorite pre-flop in a hand against players with two different cards.

Pocket Rockets

Pocket rockets is  Online poker slang for pocket aces. Also called American Airlines and bullets. Pocket aces is the strongest starting hand in  Online poker.


PocketFives is an online  Online poker forum dedicated to creating a community for full-time tournament players and their fans.

Online poker Affiliate

A  Online poker affiliate is an independent third party marketer who refers players to  Online poker sites in exchange for money.

Online poker After Dark

Online poker After Dark is a TV show that airs on NBC during late night time slots and features a group of six  Online poker players, unified by a common theme, competing.

Online poker Bonuses

Online poker bonuses are additional money given by the  Online poker room to their players in exchange for signing up or making a deposit.

Online poker Boom

Online poker boom refers to the period of time from roughly 2002 until 2006 when  Online poker received a large influx of new players and popular attention.

Online poker Face

Online poker face is a well-known term used to describe the type of expressionless visage necessary to keep opponents guessing in a  Online poker game.

Online poker Gods

Online poker players almost universally will pray and curse the  Online poker Gods who apparently control the fate and outcome of every  Online poker hand.

Online poker Loyalty Programs

Some online  Online poker rooms, as an alternative to rakeback, create loyalty programs designed to attract, retain and reward their most loyal and valuable players.

Online poker Players Alliance

The  Online poker Players Alliance (PPA) is an American nonprofit interest group formed to promote  Online poker players’ rights.

Online poker Room

The  Online poker room is the area in a casino that is dedicated to  Online poker action. It is usually set aside from the sportsbook and the pit.

Online poker2Nite

Online poker2Nite airs on Wednesday nights at 11pm ET on Fox Sports Net and is sponsored by UB.com and hosted by Scott Huff and Joe Sebok.

Online pokerazor

Online pokerazor is a math analysis tool for  Online poker players and is available as a free download for Windows.

Online pokerPro

Online pokerPro is an automated  Online poker table manufactured by  Online pokerTek.

Online pokerStars

Online pokerStars, founded in 2001, is the largest and most dominant online  Online poker site in the world.

Online pokerStars Passport

The  Online pokerStars Passport is a promotion that is linked to the Yearly Tournament Leader Board that awards a passport to players to play live tournaments.

Online pokerStars VIP Club

The  Online pokerStars VIP Club is the rewards program in place that distributes VPP and FPP points to players which can be redeemed for bonuses or products.

Online pokerStove

Online pokerStove is a freeware equity evaluator and  Online poker calculator for Texas Hold’em that can run the full range of possible optimizations.

Online pokerTek

Online pokerTek is a gaming company that developed the  Online pokerPro casino table which allows a casino to have an electronic  Online poker table that requires no dealer.

Online pokerTracker

Online pokerTracker is currently in Version 3 of it’s life and is a fully featured hand history tracking and HUD (Heads-Up Display) utility for the PC.

Online pokerXFactor

Online pokerXFactor is a  Online poker training website run by Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy and Eric ‘sheets’ Haber.


POS is an acronym, useful in a couple of  Online poker playing contexts, for the term ‘piece of shit.’ Usually refers to a crappy  Online poker hand or lowlife  Online poker player.


Position is a player’s location at a  Online poker table relative to the dealer. Early position is to the left of the button. Late position is to the right.

Positional Awareness

The term positional awareness in  Online poker refers to the conscious alertness of where a player sits in a hand and if it is an advantage.

Positional Bet

A positional bet is one that is made based strictly on the position of the player making the bet rather than the cards they hold.

Positively Fifth Street

Positively Fifth Street is a book published in 2003 about James McManus’ experience making the final table of the WSOP and the trial for Ted Binion’s murder.


Posting a blind in  Online poker means that a player pays it. Players can also post antes and other bets at a  Online poker table which vary based on the game.

Post Oak Bluff

A Post Oak Bluff is one that is small relative to the size of the pot.

Post Up

Posting up describes a procedure in betting, usually prop or sports betting, in which one bettor must ensure he has the money by surrendering it in advance.


The  Online poker term posting refers to when a player pays the blinds.

Posting Out of Turn

Posting Out of Turn is when a player pays the big blind early and out of position in order to play immediately.


The pot is the amount of money or chips that a player can claim with a winning hand. A main pot and side pot can exist if players are all in.

Pot Committed

Pot committed refers when a player is priced in mathematically in a  Online poker hand. His equity in the pot is often very large and is unable to fold due to the odds.

Pot Control

When a  Online poker player tries to practice pot control in a hand, he or she is trying to keep the pot small with a marginal hand.

Pot Odds

Pot odds refer to the comparison of the amount of money in the pot to the amount needed to call a bet. This  Online poker odds calculation determines if a player calls.


Pot-limit  Online poker refers to stakes in which a player is only allowed to bet up to the size of a pot in any hand. Other stakes include No-Limit and Limit.


PPL is a popular abbreviation for people in the online  Online poker world.


‘PPP’ is an acronym for ‘Professional  Online poker Player,’ invented by Alex Bolotin for use on his business cards but useful in a variety of conversations.

Practically Interchangeable With the Railbirds

‘Practically interchangeable with the railbirds’ is an insult coined by  Online poker player Shannon Shorr and directed towards Shane Schleger during an argument.

Prahlad Friedman

Prahlad Friedman, better known as Spirit Rock and Mahatma online, is a professional  Online poker player from the Bay Area. He primarily plays high stakes cash games.


Preflop indicates the action that occurs in a  Online poker hand before a flop is laid out, when players are in posession of only their hole cards.


Prelim is a truncation of ‘preliminary’ and, in a  Online poker context, refers to the events leading up to the main event of a tournament series like the WSOP.


The word price refers to the cost to a player to make a call on any given street.


Pricking is a method of cheating where the subject marks a card with a fingernail or hidden device.


The prizepool is the total amount of money that is being played for in a  Online poker tournament, excluding the rake and/or the entry fee.

Probe Bet

A probe bet is a small bet into a pot to see where you stand.


Profit in its most basic meaning refers to a net positive result in  Online poker. It is also a coy way of closing out an internet message board meme.

Prop Player

Prop (or ‘proposition’) players are players who are paid hourly by a casino or online cardroom to help keep action stimulated.


Props are a common way for  Online poker players to gamble on random outcomes during a  Online poker game but unrelated to the actual game.


To protect a blind means a player calls a raise even if he may be behind pre-flop. This  Online poker strategy move is made to stop a player from raising a blind.

Puggy Pearson

Puggy Pearson was a pro  Online poker player who won four WSOP bracelets including the 1973 WSOP Main Event who died in 2006.

Pumped Up

‘Pumped up,’ or simply ‘pumped,’ refers to a state of having a large bankroll in  Online poker, the opposite of being ‘busto.’


Push is when two hands are equal in  Online poker or a bet is resolved equally without a winner. It may also refer to two procedures for  Online poker dealers.

Put Me Here

The feature known as Put Me Here is found on most  Online poker sites and moves your position to the one specified by the player while rotating the rest accordingly.


Pwned is a derivative of owned, a term used to describe one player totally dominating another.


PZD refers to the process of getting peaced out in a  Online poker situation. It was brought into mainstream consciousness by  Online poker player Cory Carroll.

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Lacey Jones

Lacey Jones is a former model who was named the hottest woman in online poker.

Ladies Online poker Association

The Ladies Online poker Association is an organization established to recognize women in online poker and expand opportunities for women in online poker.


LAG is the way to describe a style of playing online poker that is ‘loose’ and ‘aggressive.’ It is the root word for ‘lagtard.’


LAPC is the acronym for the Los Angeles Online poker Classic, the largest tournament series at the Commerce Casino, culminating in a $10K buyin WPT event..


The LAPT is a series of online poker tournaments that take place in Central America and South America. The tour is sponsored by Online pokerStars, an online poker site.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world, home of the World Series of Online poker. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Last Longer

Last Longer bets pit two or more players against each other in an effort to outlast the others. The last participant with chips wins the bet.

Last of the Mohicans

Last of the Mohicans is a phrase used to describe the very last tournament that a online poker player is alive in after a full Sunday circuit schedule.


Laydown describes the act of folding a online poker hand, usually used to indicate a very difficult fold or a very easy fold.

Layne Flack

Layne Flack is a top tournament pro with six WSOP bracelets and one WPT event victory.


LDO is an acronym popular on community forums on the internet meaning ‘Like, Duh, Obviously’.


To lead describes the action of initiating the betting action in a hand, as in ‘lead at the pot.’ It may also describe having the best hand.


A leak refers to a weakness or flaw in a online poker game. Plugging the leak involves practicing and playing, consciously working to improve that particular area.

Learn, Chat and Play With the Pros

Learn, Chat and Play With the Pros is the marketing catchphrase used to promote the online website Full Tilt Online poker.

Lee Jones

Lee Jones is a name that has been associated with everything from instruction on low stakes limit hold ‘em to the very essence of luck itself!


A level can refer to two unrelated things in the online poker lexicon: Either a unit of time in a online poker tournament or a meme meant to identify facetious remarks.

Liar’s Online poker

Liar’s Online poker is a bar game in which two or more players try to outbid each other using the serial numbers from currency to score the game.

Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts

Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts is a song from Bob Dylan’s 1975 album ‘Blood on the Tracks.’ It contains numerous references to card playing.


To limp in online poker means just paying the big blind. Limping is a strategy for trying to see a cheap flop holding hands like suited connectors.


Playing online poker live means being at a online poker table in a brick and mortar casino. It’s also associated with a live straddle when a player bets twice the big blind.

Live Ace

A live ace is a type of qualifying low hand in omaha eight-or-better that involves a hole card being duplicated on the board.

Live Cards

Live Cards describe a situation where a player is behind in the hand but has outs to both of his cards and is not dominated by his opponent.’s hand.

Live One

‘Live one’ is an old-fashioned expression for the fish, the donk, the donator, in a online poker game. As a online poker term, it is somewhat antiquated.


The lobby is the main area where players log-in, check their account balance and search for tables to play within.


A lock is an unbeatable online poker hand or, in other forms of gambling, a proposition or wager that is guaranteed to win.

Lock Lock

‘Lock lock’ is a term that is used most often in games of Omaha eight-or-better when someone has the best possible low and the best possible high hand.

LOL Donkaments

LOL Donkaments, popularized by the 2+2 Online poker Forum, is a commonly used online poker term in today’s online culture.


The term longhanded refers to a online poker game played with seven or more (usually 9 or 10) players sitting at the table.


Loose refers to a online poker player who has wider standards for playing pots than his ‘tight’ counterparts. ‘Loose players’ are often considered sloppy or ‘LAG.’


Loser can have several meanings: It can mean a online poker hand that does not win. It can mean a person who has failed in life. It is also a Grateful Dead song.


A luckbox is a online poker player that has received a ridiculous amount of good luck to win consistantly.

Lucky You

Lucky You is a major motion picture that was released in 2007 and directed by accomplished director Curits Hansen. However, the movie was a stinker.

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Nam Le

Nam Le is one of the best and most consistent  Online poker tournament professionals in the world, with remarkable results dating back to 2004.


Randy Lew, otherwise known as his screen name nanonoko, is a member of Team  Online pokerStars Online and has over $1 million in cash game winnings online.


The NAPT is the North American  Online poker Tour and is produced by  Online pokerStars. It is a tournament series for North America that started in 2010.

Nash Equilibrium

The Nash Equilibrium is a solution concept of game theory explaining that when each player knows the equilibrium strategies others, no player has an advantage.


NC, often seen in online  Online poker chat boxes, is the abbreviation for either ‘nice call’ or ‘nice catch,’ the latter usually an embittered remark.


Needling refers to the act of taunting someone during a  Online poker game in an effort to get under his skin and cause him to play worse as a result.

Negative Expectation

A negative expectation is a  Online poker play that will lose money in the long run.

Negative Freeroll

A negative freeroll when a player goes all in and can only either tie or lose in the hand.


NH is the quick way to tell someone

NHL Alumni  Online poker Night

The NHL Alumni Hockey Night is a promotion at  Online pokerStars where players play in freerolls to win tickets to Toronto Maple Leafs hockey games.


Nit is the designation for a  Online poker player who is perceived to play with a style that is overly tight and too risk-averse.


The term nitfest is usually mentioned in the context of discussing a  Online poker game where there is limited action or most of the players are especially tight.


NLD is an acronym for ‘nice laydown’ which is often heard in both a sincere and a sarcastic context in online  Online poker games.


No-limit  Online poker describes stakes in which any player can bet up to the size of his chip stack at any time. No Limit Hold’em is an example.

Noel Furlong

Noel Furlong is an Irish businessman and recreational  Online poker player who beat Alan Goehring heads-up to win the 1999 WSOP main event.


A noob is someone that has little know-how and is completely unwilling to learn the given task, often quitting or failing at the task at hand.


Nordberg is the online nickname for Full Tilt Red Pro Peter Feldman, an accomplished live and online  Online poker player with over $1.2M in winnings.

Nordic WSOP Expedition

For the 2009 World Series of  Online poker,  Online pokerStars is running a promotion called the Nordic WSOP Expedition that features special tournaments to qualify into the WS

Norman Chad

Norman Chad is a sportswriter and syndicated columnist best known for being a commentator for ESPN telecasts of the World Series of  Online poker.


Nosebleed refers to  Online poker games that are extremely high stakes, generally much higher than the most regularly played high stakes  Online poker games.


When a  Online poker player says he has nothing, he means he doesn’t even have a pair and is playing a high card.

November Nine

The November Nine is a marketing idea conceived by the WSOP and ESPN to boost interest in the final table of the World Series of  Online poker ME final table.


The acronym NSFW stands for Not Safe For Work and refers to content that shouldn’t be read at the office.

Number One

‘Number one’ is the term for the best possible hand, a wheel, in 2-7 lowball, consisting of 7,5,4,3,2. Similar, ‘number 2′ consists of 7,6,4,3,2.

Nut Air

The nut air is when a  Online poker player has the best possible hand on a board without holding a pair or better.

Nut Low

A nut low hand is the best possible low hand in games of split-pot  Online poker or lowball. In a vacuum, the nut low hand is a wheel.

Nut No Pair

Nut no pair is a colloquial hand ranking that indicates the best possible cards that do not create a pair with the board in Texad hold ‘em.

Nut Nut

Nut nut is a synonym of ‘lock lock’ and refers to an occurence when someone has the best possible high hand and the best possible low hand in a split-pot game.


The nuts is the absolute best hand. Players can also hold the best possible straight, or nut straight, or the nut flush, which contains the ace of a suit.

Nutter Butter

There are many variants of the expression The Nuts in  Online poker. One option is to say The Nutter Butter.

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J.C. Alvarado

J.C. Alvarado is a pro online poker player from Mexico City and a sponsored pro of Team Online pokerStars Pro. His career highlights include a handful of top 20 finishes.

J.C. Tran

Justin Cuong ‘J.C.’ Tran is one of the best online poker tournament players in the world, with remarkably consistent and voluminous results over the years.


The jack, otherwise known as the knave, is the fourth highest ranking card in a deck.

Jack McClelland

Jack McClelland is an esteemed tournament director, currently in charge of the Bellagio’s online poker tournaments. He has previously headed the WSOP.

Jack Strauss

Jack Strauss (died 1988) was a professional online poker player with 2 WSOP bracelets including a Main Event victory in 1982.


A jackpot is also earned for suffering a bad beat in a casino. Often called the

Jackson Five

Jackson Five is a good example of the sort of annoying nicknames Vince Van Patten assigned to random online poker hands in his capacity as WPT commentator.


When a player moves in all of his chips to go

James McManus

James McManus made history upon reaching the WSOP final table in 2000, taking 5th place for over $240K after being sent on a writing assignment for Harpers.

James Obst

James Obst is an Australian online poker pro who has wins in the WCOOP and SCOOP.

James Woods

James Woods is a renowned actor who also makes regular appearances at various online poker games and events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Jamie Gold

Jamie Gold, a resident of Malibu, CA, won the World Series of Online poker in 2006, but not without earning a fair amount of negative publicity.

January Sale

The January Sale at the Online pokerStars VIP club discounted special items from the store, one item per day, for purchase.

Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier is a pro online poker player and member of Team Online pokerStars Pro who has made over $2.7 million in live tournament winnings.

Jay Rosenkrantz

Jay Rosenkrantz plays by the name ‘pr1nnyraid’ online and is one of the biggest winners in online poker. He stars on the show 2 Months 2 Million.

Jeff Shulman

Jeff Shulman is the president of Card Player magazine, the most well-established magazine devoted to covering the online poker industry.

Jennifer Harman

Jennifer Harman is a two time WSOP bracelet winner and high stakes cash game player who has gained over $2,200,000 in live tournament winnings.

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly is an accomplished actress who is also a regular on the online poker tournament circuit and Phil Laak’s girlfriend.

Jeremy Enke

Jeremy Enke is a well-known online poker affiliate and blogger who has embarked on several successfull business ventures. He’s also widely considered a

Jerry Buss

Jerry Buss is the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers as well as a fixture in the online poker world. He has appeared on High Stakes Online poker and other online poker shows.

Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang won the 2007 World Series of Online poker for over $8M. He is known for paying lip-service to Jesus and mostly dropping out of online poker after winning.


JJProdigy is the online moniker for Josh Field, the most notorious and crafty cheater in the history of online poker tournaments.

Joanna Krupa

Joanna Krupa is a model who has appeared in magazines such as FHM and Maxim. She was recently named hostess for upcoming Online pokerStars broadcasts.

Joe Beevers

Joe Beevers is one of the four founding members of the British online poker posse, the Hendon Mob. His lifetime tournament cashes exceed $2.4M.

Joe Cada

Joe Cada is a 21 year old professional online poker player who won the 2009 World Series of Online poker Main Event, cashing for $8.5 million.

Joe Hachem

Joe Hachem won the World Series of Online poker in 2005. Then he won another major tournament at the Bellagio. He was born in Lebanon and now resides in Australia.

Joe Ingram

Joe Ingram is known on the TwoPlusTwo forums as ChicagoJoey and has a screen name of JoeIngram1 on Online pokerStars.

Joe Sebok

Joe Sebok is a professional online poker player, the stepson of Barry Greenstein, and the co-founder of Online pokerRoad.com.

Joey Knish

Joey Knish is the character played by John Turturro and based on a real NYC player known as ‘Joey Bagels.’ In the movie, he serves as a sort of father figure.

John Cernuto

John Cernuto, nicknamed “Miami” is a pro player whose best game is Omaha Hi/Lo tournaments and has three WSOP bracelets to his name.

John Juanda

John Juanda is a four time WSOP bracelet winner and won the prestigious Cardplayer Magazine Player of the Year award two times.

Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan is one of the most recognizable and successful online poker players of all time.

Johnny Lodden

Johnny Lodden is a member of Team Online pokerstars Pro under the screen name of ‘bad_ip’ and ‘Lars-Magne’ and has played some of the highest online stakes cash games.


JokerStars is a nickname given to Online pokerStars by online poker players. It’s commonly used as a way to refer to the site after taking a bad beat.

Jordan Morgan

Jordan Morgan is a professional online poker player who plays both tournaments and cash games and is a Red Pro on Full Tilt Online poker.


Juice is synonymous with other terms like ‘rake’ and ‘vig’ and refers to the amount of money a gambling operator withholds from the amount being wagered.


Juicy refers to a gambling scenario that has an exceedingly high positive expected value. It is also a song by the Notorious B.I.G. about success.

Justin Bonomo

Justin Bonomo is a well known online poker player, ZeeJustin, who is a sponsored pro at Bodog who has over $1,400,000 in live tournament earnings.

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Kara Scott

Kara Scott is a well known television host who has worked in Canada and the UK with ties to professional online poker.

Kathy Liebert

Kathy Liebert is a female professional online poker player who won a $1,000,000 first place prize at the 2002 Party Online poker Million, as well as a WSOP bracelet in a Limi

Kelly Kim

Kelly Kim made his biggest splash in the online poker world by coming to the final table of the 2008 WSOP as the shortest-stacked player of the November Nine.

Kevin Saul

Kevin Saul, also known by his online name ‘Bel0wAb0ve’ is an accomplished online poker tournament player from Illinois with an impressive resume live and online.


KGB is a beloved character played by John Malkovich in the movie Rounders who serves as the primary adversary for Mike McDermott, the main character.


A kicker is a card that is used to break ties in online poker. A player’s kicker only comes into play if it makes up his final online poker hand.

Kill Button

A Kill Button is a designation given to a player that has to post an over-blind that increases the betting limit.

Kill Phil

Kill Phil is a book by Blair Rodman and Lee Nelson for beginners to learn strong preflop maneuvers and smart postflop plays.

Kill Stack

A kill stack is one that’s small in size but represents a large number of chips.


Online poker King is a well-known online poker news site and blog. It is often referred to as ‘King’ both on the site and by visitors to the site.

Knish’s Truck

Knish’s Truck is a reference to the movie Rounders, in which Michael McDermott must resort to finding income by doing truck deliveries for Joey Knish.

Knockout Tournament

A knockout tournament takes the idea of a bounty tournament to a whole new level. Everyone has a bounty on them.


The slang term Kojack is given to the starting hand of King-Jack in Hold’em, a reference to the 1970s cop television show.

Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson, the third member of the BC Mafia along with Greg Mueller and Shawn Buchanan, is a former basketball star and accomplished online poker player.

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I Bet You

I Bet You is a common phrase that is also the name for a TV show starring Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak and an old Funadelic song.

I Call, I Play The Board

‘I call, I play the board’ is the last thing Kevin McBride said before calling Scotty Nguyen’s allin at the 1998 WSOP and losing to a better full house.

I Had a Read

Online poker players often say: I had a read. This happens after they make a bad play that turns out well. This is often said after a call.


Independent Chip Modeling, or ‘ICM,’ is a way of analyzing expected value in online poker tournaments. It is applied primarily in single table tournaments.

Idiot End

The ‘idiot-end’ in online poker refers to the low end of a straight, also sometimes known as the ‘sucker-end’ or ‘sucker straight.’


IDK is an acronym meaning ‘I don’t know,’ which is commonly used on online poker-related internet message boards.


IdleMiner is a data mining tool that a user can install on their local system that will troll various sites and import hand histories.


The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association is suing to declare the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) unconstitutional.


IMO, or In My Opinion, is a commonly used phrase on online poker forums when posters are stating something that isn’t a fact.

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is a hotel and casino located in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip and is known for having a very fishy online poker room.

Implied Odds

Implied odds revolve around the number of chips or amount of money that will be won in later streets if a card hits the board in online poker.

In For The Minimum

In for the minimum is an expression online poker players use to refer to how much money they spent on a rebuy tournament, usually three times the buyin.

In The Hunt

When a player says he is ‘in the hunt,’ it means he is still alive in a online poker tournament, usually with a reasonable chance of winning.

In The Money


An insta-call is when a player calls a bet from an opponent immediately with no hesitation. Insta-calling typically means a player holds a strong hand.

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terms pokerTerms Poker is a comprehensive online glossary of poker terms. Our database has in-depth explanations of poker terms, phrases and slang for poker hands used at the poker table, including examples and definitions.

We currently have a lot of poker abbreviations in our dictionary, and more get added every day.

Learn these terms of poker so when you hear these words and nicknames while playing online poker games, you’ll know what everyone is talking about.

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ABC Poker

ABC Poker refers to playing basic hand

Absolute Poker

Absolute Poker is online poker site where you can play online poker games
Absolute Poker College Challenge


The Ace is the highest value card in the game of poker. See poker rules here

Ace High

The hand of Ace High is one that simply has a high card of ace and nothing else. See rules of poker here

Ace on the River

Ace on the River is a book written by Berry Greenstein that talks about game of poker and his own gaming experience.


Acting in poker is when a player makes decision to bet, raise, fold, call or check.


Action describes when it’s a person’s turn to act in poker. It’s paramount to know whose action it is in every single hand.

Action Card

Is a card that comes on the turn or river that will cause significant betting for at least few players.

Active Player

It is someone who has not folded his hand yet.


Add-on are used by poker players to rebuy into poker tournaments if the structure allows for it.

Aggression Factor

It is a statistics term that used in most HUD’s calculates a number based off of any aggressive action divided by the number of calls.

Aggression Frequency

It is a HUD statistics term that used to determine an opponent’s level of aggression in poker.Normally shown in the percentege style.

Air Card

Card that does not help any player that involved in the hand of poker game. Also known as Blank


Ajax is poker slang for a starting hand with one ace and one jack. It’s called Ajax because Ace-Jack and the popular cleaner sound very similar.


All-in means that player is putting all of his chips on one play.

Alligator Blood

This phrase has the meaning of player being Cold Blood or Alligator Blood or ability to play under high pressure.

American Airlines

Also known as bullets or poket rokets. The strongest starting hand in poker real money that means poket aces.


Often used when referring to chips.


Ante up. An ante is a bet that must be made in order to play in a poker hand. It’s one of several forced bets in every poker hand.

Ante Off

When a player is absent from the table and the antes cause them to go broke it’s referred to as an ante off situation.


ATC  =  “Any Two Cards”. Used to describe a player’s starting hand selection.


Is the virtual representation of the player on Online Poker Real Money site. We often see Play Boy Bunny, Donkey or something else.

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Learn the meaning of the some of the most frequently used terms poker. Terms and phrases used at the poker table, including examples and definitions. There are several terms poker that you may not be familiar with. The following poker glossary should help you to speak poker as well as you play it.

Early Position

Early position refers to when a player is one of the first players to act in a hand.


The ECOOP is a tournament series held on Titan Poker real money and features over $4,550,000 as a total prize pool between the fourteen days of


Ed Miller

Ed Miller is a well known published author of poker real money strategy books and coach at Stox Poker real money.


Edge is a concept that is almost as intrinsic to poker real money playing as ‘EV’ and describes the relationship a player’s possibilities of success in

a poker real money game.

Eight or Better

Eight or better refers to a common qualifier in games of hi/lo split poker real money like omaha and seven card stud. It’s sometimes denoted as ’8ob.’

Elements of Poker real money

Elements of Poker real money is a very popular self-published book by noted poker real money pro Tommy Angelo that focuses on anti-tilt behavior.

Elite Poker real money Population

The term elite poker real money population arose when gambler2k4 creamed his pants when ZeeJustin added him on AIM.


Elky is a pro gamer, world-class Starcraft and worldclass poker real money player. In less than three years on the tournament circuit, his earnings

approach $5M.

Emil Patel

Emil Patel plays by the name ‘whitelime’ online and is one of the biggest winners in online poker real money. He is one of the four players on 2 Months

2 Million.

Empty Rack Superstition

The empty rack superstition is a mostly obscure belief that it is bad luck to be in the vicinity of an empty poker real money chip rack.


The EPT, or European Poker real money Tour, is the first and most prolific series of poker real money tournaments sponsored by online poker real money

site Poker real moneyStars.

EPT Grand Final

The WPT Grand Final takes place each Spring at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort in Monaco. The tournament buy-in is 10,000 Euros.


Equity is the expected value a player has in a poker real money hand. Multiply the percent chance of winning by the size of the pot to determine


Eric Buchman

Eric Buchman is a 29-year-old pro poker real money player with 10 career WSOP , including 4th in the 2009 Main Event.

Eric Liu

Eric Liu is a Cardrunners instructor and FTP Red Pro, formerly known as Peachy Keen online. He plays both cash games and tournaments.

Erica Schoenberg

Erica Schoenberg is a pro blackjack and poker real money player from Ohio who is known as one of the sexiest women in the game.

Erick Lindgren

Erick Lindgren is a famous poker real money player and member of Team Full Tilt Poker real money. He won the best overall player award in the 2008


Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel is a legend of poker real money, perhaps most famous through the movie Rounders, which included footage of his headsup loss to Johnny Chan

in the 1988 WSOP.

Eskimo Clark

Eskimo Clark is a fixture of poker real money and is known for a variety of things, including the willingness to have a 7-figure bankroll and still

live in a van.

Eugene Katchalov

Eugene Katchalov is an accomplished poker real money professional, with prolific tournament results as well as skills in live and online cash games.

Euro Donks

Although bad poker real money players exist in every locale, Euro Donks have a special spot. These poker real money players are terrible players who

are from Europe.

Euro Lagtards

Euro Lagtards are renowned in the poker real money world for making retarded aggressive plays with complete and utterly reckless abandon. They can be

tough to play.

Euro Rounders

Euro Rounders is a mock script that made the rounds in 2005, a hilarious spoof of the poker real money movie Rounders, adapting several elements into a

game of PLO.


EV, or expected value, is the guiding principle behind all games of chance and skill. It combines probability and profitability.

Even Money

Even money describes a wager or payout that is being offered without odds, where the amount being bet is the amount eligible to be won.

Everest Poker real money

Everest Poker real money is a large, multilingual online poker real money room that supports 15 laguages, including French, German, Japanese, Dutch,

Swedish, Spanish, and Norwegian.

Expected Value

Expected Value, or EV, is a concept regarding the expected return on a wager in poker real money.

Exposed Card

An exposed card is one that is accidentally shown to players during a hand that was not supposed to be seen.

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Face Card

A face card is a card that has a face on it, meaning any King, Queen or Jack.

Face Down

A card that is face down is one that has the value side of the card downward as to hide what it is to the table.

Face Up

Face Up refers to when a card is showing its value to the entire table, much how


Fade, or ‘fade outs’ is a play online poker term that indicates a player had to dodge many outs in order to win a play online poker hand. Related to

the term ‘hold.’

Fake Think

It’s popular for play online poker players to hollywood for the table or cameras. This means that they pretend to think about a hand, but they have

their mind made up.

Family Pot

A family pot is one in which many, or all, of the players at a table are involved. The play online poker slang is made in jest to refer to the large

number of players.


Playing fast refers to playing a made hand very aggressively instead of slow playing it.


In its first, literal meaning, felt is the fabric that lines a play online poker table. As a play online poker slang verb, it means to bust (or stack)

an opponent.


FFS is an acronym popular in play online poker forums meaning For F’s Sake


Field refers to the total number of players in a play online poker tournament or to all the players involved in a play online poker hand.

Fifth Street

Fifth Street is the fifth card dealt in a Stud game or the river card in a game of Hold’em or Omaha.

Fifty Fifty

The fifty-fifty is a nightly event at 21:30 ET with a $50+5 buy-in and a $50K guaranteed prize pool.

Fill Up

The slang term Fill Up describes when two pair or a set hits a card – usually when the board pairs – that turns their hand into a full house.

Final Table

Final tables are the last stage before a play online poker tournament is finished. Final tables usually consist of between six and ten players.


Fire is yet another battle-related metaphor in play online poker; it usually simply refers to the act of betting and more colloquially to playing pit



A fish is an inexperienced play online poker player. It’s also called the sucker. Made famous by the movie

Fist Pump

Fist pump is a metaphorical expression for a situation in which you are very happy to be calling or going all in during a play online poker hand.

Five of a Kind

The hand five of a kind is unique to wildcard games only and often ranks as the higest possible play online poker hand.

Fixed Limit

Fixed limit play online poker is when the amount a player can bet and raise are fixed. Unlike No Limit and Pot Limit, players can only bet a set number

of chips.


Flag is the slang term for a casino chip that has a value of five thousand dollars. Flags often get stored or exchanged for use in large buyin games.


When a card has been ‘flashed’ in a game of live play online poker, it has been exposed to participants or obsevers of the game,


Flat, or ‘flatting’ refers to calling a play online poker bet as opposed to raising. It may also refer to a style of tournament payout structure.

Flat Tire

The nickname of


Flip is the term play online poker players use to describe a hand or situation where card values are equivalent, like a coinflip.


Floating is when a play online poker player calls a bet without a good hand intending to bluff the bettor later in the hand.


Floor people are essentially the managers of the play online poker room, in charge of organizing the games, enforcing rules, and settling disputes.


A floorman is the casino employee responsible for monitoring and administration of the play online poker games.


The flop in a game of play online poker is the term used for the first three community cards

Flop a Set

To flop a set is to hit a third card of its kind while holding a pocket pair.


Floptimistic players either have unrealistically high expectations about the prospects of a starting hand and are prone to euphoria post flop.


A flush consists of five cards of the same suit, and is one notch above a straight in the ranking of play online poker hands.


FML is one of those play online poker acronyms that has been pioneered by the young generation of play online poker players who have no perspective. It

stands for ‘fuck my life.’


Folding play online poker means discarding your cards into the middle of the table, thus giving up the hand. Players can muck their cards face down or

fold face up.

Fold Equity

Fold equity typically is referred to in short-stack play online poker. It centers around the probability that an opponent will fold if a player pushes

all in.

Forced Bet

Forced bets are simply antes and blinds, or any kind of bet that is required from each player at the table at random in order to generate action.

Forward Motion

Forward Motion is a rule held by most casinos constituting any movement of chips towards the pot to be a committing action.

Four of a Kind

Four of a kind refers to when a player holds all four cards of the same rank.

Four To A Flush

The term four to a flush refers to when a player has four cards, but not five, towards a flush and is drawing to get the fifth card of that suit.

Four To A Straight

The term four to a straight is used when a player describes that he has four cards connected for a straight and needs one more to hit his hand.

Fourth Street

Fourth Street is the fourth card dealt in a game of Stud or the turn card in a game of Hold’em or Omaha.


Foxwoods is a sprawling hotel and casino in Connecticut with a large play online poker room. It is the epicenter for play online poker in New England.


FPP is an acronym for Frequent Play Points, which are awarded to players on Play online pokerStars based on volume of play and rake paid.


FPS stands for ‘fancy play syndrome’ and indicates a tendency that certain players have to be overly tricky in play online poker situations.

Freak and A Very Weird Dude

‘Freak and a very weird dude’ is the characterization of Jimmy ‘Gobbo’ Fricke that leaked to Fricke through an internal email penned by Howard Lederer.

Free Balloons

Free Balloons is a joke on the PocketFives.com play online poker forum in which gidders.com is said to be giving away “free balloons” to members.

Free Card

A free card is one that occurs after a round with no betting. It’s free because no money was put into the pot by any player to see it.


A freeroll is a play online poker tournament that with no entry fee. It may also refer to a play online poker hand that can’t lose but might beat a

hand of equal strrength.


A Freezeout is a play online poker game that ends when someone has all the chips. Tournaments, or any match that ends when one player has all the

chips, are examples.


When a play online poker player is in a frenzy, he is usually on tilt for an extended period of time. Degenerate behavior and poor decision making are


Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights is a promotion at Full Tilt Play online poker that offers three guarantee tournaments and a heads up match between Full Tilt pros.


FTL is an acronym for the term ‘for the loss,’ and can be used in a variety of ways to describe mostly unimportant aspects of play online poker and



FTOPS is a series of online tournaments that take place on Full Tilt Play online poker four times a year, with buyins ranging from $100 to $5,000.


FTPDoug is the screen name for Doug, a manager for Full Tilt Play online poker who is active on play online poker community forums.


FTW is an acronym for the term ‘for the win,’ and can be employed in a variety of unimportant ways to describe things related to play online poker.

Full House

A full house is a play online poker hand which is made up of having three of a kind along with a pair. This is one of the very best play online poker

hands to make.

Full Ring

The term Full Ring refers to a play online poker game played nine or ten handed.

Full Tilt Down

This is a commonly asked question on play online poker forums. The reason is that Full Tilt Play online poker tends to crash and freeze a lot.

Full Tilt Points

Full Tilt Points are a rewards system initiated by playing real money games at Full Tilt Play online poker.

Full Tilt Play online poker

Fullt Tilt Play online poker, often abbreviated ‘FTP,’ is a popular online play online poker site that is represented by many high-profile play online

poker professionals.

Full Tilt Play online poker Academy

The Full Tilt Play online poker Academy was launched at the popular play online poker room’s website for free and offers the opportunity to learn from

pro play online poker players.

Full Tilt Store

The Full Tilt Store is a place where players on Full Tilt Play online poker can spend their Full Tilt Points and buy things like clothing or


Fundamental Theorem of Play online poker

The fundamental theorem of play online poker was set forth by David Sklansky in his book Theory of Play online poker and defines a basic principle

about the nature of play online poker success.


Fuper is the message-board term for the $150+13 play online poker tournament that is held nightly on Full Tilt Play online poker. The term originates

from (F)ull Tilt and S(uper).


FWIW is an acronym commonly used on internet forum sites meaning For What It’s Worth.