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

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


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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