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Poker Terms

Are you a poker starter or has it been awhile? Whatever the reason, it is always good to take a look at the pokerterms. Refreshen your memory and learn those terms. You will need them.

Not all poker terms are mentioned. Only the most important and those that are used in the descriptions.

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3rd Street - In Seven Card Stud this is the first betting round on the first three cards.

4th Street - The fourth card dealt after the initial betting round.

5th Street - Also known as the "river" card. In flop games, this represents the fifth community card on the table and the final round of betting. In Stud games, this is the fifth card dealt to each player and represents the third round of betting.

Sixth Street - In Seven-card Stud, this is the fourth "up" card dealt to the player (their 6th card). It is also the 4th round of betting.

Seventh Street - This is the final round of betting in Seven Card Stud

Ante - Money placed in the pot before the hand is begun.

Bet - To place chips into the pot.

Blind - The small blind is a forced ante made by the player to the immediate left of the dealer button when facing the table. The big blind is a forced ante made by the player to the immediate left of the small blind.


Small Blind - The amount put in the pot by the person immediately to the left of the dealer "button" prior to the cards being dealt.

Big Blind - A designated amount that is placed by the player sitting in the second position, clockwise from the dealer, before any cards are dealt.

Boardcards - The cards that are dealt face-up in a poker game for all players to see.

Call - When a player chooses to match the previous bet.

Check - When it's a player's turn to act and there has been no action in front of them and he opts not to bet, he "checks."

Community Cards - Cards that are face-up and used by all players.

Door Card - This is the first exposed card, or "up" card, in a player's hand in Stud games.

Down Card - Hole cards. Cards that are dealt face down.

Flop - In Texas Hold'em and Omaha, the first three community cards that are dealt face-up in the center of the table all at one time. The "flop" also indicates the second round of betting.

Fold - If you want to stop betting this hand and forfeit your current bets select this button.

Hand - A player's best five cards.

Hole Cards - These are the Down Cards in front of the players.

Pocket - The down cards or hole cards.

Pot - The money or chips in the center of a table that players try to win.

Raise - To increase the previous bet.

Rake - Chips taken from the pot by the cardroom for compensation for hosting the game.

River - This is the last card given in all games. In Hold'em and Omaha, it is also known as 5th street. In Stud games, it is also known as 7th street.

Showdown - At the end of the final betting round, it's when all active players turn their cards face-up to see who has won the pot.

Turn - In flop games, this is the fourth card dealt. It is the third round of betting.

Up Card - A card that is dealt face-up.