Poker Terms and Definitions

Poker Terminology: Learn Important Poker Terms and Phrases

Although poker is a relatively straightforward game to learn, the more you play, the more you’ll start to notice how complex it can actually be. To master poker, you’ll need to learn all the ins and outs of the gameplay, have a keen eye, learn some basic maths, and know when and how to bluff. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. To truly master the game, you’ll also need to learn some standard poker lingo.

Mastering the poker talk can make a massive difference whether you’re playing online or at a brick-and-mortar casino. And to help you take the next step in your poker journey, we’ve compiled a list of the most important poker terms and phrases. Go through our comprehensive guide to poker terminology and start talking like a real poker pro.

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  • Ace High: A situation when one of the hole cards is an Ace (also referred to as Ace in the hole).
  • Action: Refers to possible actions a player can take. In poker, a player can bet, check, call, raise, or fold.
  • Action Card: A card that causes a significant betting action when it appears on the board, helping two or more players.
  • Aces Up: Two pairs where one of which is a pair of Aces.
  • Add-On: The number of chips that a player can add to their stack before busting.
  • A-Game: It means a player is ‘in the zone,’ which refers to playing the game with an optimal mindset.
  • Aggression Factor (AF): It measures the number of aggressive actions, betting or raising, taken for each passive action, such as calling.
  • Air: A hand that has a very low value compared to another player’s hand, for example, seven high.
  • All-In: An act of putting all the player’s chips into the pot.
  • Angle: Manipulation of the rules to gain an unfair advantage. An example of angle shooting is acting out of turn.
  • Ante: A bet all players are required to make before the dealer deals the hand. Ante is used to create a seed pot, giving it value from the beginning of the game.
  • Any Two Cards: A poker term used in Texas Hold’em to indicate that a player’s hole cards don’t matter in a specific situation.

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