Poker Glossary

3bet

The action of raising another player’s bet, usually referred to preflop.

4bet

The action of raising another player’s 3bet.

Add-on

This is the last rebuy option to add chips to your stack before the rebuy tournament continues as a normal freeze-out tournament.

Alias

An alias is the name that other players know you by. Aliases can be composed of upper and lower case characters (a to z), the numbers 0 to 9, the – character and the _ character. They must be between...

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All-In

When a player is ‘all-in’ it means that they have put all their remaining chips into the pot. If other players continue to bet above the all-in amount they create a separate side pot. The all-in...

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Ante

A small forced bet that everyone at the table is required to pay before each hand. In games with an ante, these bets make up the initial pot. Antes are set by the House and vary with the game stakes....

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Backdoor

When you need two running cards to make a certain hand (e.g. your hole cards contain two spades and the flop contains one spade; you need running spades in order to make a flush).

Bad Beat

When a strong hand is unexpectedly beaten by a lucky draw. It can also mean when a strong hand is beaten by an even stronger hand.

Bet (Poker)

The action you make when you would like to set the amount other players need to invest in order to stay in the hand. Any time you put money into the pot and are not calling, you are betting.

Big Blind

This is a forced bet placed by the player sitting second to the left of the dealer before any cards are dealt. Players joining a game in progress must post a big blind. They may do so from any...

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Blinded-off

This occurs when players leave or are disconnected from the table during a tournament game. In their absence they will still have to pay blinds or antes.

Bounty Tournament

A tournament where prizes are awarded for eliminating other players.

Burn

To discard the top card from the deck, face down. This is done between each betting round before dealing the next community card or cards. It is security against any player recognizing or glimpsing...

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Button

See Dealer-Button.

Buy-in

This is the amount of money required to join a game or tournament.

Call

To match the most recent bet or raise. The term ‘see’ (as in ‘I'll see that bet’) is also used.

Check

This is when you want to stay in a game but you don’t want to place a bet. You can only check if no other bets have been placed in the betting round. If a player after you makes a bet or raises, you'...

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Check-Raise

To check on your turn, then, when a player after you bets, to raise that bet. An aggressive move usually made by a player with a strong hand.

Chip Dumping

This is when a player loses chips on purpose in order to pass them to another player. It is not permitted.

Community Cards

Cards dealt face up in the centre of the table in Texas Hold'em and Omaha. All players use these cards, plus the ones in their hand, to complete a five-card hand. These are also referred to as board...

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Dealer

The player in a poker game who actually (or theoretically) is dealing the cards. When cards are dealt by the computer or a professional dealer it is still necessary to identify the player who would be...

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Draw

When two or more participants finish with the same results.

Eliminated

This is when a player has lost all their chips or cannot continue to play in a tournament.

Fifth Street

The last card dealt to the board in community card games. Also called “river”.

Flop

In Hold'em and Omaha, these are the first three community cards that are dealt face-up in the centre of the table all at the same time. The ‘flop’ also indicates the second round of betting.

Flush

A poker hand made up of five cards of the same suit.

Fold

To abandon your hand, usually because someone else has made a bet that is larger than you are willing to call. You give up any claim on the pot in exchange for not having to contribute more chips.

Four of a Kind

A poker hand made up of four cards of the same rank (e.g. 7-7-7-7).

Fourth Street

The fourth card dealt to the board in community card games. Also called "turn".

Freeroll Tournament

A Freeroll Tournament has no entry fee or initial buy-in but you can still win prizes.

Freeze-out

In a freeze-out tournament, players have a fixed amount of chips as starting stack and will be eliminated from the tournament when they lose all their chips.

Full House

A poker hand made up of one pair and three of a kind (e.g. 3-3-J-J-J).

Generic Ticket

A generic ticket can be used for any tournament where the ticket value matches the tournament buy-in amount and the ticket currency matches the tournament currency.

Guaranteed Tournament

A tournament where the prize pool amount is guaranteed, regardless of the number of players and buy-in received.

Hand Number

Each hand played by a table of players is assigned a hand number and can usually be found at the top left of the screen.

Heads-Up

Play between only two players. Unibet offers special heads-up tables and tournaments.

Kicker

A kicker, also called a side card, is a card in a poker hand that plays no part in determining the rank of the hand. If there are two hands of the same rank then the player with the highest kicker...

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Late registration

The period after the start of a tournament in which players can still join the tournament by registering. This makes it possible to enter a tournament even if you missed the start.

Main Pot

When a player goes all-in in a game, that player is only eligible to win the main pot – the pot containing the bets they were able to match. Additional bets, placed in a side pot, are contested among...

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Muck

The pile of discarded cards, or the act of putting cards in this pile (and therefore taking them out of play). You don't have to show your cards when you muck them, so if you want to you can keep your...

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Multi-Table Tournament

Tournaments that can have more than one table to accommodate the players. There may or may not be a limit to the number of players, depending on the tournament.

No-Limit Game

A poker game with no bet limits, where players can bet any amount they have in any round. Each bet or raise must be at least as big as the previous bet increase in the same round.

Nuts

The best possible hand at any given point in the game, taking the community cards into account.

Offsuit

A Hold'em starting hand with two cards of different suits.

Out

The number of cards left in the deck that will improve your hand. Example: ‘Any spade will make my flush, so I have nine outs.’

Overlay

The difference between the guaranteed prize pool and the total of all buy-ins, when this total doesn’t cover the guaranteed prize pool. Overlay is money we add to the prize pool to meet the guarantee...

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Overpair

When your hole cards contain a pair which is higher in rank than any card on the board (e.g. your hole cards are K-K and the board reads 3-5-8-J-Q).

Picture Card

Any King, Queen or Jack.

Pocket Cards

Your unique cards that only you can see. As opposed to the community cards face up on the table. For instance, ‘He had pocket sixes’ (a pair of sixes), or ‘I had ace-king in the pocket’.

Position/In Position

The placing of the dealer button and the blinds will determine your position when acting in hands. If, during a hand, another player must always act before you, you are said to have position on that...

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Pot

The pot is all the money that players wager during a single hand or game of poker. It sits in the middle of the table and is the prize for the winner.

Pot-Limit Game

The betting structure of a game where the maximum bet is equal to the size of the pot.

Preflop

The initial round of betting which occurs after players have been dealt their hole cards but before any community cards (the flop) have been dealt.

Prize Pool (Poker)

This is the cumulative buy-in amount from all players in the tournament and it is offered as prizes. The House may choose to add to the prize pool.

Raise

To increase the amount of the current bet.

Rake

Money taken from the pot by the House as payment for hosting the game.

Raked Game

A game where the player contributed to the pot and the House took a rake – some money from the pot – as payment for hosting the game.

Raked Hand

A hand is considered a raked hand when a flop is dealt and therefore the house took a rake – some money from the pot – in cash games.

Rebuy

At the start of a rebuy tournament, for a specific period, players can buy starting stacks again after losing all their chips.

Ring game

A regular poker game as opposed to a tournament. Also referred to as a ‘live’ or ‘cash’ game since actual money is in play instead of tournament chips.

River

The last of 5 community cards in flop games, e.g. Texas Hold'em and Omaha.

Satellite Tournament

A tournament where the prize is entry into another tournament. Winning a satellite tournament might save you paying a big buy-in.

Scheduled Tournament

Multi-table tournaments where players must register in advance and there is a specified start time.

Set

Three of a kind when your hole cards contain a pair, and there is one card of the same rank on the board.

Shorthanded

An adjective used to describe a game with few players.

Showdown

After the last betting round, the remaining players compare hands to determine the winner. The player with the highest hand wins the pot. If a final bet or raise is not called then there is no...

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Side pot

An extra pot created when an all-in player has no more chips to bet but other players want to continue betting. The all-in player has no stake in the side pot, only the one he bet in.

Single-handed Tournament

Single-handed tournaments are multi-table tournaments where only a single hand is played and all players go all-in for the hand.

Single-table Tournament

Tournaments that only require one table as the number of players is limited.

Sit and Go Tournament

Instead of having a scheduled start time, a sit and go begins as soon as the required number of players are registered. Sit and go tournaments are always available.

Sit Out

In cash games you have the option to ‘sit out’ for a few hands. You’re saying that you aren’t at the table, but you want to keep your seat. Players that sit out for more than five minutes will be...

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Small Blind

A forced bet made by the person immediately to the left of the dealer prior to the cards being dealt.

Split pot

A pot that is shared by two or more players because they have equivalent hands.

Stake (Poker)

When you enter a game the money that you have available is your stake. You can’t go into your pocket during a hand – you can only invest the amount of money in front of you.

Starting Hand

The cards which are dealt to you at the start of a hand (aka hole cards). These cards cannot be seen by other players until showdown.

Straight

A poker hand made up of five cards of consecutive rank (e.g. 4-5-6-7-8).

Suit

A deck of cards has four suits – hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades.

Suited

A starting hand which contains two cards of the same suit.

Table Balancing

As players are eliminated from a tournament, the remaining players are moved to balance out the tables until only one table remains.

Three of a kind

Any poker hand containing three cards of the same rank.

Tournament

A poker game where players compete for each other's chips as the blinds or antes increase incrementally. The winner is the player that end up with all the chips.

Tournament Fee

The fee is the percentage of the tournament buy-ins that goes to the House.

Tournament Group Ticket

A tournament group ticket can be used for any tournament in a specified group of tournaments. The ticket value must match the tournament buy-in and the ticket currency must match the tournament...

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Tournament Specific Ticket

A tournament ticket can be used to buy-in to a specific tournament. Tournament tickets are issued in the currency of the tournament.

Turn

The fourth of 5 community cards dealt face up in flop games, e.g. Texas Hold'em and Omaha. Also known as ‘fourth street’.