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Poker Terminology

Small Blind

In Hold’em, the smaller of the two forced bets in a hand. The small blind is posted by the player to the dealer’s immediate left.

 

Smooth Call

Similar to Slow Play, a Smooth Call is when a player simply calls a bet when they have a hand that would justify making a raise.

 

Snow Job

Term used to describe a successful bluff

 

Solid

A player who plays consistent, technically good, and generally tight.

 

Split Pot

When two or more players hold equivalent hands, the result is a split pot and chips are divided and distributed evenly.

 

Steal The Blinds

When every player at a Hold’em table folds before the Flop, the player who made the raise that caused the folds is said to have Stolen the Blinds, because that’s all that was won.

 

Table Stakes

The stakes of a particular table, generally referring to a limit hold’em table with maximum and minimum bets, or with a Pot limit.

 

Tells

Involuntary motions or actions made by a player that may reveal the strength of their hands to observant opponents.

 

Texas Hold’Em

Poker game in which all players are dealt 2 hole cards, and 5 community cards are dealt with the objective being to form the best possible 5 card hand using any combination of the 7 available cards.

 

Tight

Used to describe a player who doesn’t play many hands. A tight player almost never plays questionable hands that depend on draws, and waits for a big hand in the pocket before initiating action.

 

Tilt

Tilting is when a player becomes “unraveled” and begins to play poorly, generally out of frustration. This may include calling poor hands or making poor bluffs, and generally results in chip loss.

 

Trapping

In Poker, it is a strategy employed by a player who holds a strong hand, and includes underbetting to create a large pot and keep more players in the hand. Also known as slow-playing.

 

Trips

Three cards of equal rank; Three of a kind.

 

Turn

The fourth, and second last community card dealt in Texas Hold’em.

 

Underdog

When a hand is mathematically unlikely to win a hand, it is considered to be an Underdog.

 

Walking Sticks

A pair of 7s

 

Wheel

Also known as a Bicycle Straight, it is the lowest possible straight, running A-2-3-4-5.

 

Wooden Hand

A hand that cannot possibly win, or is Drawing Dead.

 

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