ACES UP/OVER - Two pair, one of which is a pair of Aces.
ACTION - Betting activity.
ACTIVE PLAYER - A player who is still in the pot.
ALL BLUE,GREEN,PURPLE,etc. - Colorful names for a flush.
ALL-IN - To bet all the money you have on the table.
AMERICAN AIRLINES - A pair of Aces.
ANTE - A small bet all players are required to make before a hand is dealt.
BABY - Any of the four non-aces needed for the lowest possible hand (2,3,4,5).
BACK DOOR - Player makes a late hand that he wasn't originally drawing to.
BACK RAISE - A re-raise.
BAD BEAT - A usually unbeatable hand that is defeated by an even better hand.
BANKROLL - Current total gambling funds available. Not to be confused with a player's stake in a particular game.
BARN - Short for a Full Barn which is slang for a Full House.
BELLY BUSTER - An inside straight draw. Same as a Gutshot.
BET - To put money into the pot in accordance with the rules of the game.
BET FOR VALUE - Betting a completed or partial hand that, in the long run, is expected to win more than it loses.
BICYCLE - The best possible low hand: A-2-3-4-5. Also called a Wheel.
BIG BLIND - An early forced bet, usually a raise of an earlier blind which would be called the Small Blind.
BIG BOBTAIL - An open-ended 4-card straight flush.
BIG SLICK - In Texas Hold'em, hole cards of A-K, suited or not.
BLANK - A card that does not add value to a hand (Bad Draw).
BLIND - A forced bet to open the pot, usually in lieu of an ante.
BLUFF - A bet or raise made with a poor hand to entice the competition to fold.
BOARD - The exposed cards in Hold'em and stud.
BOAT - Short for a Full Boat which is slang for a Full House.
BOBTAIL STRAIGHT - Same as an Open End Straight. Four cards to a straight in denomination sequence.
BROADWAY - An Ace high straight.
BUG - A wild card Joker.
BULLET[S] - Ace[s]. Bull(s) for short.
BUMP - Slang for Raise.
BURN - To discard the top card of the deck prior to dealing.
BUTTON - A distinctive token placed in front of the player sitting in the theoretical dealer's position, when a house dealer is used. The button rotates around the table so that every player has an opportunity to be the last to act.
BUY-IN - The amount of money used to join a game.
CALL - To put in to the pot the minimum amount of money necessary to continue playing.
CALLER - One who makes a call bet.
CALLING STATION - An passive player that frequently just checks or calls most bets.
CAP - To cap the betting is to make the last permitted raise in a round.
CARDS SPEAK - The final hand values are determined by the face up cards and not what the hand holder declares.
CASE CARD - The fourth and last card of a particular rank to become available.
CHANGE GEARS - Changing your style of play.
CHASE - To continue in a hand, often at poor odds against the competition.
CHECK n. - The word casino employees use for a "chip".
CHECK v. - To bet zero, when it is legal to do so. Frequently a sign of only a fair hand.
CHECK RAISE - To check initially, then raise a bet made later on in the same betting round.
CHIP - A round token used in place of cash at a gaming table.
COME HAND - . A hand that is not yet made, such as four cards to a flush.
COLD CALL - When a player with nothing invested in the pot except an ante, calls a raise and a re-raise as his first bet.
COMMUNITY CARDS - Cards that are available for every player to use in making a hand. Usually dealt face up somewhere in the middle of the table.
CONCEALED PAIR - Both of the pair cards are face down.
COURT CARD - A jack, queen or king.
COWBOY - A king.
CUT THE DECK -To divide the deck, fairly evenly, into 2 stacks.
CRYING CALL - To complain when making a call. Sometimes a tactic to keep players in the hand.
DARK BET - To bet without looking at your hand.
DEAD HAND - A hand that has been fouled or has too many or too few cards.
DEAD MAN'S HAND - Two pair, aces and eights. The hand Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he was shot to death.
DEALER'S CHOICE - In home games, a rule that permits the dealer to name which poker game to be played that hand.
DEUCE - A two.
DOOR CARD - A player's first upcard in stud games.
DOUBLE BELLY BUSTER - A two-way inside straight. ie:, 3-5-6-7-9. Also called a Double Gutshot.
DOUBLE -POP - When the second player re-raises a raise.
DOWN TO THE GREEN - When a player has gone all in.
DRAW - To discard some number of cards and have dealt an equal number of replacements.
DRAWING DEAD - Drawing to a hand that can not possibly win.
DRAW OUT - To catch a card that improves your situation from a losing hand to a winning hand.