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Poker Terms

At the online casinos, these terms are very importantÂ… so, before playing internet poker you should familiarized your self with them.

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Term Definition
Baby
A small card, specifically an ace, 2, 3, 4, or 5. The term is used especially in razz -and high-low split.
Back door
In seven-card stud and hold 'em, three cards to a flush or a straight after five cards have been dealt. In general, the term is used for a hand made on the end, which a player was not originally trying to make.
Bad beat
Having a hand that is a big favorite defeated as the result of a lucky draw, especially when the person drawing was playing incorrectly by being in the pot in the first place.
Bad games
a game in which your opponents are too good for you to expect to win; a game in which you're an underdog.
Bankroll
The amount of money you have available to wager.
Belly buster
A draw to an inside-straight. Also called a gut shot.
Best of it
A situation in which a wager can be expected to be profitable in the long run.
Bet
To put money in the pot before anyone else on any given round.
Bet for value
To bet in order to be called by a lesser hand. You are betting to make money, not to make your opponents fold.
Bettor
The person who first puts money in the pot on any given round.
Bicycle
Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 - the best possible hand in lowball. Also called a wheel and a baby straight. The term is used in all games.
Blank
A card that is not of any value to a player's hand.
Blind
In hold 'em, draw lowball, and some other games, a forced bet that one or more players must make to start the action on the first round of betting. The blind rotates around the table with each new deal. The person whose turn it is to bet is said to be in the blind.
Bluff
A bet or raise with a hand you do not think is the best hand.
Board
The cards that are face up in a player's hand. In hold 'em, the community cards.
Bring it in
To start the betting or, the first round.
Bug
A joker that can be used to make straights and flushes and can also be used to make a pair with aces, but not with any other cards.
Busted hand
A hand that does not develop into anything of value.
Button
When there is a house dealer, as in the card rooms of Las Vegas, the button is a round disc that rotates around the table to represent the dealer for the purposes of indicating which player is to be first to act. A button is necessary in hold 'em, draw lowball, and five card draw.
Buy in
The minimum amount of money required to sit down in a particular game.