Talking Poker I-Q


Inside Straight Four cards which require another between the top and the bottom card to complete a straight.\ Players who catch this card make an Inside Straight.


Jackpot Poker A form of poker in which the cardroom or casino offers a jackpot to a player who has lost with a really big hand (usually Aces full or better).

Jacks-or- Better A form of poker in which a player needs to have at least a pair of jacks to open the betting.


Kansas City Lowball Form of lowball poker in which the worst poker hand (2, 3, 4, 5, 7 of different suits) is the best hand. It’s also known as Deuce to Seven.

Keep Them Honest To call at the end of a hand to prevent someone from bluffing.

Key Card A card that gives you a big draw or makes your hand.

Key Hand In a session or tournament, the one hand that ends up being a turning point for the player, either for better or worse.

Kicker The highest unpaired side card in a players’ hand.

Kick It Raise.

Kill Pot A method to stimulate action. It is a forced bet by someone who has just won a pot(s).

Knock Check.

Kojak A hand that contains a K-J.


Ladies Two Queens.

Late Position Position on a round of betting where the player must act after most of the other players have acted (usually considered to be the two positions next to the button).

Lay Down Your Hand When a player folds.

Lead The first player to bet into a pot.

Limit Poker A game that has fixed minimum and maximum betting intervals along with a prescribed number of raises.

Limper The first player who calls a bet.

Limp In To enter the pot by calling rather than raising. (The usual concept of “Limp In” is when the first person to speak just calls the Big Blind.)

Live Blind An instance where the player puts in a dark bet and is allowed to raise, even if no other player raises. It’s also known as an “option”.

Live Card(s) In Stud Games, cards that have not yet been seen and are presumed to still be in play.

Live Hand A hand that could still win the pot.

Live One A not so knowledgeable player who plays a lot of hands.

Look When a player calls the final bet before the showdown.

Loose Is a player who plays a lot hands.

Lowball Is a form of draw poker in which the lowest hand wins the pot..


Main Pot The center pot. Any other bets are placed in a side pot(s) and are contested among the remaining players. This occurs when a player(s) goes all-in.

Make To make the deck is to shuffle the deck.

Maniac A very aggressive player who plays a lot of hands.

Middle Pair In flop games, when a player makes a pair with one of his/her down cards and the middle card on the flop.

Middle Position Somewhere between the early and late positions on a round of betting (the fifth, sixth and seventh seats to the left of the button).

Muck To discard or throw away your hand. It’s also a pile of cards that are no longer in play.

Minimum Buy-In The least amount you can start a game with.

Monster A very big hand. In a tournament, a player who begins to accumulate chips after having a small stack is considered to be a monster.


No Limit A game where players can bet as much as they like (as long as they have it in front of them) on any round of betting.

Nuts The best possible hand at any point of the game. A hand that cannot be beat.


Odds The probability of making a hand vs. the probability of not making a hand.

Offsuit Cards of a different suit.

Omaha A game in which each player is dealt four down cards with five community cards. To make your hand, you must play two cards from your hand and three from the board.

Open To make the first bet.

Open-ended Straight Four consecutive cards whereby one additional (consecutive) card is needed at either end to make a straight.

Open Card A card that is dealt face-up.

Open Pair A pair that has been dealt face-up.

Option An option is a Live Blind made in the dark before the cards are dealt. If no one raises, the “option” player may raise the pot.

Out Button A disc placed in front of a player who wishes to sit out a hand(s) but remain in the game.


Paints Face or picture cards (Jack, Queen and King).

Pair Two cards of the same face or number value.

Pass To fold.

Pay Off To call on the final round of betting when you may or may not think you have the best hand.

Picture Cards Face cards (Jack, Queen and King).

Play Back To raise or re-raise another player’s bet.

Playing the Board In flop games when your best five card hand is all five of the community cards.

Pocket The down cards or hole cards.

Pocket Rockets A pair of Aces in the pocket or hole.

Position Where a player is seated in relation to the dealer, therefore establishing that player’s place in the betting order.

Post When you post a bet, you place your chips in the pot. (You must post the Blinds.)

Pot The money or chips in the center of a table that players try to win.

Pot Limit This is a game where the maximum bet can equal the pot.

Prop A person hired by the cardroom to work as a shill.

Push When the dealer pushes the chips to the winning player at the end of a hand. It’s also when dealers rotate to other tables.

Put Down To fold a hand..


Quads Four of a kind.

Qualifier In High-Low games, it is a requirement the Low hand must meet to win the pot.