Game Guide

The game of poker offers many versions and this introduction for poker games glossary describes multiplayer games to include Razz Caribbean Stud, 5 Card Stud, SitNGo, Red Dog and Let It Ride.

Other multiplayer card games that are unique, sometimes obscure or games that were fun to play at the kitchen table are in the skill games unit of the site. Rummy and the variants, for example.

Poker Versions

Click on one of the Poker versions below to read more about it.

5-Card Stud

Players' hands are dealt 1 card down and 1 card up and the highest card up places the first bet.

For each betting round thereafter, the player with the best poker hand face up makes the call to bet, fold or check. Three more cards are dealt face up in 3 separate rounds of play followed by a betting round for each to those players remaining in the poker game after each round.

Any player who folds must turn all cards face down. Players in the game at the end before final betting will have received 5 cards—4 cards up and 1 card down. Players remaining then reveal their hole card to determine the higher hand and winner.

Caribbean Stud Poker

Casino table game based on standard 5-card stud poker game played on a blackjack-type table with 1 deck of cards. Players are dealt 5 cards face down.

Dealer receives 4 cards down and 1 up. Players decide to fold and lose their original wager or bet an amount equal to twice the value of the ante.

Dealer must have a minimum hand of Ace/King to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify, players will win even money on their ante and push with their bet.

If he dealer's hand qualifies and loses to the player, the ante will pay even money and the bet will pay according to the table's established payouts.

Most casinos offer a progressive jackpot side-bet paid to high-ranking hands like a royal or straight flush.


Similar to 7-card stud, this poker game's exception is that the low hand wins.Three cards are dealt to each player. The first two are down cards and the third is face up for everyone to see. A round of betting follows, as it does after each of the next three up cards are dealt. The seventh and last card is dealt face down.

One last round of betting and the players in the game reveal what they have. To determine the low hand winner, flushes and straights do not count as high hands.

Red Dog Poker

was once an immensely popular banking game, a variation of its cousin Acey - Deucey. Casinos these days do not usually feature this game, but it can be easily found at online casinos.

The game is a simple calculation of difference or spread of the cards, i.e., two cards are drawn from a pack; the spread of these two cards decides how your odds would be calculated.

There are several versions of both Red Dog and Acey Deucey. Popular amongst these are the High Card Pool where the money can also be wagered on the suit of the card that turns up next.

Slippery Sam or Six-Spot Red Dog has players betting without seeing their cards. Shoot is a version in which, only the dealer makes a bet that is an amount which suits all players. The players are dealt three cards each, face down and can only see the cards once they bet.

There is a lower and upper limit (which is the pot sum) to the amount one can bet. If the card that you turn up belongs to the same suit as the dealer's and is a higher valued card, you win.

Polish Red Dog varies only slightly from Slippery Sam in that; the players neither see their cards nor the dealer's card before betting.

Let It Ride

Based on five-card stud, this popular game had to be included for this poker games glossary. It is played with as many as seven players who participate on what looks like a regulation blackjack table.

Rather than beating the dealer as with other poker games, everyone has the same chance for profit.

To begin, all players place the same bets in each of the three betting circles before any cards are dealt.

A three-card stack is dealt to each participating player facedown in front of their particular betting circle and then two cards dealt in front of the dealer become the community cards. The player makes a decision to Let It Ride or takes back the first bet.

If the player proceeds, he/she will be shown one of the two community cards and will make the next decision on a fourth card.

If the player decides to move to the fifth card, there is a Big Show of the second community card.

Following the Big Show, the dealer reveals all players' cards and pays according to bets still riding in each betting circle based on an established payout schedule.

3-Card Poker

This popular poker version is played at a table similar to blackjack and the goal is to make the best hand from three cards with no draws or wild cards.

The five possible winning hands are Pair, Flush=any three cards of the same suit, Straight=three cards in consecutive order, regardless of suit=6, 7, 8, Three of a Kind or Straight Flush=three cards in consecutive order, the same suit=8, 9, 10 of clubs.

Pai Gow Poker

Game rules require that the player set two hands, a high=5 cards and a low=2 cards with the intent of trying to beat the banker's two hands.

The cards are ranked as per standard poker hands, the exception being the one joker that can be played as an ace or the high card to finish a straight, flush, straight flush or royal flush. You must win both hands to win the pot and the house/bank receives a commission on all winning hands.


Popular worldwide, this poker version is dealt from a shoe holding 8 decks of cards. The player and the banker are each dealt a hand of two cards. Poker players can bet on either of the two hands to win.

Winning means coming closest to a value of nine, and not over. Directly in front of players are two boxes. The box closest to them is for betting that the player will win the next hand, and the box furthest away is for betting that the banker will win. Most casinos have a minimum bet.

All number cards, 2 through 9, count as their face value or the number of pips on the card. All 10s and face cards count as 10. Aces count as 1. No hand can be worth more than 9. If it is, the last digit of the total is used.

For example, if the hand has a king (10) and a 2, then it totals not 12, but 2. To determine the value of a hand greater than 9, simply use the last digit of the total number, such as 9 for 19, 0 for 20 or 7 for 17.

Chemin De Fer

This game is a poker relative of baccarat. With this European game, you cannot bet on banker or player, you must be one or the other, therefore the casino has no direct involvement in the game. The bettors wager amongst themselves.

The other departure from baccarat is that there are three banker-player rules where a decision is required to draw or stand.

SitGo Poker

is also known as Sit and Go or Sit ‘n Go, is a single table tournament that will have you competing both online and off with as many as 9 other players.

Playing in a Sit & Go tournament is much like playing the final table in any of the regular tournaments, except you will only have to beat 6 or perhaps 7 people to be in the money. That's what makes these tournaments so exciting.

The tournaments are fast paced. The game got its name because as soon as you have registered for the tournament, you are taken directly to your table.

The great thing about these tournaments is that they are running continuously and there is usually several tournaments running online and at land-based casino poker rooms at any given time.

Badugi Poker

a Badugi is a hand made up of four cards, where a player has three chances to draw or change the combination, to get the lowest hand possible and win the pot.

The best possible hand is A234 of four different suits. The worst possible hand is four Kings.Additionally, Badugi Poker is a draw game where players can swap cards from the deck. The drawing of cards is completed in between the rounds of betting.

Therefore, any four-card Badugi hand beats a 3-card; a three-card hand beats a 2-card hand, and a two-card hand beats a 1-card Badugi hand.

Two hands with the same number of cards are analyzed by comparing the highest card in each hand considering that ace has a low value and the lower card is superior.

With a tie, the second highest card determines the win. Otherwise, if the ranks of all the cards are the same, the two hands tie.

Poker Bonus

Simply put, poker bonuses are promotions offered by poker sites to new or existing players. These rewards can come in a number of forms, with the Welcome Bonus being most common and the No Deposit bonus the most popular one. Welcome bonuses award new players who sign up and deposit real money on their accounts. No Deposit bonuses, as their name suggests, are ones that deal out increments of money or tournament tokens to new players who just sign up for real money accounts.

Poker Glossary

Poker Strategy Games Terms A

Aces Wired or Bullets
poker lingo for pair of aces in the hole - a beautiful sight.
refers to making a raise, open bet, check, call or fold during play.
player is making a bet/raise or refers to plenty of bets/raises=lots of action.
if permitted, refers to purchasing additional tournament chips.
actions of a player who raises and re-raises often.
All In
betting your available bankroll at one time.
Alligator Blood
lingo for resilient player who handles play under pressure well.
required bet by each player into the pot before a new round of play begins.

Poker Strategy Games Terms B

first two cards dealt are a pair - very nice start.
Bad Beat
you take a bad beat when an opponent draws out on you. See drawn out.
the casino or player who has the cash for the game.
Base Deal
if you are dealing from the bottom of the deck, you are cheating.
poker lingo for a player who does not have the best hand near the end of the game.
Belly Buster
poker term for an inside straight draw. Example 5679 requires an 8.
Berry Patch
poker strategy games terms for a smooth and easy game.
Bicycle Wheel
refers to the card hand of A2345.
Big Bet
this is the max bet if playing limit games.
card that has no advantage to any player.
the mandatory bet that one or all players must make before the start of a particular game and before any cards are dealt.
poker games strategy to bet heavy for a meager hand with the intention of having other players fold.
poker jargon for a full house.
Bottom Pair
poker term for pairing the lowest card on the flop.
the goal of poker pros is the gold bracelet awarded to the world series of poker=WSOP winners.
Brass Brazilians
jargon for the best poker hand. Also see ‘Nuts'.
term that refers to the Joker card.
a fine-looking pair of Aces in the hole. Also known as Aces Wired. Both bring on an inner smile.
refers to raising a bet.
poker term for cards taken out of play usually after a shuffle or cut.
you are outta money or out of final tournament play.
Busted Hand
hand that is of less value than a pair.
term for the round, flat disc that designates the dealer button. The player who has the button is the last to receive cards for that round.
Buy the Pot
poker strategy term for a strong wager that likely puts other players out of the game.
purchase chips to play.

Poker Strategy Games Terms C

your wager matches the current bet.
Calling Station
player who calls many bets, however rarely bets/raises his own hand.
poker jargon for number of raises allowed in a round of card play.
designated area of the casino online or off where card games are played.
Card Sharp
skillful card player.
Cards Speak
simply put, the cards alone tell the tale of the hand thus determining the payout value.
Caribbean Stud Poker
or Casino Stud Poker, a 5-card stud poker game is offered at land-based and online casinos often with a progressive jackpot. .
Case Money
refers to 'in case of an emergency.'
Catch/Catching Cards
game is in your favor - keep 'em coming.
poker term for passing your turn to bet on to the next player.
using this strategy to receive extra bets, the player checks at his/her turn then raises after another player's bet.
refers to poker chips.
occurs when players receive their blinds back and go to the next hand.
oh how, you do talk about your hand, but are you telling the truth or bluffing?
Cold Call
poker term for calling more than one bet.
Color Up
trading chips for higher denominations.
Come Hand
poker lingo for a hand that needs an improvement in order to win the round.
poker term for cards of adjoining rank. If the connecting cards are of the same suit, they are referred to as suited connectors while different suits are called unsuited connectors. Example
6 and 5 of clubs are suited connectors while 6 of clubs and 5 of hearts are unsuited connectors.
player's available bankroll can cover another player's all-in bet.
refers to the king cards.
a strong hand that does not win. And you thought a pair of aces was the hand to beat.
Crying Call
poker jargon for a player who is probably not the winner of the hand - more likely a call for help.
action of splitting the deck before dealing.
Cut Card
blank card that cuts the rest of the cards in the deck.

Poker Strategy Games Terms D - E

hand that is out of play and out of possible winnings.
Dead Money
refers to amateur card player who is definitely not the tournament winner.
distribute the cards during playing action.
refers to the twos in the card deck.
Designated Dealer
term for resident dealer in a poker room. Once the dealer is established, the poker player to the left of the dealer bets first.
Discard Tray
equipment placed next to the dealer for all cards taken out of action by completing a hand or discarding.
an almost certain winning hand from the get-go.
poker term for either receiving extra cards or exchanging cards in hand for others.
Drop or Fold
toss the hand without betting.
Eight Ball
poker term for 800 dollars.

Poker Strategy Games Terms F

Face Cards
refers to all kings, queens and jacks.
Family Pot
everyone at the table is in the pot.
refers to a strong player.
Fast Company
refers to a tough crowd of players - not necessarily a good thing.
we have an expected winner here.
Felt or Down to the Felt
besides the covering for the playing area of tables, this poker term refers to a player who is down to a few chips.
Fill Up
you want to complete a full house with your pair or three of a kind.
a weak player
term for the 4 jacks in the deck.
Flat Call
poker term refers to a player who does not raise.
a group of five cards that are all of the same suit.
a losing hand in paigow poker that is not set properly. Example: low hand is set higher than the 5-card high hand.
Four of a Kind/Quads
four cards of the same rank, example 4 queens.
Free Card
occurs when all players check, the next card is therefore, a free card.
refers to a hand that will likely share the pot win and possibly win it all. With online poker, this term means play against others for no fee or free-rolling.
poker jargon for a no re-buy tournament option.
Full House
includes 2 cards of the same rank along with 3 cards of another same rank. Example: JJJQQ.

Poker Strategy Games Terms G

that's the cash, money or moolah.
Going all-in or All in
poker strategy games term to bet all the chips you have on one hand and watch for takers.
Goulash Joint
lingo for an eatery that serves up poker in the secluded back room.
player who's goal is to win enough money to 'grind another day'.
a one-card draw to complete an inside straight. Example is 67910, requires an 8.

Poker Strategy Games Terms H - K

several references as in 'play a hand' by betting or 'hold a hand' or a 'hand is dealt, bet and a winner announced'.
Heads Up
two players trying for one pot.
refers to the required assistance before the hand becomes a winner.
High Hand
poker lingo for the best hand.
High Poker
refers to standard poker where highest hands win as opposed to low poker or lowball where lowest hands win.
High Society
highest pile of chips in the game.
you have improved your hand with a pair=a good thing, or miss=not a good thing.
refers to the first two cards dealt face down.
Hit with the Deck
excellent cards coming your way for quite a while.
Inside Straight/Gutshot/One-Grapper
refers to a missing card in the group of held cards, (example 9765 needs an 8) while an outside straight refers to a missing card from either side of the cards held, (example 9876, needs a 10 or 5).
strategy move to focus on one player by attempting to eliminate all other players.
Joker or Wild Card
extra card in a 52-card deck that is considered a wild card and can sub for any other card to improve your hand.
poker lingo for the best card held that does not help with the rest of your hand except for its value as a high card.

Poker Strategy Games Terms L

poker term for the 4 queens.
Limit Poker
rules of this game determine that betting and raising has a fixed dollar limit.
jargon for flat calling an opening forced bet thereby limping into a hand.
Live Card
refers to card not viewed in the game so far.
Live Game
there's plenty of betting action here.
poker lingo for a certain winning hand.
name for player who holds and plays plenty of hands.

Poker Strategy Games Terms M

Make a Hand
this hand is a possible winner.
lingo for poker player with a carefree and assertive playing method, generally resulting in raising often.
Match Play
when a player reaches the qualifying number of points, he/she is named the winner of match play.
you have an almost certain winning hand here.
the name of the discard pile for poker.

Poker Slang Lingo N

poker lingo for wide open betting based on each players chips in hand.
the best of hands in the game thus far.

Poker Slang Lingo O

calculated probability of winning a specific hand.
cards that are not of the same suit.
On the Finger
monies received on credit.
On Tilt
going into wild play mode after a bad hand.
player who makes the first bet in a round.
refers to receiving a better hand by drawing more cards.
refers to unseen cards left in the deck that could result in a better hand.
refers to a higher pair than the best card on the board in flop games. Example
You hold KK and the flop is J94.

Poker Slang Lingo P - Q

poker slang lingo for a picture card - Jack, King or Queen.
refers to two cards that have the same rank with a Pair of Aces topping the list.
refers to no betting or folding.
Passive Play
player who is not likely to bet and raise.
this hand is it, no further cards required.
poker version, known as Crazy Pineapple online, is similar to Holdem in that players are dealt 3 cards each and must toss 1 card after the flop is dealt.
action whereby a player raises an opening bet.
Playing the Rush
refers to a player who 'is on a roll' of good cards and pots won.
Play on your Belly
refers to legal play, no cheating.
Pocket Cards
refers to cards dealt face down.
poker term for a player's position at the table in reference to betting. Example
early position means that player is the first to bet.
to bet or wager chips in the pot or a position directly in front of you at the table.
winning hand(s) take the spoils, either all the money in the middle of the table or a share of the pot in certain games.
refers to the maximum bet/raise that is of no greater value than the total pot.
Pot Odds
refers to amount of money in the pot versus the amount of money required to call a bet.
Proposition Player/Shill
refers to the casino/card room hired help whose duties include filling up tables or jump-starting games.
poker lingo for increased betting or otherwise attempting to eliminate players who could outdraw your hand.
four of a kind - a very sweet hand. Example
4 queens.
refers to the minimum standard a hand must meet to qualify for all or part of the pot. Example
with Caribbean stud poker, the dealer must have a minimum hand of ace/king to qualify and continue the round.

Poker Slang Lingo R

Rabbit Hunting
jargon for looking into the future as to what cards would have been if the round had continued. Do you want to see if you would have received that Full House? Some poker rooms forbid thishunting.
poker jargon used for weak or amateur players.
poker slang lingo for tray that holds poker chips.
term for cards coming your way that do not help your hand.
poker term for wagering more than the last bet thereby increasing the bet for other players in the game.
spectators or lookie-lous watching the action.
a percentage and/or flat fee deducted from the pot after each betting round for the casino services. These services include a dealer and equipment
value of a set of cards.
poker term for the last cards dealt in a game of Holdem, Omaha or 7-card Stud.
skillful players use this method to predict cards held by other players.
purchasing additional chips after initial buy, if tournament rules allow.
term for wagering in a specific way that tells you have a specific hand.
Riffling or Zipping
method used to shuffle cards before dealing.
Road Gang
poker jargon for a gang of cheating players.
player who raises or folds and rarely calls, thus playing few hands.
Rock Garden
poker lingo for a game consisting of tight players.
can mean either a betting round or round of poker hands.
skillful player who makes a comfortable living playing poker - a dream job for many poker players.
Round of Play
a segment of game play that includes dealing, betting and a declared winner.
Royal Flush
the best of the best, sequence of AKQJ10, all in the same suit.
you receive the cards you need from the last two cards dealt.
poker lingo for a big win quickly - truly a rush.

Poker Slang Lingo S

poker jargon for a pair of fours starting hand.
strategy used to check and then raise the opener to increase the pot.
Scare Card
jargon for a dealt card that may produce a better hand. For example, a third card in an outside straight sequence (Jack, 10 and 9).
Scarne Cut
refers to cutting the cards by taking a bunch of cards from the center of the deck and putting them on top of the deck.
Schoolboy Draw
amateur draw, not using sound judgment.
poker lingo for sending some pot winning chips to another player.
Seat Position
refers to the position of a poker player in accordance to other players. When it comes to betting in poker, position can be an advantage if you are the last to bet in a poker round.
lingo about the cheater who deals the second card instead of the top card.
the difference from a bluff is that a semi-bluff has a higher certainty of a win.
refers to cards of consecutive value, example
56789 straight.
term for time span for poker games played.
refers to 3-of-a-kind to include two in the hole or a method of play for paigow poker whereby cards are set into two hands of low-hand=2 cards and high hand=5-card.
cheaters use these mirror-like devices to view unexposed cards.
refers to a game where there are only a few players.
Short Pair
refers to a pair that is lower than the openers.
Short Stack
situation where a player does not have sufficient chips to cover the betting at the table.
Short Stud
poker slang lingo for 5 rather than 7-card stud poker.
game where betting begins once the third card is dealt.
Shove them Along
version of 5-card stud poker where every player can either play the first upcard or pass to the next player.
poker term to describe the end of betting where a winner isdeclared by a show of hands by the remaining players.
mix up those cards before starting another game.
Side Pot
occurs when a player is unable to match the bet made, but continues play of the game. This pot is for players who have the funds and want to bet more. Winner of the side pot goes to the best hand from the players who participated.
strategy to under bet an excellent hand.
don't you just hate those players who ever so slowly, roll out their hand while the other participating players await the result?
Smooth Call
method of holding back a raise in order to call additional bets with a very good hand.
Snap Off
you call the bluffer and beat him/her with a not-so-hot-hand - 'tis a sweet deal.
player who wins and taunts the loser - bad manners and strategy rolled into one.
Soft Play
poker lingo for intentionally going easy on a player.
poker slang lingo for player folding as in Going South.
here comes that stunning pair of Aces again.
Splash the Pot
player who tosses chips in rather than putting them in front.
Spread Limit
poker term for fixed minimum-maximum bets allowed per round.
Squeeze Bet or Squeeze Raise
poker term for a third player with a weak hand who is in the middle of the squeeze and it's costing him/her because of the larger bets made by other players with better hands.
poker term for total of all your chips.
winning the pot by bluffing - a card sharp's specialty.
Four Queens, also know as Administrative Assistants in the pc world.
Still Pack
term for the deck set aside two card decks are used.
player who remains to the bitter end holding a weak hand.
refers to doubling the blind wherein the player betting becomes the bigger blind. He/she who bets the straddle then bets last in the pre-flop round.As a straddle is designated as a blind, not a bet, the player can then raise if everybody calls his/her straddle.
refers to 5-card sequence, example
Straight Draw
refers to the game of draw poker that does not require openers.
Straight Flush
beauty of a hand that has 5-cards of consecutive rank and are the same suit, example=78910J of clubs.
run of either winning or losing hands - what streak do you prefer :-)
poker slang lingo for a straight.
refers to a method of shuffling/changing the order of the cards in a deck.
Suicide King
poker lingo for the King of Hearts as the card displays a sword poised to the head.
refers to the 4 suits in a deck of cards - clubs, spades, hearts and diamonds.
Super Stud Poker
another name for Caribbean Stud Poker and Casino Stud Poker, however, with a Progressive Jackpot

Poker Slang Lingo T

Table Stakes
we are talking money here in reference to the amount a player places on the table that cannot be changed during the hand.
poker slang lingo for the rest of the deck after the deal.
Tap or Tap Out
you have bet all your money and if you lose, you are tapped out.
Tell or Tell play
refers to a player giving out signals or 'telling' about his/her hand.
Thirty days or Thirty miles
poker jargon for 3 tens.
Three of a kind
3 cards of the same rank, AAA.
refers to a three-card straight flush.
poker lingo for a low hand to include 23456 or 7.
Tight Player
poker term for a cautious player who rarely bets on weak hands.
poker lingo for a situation where a player may have to call a big raise to stay in the game.
refers to the 3-card with 3 pips.
Two-card Poker
version where the best 2 cards are winners.
Two Pair
refers to a 5-card hand that includes two different pairs, QQ773.

Poker Slang Lingo U - Z

card contest wherein the underdog is usually the loser.
Under the Gun
refers to the first player's action once the blind bets are completed.
Unlimited Poker
no bet or raise limits in this game.
Washing the Cards
the dealer blends the deck of cards in a circular motion with both hands before a shuffle is performed.
White Meat
poker slang lingo for profit or money made with the game of poker.
Wild Card
card(s) that can sub for any other card to improve your hand.
World Series of Poker WSOP
the granddaddy of all poker tournaments played at Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Vegas yearly. A gold bracelet awaits the winner.