Poker Terms

Posted by Dirty Stack Poker, under About.

When most people first hear of Poker, they are immediately overwhelmed by the vast amount of terms thrown at them. Most understand how basic card games work, but what is a Straight? A Flush? A Royal Flush? What does Flop, the River, or the Turn mean? What's the pot? Raise? Check? Fold? Small Blinds, Big Blinds, what does it all mean?

While many of these terms make up the basis for Poker's basic terminology, they certainly aren't every term out there. There are hundreds of different terms out there and not every Poker player is going to understand each one. Still, it is important to learn the basic terms that make up Poker's terminology. Some have no easy explanation and require actual play to understand better, but here are a list of basic terms to get any person on their way to understanding poker.

There are a multitude of different hands in poker. In order of importance (and rarity), they are: Royal Flush, Straight Flush, 4 of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, 3 of a Kind, 2 Pair, 1 Pair, and High Card. Players attempt to form these hands based on two cards dealt to them at the start of the game, called pocket or hole cards. These are dealt by the Dealer, sometimes called the Button. Players to the left of the Dealer are called the Small and Big Blinds. These players are forced bets, ensuring that the pot is not empty. The Small Blind usually plays half of the minimum bet and the Big Blind must play the minimum bet. Once everyone else has bet, the Small Blind can either bet or fold. A Raise is a bet of money higher than the previous player's bet. A Check is a bet of the same amount of money as the previous player. A Fold is when a player throws in their hand, sitting the rest of the pot out and forfeiting any money they have previously bet. Next, the Dealer sets out five cards. The first three are immediately shown. This is the Flop. The next card shown is the Turn. The final card is called the River. Different players have different terms for these, but they all mean the same thing.

These are definitely not the only Poker terms you will hear while sitting at the table. However, knowing these basic terms will help your game out immensely. Once you have these terms down, you can focus on learning more obscure ones, but focus on these first.