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Top 10 terms every poker player should know

30 December 2019

Like many other hobbies and professions, poker has its terminology.

You’ll often hear other players at the table use some of these terms, or you’ll find them in strategy and news articles. Being familiar with some of the most important ones is quite useful as it can help you keep up with the conversation or make reading such articles easier.

Here, I will cover the top 10 poker terms you should know, without going into very simple and standard ones like raising or three-betting.

Having some “advanced” terms in your vocabulary when discussing poker will help you better explain all sorts of situations and understand other players.

10. String bet
A string bet is a commonly used poker term. It indicates a situation where a player doesn't properly put out their bet, and it only happens in live poker.

There are different types of string bets you’ll encounter, such as sliding several stacks of chips one after another to try and raise and throwing chips into the pot one at a time without a verbal announcement.

The important thing to keep in mind is that any string bet is not allowed in a serious casino or a poker room. You may get away with it in a home game, but string betting in a real cash game or a tournament will usually result in your bet being void. You might be forced to call instead of raising, for example.

9. Angle shooting
Angle shooting is a broad poker term that relates to all actions performed by a player in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage over their opponents.

An angle shoot doesn’t necessarily break the rules. It is technically legal, but not in the spirit of the game.

An angle shoot doesn’t necessarily break the rules. It is technically legal, but not in the spirit of the game.

The main difference between angle shooting and cheating is that an angle shoot doesn’t necessarily break the rules. It is technically legal, but not in the spirit of the game.

For example, vocally misrepresenting your hand just before you turn the cards face up is an angle shoot as your opponent could believe you and muck their cards.

8. Limping
The term limping is used to describe a situation where the player decides to pay the big blind amount and call instead of raising.

Some players use this one incorrectly as they’ll say they limped after someone raises and another player calls. You can only limp if there are no raises in front of you whatsoever, and, in general, you shouldn’t be doing a lot of it, especially when no one limped before you.

7. Slow rolling
No matter what anyone tries to tell you, slow rolling isn’t cool. If you don’t know, a slow roll is when a player intentionally takes a long time to make the final decision in the hand or turn over their cards when they know they’re winning.

For example, someone moves all-in on the river, and you’re sitting across the table with a top full house. Instead of snap-calling them, you take a couple of minutes, letting them think they might be winning.

While not against the rules, slow roll in poker is considered rude and not looked kindly upon by most players.

6. Bad beat
If you’ve been playing poker for a little while, you probably know what the bad beat is. However, a technical definition of this term is somewhat flexible.

In general, it stands to describe a situation where you were handsomely ahead of your opponent on a particular street (usually preflop or on the flop), but they end up catching their miracle card to save them.

One common situation is where you get it in on the turn with a set against a flush draw, and one of their flush cards comes on the river.

5. Cooler
Like the bad beat, the cooler also involves some bad luck but in a different scenario. The term cooler in poker is used to describe a situation where both players can’t avoid putting all of their chips in the middle, although one of them has a much better hand.

Preflop, the best-known cooler is Aces vs. Kings.

Preflop, the best-known cooler is Aces vs. Kings.

Preflop, the best-known cooler is Aces vs. Kings. On the flop, you could flop a middle set and get it in against a top set. While it’s not a bad beat as such, as they have the best hand, it is still quite unlucky.

4. Drawing dead
In Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and many other games, if you end up in an all-in scenario, you’ll usually have some outs to improve and win the pot.

Sometimes, however, you’ll find yourself in a situation where no card in the deck can help you. When this happens, you’re drawing dead, i.e., there is no way for you to win the hand even if the dealer dealt out the entire deck.

3. Bubble
The bubble is probably one of the most painful poker terms out there. It is used to describe the last player to bust out of a tournament without making the money, while everyone else who is left to play is guaranteed a payday.

If an event is paying 50 players and you bust out in 51st, you are the official bubble. Congratulations!

It can also refer to the situation in a tournament, where there is just one player left to bust until everyone gets paid.

2. Tilting
Tilt is a term used to describe any situation where you lose control over your decisions because of emotions.

For example, you could get mad after a bad beat and start playing recklessly to try and make up for the lost chips. Or, you could go on a heater winning few hands in a row, leading to you playing way more hands than you should.

One way or the other, tilt is bad for your game and should be avoided at all costs. If you find yourself in such a mind-frame, it is better to take a break and only continue when you can play at your best.

1. Nuts
In community card games, such as Hold’em and Omaha, you can know what the best possible combo someone can have at any given time is.

If the board runs 5 7 K J 9 with no flush possibilities, the best possible hand is Q10, giving you the straight to the King. This is known as the nuts, as having this hand means there is no way you can ever lose the pot.

Having the nuts and facing a lot of action in front of you is also one of the best feelings you’ll get to experience at the tables.
Top 10 terms every poker player should know is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
Tadas Peckaitis

Tadas Peckaitis has been a professional poker player, coach and author for almost a decade. He is a manager and head coach at mypokercoaching.com where he shares his experience, and poker strategy tips.
Tadas plays poker, mostly online, but also manages to play live events while travelling through Europe and the U.S.
He is a big fan of personal effectiveness and always trying to do more. Tadas regularly shares his knowledge about both of these topics with his students, and deeply enjoys it.
Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, or visit www.mypokercoaching.com
Tadas Peckaitis
Tadas Peckaitis has been a professional poker player, coach and author for almost a decade. He is a manager and head coach at mypokercoaching.com where he shares his experience, and poker strategy tips.
Tadas plays poker, mostly online, but also manages to play live events while travelling through Europe and the U.S.
He is a big fan of personal effectiveness and always trying to do more. Tadas regularly shares his knowledge about both of these topics with his students, and deeply enjoys it.
Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, or visit www.mypokercoaching.com