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Action - (1) Opportunity to act. If a player appears
not to realize it's
his turn, the dealer will say "Your action, sir." (2) Bets and
raises. "If a third heart hits the board and there's a lot of action,
you have to assume that somebody has made the flush."
Ante - A small portion of a bet contributed by
each player to seed the
pot at the beginning of a poker hand. Most hold'em games do not
have an ante; they use "blinds" to get initial money into the pot.
All-In - To run out of chips while betting or
calling. In table stakes
games, a player -may not go into his pocket for more money
during a hand. If he runs out, a side pot is created in which he has no
interest. However, he can still win the pot for which he had the
chips. Example: "Poor Bob. He made quads against the big full
house, but he was all-in on the second bet."
Backdoor - Catching both the turn and river card to make a drawing hand.
For instance, suppose you have A-7 The flop comes A-6 -4. You bet and are
called. The turn is the T, which everybody checks, and then the river is the J . You've made a "backdoor" nut flush. See also "runner."
Bad Beat - To have a hand that is a large
underdog beat a heavily favored
hand. It is generally used to imply that the winner of the pot
had no business being in the pot at all, and it was the wildest of luck
that he managed to catch the one card in the deck that would win
the pot. We won't give any examples; you will hear plenty of them
during your poker career.
Big Blind - The larger of the two blinds typically used in a hold'em game. The big
blind is normally a full first round bet. See also "blind" and "small blind."
Blank - A board card that doesn't seem to affect the standings in the hand. If the
flop is A-J-T , then a turn card of 2 would be considered a blank. On the other hand, the 2 would not be.
Blind - A forced bet (or partial bet) put in by one or more players before any cards
are dealt. Typically, blinds are put in by players immediately to the left of the button. See also "live blind."
Board - All the community cards in a hold'em game - the flop, turn, and river cards together.
Example: "There wasn't a single heart on the board."
Bottom Pair - A pair with the lowest card on the flop. If you have A -6, and the flop comes
K-T-6 , you have flopped bottom pair.
Burn - To discard the top card from the deck,
face down. This is done between each
betting round before putting out the next community card(s). It
is security against any player recognizing or glimpsing the next card to
used on the board.
Button - A white acrylic disk that indicates the (nominal) dealer. Also used to
refer to the player on the button. Example: "Oh, the button raised."
Buy - (1) As in "buy the pot." To bluff,
hoping to "buy" the pot without being
called. (2) As in "buy the button." To bet or raise, hoping to
make players between you and the button fold, thus allowing you to act
on subsequent betting rounds.