Some Common Poker Terms


The following are some common poker terms that you should be aware of:

All In – this is where a player puts all of their chips into the pot.  If the player loses, they are out of the game as they lost all of their chips.

Back Door – this is where a hand is made back door and required the river and the turn card to make the handle.  For example, if you have a flush, you’ll need two more cards of the same suit.

Bluffing – this is perhaps the most famous poker term of all.  It refers to when a player makes a bet in the hope that their opponent will fold and let them win the round.

Calling Station –this term refers to a player who calls too much in a game, regardless of whether winning the round for them is a short or a long shot.

Drawing Dead – this refers to a draw where the player will lose no matter what card they draw.  For example, if the player has four spades and a king while the opponent holds four spades and two aces including an ace of spades, it is impossible for you to win regardless of what card you draw from the pile.  As a result, the player will be said to be drawing dead, and might as well concede the hand.

Implied Odds –this term refers to the ratio of the amount of chips (or money) that a player are expected to win in a hand if your hand is the same amount that you call to continue.  Calculating implied odds will require a player to know how their opponents play.

Runner-Runner – this is a hand in poker that has both the river card and the turn cards.  A player goes runner-runner if the turn and the river cards are of the same suit when they make a flush, hence two running cards make, runner-runner.

Trips –Trips are when two cards of the same rank are placed on the board and you hold another of the same set in your hand.  The reason why this is called a trip is because it is only possible for one player to hold a set while two other people can have the same trips with the cards on the table.

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Common Poker Mistakes

The following are some common poker mistakes that players make.

  • Playing Too Many Hands
  • The major problem that comes with playing too many hands is that the player will only win, statistically speaking, a very small percentage of the time, and even if they do win, they may not win big. Rather than play all of their cards as often as they can (and see their chip pile evaporate as they do so), it’s best to play the game smartly by knowing your opponents and placing your bets only when you have a probable chance of winning.
  • The reason why some people play too many hands is fear. Their afraid that they’ll miss out on a big opportunity to win, so they figure the best way to play is to play all of their hands in the hope that they win.  Rather, a new player would be better suited to staying out of poker games at first and study how other people play.  Then, they should re-enter the game.
  • Committing to a Hand
  • Poker is very competitive, so many players assume that giving up a round is bad. But unlike most other games, this is not true when it comes to poker.  You can’t become so emotionally fixated on a hand that you let it blind your way of playing the game well.  Some players believe that not giving up a hand makes them look weak, but once again, the opposite is true.  The best poker players in the world only play the rounds they can win, and save their chips by not committing to a hand just because they feel good about the hand.  Poker requires a lot of strategy and math in order to win.
  • Bluffing

Bluffing isn’t all bad, but some new players to the game mistake that bluffing repeatedly is the best way to play the game.  After all, the term ‘bluffing’ is one that is heavily associated with poker.  While bluffing sometimes is the right thing to do in order to win a hand, you can become too predictable in the game if you bluff repeatedly.  As a result, you can lose large quantities of chips at any one time.  It is best to only bluff sporadically rather than as an act of aggression.

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