The smallest amount you can legally raise in a poker game, usually
the amount of the last bet.
Drawing dead means there is no card the player can catch on any
future street that will give them a win. If you have a Royal Flush
in spades, the whole world is drawing dead.
In 2008 it emerged that at least one individual, possibly more,
involved in the operational side of Absolute and UltimateBet Poker
was allegedly hacking in to the poker software and gaining access
to players hole cards in real time whilst simultaneously playing
them online. Numerous players including well known names were
defrauded out of millions of $$. These players were nicknamed
'superusers'. After a thorough investigation the people involved
were subsequently removed from their positions and millions of
dollars in lost funds were returned to multiple players.
Boardlock is used mostly in Razz, where you are able to see so
much of your opponents hand you can tell if they are drawing
Everyone has to use at least two of the four face-up cards in
their hand to make a final five-card hand. If they have 8-9-Q-7
showing, the best hand they can make will have a 9 as the highest
card. They are "boardlocked to a 9." In this example, they are
boardlocked to a 98, so 9832A is the best hand they can have. Any
hand less than a 98, will win.
Razz, the "R" in HORSE, is a stud-type poker game almost always
played as a limit game, rather than pot limit or no limit. In Razz,
the winning hand shows down the lowest unpaired 5 cards with no
qualifier,. as in Stud or Omaha hilo, where the low hand must be an
8-lo or better.
Folding is when players discard their current hand and do not play
the current round. It is usually done when players are dealt hands
that are relatively unplayable.
During the betting rounds players have the option to match a bet
or raise. If players decide to raise, then subsequent players will
be given the option to re-raise. If playing a no-limit game, then
players will also have the option of going all-in (betting their
As long as no other players have started betting, then players
have an option to pass. If everyone checks, then the game can
proceed to the next round without bets being made or a player's
hand being folded.
Calling involves matching a bet. It essentially matches the
previous player's bet.
Limit and No-Limit
Poker typically comes in two varieties of games, being limit and
no-limit. The former effectively eliminates bluffing, which means
the maximum bet players can make is dependent on the table.
Normally there is a limit on the number of times players can raise
Fish are seen by many advanced Hold 'em poker players as a way to
make easy money. Essentially a poker fish is a derogatory term
targeted at newer players who tend to spend large amounts of money
on unwise poker plays. The sign of a poker fish is a player who
plays too many hands, often raising when he or she does not need
In direct polar opposite of a tight player, a loose Hold 'em player
is someone who tends to play too many cards. This is a player who
almost never folds, constantly calls, or checks and tends to stay
in post-flop on most games. Playing against a loose player is
always a gamble.