A Hand: Five cards, which player collects from pocket cards and community cards.
Action: Money that is being bet.
All-In: A bet that places all of a player's chips into the pot.
Ante: A small bet all players are required to make before a hand is dealt.
Big blind: An amount of chips that second player to the left of the dealer has to bet, depending on stakes.
Buy-In: The minimum amount of money required to join a game; the actual amount of money used to join the game.
Call: To put in to the pot the minimum amount of money necessary to continue playing.
Check: To pass on betting.
Check Raise: To check initially, then raise a bet made later on in the same betting round.
Cold Call: Calling a bet and raise at the same time instead of calling a bet first, then later calling a raise.
Community Cards: Cards that are dealt face up in the center of the table, available for all players to use in making a hand.
Dealer: A person who shuffles a deck and deals cards to players.
Dealer button: A red button which indicates the dealer. It is passed clockwise after every hand.
Draw Out: To receive a card that transforms your hand from a losing hand to a winning hand.
Flat Call: To call a bet without raising.
Flop: The first three cards that are dealt on the board.
Flush: A poker hand consisting of five cards of the same suit.
Fold: To give up by placing your cards face down on the table, and losing whatever you have bet so far. You only "fold" when you think your hand is too weak to compete against the other players.
Four Flush: Four cards to a flush
Four of a Kind: A hand containing all four cards of the same rank.
Full House: A hand consisting of 3-of-a-kind and a (different) pair.
Heads Up: Playing a single opponent.
Hold'em: a poker game in which players receive a certain number (2 to 4) of hole cards and 5 community cards. Normally, there are betting rounds after dealing the hole cards, then after dealing 3 upcards (Flop), after dealing a 4th upcard (Turn) and finally after dealing a 5th upcard (River).
Hole Cards: The face-down cards dealt to each player in stud and Hold'em games.
No-Limit Poker: A poker game where there is no maximum bet - players can wager any amount up to the amount of money on the table in front of him.
Omaha: A variety of Hold'em in which players receive 4 hole cards and must use exactly two of them (together with 3 of 5 board cards) to make a hand.
Open: If no betting has been done when your turn comes, you may "open" the kitty. This allows you to make the first bet (any amount up to the betting limit).
Open-Handed: A category of games characterized by a part of each player's hand being exposed.
Overpair: n. In Hold'em, a pair in the hole that is larger than any community card on the board.
Pair: Two cards of the same rank.
Pocket Card: First two cards that were dealt by dealer.
Quads: n. Four of a kind.
Rainbow: adj. In flop games, a flop in which no two cards are of the same suit. "The flop was A 9 7 rainbow."
Raise: To wager more than the minimum required to call, forcing other players to put in more money as well.
River card: Fifth card of the board.
Royal Flush: n. An ace-high straight flush, the best possible hand in regular poker.
See: When you "see" another player it means that you match their bet. So whatever the other player bets and you still want to stay in the game, however you have to "see" their bet by placing the same amount into the kitty.
Showdown: At the end of the final betting round, all active players turn their cards face up to see who has won the pot.
Small blind: An amount of chips that player to the left of the dealer has to bet, depending on stakes.
Straight: n. A hand consisting of 5 cards in sequence but not in suit.
Straight Flush: n. A hand consisting of 5 cards in sequence and the same suit.
Table Stakes: A standard rule whereby during a hand players can only bet the money they have on the table. If the bet to a player is more than the player's stack, that player may call with all his chips and be eligible to win only that portion of the pot he contributed to equally. A side pot is created, for which only the remaining players may compete.
Three of A Kind: n. Three cards all the same rank.
Turn card: Fourth card of the board. It is called fourth river as well.