The Official Poker Terms

Uncategorized Mar 20, 2024

A game of poker played in a casino or club. The game is regulated by laws that determine the minimum and maximum bets, how many cards are dealt, and other rules. The game may also be organized into a series of tournaments, with prize money awarded to top finishers.

The standard 52-card pack, with or without the addition of one or two jokers. In most poker games, only the standard deck is used; however, in some poker clubs and in televised poker games two packs of contrasting colors are sometimes utilized to speed up the game and reduce shuffling time. In such situations the previous dealer assembles all of the cards in the pack he has just dealt, shuffles them, and prepares them for the next deal while the new pack is being dealt.

In a poker game, to raise a bet. Also called coming over the top.

To make a bet that prevents an opponent from raising a bet with a better hand. Usually a weak “gambler’s” play, but correct with an excellent draw or as a semi-bluff.

A fund in a poker game that is established by the players, usually by cutting a low-denomination chip from each pot in which there is more than one raise. It is used to pay for things like new decks of cards and drinks. Typically, if a player leaves the game before it ends they are not entitled to any of the chips that comprised part of the kitty.