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POKER TERMS: O – S

Offsuit: Hole cards that differ in suit.

Outs: The number of ways that a card can make a hand. If a player has a flush draw and a straight draw, they have the most amounts available in the deck.

Overpair: When a pocket pair outranks any of the pairs on the board.

Overplay: To try and use your stack to collect chips. This often results in losing chips as players with good hands will snap-call an opponent that they think is overplaying a pot.

Over the Top: When a player re-raises all-in after their opponent makes a big bet to try and steal the pot.

Online Action: When a player plays poker at a Web site on the Internet.

Pat: A hand that you land on the flop. Also referred to as flopping the nuts.

Payout: The cash a player collects for winning a tournament.

Pay Off: When a player calls a raise even though they know they are beat.

Play-for-Free: A poker Web site that does not charge money for allowing players to play poker.

Playing the Board: When opponents best hand comes directly from the community cards. This sometimes ends in a chop when both players can’t improve. This is not highly recommended poker strategy.

Pocket: Hole cards that only a player can see (except for when players are playing on television).

Pocket Pair: when your hole cards give you a pair to start the hand.

Pocket Rockets: When a player wakes up with pocket Aces as their hole cards.

Post Time: When players must put in their antes and blinds (if they are in the big blind and the small blind).

Pot Committed: This happens when a player is forced to make a call because of the amount of money involved in the pot and the number of chips they have remaining behind.

Pot Limit: A format of poker that lets players bet the amount of the pot or anything below that figure.

Pot Odds: The amount of money that is in the pot and the additional amount of money you would have to add to a pot to make it a worthwhile call.

Priced In: When a player can’t get away from the pot because it is a cheap play that can pay a large return for the minimal investment.

Protect Your Hand: Making sure that the dealer doesn’t sweep your hole cards into the muck or making sure no one else sees your hole cards.

Punter: A gambler.

Push Monkey: a slang term for online players.

Quads: When a player hits for of a kind.

Quadzilla: Someone who is running over a table and they are hitting hands like quads to do so.

Rags: When a community card is of no value to a hand.

Rainbow: When the community cards come from all different suits, i.e. As/10d.Jh.

Rake: The per hand fee that the house or online site takes from a game. The rake is taken and it is not available for use in the pot as it goes directly to the house.

Rebuy: When a player loses their stack during a tournament or a cash game and they have to give more money to get more chips.

Redonkulous: Originally used by famous poker blogger Dr. Pauly as a word to describe the insanity at the tables, this term means that something absolutely sick happened and more times than not, it means someone hit a miracle card to win.

Represent: To act as though you hold a strong hand.

Ring Game: A cash game as opposed to tournament play.

River: The fifth and final community card.

River Dancer: Someone that constantly hits their hand on the river or someone that you can’t get out of a hand because they believe they’ll win on the final card of the hand.

Rock: Someone that plays very tight poker.

Runner Runner: When a player hits their hand by landing the cards they need on the turn and the river to win.

Satellite: A tournament that does not award cash. Typically satellites offer prizes to other tournaments or seats to land-based venues.

Scare Card: When a card that can turn your hand from a winner to a loser comes. For example, you have 7/8 and the flop comes 9/10/J, but the turn card is a Queen. This puts you at risk to a higher straight hence the term “scare.”

Second Pair: When your hole cards or the board give you the second highest pair on the board.

Sell: Betting the less than the maximum in a cash game in hopes of getting a call.

Semi-Bluff: When a player bets out at a pot hoping no one will call. Although they are bluffing, they still hold outs with their hand (this is what makes it a semi-bluff).

Shark: A highly-skilled player that takes advantage of the fishes and degens because of their weaknesses.

Shorty (Shortstack): Having a small stack in a tournament.

Showdown: When players have to turn over their hole card to show the strength of their hands.

Side Pot: The chips bet after a player is all-in during a hand.

Slow Play: When a player acts weak even though they have a monster hand.

Small Blind: The small blind is the smaller of the two blinds used in Hold’em.

Smooth Call: Slow playing a made hand by simply calling the bet that has been made.

Splash the Pot: Tossing your chips into the pot rather than in front of you. Only idiots do this.

Split Pot: When players tie with the same hands the chips are split equally.

Spread Limit: When a game allows players to bet anywhere between the established limits. This can happen in any round of a hand.

Straddle: An extra bet allowed to the person to the left of the big blind. It is frequently two times the big blind.The straddler gets to act last before the flop and they can reraise if they want to.

String Bet: When a player doesn’t put out the appropriate chips into the pot in one motion. Unless a player says raise, they will be forcd to call the hand and take the extra chips back.

Structure: The playing format for a tournament.

Stud: A format of poker. Variants include Five Card Stud, Seven Card Stud, Lowball.

Suckerbet: When a person takes advantage of someone’s ignorance by betting them on a subject where they have insider information or superior knowledge of the subject.

Suckout: When an opponent hits a miracle card to win them the hand.

Suited: When your hole cards have the same suit.


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