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Basic Texas Hold’em Terminology

By Gary Steele

Hole Cards – The first two cards dealt face down to each player
The Flop – The next Three cards placed face up on the table
The Turn – The Forth card placed face up on the table
The River – The Fifth card placed face up on the table
Pot – The total money the player with the best hand will win
Bet – Put money in the pot
Check - Choose not to bet when nobody has bet before you
Call – Put money equal to another player’s bet in the pot to stay in the hand
Raise – Increase the amount of money other players have to pay to stay in hand
Pot Odds – Mathematically figure out if it is profitable for you to call a bet
Rags – A bad hand without much chance of winning
Bluffing – Betting/Raising to make other players fold when you have Rags
Bad Beat – Losing a pot to a great hand when you have a really good hand

Definitions of common Hold Cards and Hands

Pocket Pair – Two Hole Cards of the same value (Ex: 8 Hearts & 8 Clubs)
Bullets / Pocket Rockets – Two Aces as the Hole Cards (the best starting hand)
Big Slick – Ace and King as the Hole Cards
Suited – Two Hole Cards of the Same Suit (3 Hearts & 10 Hearts)
Connectors – Two Hole Cards in sequence (8 and 9, Jack and Queen)
Boat – Full House (see Hand Rankings - 7, 7, 7, 10, 10)
Trips – Three of a Kind (8, 8, 8)
Flopped a Hand – When you have a good hand with only the Flop, such as trips
On A Draw – Need helpful card on the Turn or River to make a good hand
Limit Hold’em – Bets and raises are fixed – can only bet the determined Limit
Pot Limit Hold’em – Bets cannot exceed the amount of money in the pot
No Limit Hold’em – Any player can bet any amount at any point in the hand

On A Draw Detailed

Open Ended Straight Draw – your hand contains 4 cards in sequence, such as 5, 6, 7, 8 – either a 4 or a 9 on the Turn or River will give you a straight.

Inside Straight Draw– your hand contains one missing card Inside the middle of a straight such as 4, 5, 7, 8 – only a 6 will give you a straight

Flush Draw – You have four of one suit, you need a fifth on the Turn or River for a Flush

Overcards – The Flop does not give you a pair, but your two cards are higher than the three on the board – you are said to have two overcards

Outs – The number of cards which could appear on the Turn or River to make your hand good – If you have four Hearts you have 9 outs, or 9 Hearts left in the deck which will give you a flush – See the Pot Odds Lesson.

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