Here are some phrases you will hear while playing the many variations of Poker. To see more read Avery Cardoza’s Poker Talk available at the Gamblers Book Club.
A player whose by-the-book strategy makes him somewhat predictable.
above the curve
In a tournament, having more than the average number of chips.
The best hand possible based on the cards on board.
1. In high poker, the best and highest card. 2. In ACE-TO-FIVE low poker (as opposed to DEUCE-TO-SEVEN), the best and lowest card.
Also bullet, rocket, spike, and many other names
An ace with any card.
An ace with either a jack, queen, or king
A hand that has no pairs or higher combinations and whose highest card is an ace.
A specific hand in which the ace is the highest card, as ace-high straight, ace-high flush, or simply an ace-high hand.
Having an ace as a side card to a hand such as a PAIR or TWO PAIR.
Hands that render aces, powerful starting cards in hold’em, second-best.
Ace in the hole
An ace as a downcard in a stud game. 2. A powerful secret weapon.
To bet, raise, fold, or check.
Intentionally play weak cards to the showdown to misrepresent one’s playing style or skill level, or bluff in a situation in which one is likely to be called, setting the stage for trapping opponents on future hands.