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Forward by Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder Preface by "Amarillo Slim" Preston Introduction My Story in Brief General Poker Strategy Super/System's Power Course in Draw Poker "Crazy Mike" Caro Super/System's Power Poker Course In Seven-Card Stud David "Chip" Reese Super/System's Power Poker Course in Lowball Joey "Howard Hughes" Hawthorne Ace-to-Five Deuce-to-Seven Seven-Card Low (Razz) Super/System's Power Poker Course In High-Low Split (Cards Speak) David "Einstein" Sklansky High-Low Declare Super/System's Twin Courses In Hold'em Super/System's Power Poker Course In Limit Hold'em Bobby "The Owl" Baldwin Super/System's Power Poker Course In No-Limit Hold'em Hold'em Supplement Glossary Statistics (Appendix)
Anything Opens: A Draw Poker game where specific Openers are not required. Therefore, a player can open the pot with any hand he wants. Such a game is almost always Pass Out.
Automatic Bluff: A bluff, usually in Lowball, that's made without really thinking about it because of a particular situation. Depending on the circumstances this kind of bluff will almost always be made regardless of a player's hand value.
Baby: A term used (especially in Razz and High-Low Split) to describe a small card, that is, one that has a value of Five or less.
Back Door: When a player makes a hand he wasn't originally drawing at.
Backer: Generally a rich amateur who supplies a professional Gambler with a playing bankroll. However, another professional can also (and often does) Back a professional who is temporarily "Down on his Luck" - this is, out of money.
Bet Into: To take the initiative in the betting action with the knowledge that your opponent has a potentially strong hand.
Betting The Pot: To bet the total amount of money in the pot in a Pot Limit (or No-Limit) game.
Bicycle: The lowest possible hand in Lowball. In Ace-to-Five, A-2-3-4-5 is called a bicycle. In Deuce-to-Seven, 2-3-4-5-7 is called a bicycle.
Big Blind: The second (or possible third) and largest Blind bet in a game that has multiple blinds.
Big Dog: A big underdog to win the pot. Also see Dog.
Big Full: The highest possible Full House in Hold'em.
Big Hand: 1. A hand with a relatively high value such as a Full House2. A hand with a big draw, meaning that it has excellent possibilities of winning the pot. For example, flopping a Straight Flush draw in Hold'em.
Bottom Dealer: To draw a card instead of playing Pat. This term is often used in Lowball when, for example, a player who intended to play a "Nine" pat, throws away the Nine to draw one card to try to improve his hand. What he did was break the Nine.
Bump: A very amateurish term used instead of the word "raise".
Burn And Turn: 1. To burn (or bury) the top card and give the active players their card(s).2. Usually said by the last player to act on his hand, indicating he also checks.
Bust Out: 1. Miss your hand completely.2. Lose all your money.
Button: 1. When there is a house dealer, a Button is put in front of a player to show that he is the theoretical dealer. The Button is passed to each player in clockwise order.2. Second or Third pair.
Buy-In: The minimum amount of money necessary to secure a seat in a particular game.
By Me: A common, though amateurish, expression that mean the player checks or passes or drops out of the pot.
Califonia (Ace-to-Five) Lowball: A form of Lowball in which the best possible hand is an A-2-3-4-5. In this form of Lowball, which is often played with the Joker (which can be used as any value), the Ace is considered a low card and Straights and Flushes do not count against you.
Call: To put money in the pot that's exactly equal to the previous bet or raise.
Calling Station: A Sucker who's next-to-impossible to bluff and who'll call almost any bet that you make is said to be a calling station.
Case Card: The last card of a particular rank. For example, if you catch an Ace after the other three Aces are in the discards, then you have caught the Case Ace.
Catch Perfect: A situation in Hold'em (or another form of Poker) where there's only one (or two) card(s) in the deck that'll win the pot. Since no other card(s) will help you, you must Catch Perfect.
Catch-Up: When you must improve your hand so that it'll be approximately equal to your opponent's.
Change Gears: Adjusting your style of play from loose to tight or vice versa.
Chase: Trying to beat a hand you know is better that yours.
Check Blind (or Check Dark): To check your hand without looking at it. (Many players claim to Check Blind when, in fact, they have looked at their hand.)
Check-Raise: To check and then raise when the auction gets back to you. (To do this, of course, a bet must be made after you check.)
Chip (or "Check"): A plastic token having various denominations used in place of cash money.
Crack The Nut: When a Professional Gambler Meets his minimum living expenses he is said to have Cracked the Nut. See Nut.
Crippled The Deck: A deck that has almost nothing left in it that can help your opponent's (or your) hand. For example, if you had a Pair of Aces in Hold'em and the other two Aced flopped ... you would have Crippled Deck.
Cut: 1. To separate the deck into portions (usually in half) after it has been shuffled.2. See Rake as in "to cut the pot".
Cutting Out: When two people have formed a partnership and one player is going to do the playing while the other player is on the sidelines, and at some point one of these two people decides to terminate the partnership, that person is said to be cutting out.
Dead Hand: A hand that's not playable-for example, one that has too many or too few cards.
Dead In The Pot: When there is no way for you to win, you're said to be dead in the pot.
Dealer's Choice: Poker as usually played in a Home games where the deal passes from player to player and the player who has the deal makes the decision as to what form of Poker will be played.
Defensive Bet: A bet that's sometimes made to limit your potential loss in a particular pot. For example, a player wants to see his opponent's hand, but he feels that if he checks, his opponents would bet too large an amount for him to call and he won't be able to see his opponent's hand which he may be able to beat. Therefore, rather than having to call a large bet, he makes a defensive small bet.
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball: A form of Lowball played primarily in the South and Southwestern part of the United States in which the best hand is a 2-3-4-5-7. That hand would be the nuts. In this form of Lowball, the Ace can only be considered a high card and Straights and Flushes do count against you. Also called "Kansas City" Lowball.
Dog: Abbreviation for (and more commonly used among Gamblers than) Underdog. The opposite of Favorite.
Dog-It: To not merely lay-down your hand, but to lay-down (get bluffed) when you have the best hand.
Door-Card: 1. The card (almost always a Baby) that a player will sometimes intentionally expose (or simply flash) in a Draw (closed) Poker game such as Lowball. Also see Window Card.2. The first up0card in a Stud game.
Double-Pop: When you immediately raise a raiser you've double-popped it. That is, re-raising so the next player to act must call two bets.
Double-Through: To double the amount of chips you have on the table by winning a pot from another player. Similarly, "Triple-Through" would be to triple your chips in winning a pot from two other players. (This is a term that is used more commonly in No-Limit play.)
Down-Card(s): The card(s) dealt face-down in a Stud Poker game.
Down The River: 1. The last card received face-down in Seven-Card Stud or Razz.2. Another name for Seven-Card Stud.
Down To The Green: Means that you've got all your chips and money in the pot and you're Down to the Green felt table-top.
Drawing Dead: Drawing to a hand that it would be impossible to win with, regardless of the card or cards drawn. Also known as dead in the pot.
Draw-Out: To improve your hand and beat an opponent who ad a better hand prior to the draw-out.
Driver's Seat: The advantage a particular player has because it appears as though he has the best hand at the time. That player is said to be in the Driver's Seat.
Duplicates: In Lowball games two cards of the same rank. For example, 8-7-4-4-2, the 2-Fours are Duplicates.
Early, Middle And Late Position: The early position in an eight-handed game are the first three players to act on their hand, the middle positions are the next three and the late positions are the last two.
Favorite: The player with the highest probability of winning the hand (or winning, period). The opposite of Dog.
Fifth Street: 1. In Stud Poker, the fifth card dealt to each player.2. In Hold'em, the last community card that is dealt.
Fill: To draw a card that will make a complete hand. For example, to Fill a Straight or a Flush or to improve Two-Pair to a Full House.
Flat Call: Calling a previous bet without raising.
Flat Limit: A limit that remains constant on each round of betting. (This is opposed to a limit that is increased during the latter rounds of betting.)
Floorman: A Supervisor in a Casino or in a Poker Room.
Flop: A Hold'em term describing the first three community cards that are turned.
Flopping A Set: In Hold'em, when out of three community cards (or Flop) and your two hole cards, three of the cards are of the same rank.
Flush: Five cards of the same suit in no special order, such as an A-7-3-10-2 - All Clubs. This would be an Ace-High Flush which would be higher than any other Flush in any other suit whose highest cared is lower than an Ace, except for a Straight-Flush. If, the highest card in the Flushes of two opponents is the same, the hand is then counted down to the next highest car to see which Flush is higher. This continues in case there is still a tie until it's counted down to the final card of the hand to determine the higher Flush.
Freroll: 1. In High-Low Split where one player has half of the pot cinched and is competing for the other half.2. In Hold'em where two players have the same hand except one of the two has suited cards with one (or two) of his suit on the Board. The suited hand would have freeroll.
Freeze-Out: A game such as the "Word Series of Poker" that's played down to one winner. An additional requirement of a Freeze-Out game is that no player can add more money to his original Buy-In. So, when a player loses all his money, hoe's out of the game and cannot get back in. Such a game requires a different playing strategy that the one you'd use in a normal game where you can buy-in as often as you want.
Full House: Three cards of the same rank (Trips) and one Pair, such as 3-Fives and 2-Sevens.
Gambler: An unusual way this word is often used to describe the class (that is, the quality) of a Poker player, When the word is used this way it describes the highest class of a player - which actually means that the player is not really a Gambler at all, but a highly skilled player. Also see Rounder, Hustler and Minnow.
Gar Hole: An unusual term ti describe the situation where chips in the game are "locked up", that is, they're in the stack of a tight, tough player and will be difficult to get back into the game.
Gardena Miracle: 1. A very lucky draw.2. Something that defies the laws of probability.
Gardena Razz: A form of Draw Lowball played in the Gardena, California Poker Clubs in which a Button (placed in front of a particular player) is used to identify the winner of the previous pot. That player is the last person to act before the draw in the current pot (even though he may not be the last player to receive cards).
Hot And Cold: In any form of Poker, playing one hand against the other (with no intermediate betting) until all the cards are out. It's simply a showdown and is often done among gambler when they disagree as to which of the two hands is the favorite ... and by how much. The dispute is resolved by betting - even or with odds. The two hands are then played Hot and Cold for a pre-determined number of times - or until one of the gamblers quits because he's lost as much as he cares to lose. At that point, he's at least temporarily convinves he had the wrong side of the proposition.
Ignorant End Of A Straight: The lowest possible Straight. For example, when you have a 7-6 in the pocket in Hold'em and the Flop comes 8-9-10, you flopped the ignorant (low-end) of the Straight.
In The Lead: A player who's aggressive and one who does better the first betting on each round is the player said to be in the lead.
In The Middle: A player in a position between the original bettor on his right and a potential raiser on his left. This is the worst possible position that a player can be in during the play of a hand.
Insurance: A side bet (fairly common in No-Limit Hold'em) that's usually made between two players involved in the pot or between one of the players involved and an "Insurance Man" who may (or may not be) an active player. In fact, the Insurance Man is often a spectator (Professional gambler) who "Books" the bet. Also see Taking Insurance.
Jacks-And-Back: A form of Jacks-or-better Draw Poker that will revert to Lowball if no player can open the pot for High.
Jam: A jam pot is one in which several players are raising and re-raising.
Juice: 1. Referring to favorable pot odds.2. A bookmaker or Insurance Man's vigorish.
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