Whether you’re a novice or an experienced player, it’s important to be able to understand the terminology that’s used in poker. You’ll want to know the difference between an underbet, a backdoor equity and a dead man’s hand. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with terms that describe how different kinds of hands are ranked.
An underbet is a bet that is smaller than the size of the pot. A backdoor equity is a situation where the player is holding a strong made hand but has an opponent who is weak. This is often described as a “bad beat” and pays out a percentage of the poker profits.
The term “case ace” refers to the last card of a certain rank in the deck. The Joker is an extra card in the deck. It is sometimes used as a wild card.
The Royal Flush is a hand made up of the ten, jack, queen, king and ace. The unofficial name is quads. In Omaha, the term three pair is often used. The Straight Flush is a five-card hand in consecutive rank order.
A two-pair is a hand consisting of a pair and a kicker. A kicker is a card that contributes to the overall strength of the hand. A deuce is a card with a rank value of two. A three-of-a-kind is a hand with three of the same cards and no pocket pair.
A family pot is a pot where most of the players do not fold. A cold deck is a bad run of cards that would lead to a losing hand. This term is also used to describe a hand that is too strong to fold.
An effective stack is the smaller of the two stacks in play. An underbet is a bet sizing less than 50% of the pot. A two-bet is the second bet in a betting sequence. A squeeze raise is a raise against several opponents on the preflop. A continuation bet is a bet that’s made on the current street after the last aggressor on the previous street.
A value bet is a bet that’s a wager with a made hand. A kicker is a side card that contributes to the strength of the hand.
A suited hand is a hand that starts with the same suit as the initial bet. A connector is a hand that has consecutive ranks. An ace high flush is usually a stone cold nut. A pocket jack is a card with a rank value below a pocket ace.
The player with the best kickers will win over the strongest hands. In tournaments, the last man standing is the winner.
The bad beat jackpot is a large amount of money paid out for an extremely strong hand. An underdog is a weak or under-ranked player. The word dog is used to describe an underdog in poker.
The best possible hand is the Royal Flush. A two-pair is a hand of two pairs with one kicker.