It is an understatement to say that Texas Holdem is a complicated poker variant, and with this fact, it has discouraged casual card players from playing the game. While the game may come off as intimidating with its various suits and rules, once one knows how the game runs, it makes it that much easier to enjoy the game to its full benefit. This is because once you have a general knowledge of the game, the experience will run much more smoother. Among the complexities of Texas Hold'em is the lingo that runs in the game, words that may be useless or completely confusing to newcomers to the card game. You wont have that great of a time with Texas Hold'em if you don't know the lingo that is included in it.
The Basic Lingo Of Texas Hold'em
To name every term that is included within the game of Texas Holdem would make it even more harder to follow, so in order to keep attention with the points that are important, these are the most basic terms you will encounter within the game.
Flop- A Flop is a type of poker match where the game is played, (usually Omaha and Texas Hold'em games fit this variant), where community cards are faced up, in the center of the poker table. Community cards are cards that everyone in the game can use, including the dealer, if the dealer is an appointed player for the match. These cards usually start as three cards in the first betting, and then ending with five community cards in use.
River- Last card given in poker games, most commonly used in Texas Holdem contests. In Hold'em and Omaha, the name is “5th” street, where Stud games the definition is “7th” street.
Blinds- Blinds by definition are forced bets for the poker players, where the bidding and placement amount may depend on the current situation in the game.
Blind (Live)- This occurs with the placement of the blinds (standard is two at a time), in which the action in the game is a “call” of the big blind, where the blind is matched. If the original holder of the big blind then decides to raise the current bet, this is considered a “live” blind.
Blind (Big)- The big blind typically matches the minimum bet in the round of Texas Hold'em, and it generally is twice the amount of the other common blind, designated as the “small” blind. Big blinds are set so players can't keep folding, or forfeiting the round because of unsatisfactory hands in the early part of the round. Big blinds are typically in Texas Holdem games, but those with “antes” or forced bets that all parties of the match must equal to, may not have big or small blinds.
Blind (Small)- Usually half the big blind amount, small blinds are given to the individuals to the left of the designated dealer, where small blinds are to the right of big blinds. Small blinds are the amount that the first person to the left of the dealer that is placed in the “pot” in the game.
Pot- The money, typically chips, that are usually in the center of the poker table. The matched parties are usually battling in the game to win the designated pot. In some circumstances, the pot is split between two or more people, given the hand and the provisions.
Button-Known commonly as the “dealers button” buttons are given to indicate which person is the dealer. Sometimes the button remains in a fixed position the whole game, and other times it is rotated clockwise after each played hand.
“All In”- Player plays all of their chip amount in the round, either as a desperation move, or it is a bluff, sometimes used as strategy.
“Dead Mans Hand”- Made famous by Wild Bill Hitchcock death while holding this particular hand, this hand consists of a pair of aces and a pair of 8s in a card hand. Wild Bill was shot in the back during a poker contest holding this particular hand.
Full House- Among the many other card combinations, full houses are typically one of the rarest encountered, but most credible hands in poker. Full houses range in card type, but not in number, as a standard full house is a hand that contains three numbers or face cards of the same value, plus a “pair” or two cards of the same value.
Monster- A hand that is considered “pivotal” in the game (also named key hand) or a hand that is considered momentous for the player’s wealth and chances in the match. A player who starts out with hardly any chips, to only begin to accumulate more chips rapidly, is usually considered the “monster” of the poker game.