A lot of people, even the writers of this site, struggled with learning the words that are normally attached to the game of poker. There were kind individuals who helped up along the way and we’re now hoping to pay it forward. Here are a few terms that poker newbies should have in their poker vocabulary!
The cards that you are given in the game are called your hand. Depending on the type of poker you play, the number of cards that you hold and the number on the table will vary.
This refers to the money that can be won by the winning hand. All bets made by the players all go toward this pile of chips or bills—it is called the ‘pot’.
This refers to the first three general cards that are handed out following the 1st round of bets.
This is much like the pot but is a separate from it. The side pot is usually a sort of side bet or side money that you can win aside from the main pot. Depending on the number of players, there can actually be several side pots. Mind you, side pots usually have predetermined conditions. For example, the first side pot can go to the last person to fold in the game. Only the players that have given over money to the side pot can win in—after all, it is a side bet.
Normally, when you fold (give up on this particular round), you put your cards face down and declare it. If you do choose to fold, you surrender your claim to any bet that you have made so far. Folding is not necessarily a bad thing. You can fold on this hand but succeed in latter hands. It is all about risk versus reward and what you think is worth it.
Learning the lingo can really help further the ease in which future poker games can be played. While it may take a while to really be comfortable with it or remember what they mean, practice does make perfect. There are words that you may not even end up using in a sentence. BUT it is still smart practice to arm yourself with the words so no one can pull a fast one on you.
Mind you, there are a lot more terms that are used in poker out there. So it would be best if you put on your thinking hat and track down other terms in the poker lingo. Speaking of the poker lingo, which one was the first one you learned?