If you want to be a texas holdem poker pro, or just
impress people, you have to know the language of texas
holdem. The last thing you want to do is sit at a
texas holdem game and feel like the other players are
speaking a foreign language. If you do not know what
they are talking about, chance are you're about to lose
all your money. And lost it fast. Let's make sure this
does not happen to you.
Let's take a look at some of the more common words and
phrases used in texas holdem.
All-in: I think even the casual observer or player knows
this one but just in case you do not, going "all-in" is
when you put all of your playable chips into the pot.
You're either going to win, or you're going to go home
Bad Beat: This happens in texas holdem when you lose
a hand in which you had better odds than the winning
player earlier in the hand. In other words, bad luck.
For example, you may go in with pocket aces and you're
opponent only had pocket fives but flops a set and
wins the hand.
Blind: A required bet made before the cards are dealt.
Boat: A full house
Bottom Pair: Making a pair with the lowest card showing
on the flop
Early Position: In texas holdem, this is the position where
a player must act before most of the other players at the table,
putting him at a disadvantage for that hand.
Flop: The first three community cards that are eliminated at the
same time, face-up.
These are just some of the terms you'll need to know if you
want to sound like a texas holdem pro. It may seem silly to
have to know these terms if you know how the game is played.
But showing your ignorance at the table could make you a mark.
at a table