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Common Poker Terms

We have kept the list below as brief as possible to enable new poker players to learn the common poker terms quickly. These are the most commonly used terms and the ones which you should at least have heard of before playing online poker.

To run out of chips whilst the hand is still in play. If a player runs out of money during a hand then a side pot is created in which he has no interest so that the other players can continue. The pot which the player put money into can still be won if the player has the best hand. The side pot created after he was all-in would then be won by the player with the winning hand.
Bet / Betting
If it's your turn to start then you will have to place the initial bet. In most online games, this amount will be limited to the value of the table.
A forced bet put in by one or more players before any cards are dealt. Typically, blinds are put in by players immediately to the left of the "button." This ensures that everyone has to play some hands rather than constantly folding.
A small round shape, sometimes marked D, which is used to show who the nominal dealer for that hand is.
This is when the player has the option to bet but does not want to. This only applies until one of the other players has bet, after they have you will have to either Call, Raise or Fold.
A call is when you bet enough to match what your opponents have bet without adding an additional amount to the betting.
Folding means you are pulling out of the current round of cards and forfeiting your hand. You do not have to add any more money to the pot but you are no longer participating in the game and so cannot win any money in the hand.


The amount of money that has been bet on the hand for the best hand to win.
When raising, your are placing enough money on the table to cover the 'call' and also a bit more, which the other players will have to match. Generally this would be done when you are confident you have a good hand, which is a possible winner.
An amount of money taken out of every pot by the dealer - this is the poker rooms cut of the pot and how they make their money. This is typically a small, fairly insignificant amount.
Spread Limit
The limit that the table has set on the amount allowed to be bet. A table spread of £2/£4 would allow a bet to be as little as £2 for the initial rounds of betting followed by £4 per round.

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