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Every skill-based game has its own terms and poker has a long list of it. In the case of poker, it adds a kind of glamour to the entire routine of playing the game.
So if you think you are lagging behind in the word game, here is a list of a few poker terms which will help you study the sport easily and maybe start a conversation with a poker pro!
An orbit refers to one entire cycle of the game in which one player is sitting at the dealer position. It is a common measure of the length of play. An orbit is similar to a lap in racing games.
Hole cards are the playing cards dealt to each player on the table face down. In Texas Holdem, a player is dealt with 2 hole cards however, in Omaha, a player is usually dealt with 4 or 5 hole cards.
A c-bet or continuation bet is a bet made by a player who raised pre-flop. By doing so, he/she has continued in trying to achieve his/her goal of winning the pot.
It is a term that refers to the highest possible straight a player can hit in a game. The term broadway alludes to the length and popularity of the famous Broadway in Manhattan, New York. The hand is nicknamed in this manner because of the high-end building sprawled across the Manhattan skyline. For example: A-K-Q-J-10 (non-suited).
Sit and Go (SnG)
It is a poker tournament with no scheduled starting time that starts with whenever the players put their money in. Generally, operators host single table sit-and-gos with nine or ten players, but multi-table games are played as well.
Slow playing is a deceptive strategy in which a player chooses to play passively or bets weakly with strong holdings. The purpose is to build the pot and lure players into it who would've otherwise folded to a raise.
It is a technique used when a player is slowplaying. A flat call or a smooth call is calling a bet with an above-average hand with which many players would like to raise.
It is the ratio of the current size of the pot to the cost of a contemplated call. It is often compared to the probability of winning a hand with a future card in order to estimate the call’s expected value.
A term used both in cash games and tournament. It occurs when there is a bet, a raise and then a re-raise. The reason it is called a 3-bet is that the automatic posting of the blinds is considered the first bet, the second bet (2-bet) is when a player raises the blinds instead of calling and the third-bet (3-bet) is the re-raising of the 2-bet.
A four-bet occurs when a player re-raises a three-bet.
Dark Tunnel Bluff
It is a repetition of continuation bet (c-bet) on multiple streets (pre-flop, flop, turn, river) simply because you want to keep betting. However, you are doing so without thinking through. You are basically trying to bluff with below-average hands.
It is a condition in which players who have recently made it to the headlines for their deep runs at the WSOP (World Series of Poker) develop an unnecessary and unnatural sense of entitlement.
It is generally a pre-flop bluff. It occurs when a player re-raises after there has been a raise and one or more callers. This situation can be dodged by trying not to limp especially in the initial stages.
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