Saturday, June 6, 2009

Poker Term Definitions

Let's start with :
Tilt
Definition: When a poker players let their emotions could their poker judgement, it's called going "on tilt." Often, when a player suffers a bad beat or a losing streak, they will go "on tilt."
Also Known As: On tilt
Examples: After Sara lost with a full house to four of a kind, she totally tilted. She started playing like a madwoman, and in 10 minutes, she was broke. Talk about on tilt!

Tight
Definition: A tight player plays very few hands, entering into pots only when he holds one of the very best poker hands.

Also Known As: rock
Examples: Marty was such a tight hold'em player, you knew he had either pocket aces, kings, or queens when he raised before the flop.

DONKEY
Definition: If a poker player is called a 'donkey,' he's a bad player who makes blatantly bad poker plays. A weak player.

Donkey is also shortened to "donk" by many players to announce that they're playing badly or planning to, as in "I'm going to donk it up tonight."
Also Known As: fish, pigeons
Examples: Last time I was at the card room, I got a table full of donkeys -- no one knew how to play at all.

ignorant end, idiot end
In flop games, a player drawing to, or even flopping, a straight with undercards to the flop has the idiot end of it. A player with 8-9 betting on a flop of A-T-J puts himself at great risk, because many of the cards that complete his straight give credible opponents higher ones.

bubble
The last finishing position in a poker tournament before entering the payout structure. He was very frustrated after getting eliminated on the bubble. Also can be applied to other situations like if six players will make a televised final table the player finishing seventh will go out on the "TV bubble". Also used to describe any situation close to the payout structure.

I'll do around 5 or so each time I define some terms, and I'll add a link to the links section for your 1 stop reference poker page ;)
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