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Poker Lingo

It is always important to conduct yourself in a professional manner when playing the game of Poker. And to be able to do just this, you have to be familiar with the rules and equally important is that you are familiar with the Poker lingo. Talking the talk will help make you look more like a professional!

Remember that playing Poker is indeed a form of gambling since you are playing for money. When you have “tapped out” or being “tapped out” simply means that you have managed to loose everything after betting all that you have.

The game of poker is usually played with 52 cards where each card belongs to one of four different suits, namely the hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades. Some Poker variations will make use of the Joker as a “wild card.” Wild cards can be played as if they were any of the 52 cards in the standard card deck used for Poker. There is no need to be worried and confused about these house rules since they should all be determined and explained before the actual game begins.

When playing on a Poker table one would think that Poker players have their own set of codes to describe the hand that they are playing. Poker usually involves words used by players to declare betting status and these words are most often used to describe their “hand.” The “hand” pertains to the combination formed by the set of cards that a Poker player holds during game play.

Starting with an Ace, combinations can be called “Ace high” or “Ace low.” Players state this phrase depending on how the Ace will be used in the hand. When you declare an “Ace full”, it means that you have a full house containing Aces. This is one of the better hands that you should expect during game play.

A game is “in action” when the pace is relatively more aggressive than usual where there is a lot of activity on the Poker table. This may include “betting”, “raising” and of course “checking”. When you decide to “check”, it only means that you are betting but you are not increasing the pot amount.

When you say you are “betting everything” it means that you are very comfortable with your hand and you will add it to the pot for a bigger payout. Be careful when you say “bet everything” since meaning what you say is one of the major Poker guidelines.

When you say “up the ante” you are referring to putting additional money to further fill up the winning pot. “Raising” an opponent means that you are responding to a previously declared bet by the particular opponent and that you would like to increase the pot.

A broke player on a poker table is usually called a “broomcorn uncle”. “Broomcorn uncles” happen when a particular player overplays his or her hand.

Playing Poker in casinos usually involves “a buy” which only pertains to the amount of money that you need to carry in order to get into the game. It is up to you to make sure that your betting total does not exceed the amount required in the buy.