A to C

A to C

Last checked and updated: May 21, 2013

AA
A pocket pair of Aces. That is, both your hole cards, the two cards that are dealt to you at the beginning of a hand, are aces. You could have a pair of aces with only one ace in your hole cards and one ace on the board.

Generally the term AA is used as an abbreviation in poker table chat.

Ace High
Ace High means a poker hand that contains an ace.

Usually used to indicate a hand that has no pair or better. This term is also used to indicate the strength of a good hand, as in ‘Ace High Flush‘ or ‘Ace High Straight‘.

When you have the above hands but you don’t have an ace, you use the highest card in your hand, as in a ‘Queen High’.

Aces Full
Aces over ninesAces Full means a Full House with three Aces and any pair.

A Full House is the poker hand where you have three cards of one rank, and two cards of another rank.

So having three aces and two nines would be a full house aces over nines, or aces full. If you had three sevens and two kings you would have a full house of sevens over kings, or sevens full.

Aces Up
Aces Up means Two Pairs, one of which is a pair of Aces.

Similarly, if you have two pairs, two kings and two sixes, you would have ‘Kings Up’. You always call the hand with the highest pair as ‘up’.

All In
All In means a player has put all their chips into the pot.

That is, the player has bet all their remaining chips, or called a bet to the value of their remaining chips.

Some sites offer ‘all-in protection’ to players that get disconnected during a game. If that happens, you are considered to be all-in to the amount you have put in the pot up to the point you got disconnected, regardless of how many chips you have in front of you. To prevent abuse, disconnect all-ins are limited, and some sites don’t offer them at all. If you get disconnected without all-in protection, then your cards are folded no matter what cards you are holding or how many chips you already have in the pot.

ATC
Abbreviation for Any Two Cards. Generally used as an abbreviation in poker table chat.

Can sometimes be used to mean that a player will play with anything, so is considered to be very loose.

Backdoor
Not the hand you played for. For example you flop four of a straight so continue playing. The turn and river are both the same suit making a flush for you, instead of a straight. You played for a straight, but instead got a flush by the ‘backdoor’.

Bad Beat
A ‘Bad Beat’ occurs when a hand that is favorite to win is beaten by a lucky draw.

Generally, this only applies when the favorite to win is far ahead of the other hand. Such as a pocket pair of Aces hitting a full house on the flop, but being beaten by a player with a pair of twos who gets a two on the turn and the river to make a poker, or quads. That would be a particularly Bad Beat!

Many players consider any favorite hand that gets beaten by an underdog to be a Bad Beat, but that’s just poker.

Some online poker rooms offer a Bad Beat Jackpot, which can take the sting out of a really bad Bad Beat.

BadBeat is also the name of an online poker training site.

Big Blind
The Big Blind is the bigger of the two ‘blind’ bets in games such as Texas Hold’em.

The Blinds are ‘forced’ bets, made before seeing your cards. It is understood that Blind Bets were introduced in order to ensure that the pot always contained chips.

Big Slick
The Big Slick is the name given to the starting hand Ace King in Texas Hold’em.

Blank
A Blank is the name given to any board card that doesn’t appear to affect the standings in the hand.

For example, if there has been a significant amount of pre-flop raising resulting in only two players reamining in a hand, you would generally consider that both remaining players hold premium starting hands, such as AKs or high value pocket pairs. In this instance a flop of two, three, seven with no matching suits would be considered to be all ‘blanks’.

BRB
Abbreviation for ‘Be Right Back’. Generally used as an abbreviation in poker table chat.

Call
To call is to match the current bet. If there has been a bet of $1 and a raise of $1 then it costs $2 to call.

Cap
This term is used to describe the third raise in a betting round in a game such as limit texas holdem. Betting is then ‘capped’ and players can only call or fold.

Case
This is the last card of a certain rank that is left in the deck.

For example, say you are heads up with a player and you hold AA (a pair of aces) while he holds KT (King and Ten). The flop was ATT, giving him three tens and giving you a house of aces over tens. The turn is a blank, and the river is a ten, giving him quads. This ten would be the ‘case’ ten – the last ten in the deck.

Catch
This is when a player makes the hand they were drawing to, by ‘catching’ the card they needed when it comes down on the board.

Chase
When a player stays in a hand, usually against strong betting, with an unmade hand. As an example, after the flop you have four cards of a straight, and you call all bets until the river card is dealt, then you have ‘chased’ the straight.

Check
To ‘check’ is to stay in the hand without betting. In other words, it is to bet zero, or to call a previous bet of zero.