Texas Hold ‘Em Definitions for Beginners

Posted on: November 13, 2019

Players do not become masters overnight. Everyone has experienced being a beginner in their journey as poker players. In Poker, aside from knowing what the cards are, the most important things you should know are the terms and definitions. Imagine how difficult it is to play a game without understanding any of the words used. Your mind will definitely go blank. 

We are here to help you with your Poker journey. Read the most common Poker words and phrases indicated below, and know them by heart.   


Ante is the minimum amount that a player can put in the pot before the betting starts. Ante is placed before the hand is begun.  

Active player 

An active player is any player in the game who is still in the hand. 


Ace-high refers to a hand consisting of five cards that have one ace and no other hand combinations. 


All-in means betting of all the chips a player has.

Bad beat 

A bad beat occurs when a lucky draw beats a player who has a strong hand. 

Bet the pot 

Bet the pot happens when a player makes a bet equal to the pot money.  

Big pair 

A big pair refers to a couple of cards with a value of ten or more.  

Big Slick 

Big Slick is a combination of ace and king. It is considered as one of the best starting hands in Texas Hold’em 


Blank is a community card that does not affect the hands of the players.  


Bluff is used by players to make it seem like they have a better hand than the other players.  


Broadway is a hand combination of the five cards 10, J, Q, K, A. 

Burning a card 

It refers to the discarding of the top card on the deck of community cards. It is done before each round of betting. 


Buy-in is the minimum amount you must bring to join a poker game.  


When a player places a bet equal to the bet of the previous player, this is called a Call.  


Check is allowed when no other bets have been placed, and a player wants to stay in the game without a bet.  

Community cards 

Community cards are cards dealt face up and shared by all players. These are also known as shared or window cards. 


A combination of cards consisting of a pair of 2s 


Flush is a hand combination of 5 cards with the same suit.  


Fold refers to the discarding of cards by a player to surrender his chance to the pot. 

Four of a kind 

It refers to a combination of four cards with the same rank.  

Full House 

Full-house is a 5-card combination that has a pair and a three-of-a-kind. 


Hand refers to the best five cards of a player.  

Made Hand 

Made hand refers to hand, which has a value of pair or higher. 


The house is the host of a poker game.  


Ladies refers to a pair of two queens.  


Muck refers to the discarding of a player’s hand without showing it to other players.  

On the board 

On the board means cards on the table.  

Off suit 

Off suit refers to two cards with different suits.  


Pot is the accumulated sum of money from the players’ bet. 


Rags are bad cards held by a player. 


The percentage of the pot taken by the house is called a rake.  


The showdown happens when the last standing players reveal their cards to determine the winner of the final betting round. It is the final face-off among the players.  


Stack refers to the pile of chips.  


A player placing a higher bet made by the previous player is deemed a raise.  


A combination of 2 cards of the same ranking, but different suits is called a pair.  

Royal Flush 

Royal Flush is a 5-card combo that has 10, J, Q, K, A of any suit. 


Any 5-card combination that has a sequential order is called a straight; for instance, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of different suits. 

Straight flush 

A straight flush consists of 5 cards of the same suit that are in consecutive order.  

Suited cards 

It refers to cards having the same suit.  

There are a lot more terms you will encounter in Poker. It’s good to take it little by little.  Sooner or later, you will learn all of them, and you can show off your knowledge to the other players.