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Poker for Dummies - Harroch R.

Harroch R. Poker for Dummies - Wiley publishing , 2003. - 314 p.
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Poker Sayings
The colorful quotations you hear in poker can be based on real events or just made up from long ago. Here is a list of some popular quotations along with our version of what a person really means when he uses the quote:
Phrase Translation
“I’d rather be lucky than good.” Typically said by a player who is neither
lucky nor good. This player often believes that he should play more hands than reasonable and that he can get on a lucky streak by doing so. In the long haul, when all the luck is bled out of the equation, it’s skill that separates winning players from losing players.
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Phrase Translation
“You’ve got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’ era.”
“Sheesh, what a bad beat.”
“If you can’t spot the fish at the poker table, then it’s you.”
“Hey Joe, bring us a live one.”
“I’m down a little.”
“Boy, he is a tight player.” “Read ’em and weep.”
“I was drawing to a double belly buster.”
“Sheesh, things can’t get any worse.”
“Trust everyone, but cut the cards.”
“Any two will do.”
Typically said by a Kenny Rogers fan or someone who has no clue as to whether he should continue playing the hand or fold.
This refers to when a player loses a hand where, mathematically, she was a big favorite. Most players have a bad beat story.
This refers to the fact that, if you can’t read players or their abilities very well, you will probably be the sucker at the table.
Often said by a player at a card club, asking for a new sucker player to be brought to the table.
I’m down a lot.
Boy, is he anal-retentive and conservative.
Look at my big hand that beats all of your puny hands, suckers.
This is a draw to two different straights, such as 3-5-6-7-9. A single belly buster is drawing to an inside straight.
Usually said by a poker player who has gone on a losing streak, and the streak is about to get worse.
Means trust no one, and cut the cards as a way to try to prevent cheating.
Refers to the concept that any two cards in Hold’em can theoretically win the hand. Used as a justification to play truly wretched starting cards. However, we all know that good starting hands are the key to winning at poker in the long run.
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Poker Slang
Some of the colorful terms you hear in poker are intuitive — where the meaning is clear. For others, the proper response should be, “Huh?” If you want to sound like a pro, then take a look at the following list of common terms and definitions:
Slang Translation
All-in Having all of your chips in the pot. A player who is all-in
can’t be forced out of the pot, but can win only that portion of the pot that she is eligible for. A side pot for extra bets is created. ,
Ante A bet required from all players before a hand as a require-
ment to being able to play in the hand. This money seeds the pot. Pronounced “AN-tee.”
Bad beat A good hand that is beaten by a better hand, usually
through a lucky draw of cards by the winner.
Bet To put money into a pot, as in “1 bet.”
Big Slick Not Bill Clinton. This refers to an ace and a king as your
hole cards in Texas Hold’em.
Blind A mandatory bet by a player or two sitting to the left of the
dealer button before each new hand is dealt. The button rotates and, thus, the blind rotates.
Bluff A bet or raise without a good hand, in the hope that the
other players will fold.
Board The cards showing and available to be seen by all players.
Boat Not a cruise ship or paddle boat. Refers to a full house
(three of a kind plus a pair).
Bug Not a cricket or ant. Refers to a wild card joker. Most often
used in Lowball.
Bump To raise the pot. Often phrased as “Bump it up.” Not to be
confused with speed bumps on the road of life.
Buy-in The minimum amount of money necessary to buy into a
poker game. For example, in a $20-$40 Texas Hold’em game, the minimum buy-in is usually $200.
Call Not a phone call to your mom. Refers to placing the amount
of money into the pot by another player in order to keep playing the hand. Often stated as, “1 call your bet.”
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Cards speak
Check Checkraise Crying call Cut
Down and dirty Drawing dead Drop
Family pot Fish
Forced bet
Not a freak of nature. Refers to the best hand being determined by every player turning his cards face up, without any declaration.
Not anything to do with the “check is in the mail.” Refers to declining to bet when it’s your turn to do so.
To check when it’s your turn, and then when someone else bets, to raise that person.
Calling a hand reluctantly, on the belief that you will likely lose but will be tremendously pleased if you win.
To dividd the deck in half prior to the dealing of a hand, in an effort to keep the dealer honest and by spoiling an attempted stacked deck. The person to the right of the dealer cuts the deck.
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