If you’re beginner and know nothing about poker we will provide you with a small poker dictionary.
- Buy-In – the amount of money required to take part in the tournament. The term is also used reffering to the money required to sit at a poker table
- Ante – the money introduced in the game by each player in order to begin the game. It’s not used in a poker game with „blinds”. It’s purpose is to stimulate everybody to remain in the game, so they won’t lose the ante they’ve already paid.
- Blind – the first two bets made by poker players from blind positions. It has this name because the two of them are forced to bet half of the minimum wage (the small blind) and the full minimum wage (the big blind) before receiving even a book.
- Straddle – a voluntary bet equal to the big-blind made at the same time as blinds in general, before receiving cards that offer the privilege of the last betting action. It’s usually practiced in cashgame poker, and the rules that come with it may change.
- Call – the simple completion of the bet already made in order to equal the bet of a poker player before you.
- Check – the simple continuing of the game, without betting (only possible if the players before you didn’t raise as well)
- Pot or family-pot – the name of the amount raised by all the players from the table
- Bump/Kick– the term used for small poker bets
- Limp – placeing of a minimum bet or of a call for the previous bet. It is also used with small blind at the moment of completing the minimum wage to get into the game „limping in”.
- Stack – the number of chips you have in one game. It’s said that a poker player is „short stacked” when he has a few chips but also when he doesn’t have enough chips to give a call or to bet.