Common Online Poker Terms That You Need to Know
When you know what they mean, you can easily know what to do. There are a lot of online poker terms that you have to remember. You need to know their meanings by heart since they can influence your every move, even those of your opponents.
Here are some of the common ones:
Active Player. This is someone who is still on the game. This means that he has not folded his cards or considered himself as ultimately losing the game.
All-in. This means that you're putting all your stacks—chips and money—into the pot when you still have a hand.
Ante. This is the amount of money that is being placed into the pot before the players would start to receive their hole cards.
Bet. This is to place a wager into the pot. There are a number of betting rounds in a game of online poker. This is the part where majority of the players would start to crumble because they start to bet too high. Unless there's a call or a raise, always be the minimum. This is especially true if you are still not sure if you have a winning hand.
Blind. This is the amount of money that should be paid by the two players left to the button or the "dealer." This is a bet that should be made in order to start the game. There are two kinds of blinds: small and big blinds.
Bluff. A bluff is a raise or a bet into the pot that you're going to make in order to cause your opponents to hold. This is a good strategy—and a powerful one, if you know how to use it properly. A bluff can give you an advantage even if you don't have the strongest hand among the group. However, it's not worth it if you truly feel that you're going to lose the game.
Check. You will waive the right for you to star the betting round, but it doesn't mean that you will lose it. You can still impose your right if there will be somebody else who is going to start the betting.
Community Cards. These are the faced-up cards that are usually placed at the center of the table or, in online poker, monitor. These cards are also shared among all players, who need to come up with the best possible combination of their hole cards and the community cards. A common card, on the other hand, is similar to community cards. However, you only have it when there are not enough cards to be given individually to the players.
Fold. You fold when you want to withdraw from the game for one reason or the other.
Raise. To raise is to add more to the previous wager. There are certain requirements that have to be met before you can raise, and the number of raises that one can do during a particular game.
Hopefully, with these key terms, you will become more confident in playing your favorite online poker game.