Official Poker Terms and Definitions

Official poker is a card game played by people wagering against each other for a prize. The rules vary according to the particular game. It can be played in casinos, private homes and on the Internet. The game may also be modified in different ways by different players. The deck configuration, betting procedures and number of cards dealt are important aspects of the game.

A hand made with a pair of identical cards, especially a high card and low card combination. Often used as a bluff.

Term used to describe a player that has a strong range of hands. Also known as a TAG player.

When a player wins the pot by showing their hole cards to their opponents and declaring a winning hand. Depending on the game, this can be done in a showdown, or a chop.

A verbal declaration that a player intends to call an opening bet when in turn it is not his or her turn to act. When a player makes this declaration, the other players are bound to make a full call of that amount. The purpose of a probe is to gather information on the opponent’s intentions.

The rule that allows players, dealers and the floor to make a reasonable estimation of their opponents’ chip stacks when it is their turn to act. Visible and countable chip stacks greatly improve counting accuracy. This rule applies only when the all-in player is in turn to act, and only if he or she requests it (Rule 25). It does not apply when the all-in player has already called the action on his or her turn.