The Official Poker Dictionary

Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world. It can be played socially for pennies or matchsticks, or professionally in high-dollar games at famous casinos. While there is a good deal of luck in poker, it also requires a great amount of skill. The ability to minimize losses with bad hands and maximize winnings with good ones is what makes a winning poker player.

The rules of poker differ from game to game. In cash games, players may only wager the money they have on their seats at the beginning of each hand. They must buy additional chips only between hands. A dealer or a floorperson keeps track of the number of chips in play and how many are left to be purchased.

In a tournament, players pay an entrance fee, usually a minimum bet. The winner is awarded the prize money based on his or her place at the end of the event. In most tournaments, only a small percentage of the players receive money.

ASK – To ask another player to bet more than his or her current stake. CAPPED – A situation in limit poker in which the maximum number of raises on a betting round has been reached. CHECK-RAISE – To waive the right to act first in a betting round, but retain the right to increase your bet by an equal amount when it is your turn to act.

DISCRIMINATION – Creating a disturbance by arguing with other players, using a cell phone, or defacing property (torn, ripped, folded, or crumpled cards).