Expanding the poker dictionary with more popular terms
By Bob Garcia
This week’s look at some poker terminology all players should know
It is never a bad thing to keep expanding your knowledge with everything poker-related if you want to stand out at the tables. Having a good handle on poker terminology is a great place to start and there are a number of regularly-used words and phrases that all players should know.
Behind is used to describe a player who acts after another player in a betting round. A Blank is a community board card that looks like it is harmless or couldn’t really help anybody. Brick and Mortar refers to a casino with a physical world spatial existence (as opposed to merely online or cyberspace). Some casinos, for example, the Pala, have both a brick and mortar and online existence.
Chasing is when a player is hoping an upcoming community card will “hit” to complete a so-far unmade hand. Dead Man Hand is a hand that consists of black eights and black aces and reportedly got its name following the assassination of Wild Bill Hickok during a card game in 1876. Fast Play makes reference to an aggressive style emphasizing a lot of betting and raising. Laydown is simply to fold. Limp means to just call, rather than bet or raise.
Live One is a player likely to bet wildly and probably lose like a novice. Lock Up My Seat is a commitment to take a seat that is waiting for you. Made Hand, already solid. Don’t need to hit a draw to have a good winning hand. A wild, loose player who bets it up with mediocre hands just to build the pot is usually called Maniac. Trips mean three of a kind and Under the Gun is used to refer to the first player to act in a round of poker; preflop, under the gun is to the immediate left of the button.