Poker Glossary

Caribbean stud (Caribbean stud)  : Poker played in casinos, on a table that looks like Blackjack. No spread, no raise and no bluff are allowed… not really poker.

Cash games  : In casinos and circles, ordinary poker without tournament.

Call  : the player ties the previous bet on the game table: he calls.

Cap  : corresponds to the maximum number of overbids (or raises) authorized during a game. For Limit games, three higher bids are allowed after the initial bet and the third higher is called a cap.

Cardroom  : Room reserved for card games.

Cashier (cashier)  : In online poker, this is where you will find your wallet, as well as all the information concerning your “real money” account (real money) but also “play money” (virtual money). This is also where you can make deposits and withdrawals. Please note, most often the currency used is the dollar.

Check (Check)  : Do not bet anything while still remaining in contention: no bet has been made so far on the table and the player does not wish to bet, he passes (check). A player is allowed to fold only when no bet has been made.

Check & raise (ambush)  : Say “check” to let an opponent open, so as to raise (raise) in turn.

Chip (token)  : The token is the unit of the cellar whose value is defined at the start of the game.

Chip leader (Leader in number of tokens)  : The player who has the largest number of tokens at any time T during the game.

Chop-suey  : As opposed to “donor choice”, a game played with one and only one variation.

Clubs  : Clovers

Collusion  : two or more players attempt to cheat by exchanging information (communication via instant messaging, for example).

Community Cards  : The face up cards on the game table are the community cards that all players can use to form their hands in Texas Hold’em and Omaha. In stud poker or open poker, the player receives a community card instead of the last hidden card when the shoe no longer contains enough hidden cards for each player.

Dead Blind  : the blinds (forced bets) are placed by the two players to the left of the dealer: the first places the small blind (SB) and the second the big blind (BB). Then players to the left of the big blind have the option of calling the big blind (or any raise) or folding, respectively. When neither player has raised, the first player to place the small blind must call by placing his neighbor’s big blind, as well as his small blind. The first small blind he placed becomes dead: this amount will not be deducted from his stake. We are therefore talking about a dead blind.

Dead Hand  : hand that is no longer valid in this game.

Dealer’s choice  : The part where the dealer decides the variant used for the move he is going to deal. He chooses the variant from a list established before the game and accepted by all.

Diamonds  : Tiles

Door Card  : in 7 card stud, the player receives one face up card and two face down cards.

Down Cards  : The player receives cards face down.

Drawing Dead  : the player receives (drawing) a card to complete his hand against a higher hand, but which remains unsuccessful (dead).

Drop  : or give up. The player puts his cards back in the shoe. Synonymous with Fold. You can also use the expressions “fold” or “fold your cards”.

ET  : For “eastern time”, reference time which corresponds to the time on the east side of the United States, New York for example. It is useful to know this time to know when tournaments start.