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NJ Glossary

When you sit down to play online poker in New Jersey, you'll likely hear players use foreign lingo through the chat feature. If you're new to poker, separating the freeroll from the freezeouts and the big slick from the bubble can be a daunting task. Don't worry. Our glossary has the most common poker terms you'll likely come across. Get to know these terms and feel like a pro the next time someone calls you a donk for mucking that overcard on the river.

Add-on
If you see "Add-on" listed in a NJ online poker tournament, it means that you can buy additional chips regardless of your current chip stack. Most tourneys usually only offer this once after the first break.

All-in
Betting everything you have and shoving all your chips into the pot is called going all in.

Bad beat

Losing a seemingly unbeatable hand that you were favored to win. Some NJ online poker sites and land-based casinos have Bad Beat Jackpots that pay you for losing a seemingly unbeatable hand.

Bankroll
The total amount of money you have available to wager.

Big Slick
A common slang term heard at NJ online poker sites used to describe AK.

Bluff
Betting or raising in an effort to get your opponents to drop out of the hand, even though you're not necessarily holding a great hand (in fact, it could be worse than theirs).

Board
The shared cards in a New Jersey Texas Hold'em poker game (and other poker variations). In Hold'em, this includes all five cards dealt face up on the table.

Bounty
Some NJ online poker tournaments feature bounties. In these tournaments, you'll win cash or a prize each time you knock out another player. In some cases, every player is marked. In others, only specific players are marked.

Bubble
This is the last place in a tournament before people start walking away with cash. So if 15 places pay out, the player who finished in 16th is said to have finished on the bubble.

Burn
This is the top card that is removed from the deck. In Hold'em, a card is burned before the flop, turn, and river.

Button
The button refers to the dealer button. In Hold'em, this player has the advantage of acting last.

Buy-in
This is the amount of money you pay to buy chips for a cash game, or the amount you pay to sit down in a tournament.

Call
When someone bets and you want to match it instead of raising or folding your hand.

Cash game

A poker game in which players can come and go at their leisure. There is no specific start times and cash games run 24/7 at New Jersey online poker sites.

Check
Instead of betting, you can choose to check and not put any money in the pot. However, this can only be done if you're the first to act or if others have checked before you. If someone has bet or raised, the option is off the table. 

Chip leader
Whoever has the most chips in a tournament is known as the chip leader. This can fluctuate at any time, often with a single hand.

Chop
Sometimes, tournaments can seem to go on forever. If players get too tired at the final table, they can agree to chop the prize pool based on their remaining chip stacks.

Donk

A player who doesn't know what they're doing is often referred to as a donk.

Drawing

If you call a hand that's not really the best hand at the table but could improve, you are said to be drawing.

Fish
Bad players who don't really know what they're doing are usually referred to as fish. Those who prey on them are called sharks.

Flop

These are the three community cards in Hold'em that are dealt face up.

Flush

A hand featuring all cards of the same suit.

Free card
If everyone in the hand checks and a subsequent card is dealt, it's called a free card because nobody had to pay to see it.

Freeroll

Some New Jersey Poker sites will feature free tournaments that don't cost anything to enter but reward real prizes (sometimes money, sometimes tournament seats). These are called freerolls.

Freeze-out
In this type of tournament, once you're out, you're out. There's no option to rebuy or re-enter.

Full house
A hand featuring a 3-of-a-kind hand and a pair.

Heads-up
When only two players remain at a table, they are said to be heads-up. Note that some New Jersey Internet poker rooms feature heads-up tables where only two seats are available.

Hole, hole cards
The cards that are dealt face down to each player in Texas Hold'em .

In the money

If you've advanced far enough in a tournament and you qualify to take home a prize, you're said to be in the money.

Kicker
A card that doesn't change the rank of a hand. For example if you have two kings and two jacks, and your last card is a 7, the 7 is your kicker. If two players hold the same hand, the player with the higher kicker wins.

Lock

A hand that's seemingly impossible to lose, no matter what cards are dealt next. 

Loose
A player who bets with weak hands and throws caution to the wind during tournament or cash game play.

Micro-Limit
Small stakes, usually below $0.25-0.50, are known as micro-limit stakes.

MTT
An acronym for Multi-Table Tournament, it's exactly what it sounds like - a tournament with more than one table.

Muck
Folding your cards is referred to as mucking them (and not showing them).

No-Limit
A variation of poker where players are free to bet any amount of chips when it's their turn, including their entire chip stack if they wish.

Nuts
The best possible hand that no other player can touch.

Offsuit
Two cards that are not the same suit.

Open
The person who is the first to bet.

Out
If you're not currently holding the best hand, you may have several outs. These are essentially hands that would put you in the lead and give you a win.

Overcard
A card that's higher than anything on the board.

Passive
A style of play that rarely includes raising and forcing action. Usually a passive player just checks and calls.

Position
This refers to your turn in the betting order. You might be in first position, last position, or somewhere else. Being in last position means you're the last to act, which gives you a big advantage.

Pot
The cash up for grabs in a specific hand.

Pot Odds
This refers to the amount of cash in the pot compared to what you need to put into the pot to play the hand.

Pot-Limit
Unlike Hold'em where you can bet anything, in Pot-Limit you may only bet up to the total sum of money in the pot.

Pre-flop
This is the point in Hold'em when players have their two pocket cards but no community cards have been dropped on the felt yet.

Raise
To bet more than the person before you did. You can raise on top of a check, on top of a bet, or on top of a raise.

Rake
This is the money NJ poker sites take from each pot. It's usually a small percentage of the pot - roughly 5%. And it's usually capped to a maximum. This is common in Atlantic City casinos, too.

Read
Being able to read a player means you're able to tell what type of hand they have, or at the very least whether their hand is better than yours.

Rebuy
Some New Jersey poker online events let you buy back into a tournament if you've busted out. Rebuys are usually only available for the first couple of levels or until a specific time.

Re-raise
If you make a bet and someone raises you, you can raise on top. That's called a re-raise.

River
This is the last card deal in Omaha and Hold'em. It's dealt face up as a community card. It's often refered to as 5th Street (or 7th Street in Omaha).

Runner-runner
Hitting two cards, one after the other, that you need to complete a winning hand.

Satellite
You don't always have to pay the full buy-in to enter a tournament. Satellites let you win your way to a larger tournament for less.

SB
This refers to small blind, the person seated in seat left of the dealer. In Hold'em, he or she must put in their bet, usually half the value of the big blind.

Shootout
A type of tournament where the last player left standing at a table moves to play the remaining players at other tables until a final table is created.

Short Stack
A chip stack that's short compared to others in the tournament.

Shorthanded
A table that's not quite full. Usually, a full table has 9 or 10 players, so a table with fewer players would be considered shorthanded.

Showdown
When all cards are revealed and each player must turn over their hand.

Side pot
When multiple players are involved in the same hand but one player is all in, a side pot is created and the other players may continue betting.

SnG
Also known as a Sit And Go or Sit 'n Go, it's a type of tournament that starts as soon as there are enough players to have a game. While tournaments have scheduled start times and feature multiple tables, SnGs start once there enough players and usually feature just one table.

Split Pot
A pot that is shared by multiple players because they hold the same winning hand. This happens when two players tie.

Stakes
The amount a player buys in for and can bet.

Suited
When all cards share the same suit, they're said to be suited.

Tell
A physical behavior that gives signals to others the strength of their hand or whether they're bluffing. This could be the way someone wipes their nose, holds their cards, or leans back in a chair.

Tight
Playing only good hands and tossing away anything that's not.

Tilt
Going on tilt is all about losing your emotions. This usually happens when you've been the victim of a bad beat or have faced a player who has won without knowing what they're doing. When you tilt, you make silly decisions that cloud your judgment and could cost you your bankroll.

Tournament
A game in which all players post the same buy-in and start with the same number of chips. Players continue to play until all their chips are gone.

Turn
This is the fourth card dealt on the board in Texas Hold'em and Omaha, right after the flop.

Two pair
A hand that contains to matching pairs, like J-10-10-3-3. This hand is weaker than three-of-a-kind but stronger than one pair.

Under the gun
The first person to act before the flop in Texas Hold'em and Omaha, it's the spot at the table just left of the big blind.

Underdog
Much like in sports when a team is not favored to win, this is the player who is not favored to win a hand.

Value bet
This is a value bet made by a player whose goal it is to be called.

WPT
The World Poker Tour, a branded series of poker tournaments that crisscross the planet.

WSOP
The World Series of Poker, arguably the world's richest poker event. The Main Event of the Vegas series sees in upwards of 6,000 entries. The series has also expanded internationally.

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