Poker Dictionary Part Five

This is part five of the poker dictionary starting with the letter T.

Many of these terms are from “Winning Low Limit Hold’em” by Lee Jones.

Table Stakes

A rule in a poker game meaning that a player may not go into his pocket for money during a hand. He may only invest the amount of money in front of him into the current pot. If he runs out of chips during the hand, a side pot is created in which he has no interest. All casino poker is played table stakes. The definition sometimes also includes the rule that a player may not remove chips from the table during a game. While this rule might not be referred to as “table stakes,” it is enforced almost universally in public poker games.

Tell

A clue or hint that a player unknowingly gives about the strength of his hand, his next action, etc. May originally be from “telegraph” or the obvious use that he “tells” you what he’s going to do before he does it.

Tilt

To play wildly or recklessly. A player is said to be “on tilt” if he is not playing his best, playing too many hands, trying wild bluffs, raising with bad hands, etc.

Time

(1) A request by a player to suspend play while he decides what he’s going to do. Simply, “Time, please!” If a player doesn’t request time and there is a substantial amount of action behind him, the dealer may rule that the player has folded. (2) An amount of money collected either on the button or every half hour by the cardroom. This is another way for the house to make its money (see “rake”).

Toke

A small amount of money (typically $.50 or $1.00) given to the dealer by the winner of a pot. Quite often, tokes represent the great majority of a dealer’s income.

Top Pair

A pair with the highest card on the flop. If you have A-Q, and the flop comes Q-T-6 , you have flopped top pair. See “second pair.”

Top Set

The highest possible trips. Example: you have T -T, and the flop comes T-8-9 . You have flopped top set.

Top Two

Two pair, with your two hole cards pairing the two highest cards on the board.

Top and Bottom

Two pair, with your two hole cards pairing the highest and lowest cards on the board.

Trips

Three of a kind.

Turn

The fourth community card. Put out face up, by itself. Also known as “fourth street.”

Poker Terms starting with the letter U

Under the Gun

The position of the player who acts first on a betting round. For instance, if you are one to the left of the big blind, you are under the gun before the flop.

Underdog

A person or hand not mathematically favored to win a pot. For instance, if you flop four cards to your flush, you are not quite a 2:1 underdog to make your flush by the river (that is, you will make your flush about one in three times). See also “dog.”

Poker terms starting with the letter V

Value

As in “bet for value.” This means that you would actually like your opponents to call your bet (as opposed to a bluff). Generally it’s because you have the best hand. However, it can also be a draw that, given enough callers, has a positive expectation.

Variance

A measure of the up and down swings your bankroll goes through. Variance is not necessarily a measure of how well you play. However, the higher your variance, the wider swings you’ll see in your bankroll.