Poker Lingo 101 – The 23 poker terms you need to know !

Poker Lingo 101 – The 23 poker terms you need to know ! - Spin & Go Strategy

Here is a comprehensive list of some of the common poker terms you will hear at the tables as well as in our poker strategy videos.

  1. Position: your position at the table relative to either thebutton or the other players at the table.
  2. UTG: Under The Gun, the player directly to the right of theBig Blind.
  3. Button (BTN): the last player to act in the hand postflop andthe most powerful position in the game.
  4. Small Blind (SB): the position directly to the left of thebutton. The SB must put out a forced bet half the size of theBig Blind.
  5. Big Blind (BB): the position directly to the left of the SB. TheBB also has a forced bet, which is always double the size ofthe SB. The amount of the BB is also the minimum betanyone can make at any point in the hand. So, for example, ifthe blinds are 10/20, 20 is the minimum amount anyone canmake.
  6. Blind versus Blind (bvb): When everyone folds and the onlyplayers left in the hand are the SB & BB.
  7. Limp: simply calling the big blind preflop, as opposed toraising.
  8. 3-Bet: a reraise of a raise.
  9. 4-Bet: reraising a reraiser.
  10. C-bet: C-bet stands for continuation bet and refers to whenyou or your opponent raise before the flop and continue youraggressive action by betting again after the flop.
  11. Iso: iso stands for isolation bet and refers to a situationwhere you or your opponent limp preflop and then getraised. The reason it’s called an isolation bet is becausemaking this sort of raise is often intended to get everyoneelse to fold, thereby isolating the original limper as the onlyopponent in the hand, or taking down the pot uncontested ifthe original limper decides to fold as well.
  12. Barrel: barrelling means betting multiple times. A double-barrel means betting on both the flop and turn or on the turnand river and a triple-barrel means betting every street.Triple barrelling is one of the most powerful lines (see #16)in poker as it puts the maximum amount of pressure on youropponent, especially if the final bet forces them to put theirtournament life on the line.
  13. Probe: A probe bet is a bet made after your opponent fails tomake a C-bet.
  14. Float: floating is when you call an opponent’s bet with aweak hand with the intention of potentially bluffing on laterstreets.
  15. Range: The complete collection of hands you or youropponent are likely to have in each specific situation. For example, if you get check-raised on an AK4 flop (meaning your opponent checked to you, you bet, and he or she then raised) and you know your opponent is an extremely tight player who rarely bluffs, their “range” is extremely strong (or “narrow”), comprised primarily of top pair or better. Alternatively, if you’re playing an ultra aggressive player in a HU game and they raise on the button, their range is likely to be extremely “wide”, meaning that is contains a large number of hands, perhaps even all of them. If this is still a little unclear to you, do not worry. We will be discussing range in greater depth in one of the following chapters as it is one of, if not the, key elements of being a successful poker player.
  16. Line: your line is the entire collection of decisions you makethroughout a hand. So, for example, when you have a stronghand against an opponent who doesn’t like to fold, your “line”will likely just be: raise, bet, bet, bet as you attempt to get themost chips from your opponent.
  17. Street: Each of the flop, turn, and river is known as a “street”.
  18. EV: EV stands for expected value, which is essentially thelong-term average outcome of a given scenario. So, forexample, if you go all in against your opponent preflop withAA against his or her KK, your expected value is about 82%of the pot, meaning your opponent only has approximatelyan 18% chance of winning all the chips if the situation wasrepeated ad infinitum.
  19. Balance: Having a similar number of value-bets and bluffs ineach specific situation.
  20. Value Hand: A hand that is not a bluff
  21. Value Bet: A bet is a value bet when it has a positiveexpectation, that is, when it will win more than one bet forevery bet put into the pot. More simply put, a value bet is abet that is made with a hand that wants to get called.
  22. Nit/Nitty: Slang for a player who plays relatively few handsand is hesitant to get into a big pot without a big hand.
  23. Spew/Spewy: Slang for an extremely bad bet or call, as wellas for a player that is being overly aggressive in all the wrongspots.

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2 Comments

  • Jay Dee

    Reply Reply September 30, 2015

    Nice article explaining very basic terms.

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