Wiesenberg: MCU Dictionary of Poker | Letter G




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(nChat term for “good” (as in “g1”).


(n) $1,000; usually preceded by a number. “I lost three Gs today.” Short for grand.


(nChat term for “good one.”


(n1. A cheating device or method, such as a holdout machine or marking the cards. This term has moved from the world of poker to general usage in the English language with the wider meaning of deceit, trickery, or fleecing. That usage also comes from the practice of rigging dice. — (v2. To use such a device or method. To gaff the cards could mean to mark them by any of several means. This term has moved from the world of poker to general usage in the English language with the wider meaning of deceive, trick, or fleece.


(n1. Watchers; onlookers; spectators on the rail observing the action at a particular table or at a tournament. 2. Any hand having lots of picture cards.


(n) For a BARGEr, an exhortation to gamble. The number of 0s is variable (for example, it could be gamb0000l), but at least two are required and more suggests greater emphasis. Sometimes shortened to gambo.


(n) One who gamb00ls (see gamb00l).


(n1. Loose play, or the desire to play other than tight. “He must have a lot of gamble in him, because he never lets any of it out.” Also, bouncejump. — (v2. Play loosely. Be willing to bet on situations with uncertain outcomes. Sometimes part of the expression gamble it upNote: This word has special meaning among poker players, and is different from the more generalized definition of the word as found in most dictionaries.

gamble it up

(v phrase) See gamble.


(n1. One who takes chances in a poker game, or one who exhibits gamble (definition 1). According to Doyle Brunson, in his Super System, this term “… is often used to describe the class (that is, the quality) of a poker player. When the word is used this way it describes the highest class of player — which actually means that the player is not really a gambler at all, but a highly skilled player.” 2. Sometimes, any poker player.

Gambling’s Mad Genius

(n phrase) See Mad Genius of Poker.




(n1. A specific poker game, in the sense of a tableful of players (not in the sense of a variety of poker). “Good game on table three.” 2. Similarly, a game in which or a table at which poker is being played. 3. The specific form of poker being played; sometimes the size of a game. “Table 4 is an Omaha game.” “This is a 6-12 game.” 4. A reference to the locale or format of a poker game, as a home game or private game5. Sometimes, particularly outside North America, hand (definition 3). “Who dealt that last game?”

game selection

(n phrase1. The skill needed to choose the best game in which to play. Otherwise winning players sometimes have poor results because of poor game selection ability. “He doesn’t play all that well but he’s a big winner because of his game selection skills.” 2. The lineup of games in a particular cardroom or online site. “I like playing on CyberPoke because of the great game selection. They’ve got all forms of poker, including many not found in B&Ms or even other sites, and at all limits from pennies to huge no-limit games.”

game starter

(n phraseShill (definition 1).

game theory

(n phrase) Betting or calling in a certain way when you don’t know how an opponent plays so as to prevent the opponent from obtaining an edge by his own betting or calling. Against an opponent whose play you are familiar with, you bluff, for example, more or less often depending on what you know of his calling habits. Against one whose habits you don’t know, though, you use game theory. For example, if there are five bets in the pot and you have a hand that can win only by bluffing, if you can get away with a (one-bet) bluff more than one-fifth of the time, you profit by this use of game theory. Or, against one player, if, on the end, you have a hand that can beat only a bluff, you figure the player would bluff in this situation 10 percent of the time, and the pot, including his bet, offers 9-to-1 or better, you call. Game theory in poker is often of less importance than pattern detection, recognition of tells, knowledge of the opponent, and so on. Also see discussion at optimal bluffing frequency.


(n1. A missing card in a hand, particularly in the middle of an inside straight2. A missing “slot” in a starting hold’em hand, as in a one-gap for two-gap hand. 3. Empty seat. When a table has one or more empty seats, the dealer or one of the seated players may try to entice a prospective participant this way: “Siddown. There’s a gap in the trap for a sap.”



gap concept

(n phrase) The idea that it takes a stronger hand to call a raise preflop (or before the draw in draw poker) than it does to make the original raise. Arising out of this is that the range of reraising hands shrinks. For example, in hold’em you might come in for a raise in the cutoff seat with A-T, but if the pot has already been raised when it gets to you, you might not even call. The term was originally coined by poker theoretician David Sklansky.

gap hand

(n phrase) A one-gap or two-gap hand.


(n) Part of the terms double gapperone-gappertwo-gapper.


(n1. The discards. “Pass the garbage; my deal next.” 2. Poor hand. “Hey, dealer; can’t you give me anything but garbage?”

garbage pile

(n phraseMuck (definition 1).


(n) The Southern California that was once known as the poker-playing capital of America (at the time when only forms of draw were legal in California).

Gardena miracle

(n phrase) An extremely lucky draw, usually greatly defying probability, and often in such a way as to defeat a hand that has considerably the best of it. If, in ace-to-five lowball, you have a pat 6-4, and I make the blind good and draw three cards and make a wheel, you will be justified in accusing me of having been blessed with a Gardena miracle. In draw poker, you can draw three cards to two cards of the same suit and make a flush and also be considered to have made a Gardena miracle. Many players consider drawing two and making a straight flush or even a flush also to fall into the class of Gardena miracle, but that is more correctly called a cathop. Also, freak draw. Named after the city of Gardena.

Gardena razz

(n phrase) A form of ace-to-five lowball draw that used to be popular in Gardena, played as winner blind. This form of lowball is no longer very common, and the term razz usually refers to seven-card stud lowball.


(adj) Pertaining to double-limit games; so called because these games originated in the Gardena area.

gay waiter

(n phrase) In hold’em, Q-3 (queen with a tray) as one’s starting cards.

gar hole

(n phrase) A term that describes the situation in which chips are locked up (definition 1). “You’ll never get any of his chips; they’re in a gar hole.”


(nChat term for “good bet.”

G bucks

(n phrase) An extension of the Sklansky bucks concept for ranges of hands. Concrete examples can be found online. Named for Phil Galfond, a top Internet professional known online as OMGClayAiken.


(nChat term for “good call” or “good cards.”


(n) Different paces of playing, when part of the phrase change gearsshift gears, or switch gears.


(n) A good tipper.


(adj) Good, great. “Sit down. It’s a George game.” Opposite of Tom.

“Georgia Hoop!”

(expression) “Terrific!” When someone says this, you know he’s pleased about something.


(adjGeorge. “Sit down. It’s a Georgy game.”

get a game down

(v phrase) Start a game. A floorperson might say, “As soon as we get one more player, we’re going to get a game down.”

get a hand cracked

(v phrase) Have a good hand beaten, usually by an opponent going against the odds.

get all the money in

(v phraseGo all in. “I can’t complain. I got all the money in with the best of it.”

get an extra bet

(v phrase) See extra bet.

get a piece of the flop

(n phrase) See piece of the flop.

get away cheaply

(n phrase) Fold a (usually) strong hand in a situation in which continuing with it might have led to a large loss of chips. Also, escapeget away from, release.

get away from

(v phraseGet away cheaply.

get away from a hand

(v phraseGet away fromrelease.

get caught bluffing

(v phrase) Get called when bluffing (and lose the pot). The expression has moved from the world of poker to general usage in the English language to describe someone being caught in an exaggeration or lie. Also, get snapped off.

get dealt in

(v phrase) Receive cards. See deal in.

get even

(v phrase) Go from losing to even.

get even pot

(n phrase) The pot one wins or needs to win to go from losing to even. “Hope I hit this draw. This could be my get even pot.”

get full value

(v phrase) See value.

get help

(v phrase) Receive a card or cards that improve a hand.

get hit by the deck

(v phraseGet hit with the deck.

get hit by the flop

(v phrase) In a flop game, have a hand be greatly improved by the flop.

get hit with the deck

(v phrase) Be in a situation of making every hand or having good hands in crucial pots, particularly when large pots are involved.

get in for free

(v phrase) See for free.

get in the last bet

(v phrase) See last bet (definition 2).

get involved with

(v phrase) Play a pot against one or more opponents.

“Get it fixed.”

(expression) “You lose.” This is what an uncouth player says about another player’s hand when he spreads (see spread a hand, definition 2) his own better hand.

get one’s feet wet

(v phrase) Get into a pot, probably losing it.

get out

(v phrase1. Fold (definition 1). “Two raises to me? I’ll get out.” 2. Get even. See get well (definition 2). “I had to get stuck $2,000 before I managed to get out.”

get out of someone’s way

(v phrase) Decline to play with a specific player, either in a particular pot or in most confrontations. “I raised the live one and Emilie came over the top. When the live one called, I got out of Emilie’s way.” “John’s been holding over me for weeks so I’ve been staying out of his way.”

get paid off

(v phrase1. Be involved in a situation with a good chance for profit. “If I make this hand, I’ll get paid off.” 2. Win a pot from a player who calls a bet or raise on the end knowing he is likely to lose but feels obligated to call because of favorable pot odds or the relatively large amount of money at stake.

get picked off

(v phraseGet caught bluffing. “I got picked off every time I tried to buy one.” Also, get snapped off.

get played with

(v phrase) Have one or more opponents call one’s bet or raise.

get pwned

(v phrase) See pwn.

get short

(v phrase) Become the smallest stack.

get smooth

(v phrase) The point at which a rough lowball hand becomes not-so-rough. For example, in ace-to-five, the hand 9-8-3-2-A, which is a rough 9, gets smooth after the 8.

get snapped off

(v phraseGet caught bluffing. “I got snapped off every time I tried to bluff.” Also, get picked off.

get [someone] off a hand

(v phrase) Bet in such a way as to cause an opponent to fold, often implying get the opponent to fold the best hand. Also, bet [someone] off a hand.

get stacked

(v phrase) Get put all in.

get taken off

(v phrase1. Lose one’s money in a game. Generally implies the situation in which an inferior player who has been winning eventually loses back all his money, and (usually) then some. 2. Get cheated by thieves. See take [someone] off.

get the best of it

(v phrase) See best of it.

get there

(v phrase) Make the specific hand one is drawing to. “All he had was a gut shot against my set, but he got there. See there.

get the right price

(v phrase) See right price.

get unstuck

(v phrase) Get evenget well.

get well

(v phrase1. Win a big pot that puts one even or ahead. “I flopped four sixes and beat two full houses. That pot got me well.” 2. Win after having been losing, particularly if the period of being behind was lengthy.


(nChat term for “good game.”

giant twist

(v phrase) A twist of more than one card.


(n1. Winning a pot one shouldn’t have won because the opponent didn’t bet. “I checked my missed straight, which gave me 10-high, and he checked his 9-high behind me. That was a gift.” — (v2. Give away (chips). “I’ve got the biggest stack only because some idiot gifted me all his chips when it was obvious to everyone else at the table that I had the nuts.”


(n) Three 10s, from the phrase San Jose to Gilroy. Also, from here to Gilroy. Also see 30 miles.


(n1. Getting exactly the card one needs. 2. The specific card that makes a hand as good as it can be.


(n) In lowball, when a player says “Gin!” it means he has a wheel.


(n) Queen (the card). Also, ladymop squeezer.


(n) Start; usually preceded by from the. “He had four girls right from the git-go.” Although this phrase is sometimes heard among the general population, at least its more rural or less well-spoken members, you hear it more frequently in cardrooms.

give a card

(v phraseGive a free card.

give action

(v phrase1. Usually expressed as give someone action. Gamble with someone, usually implying taking the worst of a situation for the sake of generating a larger pot that is potentially up for grabs, or in return for having won a large pot from the other. “I should call a raise with this hand? Well, you gave me a gamble in that last big pot; I’ll give you action this time.” Also, “How can you give him that much action? You know he never gets in a pot with anything less than the mortal nuts.” 2. Gamble (definition 2).

give a free card

(v phrase) Permit a free ride, that is, in stud poker or hold’em, not bet on a particular round, so that opponents can get another card without having to call a bet. Also, give a card.

give air

(v phrase) See air (definition 2).

give anything away

(v phrase) Play loose, be live. “Don’t bother with that game. No one’s giving anything away.”

give a/the/your hand away

(v phraseGive away.

give away

(v phrase) Reveal your hand by obvious play or by a tell. Also give a/the/your hand away.

give credit

(v phrase) Assume that a player has a hand of a certain strength, often accompanied by folding for a bet or raise; usually followed by to [someone] and for [something]. “When he went all in, I gave him credit for the flush and folded.” Also see put.

give it back

(v phrase) Lose all of one’s winnings. “He plays OK at the start, but then he always gives it back.”

give [someone] a card

(v phrase) Let an opponent have a free card.

give [someone] action

(v phrase) See give action (definition 1).

give-up chips

(n phrase) A bet made by a fearful player who likely will fold if raised. “You’re betting $100 into a $1,000 pot? What are those, give-up chips?”


(nChat term for “good luck.”


(nChat term for “good luck all,” usually typed as one is leaving a game.


(n) Use by a cheating dealer of a mirror or other reflective device (such as a shiner) to read the faces of the cards while they are being dealt face down.

glazed card

(n phrase) A card that has been sanded slightly, to allow a cheating dealer to find it among the other cards. Also see humpsstrippers.





glim worker

(n phrase) A cheater who uses glass-work.


(nCheck cop (definition 2).


(nChat term for “good night.”


(v1. See to go2. Participate in a pot. “A hundred more to me? I’ll go.”

go all in

(v phrase) Bet or call all one’s chips. See all in. Also pushshove.

go all the way

(v phrase) See all the way.

go both ways

(v phrase1. In a high-low split game with a qualifier, have the best hand for both high and low, that is, win the entire pot. 2. In a high-low split game with a declaration (definition 2), use chips or voice to indicate you’re going for both high and low simultaneously. For this meaning, also go hog.

go cow

(v phrase) See cow (definition 1).

god of lowball

(n phraseLowball god.

god of poker

(n phrasePoker god.

go down to the felt

(adv phrase) Go all in. Also see felt.

go down to the green

(adv phrase) Go all in. Also see green.

go for high

(v phrase1. In a high-low split game try to make a high hand, that is, compete for the high half of the pot. 2. Go high.

go for it

(v phrase1. Perform a cheating maneuver with the deck. If a bottom dealer goes for it, it means he is just in the process of dealing a bottom2. Draw to a hand. “What’s it cost me? I’m going to go for it.”

go for low

(v phrase1. In a high-low split game try to make a low hand, that is, compete for the low half of the pot. 2. Go low.

go for the bottom

(v phrase) Deal a card from the bottom of the deck.

go high

(v phrase1. In any high-low split game, compete for the high half of the pot. 2. In a high-low split game with a declaration (definition 2), use chips or voice to indicate you’re going for high.

go hog

(v phraseGo both ways (definition 2). Also, hog it or just hog.

go in

(v phrase1. Put money into a pot, thereby remaining eligible to win the pot. 2. Move in.

going home hand

(n phrase) A hand on which a player has wagered his last chips and will go home if he loses. Generally the player puts all his chips in the pot prior to the call from another player, or prior to the draw in draw poker or lowball, stands up, and says, “If I lose this one, I’m going home.” A going home hand usually beats an Oh shit! hand.

going south

(v phrase) See go south.

“Going up!”

(v phrase) “I raise.”

“Going upstairs!”

(v phrase) “I raise.”

going the overs

(n phrase1. Overblinding. See overblind (definition 1). 2. Playing at a higher limit than the house has set for the game, usually for the purpose of paying time to the house at the nominal rate for the game. For example, playing 8-limit stakes in a 6-limit game, or playing 4-8 in a 3-6 game. See discussion at soft(definition 3). 3. Playing, among players who agree, at higher limits when those who are not part of the arrangement have dropped out of the pot. See discussion at overs button.

go in the tank

(v phrase) Sit and think for an unusually long time, particularly in a no-limit tournament and, presumably, when faced with a difficult decision. Also, go into the tank. (Although “into” is more grammatically correct, “go in the tank” is more commonaly heard.) Also see into the tank.

go into the tank

(v phraseGo in the tank.

gold bracelet

(n phrase) See bracelet.

golden glow

(n phrase) A liquid for marking the backs of cards, a form of daub.

Golden Oasis Poker

(n phrase) A house-banked game popular in Russian casinos that bears some resemblance to Caribbean Stud Poker and Caribbean Draw Poker. (The game is related to poker in the way hands are formed, but is not really a poker game.) The difference is that players can replace from 1 to 5 cards, at a cost of 1 ante for 1 or 5 cards, and 2 antes for 2, 3, or 4. The payouts are the same as Caribbean Stud, and the dealer must qualify with ace-king or better. The game has an optional jackpot bet, based on the player’s first five cards, with payouts starting at a flush per a payback table. An added option is that at the end if the dealer doesn’t qualify, the player can “buy the game” for the dealer, by paying an extra ante bet, in which case the dealer replaces the highest one of his cards. If after the exchange the dealer’s hand still does not qualify, that ante bet is lost.

golf bag

(v phrase) A hand consisting of five clubs; a club flush. So named because the hand is full of clubs.

go light

(v phrase) Withdraw lights.

go low

(v phrase1. In any high-low split game, compete for the low half of the pot. 2. In a high-low split game with a declaration (definition 2), use chips or voice to indicate you’re going for low.


(n) The nuts; usually preceded by the.


(adj1. Not foul, that is, describing a legitimate, playable hand, one that has not run afoul of the house rules. 2. See make the blind good3. In lowball, smooth. “I’ve got a good eight” means the hand is probably an 8-5 or 8-4. 4. Describing a, or the, winning hand, often said by the loser of a pot with respect to the hand that has beaten him, before he has shown his own hand. Saying “That’s good” essentially surrenders the pot. See “Good hand.”


(expression) A verbal acknowledgment by a player on the showdown that another player has the best hand; that is, “You win; take the pot.”

good ace

(n phrase) In hold’em, having as hole cards an ace with a high kicker.

good buddy

(n phrase) In hold’em, starting cards of 10-4. The term comes from CB slang, which truckers use; “10-4,” or “message received,” is sometimes followed by “good buddy.” See Broderick Crawford. Also, CB handconvoyover and outover and out good buddyRoger thattruckertrucker’s hand.

Good call.”

(expression) A compliment paid to a player after the player has made a difficult or marginal call of a large bet or raise, particularly if the bettor was bluffing. Often said by the bettor to the caller. Sometimes the expression is used sarcastically when directed to someone who has called with a clear winner, and with the implication of, “You just call and don’t raise with that hand? Boy, are you tight!”

“Good fold.”

(expression) A compliment paid to a player after the player has made a difficult or marginal fold in response to a bet or raise. Often said by the bettor to the caller. Also see “Good laydown.”

good game

(n phrase) One in which you expect to win a lot of money, presumably because the game is full of worse players than you.

“Good game.”

(expression) What a player, particular a beginner might say, when leaving a game. Implied is “Thanks for letting me play.”

Good hand.”

(expression) A verbal acknowledgment by a player on the showdown that another player has the best hand; that is, “You win; take the pot.” Also, “Nice hand.”

good hand selection

(n phrase) See hand selection.

good laydown

(n phrase) Correctly folding a strong hand against an opponent’s better hand when that opponent makes a (usually) large bet, sometimes any bet. Often such a fold is made in a situation that most players would consider an automatic call.

Good laydown.”

(expression) A compliment paid to a player who has just made a good laydown.

good one

(n phrase) A card that improves a player’s hand.

“Good one.”

(expression“Good call.”

good percentage play

(n phrase) See percentage play.

good poker

(n phrase) The perceived proper play, in an expression such as “It wouldn’t be good poker to fold here.”

good position

(n phrase) See position (definition 3, 4).

good price

(n phrase) See price.

good run

(n phraseWinning streak.

good run of cards

(n phrase1. Winning streak2. A sequence of better-than-average hands, usually resulting in a succession of wins.


(n) The nuts, or at least a very good hand for the situation; always preceded by the. “When Charlie bets, you know he’s got the goods.”

good spot

(n phrase) Favorable playing situation, either playing in a good game or having good position (definition 3, 4).


(n) In hold’em, Q-T as starting cards. Everett Goolsby was a Southwest Circuit crony of Doyle Brunson and others.


(n) In hold’em, two kings as starting cards. Comes from King Kong.

go south

(v phrase1. Remove chips surreptitiously from the table (so called because on a map that’s the direction they go), or pocket winnings while playing. Also called rathole2. Palm or otherwise surreptitiously remove cards from the deck for later introduction (by a thief) at an opportune moment. 3. Leave a game or cardroom with money obtained dishonestly. 4. Disappear. “I haven’t seen Smiley lately.” “I lent him $20 and he went south.”

go the overs

(v phrase) See going the overs.

go to one’s pocket

(v phrase) Buy more chips in a game, often after suffering a loss.

go through the blinds

(v phrase) Get dealt in for both blinds.

go to the center

(v phraseGo all in.

go to the felt

(adv phrase) Go all in. Also see felt.

go to the green

(adv phrase) Go all in. Also see green.

go to the rail

(adv phrase) Go busted. See rail

go to war

(v phrase1. In a limit game, play a hand for the maximum number of bets it takes to get to the showdown, or, in a big bet game, for large bets and raises, usually said in reference to two specific players. “They both flopped sets and they went to war.” 2. Play aggressively in a take-no-prisoners style. “Tony was hot and stuck and he sat down ready to go to war.”

go uphill

(v phrase) Defy the odds trying to beat a hand you know to be better than yours. In stud or hold’em games, this means call another bet, with an inferior hand, to see one more card, and probably be willing to see subsequent cards if the next one doesn’t help, or if the next one gives one a draw to a possible winner. In draw games, this means call a bet with the intention of drawing multiple cards trying to make a Gardena miracle or freak draw. Also see chase.


(n) $1,000; usually preceded by a or a number. “I lost a grand today.” Sometimes shortened to G.

Grand Final

(n phrase) The culminating event of the European Poker Tour.

grand jury

(n phrase) Three 4s (A grand jury has 12 members.)


(nGraveyard shift. “When do you work?” “I’m on graveyard.”

graveyard shift

(n phrase) One of the three shifts (see shift) in a 24-hour cardroom or casino, the shift between swing and day. Graveyard shift usually starts anywhere between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m and ends eight hours later.


(n1. Unexpected profit on a hand. For example, in a no-limit hold’em game one player has only $20 and is all in. You have created a side pot of $200 by raising another player. You and the other player both have money left on the river. You were betting all along on a draw, which you missed entirely. The player with remaining chips checks, you bet $200 on what is now a pure bluff, and he folds. You know that the side pot is all yours, already a profit of $180, but you think that the $60 main pot probably will belong to the all-in player, however, on the showdown he cannot beat your hand, because he also had a draw and missed worse than you did. That $60 is gravy. Or, you bet with the nuts, expecting one caller, but instead get three. The extra money you win is gravy. 2. The amount by which a player is ahead, usually implying that he is in a lot and was stuck until fairly recently. “Boy, you’re winning a lot! Look at all those chips — must be over a grand.” “Uh huh. I’m in a thousand. There’s $1040 here, so $40 is gravy.”




(n1. A card cheat; thiefcard sharp2. By extension (or guilt by association!), any professional gambler. Also, grec.

greek bottom

(n phrase1. A cheating maneuver, in which the second card from the bottom of the deck is dealt. 2. The card itself, that is, the second card from the bottom of the deck.


(n) A general term for cheating or thievery.


(n1. Felt; usually preceded by the. The cloth surface covering a card table. Usually used figuratively. He went to the green means he bet all his chips. He’s down to the green means he ran out of chips or he went all in. So called because in many cardrooms, the felt is green in color. 2.green chip.

green chip

(n phrase) A $25 chip, also called a quarter.

green felt

(n phraseFelt.


(v1. To cheat, usually involving stealing small amounts of money. — (n2. Grifter3. A cheating scheme used by a cheat.


(n) A swindler or cheater, generally one who steals small amounts of money on an irregular basis. Also called grift.


(vGrind out. “Been playing big lately?” “Nah, just grinding.” You sometimes see the past tense of this word incorrectly rendered “grinded”; some poker players are not known for their grammatical skills.


(v) Ungrammatical past tense of grind that you’ll hear in cardrooms.


(n) One who grinds. See grind out.

grind out

(v phrase) Win gradually, but consistently, and often over long hours. The implication here is that this is done by someone in a game smaller than he is used to and by playing tighter than he usually does. Also said disparagingly of a conservative, winning player who never wins big, but also never gets caughtgambling (see gamble).

ground skinner

(n phrase) What some southerners call a walk.

group n hand

(n phrase) In hold’em, a ranking of starting hands, according to a chart originally developed by poker theoretician David Sklansky. Group 1 hands include aces, kings, queens, A-K suited; group 2 includes queens, jacks, A-K offsuit, A-Q suited, …; and so on.


(n; abbr) Guaranteed. See pkg.


(n phrase) Referring to a guaranteed tournament or other guaranteed prize, as a guaranteed prize pool.

guaranteed money tournament

(n phraseGuaranteed tournament.

guaranteed outs

(nOuts that improve a drawing hand such that no opponent can have a better hand. See discussion at clean outspossible outs.

guaranteed prize pool

(n phrase) The advertised prize pool in a guaranteed tournament.

guaranteed tournament

(n phrase) A tournament that offers a guaranteed prize pool or guaranteed first-place prize. If fewer players participate than sufficient to build the prize pool to the guarantee amount, the house must pay the difference. This produces a buy-in overlay for the players. That is, the expected value for the average player is higher than the cost of the buy-in. Such a tournament is offered to attract participation. In most cases, if the casino accurately predicts attendance, the prize pool is larger than the guarantee, but sometimes a casino puts more into a tournament than it makes (in the form of entry fees). For example, a casino might advertise a particular tournament (often one with a buy-in of at least $5,000) as a $1,000,000-guaranteed tournament. In the case of a $5,000 tournament with a $100 entry fee, 196 participants are needed for the casino to break almost even.


(n) In hold’em, 8-5 offsuit as starting cards. The full name of this term is Nacogdoches gumbo, and it was supposedly named by RGPer Tyler Wong.


(nInside. To catch in the gut means to make an inside straight.


(nGuts to open.

gut shot

(n phrase) The card that makes an inside straight, or, more commonly, the making of a straight by catching a card inside. If you draw to 4-5-7-8 of mixed suits in draw poker, or have those cards in a stud or hold’em game, and catch a 6, you have made a gut shot. A gut shot card is sometimes called a belly card.


(adj) Pertaining to an inside straight, usually part of the phrase gutshot straight. See gut shot.

gutshot straight

(n phraseInside straight.

gutshot straight draw

(n phraseInside straight draw.

guts to open

(n phraseStraight draw (definition 1). Sometimes shortened to just guts.

gut straight

(n phraseInside straight.


(n) A gutshot draw.

gutter ball

(n phrase) The card that makes an inside straight.


(v, n) See gypsying in. This term is often used in the negative, no gypsy, meaning that the minimum open is always two bets.

gypsying in

(v phrase) In the smaller double-limit games and generally referring to jacks or better draw or ace-to-five lowball, usually up to $15-$30, a pot can be opened for the minimum bet. This is called gypsying in. It’s an old term that is becoming obsolete. Particularly in flop games (see flop game), the term limp is usually heard. For example, in the 2-4 game (as it used to be played in Southern California), the dealer puts a dollar chip in the pot before the cards have been dealt, the player to the left of the dealer also puts in a dollar chip before the cards have been dealt, and the player two positions to the left of the dealer puts in two dollar chips. After the cards have been dealt, the players look at their cards. Starting three positions to the left of the dealer, each player makes a decision in turn whether to play the pot. If a player does not want to play, the player discards his or her cards, and has no further interest in this pot. The first player to put money into the pot after having seen his or her cards is said to open the pot, or, simply, to open. That player has two choices on the opening bet. He can open for $2, that is, the size of the big blind. Or he can open for $4, which is called coming in for a raise (see come in for a raise). Opening for the minimum permitted is called gypsying in. If a player opens for $2, any succeeding player can fold, call the $2 bet, or raise to $4. Similarly, if a player opens for $4, any succeeding player can fold, call the $4 bet, or raise to $6. After the first raise, further raises proceed in $2 increments. If the pot is opened for the minimum, and no one raises, when the betting gets to the dealer or middle blind, either of them can call for just $1. And, when the betting gets to the big blind, the big blind can stop the betting, or raise it. This kind of blind is called a live blind. When the big blind elects not to raise a minimum opening bet, the player usually signifies by tapping his or her cards on the table, or saying something like, “Deal ’em,” signifying that it’s time to draw cards, because the first-round betting action is over. In another example, in the 15-30 game, the dealer blind is $5, the middle blind is $10, and the big blind is $15. As in the previous example, the first player to put money into the pot after having seen his or her cards has two choices on the opening bet. He can open for $15, that is, the size of the big blind. This is gypsying in. Or he can open for $30, that is, come in for a raise. As in the smaller game, if a player opens for $15, any succeeding player can fold, call the $15 bet, or raise it to $30. Similarly, if a player opens for $30, any succeeding player can fold, call the $30 bet, or raise it to $45. After the first raise, further raises proceed in $15 increments. If the pot is opened for the minimum, and no one raises, when the betting gets to the dealer, that player can call for $10, while the middle blind can call for $5. (Of course, either has the option of folding, or raising.) And, when the betting gets to the big blind, the big blind can stop the betting (or close it; see close the action and option, definition 1), or raise. Games in which gypsying in is not permitted are calledno gypsy.




Entire dictionary copyright (©) 2010, Michael Wiesenberg. Online publication rights owned by Mike Caro / MCU. No part of this dictionary may be republished without written permission.


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