(n) 1. Razz, when part of a designation like H.O.R.S.E. or R.O.E. 2. Short for rebuy, particularly in tournament listings. For example, a tournament might be specified as $200+$100R, that is, $200 buy-in plus $100 rebuys, or $33+R, that is, $33 buy-in plus $33 rebuys. Sometimes expressed as a number followed by an R, such as, for example, 2R, which means “two rebuys.” 3. In the French deck, the index for the king (roi in French).
(n) Ruler. (Those are zeroes, not O’s.) The plural is r00lerz.
(n) Plural of r00ler.
(n) Ruling (definition 2).
(n) 1. A weak player. 2. Short for follow the rabbit.
(n phrase) A television camera that records the next card off the deck in a televised hold’em tournament or other contest in a situation in which that card is not dealt, usually because one player makes a large bet and his one or more opponents fold. The image of that next card is usually sent to a secured video recorder, to be edited in for when the event is broadcast. The purpose of this exercise is so that the event announcers can explore “what if” scenarios. The term comes from rabbit hunt.
(v) Rabbit hunt.
(v phrase) 1. After the deal is over, search through the undealt cards to see what you would have made if you had stayed in the pot. Not permitted in most public cardrooms, and frowned on in the rest, though common in home games. Also, fox hunt, rabbithunt. — (n) 2. Rabbit hunting.
(n) Rabbit hunting.
(n phrase) Searching through the undealt cards, as described under rabbit hunt. Also, rabbithunting.
(n) 1. The situation that occurs in a tournament at the point at which the limits are increased and the denomination of chips used at the lower limits is no longer needed for the current limits. First all chips are exchanged for the higher-denomination chips (colored up; see color up); then the odd chips are taken off in a procedure known as the race for the odd chips, or simply the race. After the conversion, the dealer or other person making the chip exchange shuffles the deck and deals each player that has odd chips, in order, one card face up for each odd chip. In one form of race, whoever gets the highest card, with ties settled by suits in bridge order, gets all the odd chips. At whatever point the ace of spades appears, no further cards need be dealt, and whoever gets that card “wins” the odd chips; otherwise the cards are dealt until each player has one card for each chip. Those chips are then also colored up and the higher-denomination chips given to the winner. Any remaining odd chips are usually just removed from play. In another form of race, no one player gets more than one chip; chips are apportioned in order starting with the “winner” of the race. Here is an example of the first method: At the $10-$20 level, $5 chips are used. When the betting changes to $25-$50, $25 chips will be used. A house employee comes around to color up all even multiples of $25. At this point, every player now has zero, one, two, three, or four $5 chips. Each player puts those chips up in front of him and is dealt one card for each chip. The player who gets the highest card wins all the $5 chips, which are then colored up to quarters. Say Helen has four odd $5 chips, Stan has two, Pat has one, Alexandra has three, Elizabeth has none, Catherine has two, Jo has none, Matt has none, and Mike has four. The dealer shuffles the deck, and starts dealing cards face up, first four to Helen, two to Stan, one to Pat, three to Alexandra, none to Elizabeth, two to Catherine, none to Jo and Matt, and four to Mike. The ace of spades never appears, so the cards are dealt till Mike has four. When the cards are all out, no aces appeared. Helen got the king of diamonds and Stan the king of clubs; Helen gets all 12 chips, which are exchanged for two $25 chips; the other two odd $5 chips are taken out of play. It is possible to be knocked out of a tournament at the race if you have fewer than five chips total. In the other, more common method of race, no player can get all the odd chips. One card is still dealt for each odd chip, but whoever gets the highest card gets one chip of the higher denomination, whoever gets the next highest gets another, and so on, until all the odd chips are handled. In this method, anyone who would otherwise end up with no chips of the higher denomination gets one chip. Also calledchip race. 2. Race situation. — (v) 3. Participate in a race. Also, race off.
(adv phrase) Dumped out of a tournament due to having lost one’s remaining small denomination chips during a race. Most major tournaments do not allow a player to be raced off, awarding the player at least one chip.
(adv phrase) Raced off.
race for the odd chips
(n, v phrase) Race.
(n phrase) A hand either involved in, or one that could potentially be involved in, a race situation.
(n) Blind stud.
(v phrase) Participate in or conduct a race (definition 1). Sometimes, race off the [denomination] chips.
race off the chips
(v phrase) Race (definition 3).
(n phrase) A hold’em confrontation of two closely matched hands, usually with one of the players all in. Two overcards against a pair is a classic race situation. For example, in the matchup of 7♣ 7♦ against A♠ K♥, the pair is about a 55:45 favorite. Compare with coin flip.
(n) The queen of diamonds. Probably comes from Jacob’s second wife in the Bible.
(n) 1. Chip rack (definition 1). 2. A unit representing the number of chips that fill a rack (generally 100). “I’m stuck three racks.” — (v) 3. Place chips in a rack. 4. Win; usually followed by up. “He’s been racking up the game” means he’s been winning a lot. Comes from meaning 3.
rack them up
(v phrase) Rack (definition 3).
(v phrase) Rack (definition 4); usually followed by the game.
(n) 1. Any poor hand. 2. In hold’em, a card in the flop that probably doesn’t help players who started with good cards; usually used in the plural. If you start with A♠ K♠, and the flop is 2♥ 6♣ 8♦, you might say, “The dealer flopped three rags.” For this definition, also called blank. — (adj) 3. Describing a roughlowball hand; always followed by the rank of the high card in the hand; as, for example, in ace-to-five, a rag 8, which would be an 8-7, probably an 8-7-6.
(adj) 1. In hold’em, describing a flop (or board) that doesn’t appear to help anyone or is not coordinated. A flop of J♦ 7♣ 3♠ would be termed ragged. 2. Same as rag (definition 3). “I’ve got a ragged 8.”
(n phrase) See ragged (definition 1).
(n) See rag (definition 2). “The flop came rags.”
(expression) Raise, in BARGE-speak. The response might be “Rai-rai!” (reraise) or “Re-rai.”
(expression) Reraise, in BARGE-speak.
(n) 1. A barrier separating the games from the onlookers and those waiting to be seated; so called because the barrier often is an actual wooden railing. In casinos, the rail sometimes is a velvet rope. 2. An imaginary or figurative zone for the same purpose, that is, separating the area in which the poker games are as opposed to the area in which the nonplaying onlookers hang around. 3. Figuratively, those on the rail, probably observers. “Matusow was the life of the final table, chatting loud and interacting a lot with the rail.” 4. Part of the phrase go to the rail, head for the rail, or on the rail. — (v) 5. Sweat [someone]. “He busted out near the bubble and railed me for the rest of the tournament.”
(n) 1. Also see kibitzer. — (v) 2. Be a railbird, that is, hang on the rail.
(v) Observing a game, that is, being a railbird, often followed by a or the game.
(n) Railroad hand.
(n phrase) Deck of cards. Also called California bible.
(n phrase; onomatopoetic) 1. The two pair hand jacks and 6s. (Say it rhythmically with this emphasis: jacks and sixes, jacks and sixes, jacks and sixes. Sounds a bit like a steam train, doesn’t it?) 2. In hold’em, J-6 as starting cards.
(adv) On the rail (definition 3). A blurb for a book about high-stakes games reads, “Takes you railside to observe all the action.”
(adj) 1. Describing a flop in hold’em of three different suits, usually preceded by the ranks of the cards, as, “the flop came 2-8-K rainbow.” 2. Describing any group of cards of mixed suits such that they cannot make a flush in combination with any other cards.
(n phrase) A flop containing cards of three different suits.
(v) 1. Increase the bet. In a limit game, this means add a bet equal to the betting limit; in a no-limit game, this means increase by anything equal to or greater than the previous bet or raise. Also jack, jack it, jack it up, jack up, pump, or raise the pot. — (n) 2. The act of increasing the bet or the chips that represent a betting unit. “Is that a raise?” “The betting is capped at three raises.” 3. The money, in the form of chips or cash, that constitutes this bet. “He put in a $100 raise.”
(v phrase) 1. Reraise. — (n phrase) 2. The act of raising a raise.
(n phrase) A pot in which there has been a raise.
raise on air
(v phrase) Raise on nothing. See air (definition 1).
raise on the come
(v phrase) See come.
(v) Be first into a pot and do so by raising.
(v phrase) Raise [someone] out.
(n) Someone who raises or has raised. “Check to the raiser.”
(expression) “I’m raising.”
“Raise it up.”
(expression) “I’m raising.” A redundant phrase, “Raise it” (or simply “Raise” for the laconic) being sufficient. After all, you can’t raise it sideways.
(v phrase) Bet sizing with raises.
(v phrase) Drive someone out of a pot by betting more than he is willing to call. In a no-limit hold’em game you might hear, “I had a good draw, but he raised me out when he put his whole stack in.”
raise the pot
(v phrase) 1. Often just a synonym for raise. That is, when many players say “I raised the pot” they simply mean “I raised.” 2. Make a raise equal to the size of the pot (as calculated when including the amount needed to call the current bet or raise), in a no-limit or pot-limit game. (See example under pot limit.)
raise the stakes
(v phrase) 1. Play a particular game at higher stakes than it has been being played at. One of the losers — or winners — in a game might say, “Who wants to raise the stakes?” If they were playing a no-limit game with blinds of, for example, $2 and $5, all players might agree to increase the blinds to $5 and $10. 2.Play a hand for more money. This is often used as a synonym for raise. As a player raises, particularly by a large amount, he might say, “Let’s raise the stakes.”
(expression; imitative) “I’m raising.” This is a pun on raising bread, that is, money.
(n phrase) A hand that is good enough to raise with.
(n phrase) The range of hands with which a given player will raise in a particular situation.
(v) 1. Take a percentage of the pot, usually by the house as its means of making money on the game. Sometimes called snatch. 2. Get someone out of a game; so called because the signal is often a finger run (raked) up the person’s spine. This is sometimes used by a floorperson to unobtrusively request a thief to cash in (that is, to get out of the game at the next opportune moment). — (n) 3. The money taken as described in definition 1, or the house’s cut taken in some other form (as, for example, time). In a nonrake game, you might hear a loser sarcastically say, “Hurry up and deal; you’re slowing down the rake.” Sometimes called take or takeoff, juice, vig. 4. The percentage of a pot represented by the rake. A Vegas casino might advertise, “Lowest rake in town.” If a new player asks, “What’s the rake?,” he wants to know what percentage is taken by the house from each pot.
(n) Paying back to a player a portion of the player’s rake, usually associated with online cardrooms (see online cardroom). Usually the payback comes from a source other than the actual cardroom, as an affiliate. Some online cardrooms offer players their own rakebacks, sometimes increasing in percentage as the hours played per unit of time (per month, say) increase. Brick and mortar cardrooms (see brick and mortar club) sometimes offer something akin to rakeback programs, in the form of electronic tracking controlled by club reward cards (see reward card).
(n phrase) Someone who makes a profit, even perhaps a decent living, online earning rakeback, but is otherwise break-even or perhaps even slight loser without the rakeback.
(n phrase) Raked pot.
(n phrase) A pot from which a rake or drop has been taken. Whether a pot has been raked can be important in some games, particularly in an online cardroom, where usually players are not awarded frequent player points for unraked pots in which they have been dealt a hand. Also, raked hand.
(n) Rake (definition 3).
(v phrase) Rake (definition 1).
(n phrase) Rake game.
(v phrase) Bet and raise frequently and aggressively.
(n) Fast-action player, one who bets and raises frequently and aggressively.
ramming and jamming
(v phrase) Betting and raising frequently and aggressively; describing a lively game. “You oughta get in the 3-6; they’re rammin’ and jammin’.”
(n) All one’s chips; usually preceded by bet the. When a player goes all in, someone may say, “He’s betting the ranch.” Also, the farm.
(n phrase) In an online casino or cardroom, a programmatic construct that causes dealt cards, slot machine symbols, and the like, to appear randomly. When applied to a deck of cards, a random number generator causes cards to be dealt with the same frequency as if they were actual physical cards that have been shuffled and dealt. (Technically, programmatic routines use random number generators to simulate shuffling.) Sometimes rendered as the initialism RNG. Also see pseudo-random number generator.
(n phrase) The statistician’s name for bad luck.
(n) 1. The spectrum of hands a given player will play in a specific situation. For example, a tight unimaginative player who opens under the gun in a hold’em game might be assigned an opening range of a pair of 10s or better, A-K, or A-Q or A-J suited. See opening requirements (definition 2). 2. Spread (definition 7).
ranking of hands
(n phrase) Rank of hands.
rank of cards
(n phrase) The list of cards, from high to low, or low to high, to determine what beats what, as, in high games, from high to low, A (ace), K (king), Q (queen), J (jack), T (10), 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, trey (3), deuce (2). In ace-to-five lowball (and many high-low split games), the list goes, from low to high, A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K. In deuce-to-seven lowball, the list goes, from low to high, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A.
(n phrase) The hierarchy of the hands of poker, listed from best to worst, or worst to best. Royal flush, lower straight flush, four of a kind, and so on, is the usual list (though not the only one). (In decks with wild cards, five of a kind tops the list.)
|royal flush||A♠ K♠ Q♠ J♠ T♠|
|straight flush||J♥ T♥ 9♥ 8♥ 7♥ ; 5♣ 4♣ 3♣ 2♣ A♣|
|four of a kind||9♣ 9♦ 9♠ 9♥ K♣|
|full house||7♠ 7♥ 7♦ A♣ A♦|
|flush||Q♥ T♥ 7♥ 4♥ 2♥|
|straight||Q♣ J♥ T♠ 9♦ 8♥|
|three of a kind||6♠ 6♣ 6♥ A♦ K♣|
|two pair||A♠ A♥ J♦ J♣ 2♦|
|one pair||2♣ 2♠ J♦ 5♥ 3♦|
|no pair||K♥ J♦ 8♦ 6♣ 3♠|
(v) 1. In draw poker, at the time to draw cards, indicate that one is pat. So called because a player, if he has a pat hand, often raps on the table with his knuckles when it is his turn to announce his draw. 2. In any form of poker, at the time for making a bet, indicate that one declines to bet; check. 3. In a game in which gypsy bets are permitted, when it is the blind’s turn to act, decline to raise, indicated by rapping on the table with one’s cards or knuckles. 4. Similarly, in the usual two-blind traveling blind game, when the big blind has the option, so indicate that one is not raising. 5. In a game in which a player must post a blind to get a hand earlier than waiting for the blind to come around (which blind then acts as the player’s opening bet), when it is that player’s legal turn to act, decline to raise, indicated in similar fashion. 6. When one is offered the deck by the dealer, after shuffling, to cut, rap on the deck to indicate one is declining the option of cutting the cards. For definitions 1 and 2, also knuckle or knock. For defintion 5, sometimes, tap. — (n) 7. Standing pat (see stand pat). “He gave it the rap” means he stood pat.
(v phrase) 1. Stand pat, that is, at the point when one is supposed to draw, tap the table with one’s cards or rap on the table with one’s knuckles as an indication that one will not draw any cards. 2. Extended figuratively, draw no cards (but without necessarily actually performing the act of tapping the table with one’s cards or rapping with one’s knuckles). “How many cards did John take, dealer?” “He rapped pat.”
(n phrase) In hold’em, 3-8 as starting cards. Has something to do with certain measurements. (And you can see how long the term has been around, because she was born in 1940.)
(n; imitative) Rush. “He’s on a rash.”
(v) During a playing session, surreptitiously remove chips from play. This is not strictly cheating, just not fair to the other players who do not have an opportunity to win as much from a player who does this as they might otherwise. It is not permitted in public cardrooms to remove chips from the table without cashing out. Players rathole chips because they don’t want to chance losing them back, or because they want to hide their winnings from someone who has staked them or someone they owe money to. Compare with go south, salt away.
(n) One who ratholes (see rathole) chips.
rattle one’s chips
(v phrase) Reach for one’s chips. “All you had to do was rattle your chips.”
(n) Shorthand, particularly in e-mail and Internet postings and in tournament listings, for rebuy.
(n) Alluding to the term “rigged” without coming out and saying it. This applies to the chat box in online cardrooms, in which the sites don’t want to scare away players by permitting any discussion about that form of cheating.
reach for chips
(v phrase) See reach for one’s chips.
(v phrase) Make a move toward one’s chips, presumably with the intention of betting. Usually said by someone about another betting in a situation in which the first has no intention of calling. For example, the first player passes, and before the second can get her bet into the pot, the first dumps his cards, saying, “All you had to do was reach for your chips.” Also rattle one’s chips.
(v) 1. In a stud game, make a conclusion about another player’s holdings based on that player’s exposed cards, or, in any game, make such a conclusion based on the player’s actions, remarks, betting patterns, the composition of the board, etc. Compare with put (as in put someone on a hand). 2. Interpret or see, usually followed by a designation of cards. “I read my hand wrong. I thought I had two hearts, but one of them was a diamond.” — (n) 3. A conclusion or indication as described in definition 1. “I got a read on him and called his all-in bet.”
(n) 1. Marked cards, particularly those marked with special luminous ink that can be seen only by someone wearing special glasses or contact lenses sensitive to a particular portion of the spectrum. Also known as luminous readers. Also, decks that featured slight variations in popular back designs to reveal each card’s rank or suit or both. 2. Pink eye.
(v phrase) Divine that someone is bluffing. After being caught bluffing, someone might say, “You’ve been reading my mail.”
read the board
(v phrase) Prepare for a cheating move.
(v) 1. In many tournaments, players are allowed to buy in again if they go broke or if their chip accumulation falls below a certain level, usually only during a predetermined amount of time, say the first hour of play or the first three levels. To do so is to rebuy. Also see add on. — (n) 2. The chips represented by performing the preceding action. “The tournament has one rebuy and an add-on.” Also see add-on. 3. The act of rebuying, or the point in a tournament at which players can rebuy. Also see R (definition 2).
(n phrase) A tournament in which players are permitted to rebuy, as opposed to a freeze-out tournament. Often rebuys are restricted to some maximum (often one), with the exception of an unlimited rebuy tournament.
(n) A poker player’s ability to remember how a specific opponent played a type of hand or situation in the past. For some old-time players, this ability extends over many decades.
(n) On the Internet, a Usenet newsgroup devoted in large part to discussions of poker. The
rec is short for recreational. Often called rgp.
(v) 1. Deal again, usually as occasioned by a misdeal. — (n) 2. The situation in which the cards must be dealt. “Do I owe an ante?” “No, it’s a redeal.”
(n) Red (definition 2).
(n phrase) $5 or a $5 poker chip. (That’s their typical color in most casinos and cardrooms.) Sometimes shortened to simply red. Also called nickel.
red chip game
(n phrase) A modest-sized poker game, one played with red ($5) chips, the typical color in most casinos.
(n phrase) An old card game whose name has been usurped as another name for acey-deucey (definition 3).
(n phrase) A member of an online poker site’s professional team. See Team [x].
(v) 1. Be in the situation in which the second-best hand draws out on the better hand (that is, catches a card that makes it the better hand at that point) on the next-to-last card in a stud or hold’em game, and is itself redrawn out on by the previous better hand on the last card. 2. Make one hand (in a community card or flop game) and have a draw for a better hand. For example, in hold’em you start with 8♥ 9♥, and the flop is 2♥ T♥ J♥. You made a flush, and now you can redraw for a straight flush. Also see extra outs. 3. Draw a second or third time in a draw game with multiple draws (such as triple-draw lowball).— (n) 4. Having or having made any of the draws in definition 1 or 2. 5. Any of the draws in definition 3.
redraw for seats
(v phrase) See draw for seats.
(n) Face card.
(n phrase) A blind that a player in a traveling blind game puts in to get a hand after missing the blinds in a game in which players must come in on the blind. A reentry blind doubles the stakes for one hand, and the player who puts it in acts after the big blind on the first round. So, different from a post, the player does not act in turn; unless she put the reentry blind in immediately to the left of the big blin, the action skips her so that she can act last. For example, in a Southern California-style $20-$40 lowball game, Kate left the table before the big blind got to her and returned after it passed her position. The button is two positions to her left. The blinds are $10 from the button, $10 from the middle blind, and $20 from the big blind. Kate puts $20 in to get a hand. This hand will be played at $40-$80 limit. The player to the left of the big blind comes in for a raise (opens for $80). The next player folds. Kate is in the next seat. She does nothing. The next two players fold. The button calls, the middle blind folds, and the big bliind calls (by putting in an extra $60 to bring his bet to $80). Only now does Kate act. She has three options. She can fold. She can call (by adding $40). She can raise (by adding $80). After the draw, betting starts from the left of the button and proceeds clockwise, as usual.
(n) Where a cold deck (supposedly) comes from. “He brought one out from the refrigerator” means he brought in a cooler (cold deck).
(v) See casino stud poker.
(n phrase) Cards that form straight and flush possibilities. The term is used most often in a flop-type game.
(vt) Fold a hand, usually implying a good hand when you think it is beat; often followed by a hand, the hand, or the name of a hand. For example, in hold’em, you have three 7s, but after the fourth heart just appeared on the board, Transparent Tommy, who has been calling all the way, now bets out. You might say, “I knew he made the flush. I hated to do it, but I had to release a set.” Also, get away from, lay down a hand.
release a hand
(n phrase) See release.
(v) 1. Add chips to an existing online gaming site account, usually by transferring from a bank account, using an online electronic funding source, etc. 2. Buy more chips in any game after going broke.
(n phrase) A payment made by an online casino or cardroom as an incentive to continue playing on the site when a player deposits more cash on the site. See signup bonus.
(n) 1. A form of draw poker, found only in home games, in which all face cards are wild. 2. Face card; so called because a face card is sometimes called a paint. This usage is often restricted to lowball.
(n phrase) Start a new series of raises within a betting round. That is, a player has already called the initial bet, there has been a raise, and the player could end the round of betting by calling the raise, but the player instead chooses to reraise. For example, in a hold’em game, three players limp, including the small blind. The big blind raises, and the first two limpers call that raise. The small blind could call, which would stop the betting, or he could choose to reraise, and reopen the betting. Also, open it up again, open the door.
(v) In a no-limit or pot-limit game, bet the same amount as on the preceding round of betting.
(v) 1. Show the results of (usually) a final table at a later date. This is something that happens in an online tournament and, with the permission of participants, might show all the hole cards. This would allow viewers to see all of the plays made by players at the final table. — (n) 2. The showing of such results.
(v) Bet in such a way as to indicate a particular hand. For example, in hold’em, to bet heavily when three or four cards of the same suit are on the board is to represent that one has a made flush. In high draw, to raise before the draw and then draw no cards is to represent a pat hand. To raise and then draw two cards is to represent trips (three of a kind). The player who represents a given hand may or may not actually have that hand; often the connotation of this term is that the player does not.
(n) The conception players have of your play. For example, if you play conservatively, you may have a reputation as a tight player.
request a count
(v phrase) See count.
(v) 1. Raise a raise. 2. In particular, raise the player who first raised you. — (n) 3. The act of reraising, also called a backraise.
(n phrase) Open blind, raise blind, reraise blind.
reserve a seat
(n phrase) See lock up (definition 1).
(n phrase) Lock (definition 2).
(n) 1. A reputation a player gets in which opponents give him credit for holding a strong hand when he bets or raises as opposed to having a weak hand, such as might be held by a bluffer or overly aggressive loose player. A player must earn respect. — (v) 2. Give credit to a player’s skills or reputation, that is, show him respect.
(v) Raise a probable bluff while oneself holding a bluff, or bet on a succeeding round, again with a bluff, to try to force the probable bluff to fold.
(n phrase; humorous) Where a player has to go after suffering a heavy loss.
(n) 1. Overblind (definition 2). In a two-blind traveling blind game, the restraddle is put in by the player three positions to the left of the dealer. — (v) 2. Put in a further live straddle after the pot has already been straddled. In most games, this would be a fourth blind.
return on investment
(n) Expectation, sometimes rendered ROI.
(n phrase) Reverse suit order according to the game of bridge, that is, clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades. Reverse bridge order comes into play when breaking a tie for low card in determining who has the low-card forced bet in seven-card stud, or who starts the deal on the first hand at a lowball or razz table when such deal is determined by giving each player one card face up and more than one instance of the same rank appears. Thus, if the 2♣ and 2♥ both came out, the holder of the 2♣ would get to deal. Compare with bridge order.
(n phrase) A variant of hold’em that differs from regular hold’em in that the flop is one card, the turn is one card, and the river is three cards. The game is usually played as limit poker. Since a hand is not as well defined with the first two community cards as in regular hold’em at the same stage, players tend to speculate more. Additionally, because three cards hit at once at the end, the lead often changes at the finish. These characteristics attract action players who favor gambling over careful tactical play.
(n phrase) 1. The situation in which implied odds are such that a hand will win the minimum if it is the best hand but lose the maximum if it is not. Some aggressive actions (bets and raises) can be subject to reverse implied odds, because they win the minimum if they win immediately (the current pot), but may lose the maximum if called (the current pot plus the called bet or raise). These situations may also occur when a player has a complete hand that has little chance of improving but might face a better hand or draw, and an opponent continues to bet. If the opponent is weak or bluffing, he will likely give up after the player calls and not call any bets or raises the player makes. If, though, the opponent has a superior hand, he will continue betting (extracting additional bets or calls from the player). Sometimes called reverse implied pot odds. Example from limit hold’em: In a $10-$20 game, on the turn, John limps from the small blind. Emilie has 2♣ 3♣ and the board is 4♠ 5♠ 6♠. John checks. Emilie flopped a straight and bets and John calls. The K♠ comes on the turn. John bets $20, bringing the pot to $60. Emilie can improve only to a 7-high straight, so if John has her beat, she cannot win. If John is weak or bluffing, Emilie expects no further bets or calls from John. If John has a superior hand, in the form of a higher straight or a flush, Emilie expects John to bet another $20 on the river. Therefore, if Emilie wins, she expects to win only the $60 currently in the pot, but if she loses, she expects to lose $40 (her $20 call on the turn plus a $20 call on the river). Because she is risking $40 to win $60, Emilie’s reverse implied odds are 1.5-to-1 ($60-to-$40) or 40% (1/(1.5+1)). For calling to have a positive expectation here, Emilie must believe the probability of John’s having a weak hand is more than 40%. 2. More simply, the situation in which a player will make a hand and lose, probably because he’s drawing dead (see draw dead).
reverse implied pot odds
(n phrase) Reverse implied odds.
(n phrase) A tell that means the opposite of what one might expect. A common tell is acting weak when holding a strong hand; a reverse tell might be acting strong when holding a strong hand. A reverse tell is often deliberate. Also, false tell (definition 1), fake tell.
(n phrase) The standard club card that casinos issue to reward players. Players sign up, and receive points, often electronically verified, varying depending on length of play and size of bets. These points are then redeemable for merchandise, cash, tournament entry, parking, dining, hotel accommodations, and many other amenities. Some clubs and their cards are valid in only the issuing casino, such as the Cache Club of the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, California. Others are valid in any of the individual properties of a casino chain, such as Harrah’s Total Rewards Card. Some earn points only for slots play (which usually includes all machines, that is, also for video poker, video keno, video blackjack, and so on); others earn points also for table games, and sometimes also for any or all of live keno, poker, bingo, or the race and sportsbook. Also called frequent players card, preferred player card, or rate card. Also seeloyalty program.
(n) A member of the rec.gambling.poker community.
(n phrase) 1. Shoe clerk. “Let’s raise and get the ribbon clerks out.” 2. A small-stakes gambler.
(adj) 1. Pertaining to a packet (portion of a deck) containing an overabundance of high cards, 10s and up. 2. When part of the phrase too rich for my blood, pertaining to a bet, expensive. The player who says this generally means, “I fold.”
Rickey de Laet
(n phrase) Shifting Sands.
(n) See free ride.
(v phrase) 1. Get a free ride. 2. Play a round at minimal cost, that is, for only one bet in a limit game or a small bet in a no-limit game.
(v phrase) Bicycle cards.
ride the pot
(v phrase) Go light. See lights.
(n phrase) A method of stacking the deck by culling (selecting and pulling out) a few cards from the deck, arranging them in a desired sequence, and then keeping that sequence intact using a cheating riffle shuffle. See run up a hand.
(n phrase) A particular kind of shuffle, performed with the deck, on the table surface, separated into two approximately equal packets, whose corners touch, the thumbs against the edges closest to the dealer, and then lifted against the edges, which separates the cards enough for them to interlace. This is how professional dealers shuffle; amateurs may use an overhand shuffle.
(n phrase) A method of stacking the deck using a riffle shuffle.
(n) 1. Any cheating method. 2. A cheating device, such as a holdout machine or a gaffed roulette wheel. — (v) 3. Prearrange the outcome of an event upon which people bet, such as stack a deck. 4. Cheat on an online poker site, particularly by manipulating the code or somehow being able to know the values of hidden cards. A crooked site might be referred to as being rigged.
(adj) Per rig, definition 4, what paranoid players, particularly paranoid losing players, believe online sites are. Rather than attribute their losses to bad play, they believe that sites award pots more frequently than randomness would dictate to poor players than winning players, supposedly to keep the losers playing, and that sites deliberately put out “action flops” (see action flop) to increase average pot sizes for the purpose of increasing the rake.
(n phrase) A dishonest online gaming site, particularly when those who run the site know about and condone the dishonesty.
(n phrase) An honest gambling establishment, particularly one in which thieves are not tolerated; the opposite of flat shop.
(n phrase) Exactly the correct pot odds. For example, if the odds against your making a particular hand are 4-to-1, and the pot offers 4-to-1 on the current call you must make, you’re getting the right price. Anything better is frequently also called the right price.
(n phrase) Good situation. “Been losing all day till I got into this game. Looks like I finally found the right spot.”
right to bet
(n phrase) A situation that pertains only in private or home games in which each active player has the right to make at least one bet or raise per round no matter how many raises there have been during that round.
(n) A player who purports to be a beginner, but in actuality is an expert. Such a player is sometimes brought into an established private game by one of the regulars for the purpose of taking off some of the money, which the ringer will later split with the regular.
(n phrase) 1. A game with several players (generally seven or more), as opposed to a short game. The term often refers to a completely full game. 2. Any game played for “real” chips or cash, that is, specifically not a tournament game; side game. Also cash game or live action game.
(v phrase) Part of the phrase ring in a deck.
ring in a cold deck
(v phrase) See ring in a deck.
(v phrase) Bring in a deck. Sometimes spelled wring in.
Rin Tin Tin
(n phrase) In hold’em, K-9 as starting cards. Comes from the TV dog hero of ’50s television, who was known as “the canine cop.”
(n) 1. The chance one takes when entering any pot. 2. How much of one’s bankroll or chip stack one has invested in a particular game or pot. — (v) 3. Invest or potentially invest a portion of one’s bankroll or chip stack in a particular game or pot. “Looks like a good game; I’ll risk a grand.” “I risked my whole stack on that hand.”
(n) 1. River card; often preceded by the. “The river was an ace.” — (vt) 2. Catch a card on the river (in, usually, hold’em, although sometimes the term is used in seven-card stud) that beats a hand that up till that point was leading, probably by a large margin. “He rivered me.” 3. Catch a specific card or make a specific hand on the river. “He rivered an ace.” “He rivered a set.”
(n phrase) A casino that is on the water, but doesn’t necessarily need to actually sail or even be capable of sailing. It could be an actual riverboat and it could cruise, but many riverboat casinos are actually stationary barges. As in other casinos, many riverboat casinos have cardrooms. See dockside casino.
(n phrase) Originally a gambler who plied his trade on steamboats up and down the Mississippi and its tributaries, usually playing poker and often cheating, and later extended to mean any card thief.
(n phrase) Gambling that took place on steamboats up and down the Mississippi and its tributaries, in the mid-1800s, usually at poker and faro, and often involving cheating.
(n phrase) 1. The fifth community card in hold’em; fifth street. 2. The seventh card in seven-card stud; seventh street.
(v) While this is just the past tense of river, poker players often use the term to describe what caused them to lose a big pot. “Rivered again.” — (adj) 2. Describing a card caught on the river. “I got beat by a rivered ace.”
(n phrase) Riverboat gambler.
(n phrase) Riverboat gambling.
(n phrase) A poor player, full of hope, who habitually sticks around till the bitter end (the river), despite poor cards. Also, last-card Louie.
(n phrase) River (definition 2).
(n) In high poker, 2-4-6-8-10 of assorted suits. This is a random “garbage hand” having no value. Compare with Scotch straight.
(n) 1. Random number generator.
(n) Where an itinerant poker thief (or possibly an honest hustler who plays too well) goes to make money, particularly when his welcome has worn out in a particular venue; always preceded by the. “They won’t play with me anymore. Time to hit the road.”
(n phrase) One who travels from town to town seeking fresh poker games.
(n phrase) The game someone plays best. Probably comes from what a road gambler plays. “Yeah, I play mostly hold’em nowadays, but lowball is still my road game.”
(n phrase) In hold’em, Q-T as starting cards. Named after the 2002 World Series of Poker main event winner, who won the championship with this hand, and earlier knocked out former champion Phil Hellmuth with the same hand.
(n) An extremely tight player, one who takes few chances. Also called hardrock.
(n phrase) The nuts; usually preceded by a.
(v phrase) Describing a game full of rocks (see rock), that is, a tight game with little action. “Don’t bother with the 20-40; it’s all rocked up” means don’t get into that game because it’s very tight and no one is giving any money away.
(n) Ace; usually used in the plural.
(n) 1. In hold’em, a pair of aces as starting cards. Often part of the phrase pocket rockets. 2. In any game, two or more aces.
(n phrase) A table full of rocks (see rock).
(n) Nickname for a tight player. “Hey, Rocky, didja fill up again?”
(n phrase) Roger that.
(n phrase) In hold’em, starting cards of 10-4. See Broderick Crawford. The expression is police or CB radio talk for “acknowledged.” Also, CB hand, convoy, good buddy, over and out, over and out good buddy, Roger, trucker, trucker’s hand.
(n) A game or tournament format in which three forms of poker are played in rotation, usually either half an hour of each or one round of each. The games are razz, Omaha/8, and seven-card stud high-low (the e standing for 8-or-better). Also see half-and-half game, H.O.E., H.O.R.S.E., H.O.R.S.E.L., H.O.S.E.This form of poker is often called a mixed game.
(n) Return on investment, that is, expectation.
(n) 1. Winning streak. “Stay out of Slim’s way; he’s on a roll.” 2. The act of exposing one’s cards at the showdown, particularly as part of the phrase slow roll. — (v) 3. Deal; usually followed by them. “Roll ’em” is a request to the dealer to please distribute the cards. 4. Turn one’s face-down cards up, one at a time, generally with a betting round following each exposure, often as part of games such as no peeky and Anaconda. See roll-your-own. 5. Turn one of one’s face-down cards up, as in Mexican stud.
(adv phrase) Having three of a kind as one’s first three cards in seven-card stud. If John has a king showing on the first round, and he is rolled up, he has three kings already.
(adj) Pertaining to the situation in which one is rolled up; always followed by the rank of the card. In the previous definition, John would be described as having rolled-up kings.
(adj phrase) Three of a kind as one’s first three cards in seven-card stud.
roll the deck
(v phrase) Slip discards on top of the pack, a cheating move.
(v phrase) Expose one’s cards in the manner described under roll-your-own.
(n) 1. Any of various stud games (such as Anaconda), in which players turn their face-down cards up, one at a time, after having prearranged them in the manner in which they wish the cards to appear, generally with a betting round following each exposure. 2. Similarly, any of various stud games (such as Mexican stud), in which players always have all but one of their cards face down and turn one of those face-down cards up as each new card arrives, generally with a betting round following each exposure. In games with seven cards (and sometimes six), the last card is usually dealt face down and remains that way.
(n) In private or home games, a hand or round in which the stakes are temporarily increased, usually after a “big” hand is shown down. For example, in a $5-limit game, if aces full or better appears in a showdown, the next hand or the entire next round might be played at $10-limit. Also, rangdoodles,wangdoodles.
(n) Cardroom. “The Pastime Club is a nice little room.”
(n phrase) A betting scheme in which each round of betting starts with the next player clockwise. Typically, the player to the left of the dealer starts the first betting round, the player to his left starts the second round, and so on.
(n) The clockwise progression of betting, or of successive deals.
(n phrase) Mixed game.
(n) A chat term meaning “rolling on the floor laughing.” Usually typed in reaction to a stupid play.
(n) A chat term meaning “rolling on the floor laughing my ass off.” Usually typed in reaction to a stupid play.
(adj) 1. In lowball, pertaining to the upper spectrum of a class of hands, that is, those topped by two or three cards in sequence. For example, in ace-to-five lowball, 8-7-6-2-A is a rough 8, while 8-5-3-2-A is a smooth 8. Also, rag. 2. Any not-very-good lowball hand, usually with respect to the particular situation. For example, you call Susie’s all-in raise to draw one card. While you are looking at the card you caught, usually Susie would just turn over her cards, so you can see what it is that you have to beat. Instead she just says, “Rough,” which implies that almost anything you make will win. Depending on the player, her hand is probably a 10 or even worse, although some needle artists (see needle artist) say this about a straight 7 or even a straight 6.
(adj) In lowball, make a hand worse than it was earlier, as, for example, turn a pat 8 into a 9 by discarding the 8. For example, after several bets before the draw, Logan stands pat ahead of Paul. Paul pulls a 9 out of her hand and asks for a replacement. Logan checks, and Paul turns over the 10 she caught and says, “I roughened my hand.” Also, rough it up.
rough it up
(v phrase) 1. Change the tempo or temperament of a game by increasing the stakes beyond what are customary. 2. Roughen. If someone throws a 9 from an otherwise smooth lowball hand and draws a 10, she might say, “I roughed it up.”
(n) 1. Once around the table, that is, one turn of dealing by each player. Sometimes called orbit. 2. Round of betting. 3. Level. 4. Once around the table with a similar action in turn from each player on each deal. For example, if each player, when he deals, overblinds (see overblind) the pot, that is called a round from home. 5. Drinks for the table. After winning a big pot, Slick calls to the cocktail waitress, “Serving wench! A round for my friends.” — (v) 6. Dent.
(n) Player (definition 3). Some people say rounder and hustler are synonymous, but that’s not usually true for all connotations. Others say the same for rounder and thief, but that’s even less universally accepted.
(n) Performing a cheating maneuver consisting of marking the back of a card with a fingernail or by bending a corner. Also known as denting.
(n phrase) See round (definition 4).
(n phrase) In a draw poker game, one round of a particular opening requirement, as a round of jacks, one round in which jacks or better is dealt. A round of queens, would be one round of queens or better, and so on.
(n phrase) 1. One opportunity to bet from each active player. If there are no raises, there is only one round of betting. If there are raises, there is more than one round of betting. 2. One sequence of equalization of bets, that is, the period in which all bets and raises are accounted for; the point from the start of betting until all players have put the same amount into the pot (with the exception of anyone going all in, that is, running out of chips before completing the betting). In draw games, there are two rounds (unless everyone but one bettor folds for a bet on the first round) of betting: one before the draw, and one after. In stud games, there is usually one round of betting after the dealing of each upcard, plus a final round on the last card. Sometimes shortened to round. Also, betting interval.
(n phrase) In a stud or hold’em game, the dealing of cards immediately preceding a round of betting. “Starting with the first upcard, seven stud has a bet after each round of cards.”
round of jacks
(n phrase) See round of …
round of queens
(n phrase) See round of …
round table game
(n phrase) Any game, particularly poker, in which gamblers wager among themselves (as opposed to betting against the house or any other banker).
(n phrase) Around-the-corner straight.
(n) A deck of cards marked on their backs, for easy detection, by feel, by a cheater. Also, rounders. Also see nail, peg, and, unfortunately, lots of other vocabulary entries, because thieves have many terms for their methods and many methods.
(n) Straight flush. This is an old term that now is rarely used.
(n) Royal flush. “I’ve got a royal.”
Royal Brass Brazilians
(n phrase) The nuts; usually preceded by the. This hand is considered by some to be slightly better than the Royal Brazilians or the Brass Brazilians.
(n phrase) The nuts; usually preceded by the.
(n phrase) Face cards (see face card).
(n phrase) A special name given a straight flush topped by an ace, that is, five cards in sequence, 10, J, Q, K, A, all in one suit. In the 52-card deck, when playing without wild cards, this is the highest-ranking poker hand. This hand ranks just above a king-high straight flush. Often shortened to royal. Sometimes (rarely) called quint major.
royal straight flush
(n phrase) A royal flush, a term usually used only by amateurs or those otherwise unfamiliar with poker.
(n, initialism) Russian Poker Tour.
(n, initialism) Risk-reward ratio.
rub the spots off
(v phrase) Shuffle the spots off. “Don’t rub the spots off of ’em.”
(n phrase) Carpet joint.
(n phrase) The written regulations (poker rules) of a particular cardroom on the conduct of a poker game. Poker rules are not standard, although most rule books contain many similar rules. Some rules, such as what hand beats what, are fairly standard, particularly in public cardrooms, while others, such as what constitutes a legitimate bet or raise and the manner in which betting must be made, vary widely. The smart player familiarizes herself with the rule book of a particular establishment before sitting down to play.
(n phrase) In hold’em, a shortcut odds calculation for a situation in which you know the number of outs you have. With two cards to come (that is, on the flop), multiply the number of outs by 4. With one card to come (that is, on the flop turn), multiply the number of outs by 2. This produces an approximation of the percentage of success. For example, if you have a four-card flush on the flop, you have 9 outs. With two cards to come, multiply 9 by 4 to get a 36% chance of making the flush. (The actual figure is about 35%.) With one card to come, multiply 9 by 2 to get 18%. (The actual figure is about 19.6%.) This is only an approximation and doesn’t work for all situations, but it’s often close and is an easy calculation to perform in your head. This rule does not, of course, take into account the opponent’s chance of improving. Sometimes called rule of 2 and 4.
(n phrase) Rule of 4-2.
(n) In RGP-speak, a superior player. This superiority may arise from ability or luck. Often spelled r00ler.
(n) House rules.
(n phrase) Regulations on the conduct of a poker game, such as what hand beats what, the manner in which bets are made, how each permitted game is played, and so on. Also known as the laws of poker. Compare with house rules, which are the rules specific to a given cardroom, club, or casino. See rule book.
rules of the game
rules of 2 and 4
(n phrase) Rule of 4-2.
(v) Catch a thief in the act of manipulating the cards.
run all over
(v phrase) Run over.
run a pot
(v phrase) Make a planned bluff, usually one involving bets in several rounds.
run a stack through
(v phrase) See run through.
(n) Rundown hand.
(n phrase) In Omaha, four consecutive cards in a player’s starting hand. For example, 6-7-8-9 as the starting cards. Sometimes three consecutive cards plus a suited ace, such that a flush is also possible. Also simply called rundown.
(expression) “Deal the cards.” When the action in any but the last round gets to the player in last position, he might say this when choosing not to bet. Also, “turn one.”
(v phrase) While shuffling, maintain the original order of the cards; that is, perform a false shuffle.
run it twice
(v phrase) Deal twice.
(v phrase) Perform consistently and well over a long period of time, from the results shown by Kenyans in many high-profile marathon races (such as the Boston Marathon and San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers).
(n) 1. In hold’em, a flush or straight card that arrives on the fourth or fifth card, appearing for someone who, on the flop, had only three to that particular hand. For example, Loose Larry starts with hole cards of 6-7, unsuited. The flop is A-A-8. The 9 that appears on the turn (see turn card) is a runner. Compare with runner-runner. 2. In England, competitor. “The event will be limited to 100 runners.”
(n) In hold’em, flush or straight cards that arrive on the turn (see turn card) and river, appearing for someone who, on the flop, had only three to that particular hand. For example, Loose Larry starts with hole cards 2♥ 7♥. The flop is A♠ K♣ 8♥. The J♥ 5♥ that appear on the turn nd river are called runner-runner. Larry probably beats Salty Sam, who started with A♣ A♦ and bet it all the way. Sam says, “How can I beat this game? I start with pocket rockets, it’s capped before the flop, I flop a set, I’m betting all the way, the live one stays with deuce-seven suited and of course catches runner-runner, while I’m just praying to pair the board, because I know what’s gonna happen when I see two hearts and him hanging on.” Also applied to any situation in which two running cards are needed to win. As, for example, A-K against J-J and a board of A-J-3, where the A-K needs running A-A, A-K, Q-T, or A-4 to win. Also called perfect-perfect. See backdoor.
(adj) Dealt consecutively, as cards of the same suit or rank. “He caught running diamonds.”
(adv phrase) On a losing streak.
(adv phrase) On a winning streak. (Poker players seem to pride themselves on poor grammar. No self-respecting player would ever say running well, or, in the preceding, running poorly.)
running like a Kenyan
(v phrase) See run like a Kenyan.
(adv phrase) On a losing streak, a phrase rarely heard among poker players (because they prefer to say running bad).
(n phrase) Drawing snow.
(adv phrase) See running good; a phrase rarely heard among poker players (because they prefer to say running good).
(v phrase) Attempt a bluff. “I tried to run one, but the tightest player at the table got lucky and showed me the Royal Brass Brazilians.”
(v phrase) Take advantage of another player, particularly by bluffing. If, in a no-limit game, one player keeps looking at bets too large for him to call, he might ask the person making all those bets, “Are you trying to run over me?”
run over by the deck
(adv phrase) In the situation of having had lots of big hands, more than would be expected by chance, and profiting therefrom.
run over [someone]
(v phrase) See run over.
(v phrase) Bet aggressively, intimidating the other players.
(n) A no-pair hand of mixed suits.
run them twice
(v phrase) Deal twice.
(v phrase) Double a small stack by beating someone with a large stack; sometimes part of the phrase run a stack through. “Big John had $10,000 in front of him, and he was stuck about twice that much. Kate came in with $100, ran it through him three times, and then took the $800 to the window.” Also seedouble through.
(v phrase) Deal twice.
(v phrase) Perform a cheating maneuver in which one selects cards from the discards, and arranges these prior to some form of false shuffling such that they will be distributed where the thief wants them to go (usually with one good hand, sometimes more, the best of which will go to the dealer or his confederate). Compare with riffle cull.
(n) 1. Winning streak, that is, the winning of several hands in a row, usually implying with good hands. “I haven’t had a rush for a year.” Also, heater. 2. Being dealt a number of good hands in succession, often with no bad hands in between. Sometimes called card rush. 3. As part of the phrase on a rush, in the middle of a winning streak.
(n phrase) A variant of six-card Oasis Poker in which a player can redraw at the end or buy a sixth card. If a player buys a sixth card, he can make two different hands for the purpose of getting a bonus payment, as long as the second combination is not the same as the first. For example, the hand A-A-K-K-Q-9 could be counted as both two pair (A-A-K-K-Q) and one pair (A-A-K-Q-9). It would also be possible to have both a flush and a pair.
(n phrase) A series of tournaments that take place in Russia. Sometimes rendered as the initialism RPT.
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