Texas Hold’em Terms and Phrases.
Hole Cards: These are the two private cards dealt to each player, which are kept face down.
Community Cards: These are the five cards dealt face-up in the center of the table and are shared by all players to make their best possible hand.
Flop: The first three community cards are dealt face-up after the first betting round.
Turn: The fourth community card was face-up after the second betting round.
River: The fifth and final community card was dealt face-up after the third betting round.
The Button: A small round disc that moves clockwise around the table after each hand, indicating which player is the dealer for that hand. The player to the left of the button posts the small blind, and the next player posts the big blind.
Small Blind: The forced bet made by the player to the left of the button before the start of each hand.
Big Blind: A larger forced bet made by the player two seats to the left of the button.
Ante: A small forced bet that all players must make before starting a hand in some variations of Texas Hold’em.
Check: Choosing not to bet when it’s your turn to act, passing the action to the next player.
Bet: Placing chips into the pot as the first action in a betting round.
Call: Match the current bet or raise to stay in the hand.
Raise: Increasing the current bet amount.
Fold: Discarding your hand and forfeiting your chance to win the pot in the current hand.
All-In: Betting all of your remaining chips on a single hand.
Pot: The total amount of chips in the center of the table, which the winner of the hand will receive.
Bluff: Making a bet or raise with a weak hand to make opponents fold stronger hands.
Nuts: The best possible hand at a given point in the game. For example, the “nut flush” is the highest possible flush.
Drawing Hand: A hand that needs one or more specific cards to improve, such as a flush or straight draw.
Tight: Playing a conservative style, only entering pots with solid hands.
Loose: Playing more aggressively, entering pots with a broader range of hands.
Position: Your place at the table concerning the dealer button. Being in a later position is advantageous as you have more information about other players’ actions before you act.
Suits: The four types of cards: hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades.
Bad Beat: Losing a hand when you were a significant favorite to win.
Showdown: When players reveal their hole cards to determine the hand’s winner.