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Poker Lingo for Beginners


  • Date: September 25, 2014

Ante: A forced bet that all players must put up before the hand begins

Blind: A forced bet made before cards are dealt to trigger action. A big blind refers to the person seated two over from the dealer, and a small blind impacts the person at the dealer’s left.

Call: To match a bet.

Check: To opt to not bet. You can do this if you are the first to act or if the players before you have checked. This means that you can stay in the action should other players bet.

Dealer Button: A circular disk that denotes the dealer’s location on the table.

Forced Bet: A mandatory wager to kick off the poker game.

Raise: To increase the highest bid. You do this by placing the desired amount of chips in the betting area and saying “Raise.”

Spread Limit: A hand where players can bet within a limit. In a $.5-1 game, for example,  players can wager anywhere within that limit.

String Bet: When a player tries to raise in two motions. For example, the player might reach to put chips in without verbally declaring a raise or state “I see your call - and raise.” NOTE: These bets aren't used at Spirit Mountain.

Structured Limit: A hand where the wager limits are defined. In a $.5-1 game, for example, initial bets would be in $.50 increments and would grow to $1 in subsequent rounds.

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