Ante – A small forced bet from each player before cards are dealt. Antes are mostly found in the latter stages of Holdem tournaments, Seven Card Stud games, and cash games where the players require more action.
All-In – A player is ‘all-in’ when all his chips are in the pot. In no-limit games a player can declare he is ‘all-in’ and bet all his chips on the hand.
Backdoor – A drawing hand that requires a favourable card on the turn and river to make the hand. Example: A player is holding A♠T♠, and the flop comes K♠6♥2♦ he requires a Queen and a Jack or two running spades to hit his backdoor straight or flush.
Bad Beat – When a hand that is a big favourite beaten by another, statistically inferior hand. Players complaining about their bad luck tell ‘bad beat’ stories.
Badugi – A four-card lowball draw game originating in Asia.
Bankroll – The amount of money a player has to play poker with.
Bankroll Management – Combination of record keeping and gambling amounts strictly proportional to the total bankroll, to avoid going broke.
Behind – The amount of chips a player still has out of play. Example: A player calls the bet of $200 with $1,000 ‘behind’ (still in his stack). A player or hand that is currently the underdog is ‘behind’.
Bet Out – To be the first to make a bet in any betting round.
Betting Pattern – A sequence of bets and situations which may start to give information on a player’s style of play and help identify his hand. See also ‘Tell’.
Big Blind – The larger of the two forced bets used in many poker games. The blinds are used to create action in the first round of betting, forcing players to at least call this bet to stay in the hand.
Blank – A community or board card that cannot affect the outcome of a hand. On a board of A♥K♥K♠ a 7♦ would be considered a blank. A 7♥, however, would not be as it completes a flush.
Board – The community cards that are dealt in the middle of the table.
Bring-In – In Seven Card Stud games, a forced bet made on the first round of betting by the player who is dealt the lowest up card, usually equal to the ante or a full small bet. Also used in Seven Card Stud Hi Lo and Razz. In the latter it the ‘bring-in’ is the player with the highest card showing.
Bullets – Pocket Aces. See also ‘Pocket Pair’.
Burn – Before dealing the flop, turn and river, the dealer ‘burns’ the first card, dealing it face down and out of play.
Button – A small white disk placed in front of the last player to be dealt in to the hand. The ‘button’, as that player is described, acts last in each betting round after the flop.
Buy – A player can ‘buy the pot’ by making a bluff that forces other players to fold. A player can ‘buy a card’ by calling a bet to see the next card. A player can also ‘buy the button’ by making a bet before the button that forces all players remaining to act to fold, thereby making that player the last to act in each subsequent betting round.
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