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A PRIORI ODDS: The probability that an event will occur.

A-C PLAYER: The Advanced Concept Player.

ACE TO FIVE: In a low game .The ace to five means straights and flushes don't count and the ace can be used as a low card.

ACE-HIGH: A five-card hand that has no hand combinations (flush, straight, pair etc), but that has one Ace.

ACES FULL: A full house that has three aces and any other pair.

ACES UP: A hand with two pairs, where one pair is aces.

ACTION: To check, call, fold, open bet, and raise when it's your turn.

ACTION SPOT: The table area where the betting is occurring.

ACTIVE PLAYER: A player competing for a pot.

ADD-ON: The chance to purchase additional chips in some tournaments.

ADD-THEM-UP LOWBALL: Draw poker where the hand with the lowest point total wins.

ADVANCED CONCEPTS OF POKER: The concepts used by the good poker player to win maximum money from opponents.

ADVANCED-CONCEPT PLAYER: A player whose style is based on the Advanced Concepts of Poker. (A-C Player).

ADVERTISE: To purposely call a bluff and get caught, making you look like a loose player and therefore encouraging opponents to call later.

A-GAME: The highest stake game in the house.

AGE: First position to the left of the dealer (A, Able, or Edge).

AGENT: A confederate or collusion partner in cheating.

AGGRESSIVE: A style of play characterized by frequent raising and re-raising.

AGGRESSIVE ACTION: A wager that could enable a player to win a pot without a showdown; a bet or raise.

ALIEN CARD: A card that does not belong to the deck in play.


ALL IN: Betting everything that you have in front of you in a No-Limit game. A player is considered to be All-In when he/shebets all his/her remaining chips.

ALL THE WAY: Cincinnati with a progressive bet.

ALLIGATOR BLOOD: A compliment given to an outstanding player who proves himself unflappable under great pressure.

ALL-IN DISCONNECT: A provision made by online sites to protect players who lose their internet connection in the middle of a hand. A player who loses such connection is considered to be all-in for whatever bets he or she has made up to that point.

ALTERNATE STRAIGHT: A sequence of every other card, such as two, four, six, eight, ten (Dutch Straight, Skipper, Skip Straight).

AMBIQUE: A French card game that influenced the draw variation of poker.

AMERICAN BRAG: A game where the raiser shows the first caller his hand and the worst hand folds.

ANACONDA: A seven-card game with bets made on five rolled-up cards.

ANNOUNCE: To declare high, low, or the moon in high-low poker.

ANNOUNCED BET: A verbal bet made by a player before putting his money in the pot.

ANTE: A small, forced bet that everyone at the table is required to pay before each hand (in games with an ante). Mosthold'em games do not have an ante; they use "blinds" to get initial money into the pot.

APPLE, THE: The biggest game in the house.

ARKANSAS FLUSH: A four flush.

AROUND THE COMER STRAIGHT: A sequence running from the highest to the lowest values, such as queen, king, ace, two, three.

ASSIGNED BETTOR: The player who bets first.

AUSTRALIAN POKER: Draw poker with a blind opening.

AUTOMATIC BLUFF: A lowball situation that almost always requires a bluff.

AVATAR: Your computer-generated character in an online game. Some sites show players using other icons or empty chairs rather than avatars.

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