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ICE: A cold deck.

IDEAL EDGE ODDS: The theoretical maximum edge odds, which are impossible to achieve.

IDLE CARD: A card that adds no value to a hand.

IF: See Gambler's Last Charge.

IGNORANT END OF A STRAIGHT: The lowest end of a straight, especially in Hold 'em.

IMMORTAL: (1) The best possible hand. (2) A certain winner.

IMPLIED ODDS: The amount of money you expect to win if you make your hand versus the amount of money it will cost you to continue playing.

IMPROVE: To draw cards that improve one's hand.

IN: To remain in the pot.

IN A ROW (LINE): A sequence or a straight.

IN ACTION: The time when a player is involved in playing his hand.

IN THE AIR: A poker tournament starts when the tournament director instructs the dealers to start dealing.

IN THE DARK: To check or bet blind, without looking at your cards.

IN THE HOLE: Cards dealt face-down in stud poker.

IN THE MIDDLE: The position of the players calling bets between two raising players (Middle Man).

INDEX: (1) The number or letter printed on the corners of cards. (2) The marks a cheater puts on the edge of cards.

INDIRECT BET: An opponent betting or raising for a player sandbagging a strong hand.

INSIDE STRAIGHT: A broken sequence of four cards, such as three, five, six, seven.

INSIDE STRAIGHT DRAW: Drawing to a straight where the cards needed to complete the straight are those in the middle of the straight.

INSURANCE: A side agreement when someone is all-in for a player in a pot to put up money that guarantees a payoff of a set amount in case the opponent wins the pot.

INTENTIONAL FLASHING: Purposely flashing or showing one's closed cards to an opponent.

INVESTMENT ODDS: The estimated returns on betting investments.

IRON DUKE: An unbeatable hand (Ironclad Hand).

ISOLATE: To raise with the intention of thinning the field to a single other player.

IT: Refers to the largest amount anyone has yet played in a round.


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