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SATELLITE: A small-stakes tournament whose winner obtains cheap entry into a bigger tournament.

SAVING BETS: Same as pushing bets.

SCARE CARD: A card that makes you fear you are beaten. For example if you have pocket kings and an ace flops this is a scare card because it makes it likely you are beaten.

SCOOP: To win both the high and the low portions of a pot in a split-pot game.

SCRAMBLE: To mix the cards facedown.

SECOND PAIR: A pair with the second highest card on the flop.
If you have As-Ts, and the flop comes Kd-Th-6c, you have floppedsecond pair.

SECONDS: A style of cheating in which the dealer gives out the second card from the top of the deck, holding the top cardforhimself.

SEE: To see someone is to call their bet.

SELL: As in "sell a hand". In a spread limit game, this means to bet less than the maximum when you have a very stronghand, hoping players will call whereas they would not have called a maximum bet.

SEMI-BLUFF: A semi-bluff is similar to a bluff, except that the semi-bluff has some chance of making a winning hand.

SET: Three of a kind when you have two of the rank in your hand, and there is one on the board.

SETUP: Two suited decks, each with different colored backs, to replace the current decks in a game.

SEVEN CARD STUD: Of the poker games most commonly played in public cardrooms, seven card stud is probably the most well known. Inthisgame, each player is dealt seven cards of their own: two down, then four up, and a final card down. There is a round of betting after the first up card and after each subsequent card dealt

SEVEN DEUCE: The acknowledged weakest starting card combination in Texas Hold-em (7-2).

SEVENTH STREET: The fifth and final round of betting, called Seventh Street because the Players have Seven-Cards each.

SHILL: A player employed by the house and plays with the house money to help get games started. This player has very strict house rules they must follow in hands they play and fold often. This player has no unfair advantage.

SHORT BUY: A buy-in that is less than the required minimum buy-in.

SHORT HANDED: A game where there are several empty seats.

SHORT STACK: A number of chips that is not very many compared to the other players at the table. If you have $10 in front ofyou,and everybody else at the table has over $100, you are playing on a short stack.

SHOWDOWN: After all bets have been called this is where the called hand shows their cards and any hands that can beat it are shown.

SHUFFLE: The mixing and rearranging of the cards before each hand so that the cards occur randomly. This is done by the dealer.
SIDE POT: This is created when there are more then two players in a pot and one player runs out of chips and is all in. This side pot will be played out among anyone else in hand with chips. It is possible to have multiple side pots, especially late in a tournament.

SIGN ON YOUR BACK: Idenitrified as a cheater.

SIR: One of those confusing terms that can have a completely different meaning at the poker table than elsewhere. Ifsomeone says "nice hand, sir," after you win a big pot, what they're really saying is "congratulations on winning money through your own stupidity.

SIT IN: To join in a game that has already started.

SITTING OUT: When a player leaves the table for a short amount of time, it is referred to as sitting out. Players who sit out for long periods of time (more than 15 minutes) or miss two rounds of blinds are removed from the table.

SIXTH STREET: The fourth round of betting and is called Sixth Street because the players have six cards each.

SLOW PLAYING: Playing non-aggressively with a powerful hand; calling and betting instead of raising. This in the hope of not driving players out of the hand and thus sucking more money into the pot. Also called "sandbagging".

SLOW ROLLING: An antagonistic way of revealing that you have the winning hand a little at a time.

SMALL BLIND: In a game with multiple blind bets, the smallest blind.

SMALL BLIND: The first bet posted by the player to the Dealer's left. It is a forced bet. The small blind bet amount is equal to half of the lower bet. For example, in a $10 - $20 game, the small blind is $5.

SNAP OFF: To beat someone, often a bluffer, and usually with a not especially powerful hand, is to snap them off.

SOFT: Easy

SOUTH: Fold.

SPEED: Speed refers to the level of aggressiveness with which you play.

SPIKES: Slang for a pair of aces.

SPLASH THE POT: To throw, instead of place, ones chips while betting. This is frowned upon because it may obscure the amount ofmoneyactually wagered.

SPLIT POT: In a game that isn't high-low split, a tie between at least two players. This happens when both players show thesamehand. This is common in Texas Hold'em for straights especially when both players are playing the board. In a high-low split game, of course, almost every hand results in a split pot.

SPLIT TWO PAIR: A two pair hand in which one of each of your cards' ranks appears on the board as well.

SPLITTING BLINDS: When no one else has entered the pot, an agreement between the big blind and small blind to each take back their blind bets instead of playing the deal (chopping).

SPLITTING OPENERS: In high draw jacks-or-better poker, dividing openers in hopes of making a different type of hand.

SPREAD LIMIT: A structure in which betting limits have a fixed minimum and maximum bet for each betting round. Any amount in between these limits may be bet.

STACK: A player's chips.

STARTING HAND: The two pocket cards in Texas Hold'em or the first three cards in 7-Card stud.

STEAL: To try and win the pot by betting when everyone else has checked, or by making a large raise when everyone else has called.

STEAM BET: A bet made after a bad bet to release some anger. Usually made by a tilted player.

STRADDLE: An additional blind bet that takes place after forced blinds and is usually worth twice the big blind. In lowball, a multiple blind game.

STRAIGHT: A straight is five cards of any suit in ascending order. The ace can be either high or low and the high straightwinsthe tie.

STRAIGHT FLUSH: A hand consisting of five cards of consecutive ranks of the same suit, aces being high or low.

STRAIGHTEN OUT: To introduce an acquaintance to an underground poker club.

STREET: Cards dealt on a particular round in stud games. For instance, the fourth card in a player's hand is often known as fourth street, the sixth card as sixth street, and so on.

STRING BET: A bet (more typically a raise) in which a player doesn't get all the chips required for the raise into the pot inonemotion. Unless he verbally declared the raise, he can be forced to withdraw it and just call. This prevents the unethical play of putting out enough chips to call, seeing what effect that had, and then possibly raising.

STRING RAISE: A bet made in more than one motion, without the declaration of a raise (not allowed).

STRUCTURED: Used to apply to a certain betting structure in "flop" games such as hold'em. The typical definition of a structuredgame is a fixed amount for bets and raises before the flop and on the flop, and then twice that amount on the turn and river. Example: The lowest possible hand in lowball:
STUB: The portion of the deck which has not been dealt.
STUD: Refers to stud games in general, however, usually short for seven card stud. Stud games are contrasted with flopgames and draw games.

STUD POKER: A form of poker with cards dealt to each person, some being face down and some being face up.

SUIT: Clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades.

SUITED: A hold'em starting hand in which the two cards are the same suit. Example: "I had to play J-3 - it was suited."

SUITED CARDS: Cards of the same suit.

SUPERVISOR: A cardroom employee qualified to make rulings, such as a floorperson, shift supervisor, or cardroom manager.

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