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Poker Players Speak a Funny Language

Aug 3, 2008
Having a language all their own, poker players often confuse those who are listening. When a novice to the game steps into a room full of people playing poker, what they hear may confuse them. This feeling is caused by the seasoned players having a language that almost makes no sense at all.

From the beginning of a game to the end, the players' speech will need to be analyzed. At the beginning of the game, the players all ante. This is where they place an initial, low bet to create the pot, which is the amount of money the winner receives.

A small blind and a big blind are used in some versions of poker. These blinds are forced bets for the person sitting the left of the dealer and the next person going clockwise. If the player decides his hand is good enough to win, he will ante which is the same amount as the big blind.

Cards that are dealt to all the players are placed in the middle of the table are shared to make the hands in community types of poker. Using the two hole cards, the two face down cards that were dealt in the beginning, and the window cards, the player tries to create a winning hand. These are predetermined winning sets of five cards that are ranked from highest to lowest, such as a full house or a pair.

The window cards are the cards that are shared between all the players in community poker. The flop is the first three of the community cards. The next card is called the turn and the last is called the river.

The players must either fold or bet once the two hole cards are dealt. Someone who folded is a person who has decided that they will wait for the next round to play. It is most likely that they felt the hole cards would not make a good hand.

The first bet, or the small blind is made by the player to the left of the dealer. After the first round, a dealer button is given to each player in turn going clockwise from the left of the dealer. The dealer button shows whose turn it is to bet first.

Once the remaining players have bet, equal to the big blind, the dealer puts the flop into the window. Then the players will bet again based on their two hole cards and the flop. If the players feel those five cards will get them a win, the first person to the left of the dealer bets again.

The remaining players must call, raise or fold. When a player calls, he is simply betting the same amount as the original bettor just to stay in the game. When a player raises a bet, he is adding more to the original bettor?s amount.

The last of the betting occurs when all the window cards have been dealt, the flop, the turn and the river. A showdown happens when there is more than one player left at the end. The remaining players show their hole cards to reveal what hand they have in the showdown.

The person with the higher-ranking hand wins. The ranking of poker is a high card, a pair, two pairs, three of a kind, a flush, a straight, a full house, four of a kind and a straight flush respectively. The winner with the highest-ranking hand wins the pot and the game begins again.
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