Poker Glossary - B

BACK DOOR :

Catching two cards in a row to make a straight or flush.

BAD BEAT :

Losing a hand due to back luck.

BANKROLL

Current total gambling funds available (as opposed to the amount you have in front of you whilst playing).

BEGINNER

A player new to the game of poker. Click here for poker rules for beginners.

BELLY BUSTER :

Also known as an inside straight draw or gutshot. A hand where you can only catch one rank of card to complete your straight.

BET FOR VALUE :

Betting a hand that, in the long run, is expected to win more than it loses.

BIG BLIND :

A forced bet, usually twice the size of the SMALL BLIND. In limit poker, the BIG BLIND is usually the size of the minimum bet on the first round of betting.

BIG SLICK.

Ace-King.

BLINDED AWAY

To lose all your chips in a poker tournament just by paying the big and small blinds for each round of play. If you don't play any hands then eventually just paying the big and small blinds will "blind away" your stack. For this reason if you have less than 10 big blinds you should try and find a hand to move in with (or start to bluff more frequently - or both).

BLUFF :

To represent a better hand than you have by making a bet or raise.

BOARD :

The face up cards in community card games such as Hold'em and stud.

BOAT :

A FULL HOUSE, three of a kind and a pair.

BRING-IN BET:

A small forced bet that starts the action in Stud games. The lowest or highest hand has to make the bring-in bet, depending on the stud variation.

BUBBLE:

Last non-paying spot in a poker tournament.

BULLET :

An ace.

BURN :

To discard the top card of the deck before dealing. Usually the dealer "burns" a card for every round of dealing.

BUTTON :

The person who is notionally dealing in games where a dealer is used. The button moves with each new deal so that each play has an opportunity to act last in the betting.

BUY-IN :

The minimum amount of money necessary to join a game.


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