Learn the Lingo of Poker


Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world. It has a rich history and is played in casinos, at home, in clubs, on riverboats, and over the Internet. The game requires a keen eye and buckets of confidence. To master it, you’ll also need to know the lingo. A few key words will help you understand the betting and strategy of this card game that’s woven into American culture.

The first word to learn is “call.” Saying this means you want to match the last player’s bet by placing your chips into the pot. For example, if the person sitting to your left raises, you would say, “I call” or, “I’m calling.”

In some poker games, the standard 52-card pack is used with the addition of one or two jokers. The dealer shuffles the deck before dealing each hand. In some games, players deal the cards themselves. In most clubs and in many games with expert players, two packs of cards are used to speed up the game. The previous dealer assembles the cards from the pack he dealt, shuffles them, and prepares them for the next dealer while the other pack is being dealt.

The highest card wins a hand. If a hand has no pairs, it must be higher than the highest pair (for instance, five aces beats four kings). The highest card also breaks ties in two-card hands. In some poker games, a kitty is established by mutual agreement. The money is used to pay for new decks of cards or food and drinks. When a player leaves the game, they must leave their share of the kitty.