April 7th, 2010 | Published in Inrodution
Poker is more then a game, it is a culture. A culture of people who like to have fun, compete, and win big. Being a part of that culture goes beyond knowing the rules of the games, you have to be able to walk the walk and talk the talk. Learning the walk takes time, and a significant amount of practice. Learning the talk, however, is much easier. Just read on for the most commonly heard phrases around the poker table.
Seven Poker Phrases a Poker Player Must Learn
1. Bank Roll: A bank roll is the money you have to work with when you walk in to a casino or poker room. Your bank roll represents that sum total of what you plan to gamble at the table.
2. Dealer’s Choice: Commonly heard in at-home poker games, dealer’s choice simply means the dealer is allowed to choose which game will be played at the table. He or she is also allowed to decide on any wild cards that will be used during the game.
3. Fish: A fish is the player loosing the most money at the poker table. Fish is a term commonly heard in casinos. Casino employees, and opposing players, are always on the look out for the fish.
3. Full Ring: A full ring is a poker table that has reached its maximum number of players. How many players a table must have to be a full ring depends on the game.
4. Marked Cards: Marked cards refer to a deck of cards that have been marked on the back side of each card so that a player can see what they are from both sides. Mark cards are a form of cheating in poker.
5. Pot: The pot refers to the amount of money in the pool for pot games or the amount of money bet so far in an individual hand for non-pot games. There is a minimum and maximum pot placed in some poker games.
6. Rake: A rake is what the house will collect for holding a poker game. A percentage of each hand is placed in to the rake and the house collects the total at the end.
7. Showdown: The showdown occurs at the end of each hand. During the showdown, every player still in the game must show their cards.