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A tournament in which the prize is a free entrance to another (larger) tournament.
scare card
A card that comes that may have improved an opponent’s hand. The Jack of spades on the turn was a scare card because it put both flush and straight possibilities on the board.
In high-low split games, to win both the high and the low half of the pot.
Three of a kind, esp. the situation where two of the cards are concealed in the player’s hole cards.
A deck that has been ordered, usually King to Ace by suit (spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds). In casinos, it is customary to use a set-up deck when introducing a new deck to the table. The set-up is spread face up for the players to demonstrate that all of the cards are present before the first shuffle. Also called to “spade the deck”.
A poker tournament format where the last remaining player of a table goes on to play the remaining players of other tables. Each table plays independently of the others; that is, there is no balancing as players are eliminated. This format is particularly common in European televised poker programs, including Late Night Poker.
side pot
A separate pot created to deal with the situation of one player going “all in”.
16-way straight draw
A hand in draw poker such as 6♥ 7♥ 8♠ (Joker), in which any of sixteen cards (4 fours, 4 fives, 4 nines, 4 tens) can fill a straight.
slow roll
To delay or avoid showing one’s hand at showdown, forcing other players to expose their hands first. When done while holding a good hand likely to be the winner, it is considered poor etiquette, because it often gives other players “false hope” that their hands might win before the slow-roller’s is exposed.
small blind special
A situation in which (assuming no raising) a player is dealt weak hole cards in the small blind, but ends up making the best hand because they got to see a relatively inexpensive flop.
smooth call
A “flat call”.
To play very loose with no identifiable pattern, or to bluff frequently. Also known as speeding around.
When a flop is spread out, if the first card revealed is the card an underdog needs, they spike that card. More loosely, if any of the flop cards help you, then you spike it. I had Q9 to my opponent’s pocket jacks, but I spiked a queen on the flop to take the lead.
splash the pot
To throw one’s chips in the pot in a disorderly fashion. Not typically allowed, because the dealer can’t tell how much has been bet.
The range between a table’s minimum and maximum bets.
A collection of 20 poker chips of the same denomination, usually arranged in an orderly column.
The definition of the amount one buys in for and can bet. For example, a “low stakes” game might be a $10 buy-in with a $1 maximum raise.
stand pat
In draw poker, playing the original hand using no draws, either as a bluff or in the belief it is the best hand.
Act of playing recklessly when one is frustrated.
stop ‘n go
When a player bets into another player who has previously raised or otherwise shown aggression. Example: On the flop, Bill bets into Tom, Tom raises, and Bill just calls. On the turn, Bill bets into Tom again. Bill has just pulled a stop ‘n go.
  1. Poker hand
  2. When used with an amount, indicates that the speaker is referring to the total bet, versus the amount being raised. Alice bets twenty. Bob raises to fifty straight.
strategy card
A wallet sized card that is commonly used to help with poker strategies in online and casino games.
string bet
To call with one motion and raise with another, or to reach for more chips in the middle of laying a bet/raise without stating the intended amount. String bets are prohibited in public cardroom rules.
Having lost money. I’m stuck $300 right now.
  1. A variant of poker.
  2. A card dealt face up in Stud poker.
suck out
To draw a winning hand despite poor odds.
sucker straight
In community card poker variants, a straight completed on the low end of the possible straight on the board.
Having the same suit. See card suits.
super satellite
A multi-table poker tournament in which the prize is a free entrance to a satellite tournament or a tournament in which all the top finishers gain entrance to a larger tournament.

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