HEADS UP —
When only two players remain in the hand.
HEADS UP GAME —
when only two players are in the game.
HIGH CARD —
a) (A.K.A. No Pair) the lowest poker hand in high-only poker games; a hand which contains no pair. b) When drawing for seats, table changes, the button or other purposes, the high card gets preference. If two persons draw the same card, for example a King, then they shall be ranked in order of suit.
HIGH-LOW SPLIT (A.K.A. Hi-Lo Split) —
Poker games where the best possible poker hand (high) and the worst possible poker hand (low) split the pot. Usually played with an Eight-or-better qualifier for low.
a poker game in which the player alternating rounds or time periods (such as a half hour or hour) of Hold’em, Omaha High-Low Split and Seven Card Stud High-Low Split with an Eight-or-Better to qualify for Low.
HOLE CARDS —
a player’s private cards, dealt to him face down.
HOLD’EM GAME —
Any game in which five community cards shared by all players are spread face up on the table: first three cards, known as the flop, then one card known as the turn or fourth street, and then a final card known as the river or fifth street. All Hold’em games commence the action with one or more forced blind bets known as blinds. When Hold’em is spoken of without any qualification, it is presumed to be Texas Hold’em.
a poker game in which alternating rounds or time periods (such as a half hour or hour) of Hold’em, Omaha High-Low Split, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High-Low Split with an Eight-or-Better to qualify for Low are played.
a poker game of alternating rounds: Hold’em Omaha High-Low Split, Seven-Card Stud and Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better.
The business or establishment that manages the game and where the game is played.
HOUSE RULES —
The Rules of Poker as adopted by the establishment.
a poker game in which the player alternating rounds or time periods (such as a half hour or hour) of Hold’em, Omaha High-Low Split, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High-Low Split with an Eight-or-Better to qualify for Low.
a private proposition regarding the hand between players, usually but not necessarily between those contesting the pot. Typically some part of the pot–even the entire pot–is contested by a different arrangement or wager between other players at the table. Sometimes a settlement or guarantee negotiated regarding the final outcome of the hand.
(A.K.A. Side Card) — An unpaired card in a poker hand which does not make a flush or straight. When poker hands tie (for example when two players both hold two kings) then the best kicker determines who wins the pot. If the kicker also ties, then the next highest ranked card, etc.
a) to render a hand dead, and therefore no longer eligible to win the pot, by touching it to the muck. b) A method of varying the stakes of a limit game by having a player who has met certain conditions (such as winning two pots in a row or winning both the high and low halves of a high-low pot) post an additional blind (usually double the amount of the Big blind) into the pot on the next hand and increasing the stakes (usually doubling them) for that hand.
KILL BUTTON —
a house button used in games with a kill that require two events to trigger the kill rules. The kill button is placed in front of a player who has fulfilled the first part of the requirements, and who must kill the next pot if the second requirement occurs.
a) a plastic disk used to separate stacks of chips in the dealer’s tray. b) A monetary marker used in transactions between dealers and chip runners to indicate how much money has been taken out of the dealer’s tray and is owed to the dealer by the chip runner.
LAP (A.K.A. Round)
— a term used in button games to indicate a round of play where every person at the table has had the dealer button.
LAST ACTION —
On the final betting round, the last bet or raise made, to which other active players contesting the pot must respond.
LIMIT GAME —
a game with structured betting defining how much may be wagered on each betting round. Most limit games are defined in terms of big bets and small bets, with small bets being mandated on earlier betting rounds and the big bet being double the small bet and mandated on later betting rounds.
LITTLE BLIND —
(A.K.A. Small Blind) — the first and smallest blind in a game which has more than one blind, posted by the player immediately to the left of the dealer.
LIVE BLIND —
used when describing blinds to indicate that the blind is part of a player’s bet (as opposed to a dead blind or ante which is not part of a player’s bet) and that the player can raise when it is his turn to act, even though he has already put money in the pot.
Where a player on the waiting list has left money with the floor person to put in his seat so that it is secured, even though the player may have left the room temporarily.
LOCK-UP BUTTON —
a house button used by the dealer to indicate that a seat is empty and to secure the seat for a player to enter the game in the future.
Five-card Draw played so that the lowest hand wins the pot