Glossary of Terms for Hold'em Poker
Tight: Player tendency to play selectively few hands.
Aggressive: Player tendency to make relatively large bets.
Loose: Player tendency to play too many starting hands.
Passive: Player tendency to make relatively small bets.
Fish: Poor or inexperienced player; usually loose-passive.
Open: Being the first player to raise a pot.
Enter: Playing a hand by calling or raising a bet.
NLH (or NLHE): No Limit Hold 'em
Suited Connectors: Any two cards of adjacent rank and the same suit (e.g., 9d8d)
Position: How early or late you have to act compared to the other players.
Stealing Blinds: Raising in late position when no one has called to win the blinds.
The Button: The position of the dealer.
Poker Card and Hand Abbreviations
The following is a list of card and hand abbreviations. Enough examples are given here that you should be able to identify what hands and cards I'll be referring to in future examples contained in the text.
ABBREVIATION: CARD or POKER HAND
As: ace of spades
Kd: king of diamonds
Qc: queen of clubs
Jh: jack of hearts
KdJh: king of diamonds, jack of hearts
Kd9c: king of diamonds, nine of clubs
AX: an ace with any other card, any suits
AXs: an ace with any other card of the same suit
AK: an ace and a king of any suits or suited (aka: big slick)
Td9d: ten of diamonds, nine of diamonds
T9s: ten and a nine each of the same suit
K9o: a king and a nine that are different suits (offsuit)
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