For all those poker newbies looking over their shoulders or scratching their chin in an attempt to get over the awkwardness of advanced poker terminology being bounced about in a poker room, this article aims at giving a clear idea about what commonly used terms means. Just read through to learn and use the typical poker terminology yourself and get the confidence of an expert player with the simplified explanations of poker strategy as outlined in the reference below.
Beginning with the most widely used poker term and something pros hate in wannabe poker players, ‘Cheating’ is something the big ‘L’s do: losers, we mean. So, unless you want to be labeled one, avoid this way stupid move of poker losers who still manage to lose despite cheating because they suck at the game.
Then comes ‘Luck’, which can be a lady for some and for the die-hard chauvinists, of course, this could be their talisman from Boy scout days, a button, a favorite jacket or even a poker charm or amulet that they feel would bring them a winning streak or, if taken away, result in losing run. Even advanced level poker players are known to use luck in reference to their calculations of the odds besides other standard deviations they apply for determining their card draws or post-flop actions. Sometimes, thoughts of this tricky term, ‘luck’ can so strongly affect the psychology of a good player that positive energy directed through deep concentration on the word and its power can help bring loads of it to the player who can thereafter, somewhat magically, make strategic decisions at a later stage even in a game he or she seems to be losing. But, as an experienced poker player will be able to tell you that the kind of luck you make comes from your own skills at the card game of mathematical calculations and focused energy so you can enjoy as much – or as little of it – as you put into the number of plays you make.
‘Money’ is another commonly bandied about term and figures prominently in the vocabulary of seasoned poker players. It refers to the conversion of chips a winner has earned, which represents a real money reward. Professionals always point out that it is important, if not critical to regard the ‘money’ in a poker game as a foremost goal in their mind for making more than just game-appropriate decisions as the stakes should never be dismissed from the winner’s mind at any point – at least, not if correct decisions need to be made.
You may have also heard of ‘Poker math’ and wanted to head straight for the hills? Well, its not really rocket science or anywhere close to anything you need to run from because poker math is actually 7th grade level calculations for helping you decide when to bluff at Full Tilt and what are your chances of getting a winning hand and how these chances can get reduced as you approach the final stages of the game. You also learn to calculate pot odds by using simple poker math, so try to learn the basics for improving your game.
Then come ‘Poker tactics,’ which are nothing more than a strategy used for a simple, short-term application at the table, such as deciding a good hand; these are usually one-dimensional unlike complex, advanced levels of play requiring aggressive play.
Finally, there are ‘Tells,’ which is a term for behavior that lets you know a player’s hand, much like a tell-tale sign. This is a great poker skill to acquire and calls for observant watching of opponent’s table behavior or concealing your own hand by giving wrong clues as give-away tells.