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Player Note dialog
(n phrase) A dialog box into which you can enter player notes.

Players Window
(n phrase) The window in the lobby that shows information about the seated players in the game highlighted in the Games Window.

Professor, The
(n phrase) Nickname of Howard Lederer.

(n) Two cards of the same rank, either in a player's hand or on the board. Two aces in your hand constitute a pair of aces or, simply, a pair.

(n) A chat term, "pot limit."

play money
(n phrase) Virtual money, as opposed to real money. Play money has no value. Play money games are places for players to practice their online skills before moving to real money games.

play money games
(n phrase) Online games that use play money.

play the board
(v phrase) In determining the winning hand in hold'em, sometimes the board contains some combination better than any hand that can be made using any player's hole cards. When players form their best hand using no hole cards, this is called playing the board. When all players play the board, the pot is split equally among all players remaining in the hand at that point. For example, with an ace-high straight of three different suits on the board, it would be impossible for any player to produce a five-card combination better than an ace-high straight. If three players remained, the software would split the pot equally among the three because they would all be playing the board. This situation also arises when no player can form a hand better than what is on the board, even if such a hand is possible. For example, if the board is As Ah Ks Kh Qd, and the two remaining players have 9s 9d and Ts Td, each would play the board, even though any player holding any ace, king, queen, or the hand J-10, would have them beat. Any of those hands would beat either player, but since none is out, the two players play the board and split the pot.

play the board

player notes
(n phrase) Information you can enter about a player into a dialog box. You can then see those notes by hovering your cursor over the player or by bringing up the Player Note dialog.

playing the board
(n) See play the board.

plays for you
(v phrase) An expression that describes the chips of your blind. When you have a blind, you have an investment in the pot, and, when it is your turn to act, you have already contribute part or all of the bet. For example, in a $2/$4 hold'em game, if you have the big blind, you put $2 into the pot prior to receiving your cards. If anyone opens for the minimum, $2, when the action gets to you, you do not have to add anything to the pot unless you wish to raise. If the bet is $4 because there has been a raise, you can get in for $2 less because of that $2 you already have invested.

(n) A chat term, "pot limit Omaha."

(n) A chat term, "pot limit Omaha 8/better."

1. (n) The first two cards in hold'em, that is a player's "private cards" (as opposed to the community cards or flop );hole cards. "I had a king in the pocket." 2. The downcard or downcards in a stud game. 3. (adj) Pertaining to the first two cards in hold'em, usually a pair, as, for example, a pocket pair or pocket rockets.

pocket cards
(n phrase) Downcards or hole card.

pocket pair
(n phrase) A pair as one's first two cards in hold'em (and sometimes seven-card stud).

pocket rockets
(n phrase) A pair of aces as one's first two cards in hold'em.

poker room
(n phrase) A place where poker players play; cardroom.

poker table
(n phrase) 1. A table used in brick and mortar cardrooms especially for the play of poker. Most poker tables have a felt cover. Poker tables for draw or stud games generally accommodate eight players, with an extra place for the house dealer, if there is one. Poker tables for hold'em games can accommodate as many as 12 or 13 players, although nine or 10 is more common. 2. In an online cardroom, the virtual representation of the preceding. 3. Any table on which to play poker. In home games, this can be the kitchen table, or a fancy table with seven or eight places having recessed chip racks and drink holders at each position. 4. A table in a casino devoted to poker (as opposed to, say, a blackjack table).

(n) 1. Where a player sits in relation to the others at the table. 2. Where a player sits in relation to the button, or, sometimes, in relation to the blinds. Position 1 is generally the position to the left of the button, although, in a blind game, position 1 could be the position to the left of the big blind, that is, position 1 is three positions to the left of the button. Also see early position, late position. 3. Where a player sits in relation to a particular player. Sitting to someone's left is generally termed good position, and to his right bad position. 4. Good position with respect to the other players at the table. "You can open with a worse hand when you've got position." 5. Sitting in good position with respect to a particular player, usually sitting one or two seats to the player's left. "I had position on the live one all night, but I never held any hands."

(n)1. In a game with blinds, to get dealt in immediately when you first sit down and you are not in the big blind position, put in a blind the same size as the big blind. 2. If you miss the blinds and do not wait for the big blind to get to you to get back into play, put in an amount equivalent to both missed blinds. For example, in a $2/$4 limit hold'em game, if you miss the blinds and do not wait for the big blind to get to you to get back into play, you would put $3 into the pot, of which $2 would be considered part of your bet when it is your turn to act on the first round, and $1 would belong to the pot-to be won by the eventual winner of the pot.

(n)1. The chips in play on a particular hand. "They both had straight flushes and the pot was over $1000." 2. The interval of time from the deal of cards until the showdown. "I was able to play in only three pots all night, and both of those were small." (Also see hand, definition 2.)

pot limit
(n phrase) Pot-limit game. "I played pot limit today."

(adj) Describing a game played for pot limit, in such phrases as pot-limit game, pot-limit poker, pot-limit hold'em, and so on.

pot-limit game
(n phrase) The form of poker in which, on his turn, a player can bet any amount from the minimum to the size of the pot. The only restriction on a raise is that it must either equal or exceed the previous bet or raise. The size of a pot-limit game is usually expressed as two numbers that represent the sizes of the two blinds. For example, a $5/$10 pot-limit game has a small blind of $5 and a big blind of $10. The first player to bet can open for the minimum, which is the size of the big blind (in this case, $10), or raise to any amount up to the size of the pot. After calling the $10 blind, the pot contains $25. The maximum raise would then be $25, so, including that $10 call, the first player could put in up to $35. The maximum bet made by the player who comes in first into a pot-limit game in which the big blind is double the size of the small blind is always seven times the size of the small blind. The minimum raise for the opening bet is always equal to the size of the big blind. The other restriction on a raise is that it must either equal or exceed the previous bet or raise. Also called pot-limit poker.

pot-limit poker
(n phrase) Pot-limit game.

(n) 1. In hold'em, two fives as one's first two cards. 2. Two fives in any game.

price of poker
(n phrase) What it costs to play, usually with reference to the increase of blinds in a tournament, sometimes as a remark accompanying a raise. When the blinds increase (usually only at a point that their size is significant compared to the stacks of most players), someone providing running commentary on the tournament might say, "The price of poker just went up". When someone makes a significant raise in a big-bet game, you might also hear that comment.

private game
(n phrase) A poker game played elsewhere than in a public cardroom. Also called home game. Sometimes private game has a wider application, because a private game could be played in other than someone's home (for example, in a hotel room). Compare with public game.

public cardroom
(n phrase) A cardroom that has public games.

public game
(n phrase) A game played in a poker room, one that is open to anyone who wishes to play. Compare with private game. Also see club poker.

put me here
(n) When you are in a game at Full Tilt Poker, you can move your position by right-clicking on the seat that is at the position you want and then clicking the Put Me Here option. The table and players rotate such that you end up in the desired position. (This is not the same as changing seats.)