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Poker Confidential – poker terms, part 2

📁 Strategy 🕔23.March 2018
Poker Confidential – poker terms, part 2

We’re back for another round of Poker Confidential! Today, we’re taking yet another look at some of the poker terms you might hear bandied about by players or commentators. Poker is an extremely colourful game, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the usage of language that surrounds it.

Wet board

A ‘wet board’ occurs when the cards on the table – the flop, turn and river – make it possible or even probable for players to have made strong hands. The opposite situation would result in a ‘dry board’.


A player is said to be a ‘rock’ if they play very few hands in a game of poker – typically, they only stay in if they have strong hands. This could also be cited as an example of a ‘tight’ playstyle.


Once the dealer has shuffled the deck of cards, the player to the dealer’s right typically takes a number of cards off the top of the deck and places them in a second stack to the side; after which, the dealer places the remainder of the first stack on top of the second one and then deals the cards to the players. This is the most common incarnation of the ‘cut’, although there are others, and this is done to prevent cheating through manipulation of card order.


When a player goes all in, they are said to have ‘shoved’. Not much more to say here, because this term clearly originates from the physical action of shoving all of one’s chips forward to signify an all-in bet.

Dry ace

When a player holds an ace along with another card that is not the same suit as the ace, that is said to be a ‘dry ace’. This is used primarily in situations where the cards on the table could conceivably present a flush opportunity, but holding a dry ace is a mixed bag that could yet allow for some bluffing.


A walk is what occurs when all players fold as soon as their turn comes around – that is, all players fold to the big blind which then becomes the winning bet. As you might imagine, this is somewhat rare.


A player is said to have ‘limped’ into the pot if they make their opening bid – that is, their entry into the pot – by simply calling a previous bet instead of raising. This is also a hallmark of cautious players.

In position

The player who is last – that is, last to act on the betting rounds following the flop, turn and the river – is said to be ‘in position’. Being in position gives a player a certain degree of power in being able to respond to previous player actions.


The term ‘rainbow’ is used to refer to a set of three or four cards that are all of different suits. As you only ever have two cards in your hand in Texas Hold ‘Em, this term is usually used in relation to the flop.

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And there you have it – round two of our poker terminology helpline! Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes looks and helpful commentary on the strange and wonderful world of poker!


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