Poker Glossary
    Jackpot -
    A special award for certain hands. Not all poker rooms have jackpots; check the house rules of the poker room you are playing in. The money to fund the jackpot is usually taken in addition to the rake from each pot. Different kinds of jackpots include a bad beat jackpot where if a player has a certain hand or better and loses they collect the jackpot or a high hand jackpot, that is collected by the player who had the highest hand for the day.
    Kicker -
    The second card in your hand when you use one card to form a hand with the board. Your kicker will be compared to your opponent's kicker when you tie for a pot, with the pot going to the highest kicker, unless the players have identical five-card hands. For example, if you and your opponent both have an Ace in your hand and there is an Ace on the board, the player with the higher second card, or kicker, in their hand will be awarded the pot. However, if one player has Ace two and the other has Ace three and the board is Ace Queen, ten, eight and six, the players will split the pot as they both have identical five-card hands so neither of their kickers comes into play.
    Live Blind -
    Any forced bet placed before the cards are dealt in the blinds, usually from the first two seats to the left of the dealer button. The live part means that the players who placed the blinds reserve the right to raise when it is their turn to act.
    Made Hand -
    hand that is complete, or that should be good enough to win most of the time. For example, when you hit a flush on the turn, you have a made hand.
    Maniac -
    A player that tends to bet and raise in an uncontrolled manner, usually with a total disregard to his or her hand and their opponents. A true maniac is a poor player and tends to have large swings in wins and losses before losing their entire stack, but be wary of a solid player who appears to be playing like a maniac; they could be setting you up.
    Muck -
    To throw your hand away or the area where the discarded hands are kept. "I mucked my hand after the second King hit" or "Once the hand touched the muck, it was dead."
    No-Limit -
    A form of poker, usually Texas holdem, where any bet may be up to and include all of the chips a player has on the table.
    Nuts -
    A term referring to the best possible hand. For example, an Ace high flush on an unpaired board with no possibility of a straight flush would be the nuts, or the nut flush. "I had the nuts on the turn, but the river gave my opponent the nuts."
    Offsuit -
    Two cards that are not the same suit are called offsuit. Usually referring to a players hole cards, for example a seven and a two that are not the same suit are called a seven two offsuit.
    One - Gap -
    Two cards that have one rank between them like nine seven or Ace Queen. Often combined with the word connector, as in a one-gap connector or a suited one-gap connector if the two cards are of the same suit.
    Open -Ended Straight Draw -
    Four cards to a straight with no gaps and at least one card to come on the board is an open ended straight draw. Also called four to a straight. For example, Queen, Jack, ten, nine is an open-end straight draw. If it has a gap, it is called a gutshot straight draw. Another straight draw, called a double gutshot acts much the same as an open ended straight draw when it comes to determining pot odds. An example of a double gutshot is three, five, six, seven, and nine. Notice that either a four or eight will complete a straight.
    Out -
    A card that can come on the turn and / or river to improve your hand to a winning one is called an out. For example, if you have four cards to a flush, you have nine outs to improve to a flush. "I had 12 outs on the river, but it was a blank, knocking me out of the tournament."
    Outrun -
    A player with a drawing hand catches the card they need to win, they are said to outrun their opponent. "Her flush draw outran my set of threes."
    Overcall -
    When you call a bet when one or more opponent has already called.
    Overcard -
    If you have a card that is higher than any card on the board, usually referring to the flop only, then you have an overcard. For example, if you have an Ace and a four and the flop is Jack, ten, six, you have an overcard. If you have a King and a Queen and the board is ten, eight, three, you have two overcards.
    Overpair -
    When you have a pocket pair that is higher than any card on the board. For example, if you have a pair of tens and the board is eight, six, three, you have an overpair.