Poker’s Dic : C


To match a bet or raise. See main article: call.
call the clock
A method of discouraging players from taking an excessively long time to act. When someone calls the clock, the player has a set amount of time in which to make up their mind; if they fail to do so, their hand is immediately declared dead. In tournament play, any player can call a clock.
calling station
A player who frequently calls bets, but rarely raises them. A calling station is usually a loose passive player. See main article: calling station.
A limit on the number of raises allowed in a betting round. Typically three or four (in addition to the opening bet). In most casinos, the cap is removed if there are only two players remaining either at the beginning of the betting round, or at the time that what would have otherwise been the last raise is made.
Also, term for the chip, token, or object placed atop one’s cards to show continued involvement with a hand
cap game
Similar to cap above, but refers to a no-limit or pot limit game with a cap on the amount that a player can bet during the course of a hand. Once the cap is reached, all players remaining in the hand are considered all-in.
cards speak
See main article: cards speak
case card
The last available card of a certain description
cash game
A game where each hand is played for real money as opposed to tournament play. See main article: ring game.
cash plays
An announcement, usually by a dealer, that a player who has requested to buy chips and can bet the cash they have on the table in lieu of chips until receiving their chips. In many card rooms, it also refers to the policy that $100 bills may remain on the table and are considered to be in play in cash form, rather than converted to chips.
Winning a share of the prize money in a tournament
cashing out
Exchanging chips for cash when leaving a game. Removing money from an online poker site.
To receive needed cards on a draw. Often used with an adjective to further specify, catch perfectcatch insidecatch smooth.
catch up
To successfully complete a draw, thus defeating a player who previously had a better hand
catch perfect
To catch the only two possible cards that will complete a hand and win the pot, often those leading to a straight flush. Usually used in Texas hold ’em. Compare with runner-runner.
center pot
The main pot in a table stakes game where one or more players are all in
To call a bet to see the next card when holding a drawing hand when the pot odds do not merit it
To continue to play a drawing hand over multiple betting rounds, especially one unlikely to succeed
To continue playing with a hand that is not likely the best because one has already invested money in the pot. See sunk cost fallacy.
To bet nothing. See main article: check.
A casino chip
check out
To fold, in turn, even though there is no bet facing the player. In some games this is considered a breach of the rules equivalent to folding out of turn.
Deceptive play whereby a player initially checks with the intention of raising should another player bet. See main article: check-raise.
A small disk or tablet used in place of money. See casino token.
chip declare
A method of declaring intent to play high or low in a split-pot game with declaration. See declaration.
chip dumping
A strategy whereby one player deliberately loses chips to another player. Where players have agreed to take such action together, this is a form of collusion.
chip leader
The player currently holding the most chips in a tournament (or occasionally a live no limit game)
chip race
An event in tournament poker where chips of a value lower than the minimum required are removed from play. See main article: chip race.
chip up
To exchange lower-denomination chips for higher-denomination chips. In tournament play, the term means to remove all the small chips from play by rounding up any odd small chips to the nearest large denomination, rather than using a chip race.
To steadily accumulate chips in tournament play, typically by winning small pots with minimal risk-taking.
To split a pot because of a tie, split-pot game, or player agreement
To play a game for a short time and cash out. Also hit and run.
A request made by a player for the dealer to make change
An agreement by all players remaining in a tournament to distribute the remaining money in the prize pool according to an agreed-upon formula instead of playing the tournament to completion. Usually occurs at the final table of a large tournament.
chopping the blinds
Ending a hand when all players have folded to the blinds with the blinds being returned to those who paid them. See main article: chopping the blinds.
click raise
Making the minimum raise. Refers to online poker where players click the raise button without specifying the amount of raise.
See main article: closed
coffee housing
Talking in an attempt to mislead other players about the strength of a hand. This is also called speech play.
coin flip
A situation where two players have invested all their money in the pot and have a roughly even chance of winning. Also race.
cold call
To call an amount that represents a sum of bets or raises by more than one player without previously calling or making a bet in the same round. Compare with flat callovercall.
cold deck
A “stacked” deck (a deck arranged in a preset order, to effect a specific outcome once dealt) which is deceptively switched with the original deck of cards in play, to benefit a player or the dealer.
A form of cheating involving cooperation among two or more players. See cheating in poker.
color change, color up
To exchange small-denomination chips for larger ones
combo, combination game
A casino table at which multiple forms of poker are played in rotation
come bet, on the come
A bet or raise made with a drawing hand, building the pot in anticipation of filling the draw
community card
See main article: community card poker
complete hand
See made hand
To raise a small bet up to the amount of what would be a normal-sized bet. See table stakes.
Two or more cards of consecutive or close to consecutive rank
continuation bet
A bet made after the flop by the player who took the lead in betting before the flop (Texas hold ’em and Omaha hold ’em). Also called a c-bet. Compare with probe bet.
A situation in which a player holds the second best hand, so strong considering the circumstances, that they are apt to lose the maximum with it no matter how they play it
The act of counting the cards that remain in the stub after all cards have been dealt, done by a dealer to ensure that a complete deck is being used
See main article: counterfeit. Also duplicate.
A player with whom one is sharing a buy-in, with the intent to split the result after play. To go cow is to make such an arrangement.
In some community card games, to cripple the deck means to have a hand that is virtually impossible for anyone else to catch up to.
crying call
Calling when a player thinks they do not have the best hand
See main article: cut
cut card
A distinctive card, usually stiff solid-colored plastic, held against the bottom of the deck during the deal to prevent observation of the bottom card
The seat immediately to the right of the dealer button. In home games where the player on the button actually shuffles and deals the cards, the player in the cutoff seat cuts the deck (hence the name).


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