Poker’s Dic : P


Any royal card. Used mostly in lowball games, where royal cards are rarely helpful.
Two cards of the same rank. See main article: one pair
A style of play characterized by checking and calling. Compare with aggressiveloosetight
Already complete. A hand is a pat hand when, for example, a flush comes on the first five cards dealt in draw poker. Also see made hand
pay off
To call a bet when the player is most likely drawing dead because the pot odds justify the call.
penny ante
Frivolous, low stakes, or for fun only; a game where no significant stake is likely to change hands.
The best possible cards, in a lowball hand, after those already named.
When the house picks up cash from the dealer after a player buys chips
play the board
In games such as Texas hold ’em, where five community cards are dealt, if the player’s best hand is on the board and the player goes to the showdown they are said to play the board.
pocket cards
See hole cards
pocket pair
In community card poker or stud poker, when two of a player’s private cards make a pair. Also wired pair
poker face
blank expression that does not reveal anything about the cards being held.
when someone’s range is split into either very strong hands or bluffs
See main article: position
position bet
A bet that is made more due to the strength of the bettor’s position than the strength of the bettor’s cards.
To make the required small or big blind bet in Texas hold ’em or other games played with blinds rather than antes.
post dead
To post a bet amount equal to the small and the big blind combined (the amount of the large blind playing as a live blind, and the amount of the small blind as dead money). In games played with blinds, a player who steps away from the table and misses their turn for the blinds must either post dead or wait for the big blind to re-enter the game. Compare with dead blind
post oak bluff
See main article: post oak bluff
See main article: pot
More often in the context of a no limit game; the situation where one can no longer fold because the size of the pot is so large compared to the size of one’s stack.
See main article: pot limit
pot odds
See main article: pot odds
The time when players already have their pocket cards but no flop has been dealt yet.
probe bet
A bet after the flop by a player who did not take the lead in betting before the flop (and when the player that did take the lead in betting before the flop declined to act). Compare with continuation bet
prop, proposition player
A player who gets paid an hourly rate to start poker games or to help them stay active. Prop players play with their own money, which distinguishes them from shills, who play with the house’s money.
protected pot
A pot that seems impossible to bluff to win because too many players are active in it and the chances of another player either calling to the end or raising beyond measure become an assurance.
protection, protect
See main article: protection
The total prize pool in a poker tournament
To bet all in
put the clock (on someone)
See main article: call the clock
put on
To put someone on a hand is to deduce what hand or range of hands they have based on their actions and knowledge of their gameplay style. See also tells

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