Poker’s Dic : S

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sandbag
See slow play (poker)
satellite
A tournament in which the prize is a free entrance to another (larger) tournament.
scare card
A card dealt face up (either to a player in a game such as stud or to the board in a community card game) that could create a strong hand for someone.
scoop
In high-low split games, to win both the high and the low halves of the pot.
second pair
In community card poker games, a pair of cards of the second-top rank on the board. Second pair is a middle pair, but not necessarily vice versa. Compare with bottom pairtop pair
sell
In spread limit poker, to sell a hand is to bet less than the maximum with a strong hand, in the hope that more opponents will call the bet.
semi-bluff
When a player bluffs on one round of betting with an inferior or drawing hand that might improve in a later round. See main article: semi-bluff
set
Three of a kind, especially a situation where two of the cards are concealed in the player’s hole cards. Compare with trips
set-up
A deck that has been ordered, usually king to ace by suit (spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds). In casinos, it is customary to use a set-up deck when introducing a new deck to the table. The set-up is spread face up for the players to demonstrate that all of the cards are present before the first shuffle. Also called spading the deck
sevens rule
A rule in many A-5 lowball games that requires a player with a seven-low or better after the draw to bet, rather than check or check-raise. In some venues, a violator loses any future interest in the pot; in others they forfeit their interest entirely.
shark
A professional player. See also card sharp
shill
See main article: shill. Compare with proposition player
shoe
A slanted container used to hold the cards yet to be dealt, usually used by casinos and in professional poker tournaments. See main article: shoe (cards).
shootout
poker tournament format where the last remaining player of a table goes on to play the remaining players of other tables. Each table plays independently of the others; that is, there is no balancing as players are eliminated.
short buy
In no-limit poker, to buy into a game for considerably less money than the stated maximum buy-in, or less than other players at the table have in play.
short stack
A stack of chips that is relatively small for the stakes being played. Compare with deep stackbig stack
shorthanded
A poker game that is played with six players or fewer, as opposed to a full ring game, which is usually nine or ten players. A tournament where all tables are shorthanded at all times is called a short table tournament.
shove
To bet all in
showdown
When, if more than one player remains after the last betting round, remaining players expose and compare their hands to determine the winner or winners. See main article: showdown
side game
ring game running concurrently with a tournament made up of players who have either been eliminated or opted not to play the tournament.
side pot
A separate pot created to deal with the situation of one player going “all in”. See Betting in poker
sit and go
poker tournament with no scheduled starting time that starts whenever the necessary players have put up their money. Single-table sit-and-gos, with nine or ten players, are the norm, but multi-table games are common as well. Also called sit ‘n gos
slow play
See main article: slow play
slow roll
To delay or avoid showing the winning hand at showdown, it is widely regarded as poor etiquette.
small blind
See main article: blinds
smooched
When someone manages to catch a slightly better hand.
smooth call
See flat call
snap call
When a player makes a swift call without any forethought (usually against an all-in) because of the high strength of their hand.
snow
To play a worthless hand misleadingly in draw poker in order to bluff.
The worthless hand in question
soft-play
To intentionally go easy on a player. Soft play is expressly prohibited in most card rooms, and may result in penalties ranging from forced sit-outs to forfeiture of stakes or winnings.
soft break
Exchanging a large bill or chip into both chips and cash, when a player buys in. The cash is returned to the player and thus not in play.
splash the pot
To throw one’s chips in the pot in a disorderly fashion. Not typically allowed, because the dealer can not tell how much has been bet.
split
See main article: split and high-low split
split two pair
In community card poker, a two pair hand, with each pair made of one of a player’s hole cards, and one community card.
spread
The range between a table’s minimum and maximum bets
spread-limit
A form of limit poker where the bets and raises can be between a minimum and maximum value. The spread may change between rounds.
squeeze play
A bluff reraise in no limit hold’em with less-than-premium cards, after another player or players have already called the original raise. The goal is to bluff everyone out of the hand and steal the bets.
stack
The total chips and currency that a player has in play at a given moment
A collection of 20 poker chips of the same denomination, usually arranged in an orderly column
stakes
The amount one buys in for and can bet.
staking
Staking is the act of one person putting up cash for a poker player to play with in hopes that the player wins. Any profits are split on a predetermined percentage between the backer and the player. A backed player is often known as a horse. Compare with bankroll
stand pat
In draw poker, playing the original hand using no draws, either as a bluff or in the belief it is the best hand.
starting hand
See main article: starting hand
steal
See main article: steal
steam
A state of anger, mental confusion, or frustration in which a player adopts a less than optimal strategy, usually resulting in poor play. Compare with tilt
stop and go
When a player bets into another player who has previously raised or otherwise shown aggression.
Another version of the stop and go is in tournament poker when a player raises pre-flop with the intention of going all in after the flop regardless of the cards that fall.
straddle bet
See main article: straddle bets
straight
Poker hand: see main article: straight
When used with an amount, indicates that the speaker is referring to the total bet, versus the amount being raised. Also altogether or all day
straight flush
See main article: straight flush
strategy card
A wallet sized card that is commonly used to help with poker strategies in online and casino games.
street
A street is another term for a dealt card or betting round.
string bet
A call with one motion and a later raise with another, or a reach for more chips without stating the intended amount. String bets are prohibited in public cardroom rules. Compare with forward motion
structured
A structured betting system is one where the spread of the bets may change from round to round.
stub
The remainder of cards that have not been used during the active play of a particular game.
stud
A variant of poker. See main article: stud poker
A card dealt face up in stud poker
subscription poker
Subscription poker is a form of online poker wherein users pay a monthly fee to become eligible to play in real-money tournaments.
suck out
A situation when a hand heavily favored to win loses to an inferior hand after all the cards are dealt. The winning hand is said to have sucked out. Compare with bad beat
suited
Having the same suit. See card suits
suited connectors
See main article: suited connectors
super satellite
A multi-table poker tournament in which the prize is a free entrance to a satellite tournament or a tournament in which all the top finishers gain entrance to a larger tournament.

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