Friday, July 17, 2009

poker glossary: the letter a

ace-to-five, ace-to-six
methods of evaluating low hands.

to make a play (bet, call, raise, or fold) at the required time. it is seymour's turn to act.

> a player's turn to act. the action is on you.
> a willingness to gamble. i'll give you action or, there's plenty of action in this game.
> a bet, along with all the calls of that bet. for example, if one player makes a $5 bet and three other players call, he is said to have $5 "in action", and to have received $15 worth of action on his bet. usually this term comes into play when figuring side pots when one or more players is all in.

action button
a marker similar to a kill button, on which a player places an extra forced bet. in a seven-card stud high-low game, the action button is awarded to the winner of a scoop pot above a certain size, signifying that in the next pot, that player will be required to post an amount representing a completion of the bring-in to a full bet. for example, in a stud game with $2 and $4 betting limits and a $1 bring-in, a player with the action button must post $2; after the cards are dealt, the player with the low card must still pay the $1 bring-in, then when the betting reaches the player who posted the $2, he is required to leave it in as a raise of the bring-in (and has the option to raise further). Players in between the bring-in and the action button can just call the bring-in, but they know ahead of time that they will be raised by the action button.

action card
in texas hold 'em or other community card games, a card appearing on the board that causes significant betting action because it helps two or more players. for example, an ace on the flop when two players each hold an ace.

action only
in many cardrooms, with respect to an all-in bet, only a full (or half) bet can be reraised. anything less than a full (or half) bet is considered to be action only, that is, other players can call the bet but not raise it. for example, seymour bets $100. bob calls. harvey goes all in for $119. when the action returns to seymour and bob, they may only call the extra $19; they cannot raise it. harvey's raise is called action only.

active player
a player still involved in the pot. if there are side pots, an all-in player may be active in some pots, but not in others.

in a live game, to buy more chips before you have busted. in tournament play, a single rebuy for which all players are eligible regardless of their stack size. this is usually allowed only once, at the end of the rebuy period. the add-on often offers more chips per dollar invested than the buyin and rebuys.

to make an obvious play or expose cards in such a way as to deliberately convey an impression to your opponents about your style of play. for example, to make a bad play or bluff to give the impression that you bluff frequently (hoping opponents will then call your legitimate bets) or to show only good hands to give the impression that you rarely bluff (hoping opponents will then fold when you do).

aggressive, aggression
leading or raising rather than calling or checking.

> in lowball, "giving air" is letting an opponent who might otherwise fold know that you intend to draw one or more cards to induce him to call.
> nothing, as in, that last bluff was with total air, or I caught air on the river.

all in
having bet all of your chips in the current hand.

a technically legal, but borderline unethical, play. for example, deliberately miscalling one's own hand to induce a fold, or placing odd amounts of chips in the pot to confuse opponents about whether you mean to call or raise. a player employing such tactics is called an "angle shooter".

an ante is a forced bet in which all players put an equal amount of money or chips into the pot before the deal begins.

ante off
in tournament play, to force an absent player to continue paying antes, blinds, bring-ins, or other forced bets so that the contest remains fair to the other players. go ahead and take that phone call. we'll ante you off until you get back.

courtesy of, in part, wikipedia.  click here for more poker information.


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