Poker Term of the Week

This week’s word is rake. In poker, the rake is the amount taken out of every pot by the dealer that is, essentially, the poker room’s fee for running the game. This amount is used to pay salaries, utilities, and other overhead costs.

In tournaments, the rake is represented by the entrance fee. For example, in a $250 + $50 tournament, the $50 is the entrance fee per player, or rake, that goes to the card room for expenses. Other poker rooms may just list an entry fee as $300 and provide the percentage they take for expenses.

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Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is tilt. 

Not unlike pinball machines that, when shaken or physically tilted by a player will void the play and cause the player to lose the ball, in poker, going on tilt is also an act of aggression a player may use after suffering a bad beat.

Thus, being on tilt in poker is a mental state of frustration wherein the player acts over-aggressively and typically makes bad choices.

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Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is boat.

Quite simply, a boat in poker is a full house, or, as some call it a full boat.

But why is it called a boat? Some claim that the term has its origins in riverboat gambling and, therefore, the game was played on a boat instead of in a house. “Full boat” was ultimately shortened to just “boat.” Another possible origin comes from a story wherein a player actually lost his riverboat when his nut flush was beaten by a full house, er full boat, which was then, again, shortened to “boat.”

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Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is barreling. In poker, barreling refers to “firing” successive bets on postflop streets (e.g. flop, turn, river). This term is most often utilized in instances such as, “He fired three barrels into the pot”: meaning that the player bet on the flop, turn, or river. Within this same context, a double barrel is a player betting on two consecutive postflop streets, typically the turn and river.

Barreling is oftentimes synonymous with bluffing or when a player is trying to extract value from an opponent who fails to fold a marginal hand.

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Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is blind steal. In poker, a blind steal occurs when a player with a weak hand makes a late position, preflop raise with the intent of forcing everyone else to fold, thus “stealing” the blinds (and antes, if applicable.)

This is similar to buying the pot, when the raise occurs in later rounds, again, with the intention of forcing the other players out and winning the pot uncontested.

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Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term— and let’s face it, we’ve all had them—is bad beat. Quite simply, and most disheartening, a bad beat is when a player with a heavily favored hand loses to an underdog hand (who oftentimes probably had no business being in the hand in the first place.) Just ask any poker player and you will be inundated with bad beat stories galore.

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