This week’s term is blocker bet. Also called a blocking bet, this type of bet occurs when a player makes a small bet out of position to prevent an opponent from making a larger bet if s/he were checked to. In addition to freezing one’s opponent, other benefits of a blocker bet include being able to control the pot and to hope to get a cheaper showdown.
This week’s term is back raise. A back raise is similar to a check-raise and occurs when a player makes a raise within the same betting round after having previously called.
This week’s term is calling the clock which means forcing a players who is taking too long to act to act in a specified amount of time. Oftentimes this is seen as poor etiquette; however, in some cases when dealing with a slow player, calling the clock may be necessary.
If the player fails to act within the specified time, then his/her hand will be ruled dead.
This week’s term is cowboys. Simply, cowboys refers to pocket kings which is the second-best starting hand in Hold’Em (after pocket aces, for obvious reasons.)
This week’s term is brick. In poker, a brick is a card that fails to complete any type of draw whatsoever. Oftentimes, a brick is a low off-suit card. This relatively useless card is also known as a blank.
This week’s term is double-pop. Within the poker world, double-pop simply means to raise a raise.
This week’s term is bluff catcher. In poker, a bluff catcher is a hand that is only winnable by calling a player who has bluffed. Bluff catchers are typically weak hands such as small pairs which cannot be bet for value but is adequate to win versus an opponent who has nothing.
This week’s term is fold. In poker, to fold is to discard your hole cards, face down, thus relinquishing all you have already bet. Players fold when they feel their hand is inadequate to beat another hand.
This week’s term is cut-off. The cut-off position is immediately to the right of the dealer button and is the second-best position in a hand of poker.
This week’s term is grinder. In poker, a grinder is a player who plays lower and middle stakes to minimize risk and who wins consistently, thus making a stable living playing poker. Essentially, these players brave the “daily grind” of playing poker for long hours.