This week’s term is donkey. In poker, a donkey is a weak, inexperienced, and generally bad player.
Historically, the donkey has been associated with ignorance and stubbornness, and, at the poker table, a donkey—or donk—is frequently identified by his/her poor play. Among the most common donk plays are calling every hand, especially with poor cards, chasing hands, refusing to fold bad hands, going all-in on weak hands, and continuing to bet against other players who show strength by raising the bet.
This week’s far-out term is orbit. In poker, an orbit is a complete round of dealing. You can look at it as the number of hands based on the number of players at the table or as the period in which each player at the table has served as the dealer for that round. Thus, each time the button passes you, this is a complete orbit.
Oftentimes, players who break tournament rules are required to sit out for an orbit as a penalty.
This week’s term is Omaha. While being both a city in Nebraska as well as one of Peyton Manning’s favorite and oft-overused pre-snap NFL play calls, in poker, Omaha is a variety of hold’em in which players are dealt four hole cards and must use exactly two of them—along with three of the five community, or board, cards—to make their hand.
Then, of course, there’s Omaha Hi/Lo—also known as Omaha 8 and Omaha 8/B —in which the pot is split between the high hand and the low hand. Of course, a single player has the ability to win—or “scoop”— both halves of the pot.
This week’s term is under the gun. While it may sound a bit treacherous, in poker, being under the gun means you are the first player to act. Preflop, this is the player to the immediate left of the big blind, and after the flop—and on subsequent streets—the under-the-gun player is to the left of the button.
In honor of our new quasi-regular-but-hoping-to-make-them-regular-weekly-events, this week’s term is sit-and-go. These are tournaments that begin whenever a specified number of players have registered (usually 10). Thus, the players register and sit and then when there are enough they go.
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Let’s have a two-for-Tuesday, shall we?
The first of this week’s terms is Broadway which, quite simply, is the highest straight you can get in poker: 10, J, Q, K, A.
Conversely, we have the wheel, which is the lowest straight you can get: A, 2, 3, 4, 5.
This week’s word is backdoor. From a poker perspective, backdoor means hitting the two cards you need to make your hand on the turn and the river.
For example, say you have two spades in your hand and there was one on the flop. If two more spades show up on the turn and river then you’ve made a backdoor flush.
Similarly, if you have three cards to a straight between your hole cards and the flop—and the turn and river cards complete your straight—then you’ve made a backdoor straight.
To add some variety and spice to our highly informative and captivating blog, we are introducing a new feature: “Poker Term of the Week.” From the relatively common to the more obscure—and until I run out of terms—see how many you may already know.
For this, our inaugural post, I will start things off with a term with which practically every poker player is familiar: the flop.
Quite simply, the flop in poker is the first three community—or board—cards dealt face-up by the dealer.