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Poker seems to be a game that has a language on its own. While sitting at a table with other professional poker players, it might seem like they are speaking an alien language if you are a beginner yourself. There’s no need to feel ashamed if this has happened to you, and if you’re too embarrassed to ask, we can teach you. Here are some confusing poker terms that we often see used in a high level poker table.


What is “Angle Shooting”?

The practice of taking advantage of inexperienced opponents by employing a variety of dishonest and unfair methods. Angle Shooter is very often associated with a cheater and to be honest, there is not much distinction between these two terms. This is because most poker players do not consider the act of angle shooting to be ethical, it can even be offensive to some. Angle shooting is a typical strategy used by people who want to take advantage of the misinterpretation of moves by other players at the table. Some well-known angle shoots have been prohibited in the past. 

What is a “Three-Bet”?

Before the flip, it is common to refer to an initial reraise as “pre-flop.”  This is a word that comes from games with a fixed limit. In a fixed limit game the general rule is that the first raise should be worth two bets and if followed by a reraise will up it to a three bet. 

What is a “Four-bet”?

In a game without limits however, a large blind is called a forced bet and the first raise will be pushed to be referred to as a second. Following this trend, the second raise is a third and so on. In this game if a player chooses to make a big blind in the first, it is referred to as a three bet and any subsequent reraise will be called a “four-bet”, the trend continues. 

What is a “Five-bet”?

Consequently, when someone is described as “five-bet shoving all in,” it is understood that the all-in raise came after a sequence of raises back and forth between the two players.


What is “Running it Twice”?

If you hear a player in a cash game proclaiming to run it twice, this should mean that he is calling for the dealer to deal the remaining streets twice and then award the person with the best hand with half of the pot. This can only be done when a player is already all in before a river has been dealt. In certain cases, a player may even call to run more than twice when the remaining cards in the deck have been dealt more than once. Whether this is allowed or not is up to the dealer, depending on what type of poker game you are playing.


What is a “Valle Card”? 

Any three, five, or seven cards; this term derives from the game of panguingue, in which those cards have value and for which other players pay a player who melds them together. 


What is a “Passive”?

A style of play usually done by aggressive play. This style is characterized by a proclivity to check or call more frequently than to wager or raise. This term should not be confused with a “tight” style of play, which entails playing a lesser number of hands on a more frequent basis, compared to the number of hands played. On one hand we have a “loose passive” player and on the other we have a “tight passive player”  A loose passive player typically has a large number of hands whereas a tight one will play fewer hands.



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Fred Bennett