The following is a glossary of poker terms used in the card game of poker.
See also Poker Rules.
- Also known as Wheel.
- All the community cards in a hold'em game -- the flop, turn, and
river cards together.
Example: "There wasn't a single diamond on the
- Community Cards
- Also known as the Board. In hold'em, the cards dealt face
up and used by everyone to form hands. Players combine community cards
with their personal hole cards to create the best possible five card poker hand. Different
people can use the same board cards, they do not get used up. In
hold'em, a complete board is composed of five cards: three dealt on the flop,
then one each on the turn and
- The first three community cards, put out face up, all together.
- Five cards of the same suit.
- Kickers are also used to determine who wins if both players hold a
Straight. The highest ranking card of the flush or straight is
considered the kicker. For example, if I hold A-K-T-7-5 of clubs and John
holds K-8-7-6-4 of spades, I would win because my flush is to the ace and
his is only to the king. Again, if two people have the same highest
kicker, the next highest kicker is used until the tie is broken. If two
players hold the a flush with all the same kickers, then the pot is
split between the two players.
A kicker is the highest card that is unrelated to the type of
poker hand one has. For example, someone with the hand
K-K-A-Q-5 has a pair of kings with
an ace kicker. Kickers are used to break ties. For example, if someone
else had K-K-J-6-5, that person would have a
pair of kings with jack kicker. The person with a pair of kings with ace
kicker would beat the person with a jack kicker. If two people have the
same type of hand with the same type of kicker, the next highest kicker
- Hole Cards
- Also known as Down Cards. In hold'em, the cards dealt face
down to each player, which combine with
community cards on the board to make a hand.
- Poker Hand
- A group of five cards which are ranked according to the hand
Four of a Kind,
Three of a Kind,
- The rake in poker is what the house take fee an online poker site
charges for the use of its poker server. The rake is typically 10% of every pot, up to a
maximum of a few dollars ($2.00 or $3.00). At
TheOnlyPoker, our rake is much lower.
- The numerical value of a card (as opposed to its
The highest rank is Ace, and the lowest rank is 2. However, the Ace can
usually be used as a 1 in a straight.
Ranks are sometimes abbreviated as follows:
A for Ace, K for King, Q for Queen, J for Jack,
T for Ten, 9 for Nine, 8 for Eight, ... and 2
- The fifth and final community card in
hold'em, dealt face up in the middle of the table, which anyone can use
as part of a hand. See flop, turn,
- Screen Name
- Name of the player visible to everyone while playing online.
Typically the Screen Name is a nickname or alias, as most poker players
prefer to keep their real name private. When
you create an account, you pick
a screen name and an avatar for your online account. The game
TheOnlyPoker will display your screen name (and
avatar when possible) to whatever action you do, such as joining a table
or playing a hand. By contrast, your email address and password
are private to you.
- Steel Wheel
- A five high Straight Flush
which is 5-4-3-2-A, all in the same suit (♠♥♦♣).
A steel wheel is a rare and powerful hand: it is the lowest ranking
straight flush possible, beating four aces and losing to a six high
straight flush. Similarly, if a player holds a five high
Straight, or 5-4-3-2-A, it is commonly called a
or a Bicycle.
- Spades ♠, hearts ♥, diamonds
♦, or clubs ♣. Suit is important for determining a
but has no other meaning in most poker games. The suit itself is never
used to break a tie in poker. The suits are sometimes
abbreviated as follows:
s - spades ♠
h - hearts
d - diamonds ♦
c - clubs ♣
Therefore, AKh would mean Ace and King of hearts. However, sometimes the
s only means suited.
This usually is made clear by context.
- A starting hand in which the two cards are the same suit (♠♥♦♣), such
as king-two of hearts. Suited hole cards are valuable because they are more likely to form a Flush with
Example: I had to play K♥ 2♥ -- it was suited!
- TOP Points
- Points you earn while playing our game with real money.
points have real money value and may be used to pay the entrance fee for
a tournament. For more details about TOP Points,
visit our page explaining the Rake.
- Aka fourth street. The fourth community card in hold'em,
dealt face up in the middle of the table, which anyone can use as part
of a hand.
See also flop,
- Also known as Bicycle.
A wheel is the poker hand 5-4-3-2-A, the lowest possible
beating any three of a kind, but losing to any higher straight or better. If
a player happens to make an Ace to Five straight flush, then it is known
as a Steel Wheel,
which is a rare and powerful hand, beating four aces.
In most poker games, the ace can play as
either a high card or a low card, depending upon the situation. If the Ace
is used as a high card in the hand it will also play as a high card. For
example, if a player held A-K-Q-J-T, he would have an Ace high
straight, and the Ace would play for high. Alternatively, if a player
holds 5-4-3-2-A, he would hold a five high straight, and the ace would
play as a low card. In keeping with this logic, a wheel is
considered five high, even though it contains an ace, meaning that it
would lose to any higher ranking straight.