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A Baby - A small card.

 

Back Door Flush (or Straight) - When the last two cards make a player's hand, even though he or she played on the flop for some other reason.

 

Back Into A Hand - To draw into a hand different from the one you were originally trying to make.

 

Bad Beat - When a strong hand is beaten by a lucky hand; a longshot win.

 

Bankroll - The amount of money you have available to wager.

 

Behind - You're behind if you don't have the best hand before the last cards have been dealt.

 

Belly Buster - A draw to fill an inside straight; a gut shot.

 

Bet - To voluntarily put money or chips into the pot.

 

Bet For Value - Betting in order to raise the amount in the pot, not to make your opponents fold.

 

Bet Into - To bet before a stronger hand, or a player who bet strongly on the previous round.

 

Bet The Pot - To bet the total value of the pot. Betting Black Betting $100 amounts (black is a common color for $100 chips).

 

Betting Green - Betting $25 amounts (green is a common color for $25 chips).

 

Betting Red - Betting $5 amounts (red is a common color for $5 chips).

 

Betting White - Betting $1 amounts (white is a common color for $1 chips).

 

Betting Interval - The period during which each active player has the right to check, bet or raise; the round of betting. It ends when the last bet or raise has been called by all players still in the hand.

 

Bicycle - The lowest possible hand in lowball: Ace-2-3-4-5. Also called a wheel.

 

Big Bet Poker - Another term for pot-limit and no-limit poker.

 

Big Blind - The forced bet in second position before any cards are dealt. Usually this is a Live Blind, which means that the player in this position can raise if no one else has before the cards are dealt.

 

Big Slick - The Ace-King card combination.

 

Black Leg - Archaic term for crooked card-sharp.

 

Blank - A card that is of no value to a player's hand.

 

Blind - A forced bet that one or more players to the dealer's left must make before any cards are dealt to start the action on the first round of betting.

 

Blind Raise - When a player raises without first looking at his or her cards.

 

Blow Back - To lose back one's profits.

 

Bluff - To bet or raise with a hand that is unlikely to be the best hand.

 

Board - In flop games, the five cards that are turned face up in the center of the table; in Seven-Card Stud, the four cards that are dealt face up to each player.

 

Boat - Another name for full house.

 

Bottom Pair - When you use the lowest card on the flop to make a pair.

 

Bounty - A small amount of cash awarded to a player when he knocks out another player in some tournaments.

 

Brick - A blank.

 

Bring-In - The forced bet made on the first betting round by the player dealt the lowest card showing in Seven-Card Stud and the highest card showing in razz.

 

Bring It In - To start the betting on the first round.

 

Broadway - An ace high straight.

 

Brush - A cardroom employee responsible for managing the seating list.

 

Buck - In all flop games, a small disk used to indicate the dealer, or used to signify the player in the last position if a house dealer is used; a button.

 

Bug - A Joker that can be used to make straights and flushes and can be paired with Aces, but not with any other cards.

 

Bullet - An Ace.

 

Bullets - A pair of Aces.

 

Bump - To raise.

 

Buried Pair - In stud games, a pair in the hole.

 

Burn - To deal off the top card, face down, before dealing out the cards (to prevent cheating); or to set aside a card which has been inadvertently revealed.

 

Bust - A worthless hand that has failed to improve as the player hoped; a busted hand.

 

Bust a Player - To deprive a player of all his chips; in tournament play, to eliminate a player.

 

Bust Out - To be eliminated from a tournament by losing all your chips.
Busted Broke, tapped.

 

Busted Flush - A hand with only four of five cards in a flush. Button In all flop games, a small disk used to signify the player in the last position if a house dealer is used; a buck.

 

Buy-In - The miniumum amount of money required to sit down in a particular game.

 

 

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