Poker Books

The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide

The professionals of Full Tilt Poker include the best and most famous poker players in the world. These legends has banded together to create the instant classic of the genre and for sure the industry standard

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The Theory of Poker

Many of today’s top poker players will tell you that this is the book that really made a difference in their play. That is, these are the ideas that separate the experts from the typical players. Those who read and study this book will literally leave behind those who don’t, and most serious players wear the covers off their copies. This is the best book ever written on poker.

Amazon price: $19.77

A Course in Power Poker

This is the classic book on every major no-limit game played today and is considered by the pros to be one of the best books ever written on poker! Jam-packed with advanced strategies, theories, tactics and money-making techniques - no serious poker player can afford to be without this essential book!

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General Poker Terms and Definitions


Gambling site or book that presents info on any land or online casino game has to provide info on the glossary before you start learning something like the blackjack strategy chart or online roulette tips.


The player’s turn to act in round of betting.


The obligatory bet made by all the players before the cards deal.


To wager all the chips to the pot by betting, calling or raising.

Bad beat

When the poker player loses despite of high probabilities in his/her favor.

Big blind

The compulsory bet placed by the second gambler after the dealer’s button.


The weak community card which can’t help any gambler in the game.


Second name for the Full House.

Bottom pair

The situation when the lowest card on board and your lowest hole card create pair.


Those placings in the poker tournament which don’t claim for the prizes.


To discard one top card of deck just before dealing the community cards.


The special mark that indicates that the gambler takes the dealer’s place.


The fee to enter the poker tournament.


To equal the preceding bet or raise.

Calling station

The gambler which often calls and rarely raises or bets.


To pass your turn to place bet with not wagering any sum into the pot. It is allowed to check just if the bet was not posted before.


The starting hand with two or more cards in sequence.

Dead money

Money placed to the pot by poker player that is not in the hand.


The poker hand that may be high if some specific cards are dealt on the board.

Draw dead

The hand which has bad chances to win in any situation.

Fast play

Aggressive play with great number of bets and raises.


Unsuccessful poker player.


Initial three community cards.


The poker tournaments with no the buy-ins.

Gutshot straight

Not complete straight poker hand that needs one specific card to occur.


The game with two players.


The off-paired card in the poker hand that may be used to break tie.


Highly aggressive player who all the time bets and bluffs.


The discards of the gambler that folded.


The good poker hand.


Betting structure which allows the gamblers to bet and wager any amount.

Off suit

The starting hand that consists of two cards of the different suit.


The cards in deck which can help to form the good poker hand.

Play the board

To use all community cards to create the poker hand.

Pot limit

The poker betting structure that allows gamblers to bet and wager up to the amount of current pot.


The same as Four of a Kind.


The flop cards from the different suit.


To buy extra poker chips during the game not leaving the game.

Ring Game

Cash game.


Last community card on board.


The poker tournament which is held as the entering poker tournament for the major tournaments.


The end of the poker game in which poker players reveal the cards and the winner is awarded.

Side pot

Extra pot formed in case several players chose the all-in with not equal amounts.

Small blind

The forced bet made by first poker player after the dealer. The small blind bet is the half of the big blind bet.

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About author

Daniel Spolsky has PhD in philosophy. He is one of the famous poker players in Nebraska. This is his personal site about poker: rules, tips, strategies.

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