Learn These Basic Poker Terms to Cheer for Your Favourite Aruban Poker Player
by Lou-Ann Jordan Nov 7, 2022
With the World Series of Poker® International Circuit taking place from 14 to 24 November, we imagine there’s much talk about the game as Aruba’s best poker players compete.
While some of us may be old hats at poker, others may be clueless about the game. Supporting a family member or friend entering the tournament will be difficult if you don’t know how to play poker. Yet, have no fear; we’re here to assist.
This article can help you keep abreast of your loved one’s progress, cheering them on as they advance through the competition. We’ll equip you so that you can get in on the excitement and enjoy the thrill.
Here we’ve answered basic questions someone new to the game may be wondering. Our questions feature common poker terminology. While we can’t guarantee you’ll be an expert, at least you’ll better understand what the fuss is all about.
Let’s begin. Here are several poker terms you can keep in mind.
What is poker?
Poker is a card game that involves two or more players. Ideally, it’s best with six to eight players. However, the game is played worldwide with local modifications and has been known to have up to 14 players. The goal is to win, in one deal, the entire pot.
What is a pot?
A pot is the entire pool of the bets made by each player during a deal.
What is a hand?
A hand is a total of five playing cards held at any given time.
What is a royal flush?
A royal flush is a ‘hand’ that comprises the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of the same suit. An example is the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of spades.
What is a straight flush?
A straight flush consists of five consecutive cards in the same set. An example is ten, nine, eight, seven and six of the suit of diamonds.
What is a flush?
Like a straight flush, a flush is five cards of the same suit, though not ordered consecutively.
What is a full house?
A full house is three matching cards and a pair of another value—for example, three kings and two sixes.
What is four-of-a-kind?
As the title suggests, a four-of-a-kind is a hand that shows four cards of the same value and then one of a different rank. This kind of hand is seen with four fives and a two.
What are two-pairs?
As the name suggests, a hand with two pairs has four cards that are paired according to value. Two cards that are queens and two that are nines are considered a hand of ‘two-pairs’.
What is a wild card?
A wild card is a card selected to assume any other card’s value.
What is dealer’s choice?
Dealer’s choice is a type of poker where the players take turns choosing a different type of poker to be played at each new deal.
Whether you want to keep abreast of players at the WSOP International Circuit tournament or planning to engage in a friendly match at home, we’ve covered the most salient terms to get you started. Now, that you’ve grasped the lingo, all you have to do is work on your poker face.
Sources: Britannica, 888 Poker and Pagat.