Poker Glossary

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There are 22 names in this directory beginning with the letter B.
BABY PAIR

Low pocket pairs. 22-55 are definitely babies. 66 probably is. 77 is approaching adolescence.

BACK-RAISE

A raise from a player who has previously called a bet in the same betting round.

BACKDOOR DRAW

A draw on the flop that requires both turn and river cards to complete. As5s on a 6sTdJc is a backdoor flush draw and will make a flush if both the turn and river come spades. Also used as a verb as in "she backdoored the straight".

BAD BEAT

A common event that is never discussed at Red Chip Poker.

BANKROLL

The money which you set aside to play poker.

BARRELING

Betting with the intention of betting future streets under certain conditions.

BB

Abbreviation. The big blind, used to indicate that position at the table. Conventionally 'BB' refers to the position, whereas 'bb' is used to denote quantities such as stack depth and bet size as a multiple of the big blind. The notation bb/100 is often used to denote the number of bbs won or lost per 100 hands played.

BIG O

A variant of PLO8 in which each player is dealt five hole cards.

BIG SLICK

Archaic term for the hold'em hole cards AK, now rarely heard outside of Canada.

BLOCKER

Holding a card in your hand that blocks one or more hands from being made in connection with the board, and/or blocks a card from being in your opponent's hand.

BLUFF

Bet with the intention of folding out better hands.

BOARD TEXTURE

The overall composition of community cards, including their ranks, suitedness and connectedness. Board texture is often described as "wet" or "dynamic" (higher-ranking, suited, and/or connected flops, turns and rivers) or "dry" or "static" (lower-ranking, unsuited, and/or unconnected flops).

BOBTAIL STRAIGHT

An open-ended straight draw (see OESD).

BREAD AND BUTTER SPOT

A situation in which we put in the last preflop raise and are in position postflop against one or two players. The term was coined in this poker sense by Tommy Angelo and is one of the most profitable situations in poker.

BREAKEVEN PERCENTAGE

Risk divided by risk plus reward, or in other words, the mathematical way of saying "if X play works this often, I will break even, if it works less often or more often, the decision is -EV and +EV respectively".

BRICK

A card that does not change the board texture.

BROADWAY

Broadway is a AKQJT straight.

BROADWAY CARD

A broadway card is any card needed to make Broadway.

BROADWAY HAND

Any hand that includes two broadway cards that are not paired.

BTN

Abbreviation for the button, always last player to act postflop, and the third-to-last to act preflop.

BUBBLE

In poker tournaments, the finishing position immediately before prizes are awarded. The player busting out in this position is said to have "bubbled," at which point the "bubble bursts" and ill-mannered players clap.

BUY-IN

The amount of chips you initially sit down at the table with. Also a verb when you do this.