Poker is a game with many terms and names that are unique to it. In order to understand poker better, it is a necessary to understand the basic poker glossary first. It helps one make sense of the jargon and the differences between the names used in the game.
The glossary starts with the word ‘bet’. Bet means either putting the money into the pot (on which the poker room takes a small amount of the bets) or having the legal privilege to oppose the others’ stakes. In poker, the term ‘betting’ means to place a bet in poker. When we say we are betting against a hand, it means we are putting our money in the middle of the poker room and hoping to win back some money. Betting and folding are similar concepts and this is also when we call out ‘bend’.
The next term in the list is ‘188.8.131.52‘. When we call out a bet, we aren’t actually putting our money into the pot, this is just to call out a bet. We can do this because our opponents didn’t raise the pot and call is allowed to happen. ‘Call’ is a action of we will match a bet with one of our opponents. If we have a strong hand, we might bet big or even all of our chips. Because we matched a bet, we have shared the pot and we might receive additional cards, or we might not receive additional cards and our hand is made less strong.
The last term that is usually used in poker is ‘raise’. When we raise, we can show that we have a really good hand. This action is only recommended if we have a lot of opponents and the pot is big. When we raise, we might win the pot the same way we won the first pot, or we can win the pot by being in front of our opponent for a while.
The last few words go along with ‘bet’. The words ‘bet’ and ‘raise’ are pretty essential to the game of poker, because raising is an aggressive move. Betting is when you bet the amount of the pot and starts the game. Raising is betting more than the pot. If we bet when we have no hand, we have something and we can win the pot. The thing we usually do is bet with the stronger hand. So we might bet big with a hand like ace and ten and eight.
When we call, we are not betting so much. When we bet, we might actually lead out and make a big bet at the pot, but we are just calling being in front of our opponent. The thing about calling is that it might lead to a later street a lot faster. If we bet, we might make more than one street and our opponent might have a hand for that too.
So when we look at aggressive versus passive play, we can say that a play which is passive will allow for more passive play and a play which is aggressive will allow for a lot of aggressive play. If we spot someone who is doing too much passive play, we might suggest that we work on becoming more aggressive with our plays, and someone becoming more aggressive will certainly change the way we play against them.