word type: noun

  1. The sequence of betting in each hand, as in "The action starts with Steve, who is under the gun." Action refers to whose turn it is to bet, call, raise, or fold.
  2. Bets, raises, calls, any move that involves putting money in the pot.

Popular Uses

Action is to you, sir. -Flamingo dealer, to my brother, when he was too busy stacking his mountain of chips to realize it was his turn to act.

Man, this table is boring. Everybody just waits for Aces. I’m hungry for some action!. -Unknown

You Should Also Know...

If you have the ability to remain patient at the poker table, you can make a lot of money off of someone who craves action. These types of players, also known as "Loose-Aggressive," can get antsy when everybody is playing tight and may start playing weak hands and making poor decisions just to make the game more exciting in their minds. Be careful, though. Not all Loose-Aggressive players are simply action junkies. Some, like Gus Hansen, have a method to the perceived madness.

Related Terms

Under the Gun, Button, Small Blind, Big Blind