Terms Starting with A

terms are listed in alphabetical order

ABC Poker

The term ABC Poker refers to playing basic (read more)

Absolute Poker

Absolute Poker is a premiere online poker site that offers and excellent selection of tournaments, cash games, and SNGs. (read more)

Absolute Poker College Challenge

The Absolute Poker College Challenge is a promotion that allows college students to compete in freerolls and a leader board and be awarded various prizes. (read more)


The Ace is the highest value card in the game of poker and is designated with the letter A. (read more)

Ace High

The hand of Ace High is one that simply has a high card of ace and nothing else, not even a pair. (read more)

Ace on the River

Ace on the RIver (subtitled: An Advanced Poker Guide) is a book about poker life written by Barry Greenstein and first published in June 2005. (read more)


Acting in poker is when a player makes decision to bet, raise, fold, call or check. (read more)


Action describes when it's a person's turn to act in poker. It's paramount to know whose action it is in every single hand. (read more)

Action Card

An action card is a card that comes on the turn or river that will cause significant betting for two or more players in a hand. (read more)

Active Player

An active player in a poker game is someone who has not yet folded his hand. If you intend to remain active in the hand, be sure to protect your cards. (read more)

Adam Schoenfeld

Adam Schoenfeld has been playing poker full time ever since he retired from a prominent career in internet consulting. He is a Red Pro on Full Tilt Poker. (read more)

Adam Small

Adam Small is a poker and internet entrepreneur who is best-known for being a co-founder and admin at PocketFives.com. He resides in Costa Rica. (read more)


Add-ons are used by poker players to rebuy into poker tournaments if the structure allows for it. Check to see if you are allowed to add on before playing. (read more)


Adjusting is a concept that is central to poker theory and explains the need to constantly adapt to changing game conditions and tournament structures. (read more)


The slang term Advertising refers to a player making an obvious play or even exposing cards in a deliberate manner. (read more)


AFAIK is a popular acronym on poker forums meaning As Far As I Know. (read more)

Aggression Factor

Aggression Factor is a stat used in most HUDs that calculates a number based off of any aggressive action divided by the number of calls. (read more)

Aggression Frequency

Aggression Frequency is a HUD stat shown in a percentage form from 0-100% used to determine an opponent's level of aggression in poker. (read more)


An aggressive player is the kind of player who is considered active, often involved in poker hands, usually betting or raising. (read more)

Aggressive Call

Aggressive Call is a term invented by Team PokerStars member Vanessa Rousso. It makes little sense to others. (read more)


An air card is one that does not help any player involved in a hand of poker. Poker players know the words air and blank to mean the same thing. (read more)


Airball is a term used by poker player when they have managed to miss their perceived outs in a hand. (read more)


Ajax is poker slang for a starting hand with one ace and one jack. It's called Ajax because Ace-Jack and the popular cleaner sound very similar. (read more)

Alan Goehring

Alan Goehring is a highly accomplished poker professional. Goehring is a retired financial analyst who plays tournaments exclusively when he plays poker. (read more)

Alex Jacob

Alex Jacob is a Yale graduate who has experienced a breadth of success in poker tournaments since 2006, when he took second place in a Foxwoods event. (read more)

All in at 420

All in at 420 is the online nickname for professional poker player Matt Stout, who is a prolific tournament poker specialist. (read more)

All in the Flop Buddy

All in the flop, buddy, is a term that was widely used by a NYC poker player named Alfonse to describe his reasons for playing almost any 2 cards preflop. (read more)


Going all-in in poker is when you commit all of your chips at one time (read more)

Allen Cunningham

Allen Cunningham is a Professional Poker Player and was the 2005 Player of the Year. (read more)

Alligator Blood

When someone refers to another plays as having Alligator Blood it is meant as a complement to describe their ability to handle pressure. (read more)

American Airlines

American Airlines is poker slang for pocket aces. Also known as bullets or pocket rockets. It's the strongest starting hand in poker. (read more)


Ammunition, also known as ammo, is a slang term often used at a poker table when referring to chips. (read more)

Amnon Filippi

Amnon Filippi is an accomplished poker tournament player from New York City with major final tables at the WPT and WSOP. (read more)

Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman is the Poker Editor and Blogger at ESPN.com, co-host of the Poker Edge Podcast and is the tournament director for the ESPN Poker Club. (read more)

Andy Beal

Andy Beal, a billionaire texas banker, is best known in poker circles for challenging the most elite players in poker to high stakes games of heads-up poker. (read more)

Andy Black

Despite not having a title in any of the three major tournament circuits, Andy Black has amassed live tournament winnings over $3,900,000. (read more)

Andy Bloch

Andy Bloch is a well known poker pro who is considered by some as the best player without a WSOP or WPT victory and is a sponsored pro at Full Tilt Poker. (read more)


An angle is a maneuver in a poker game that is usually legal but ethically questionable. People who employ angles are dubbed 'angle shooters.' (read more)

Annie Duke

Annie Duke is a professional poker player and considered one of the best female poker players in the world. (read more)


Ante up. An ante is a bet that must be made in order to play in a poker hand. It's one of several forced bets in every poker hand. (read more)

Ante Off

When a player is absent from the table and the antes cause them to go broke it's referred to as an ante off situation. (read more)

Ante Up for Africa

Ante Up for Africa is a non-profit organization founded by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Norman Epstein devote to help Africans in need. (read more)

Ante Up Tournament

An ante up tournament is a single or multiple table tournament where the blinds always remain the same but antes increase as time goes by. (read more)

Antoine Saout

Antoine Saout is a 25-year-old Frenchman who finished 3rd in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, cashing for $3.5 million. (read more)

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari is a professional poker player who has won both a WPT and WSOP Event. (read more)

Anurag Dikshit

Anurag Dikshit is the co-founder of Party Poker, a major online gambling site, and he is one of the world's richest men. (read more)


The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, otherwise known as the ANZPT, is a series of tournaments produced by Pokerstars. (read more)

AP 500

The AP 500 is a rake race promotion at Absolute Poker where the players that rank in the top 500 for status points earned will receive a cash bonus. (read more)


APPT is an acronym for 'Asia Pacific Poker Tour,' a series of tournaments sponsored by PokerStars that are held in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. (read more)


The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is Asia's largest poker tour and is owned by AsianLogic. Events are held in the Philippines and in Macau. (read more)


Arsenal is another combat-themed poker metaphor. It is a term used to designate a player's collection of moves and gears. (read more)


ATC - The acronym ATC stands for "Any Two Cards." It is typically used to describe a player's starting hand selection. (read more)

Atlantic City

Atlantic City is to the eastern United States what Las Vegas is to the West. While not as glitzy as Vegas, Atlantic City is a major legal gambling center. (read more)

Aussie Millions

Aussie Millions is an annual series of tournament that takes place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia during the month of January. (read more)


An avatar is a visual representation used to identify a poker player on online poker sites. Full Tilt Pros get custom avatars as does every PokerStars player. (read more)


Prahlad Friedman introduced the concept of 'avoidance' in a rap song that premiered during an episode of the World Series of Poker on ESPN. (read more)

Axel Freed

James Caan plays Axel Freed, the main character in The Gambler, an English professor in NYC who is a consummate degenerate gambler. (read more)