Terms Starting with H

terms are listed in alphabetical order

Hachem Syndrome

Hachem Syndrome describes the completely unnatural sense of entitlement that some WSOP champions are overcome by in the years following their victory. (read more)


Halfrek is a myserious poker player from Denmark (his real identity is unknown), who has achieved remarkable results in online tournaments. (read more)


A hand is the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time. (read more)

Hand For Hand

The term hand for hand is when a money bubble is approaching and multiple tables will play a hand and wait until all other tables are finished to start next. (read more)

Hand History

Hand histories are the written and stored record of the hands an online poker plays. A hand history contains all the information relevant to a given hand. (read more)

Hand Rankings

Hand rankings are the commonly accepted order of poker hands ranging from lowest ('high card') to the highest ('straight flush'). (read more)


A hanger is a card at the bottom of the deck that sticks out further that the rest and is a sign of cheating. (read more)

Happy Hour

Happy Hour is a promotion at Full Tilt Poker where Full Tilt Points are multiplied (usually by 2x or 3x) and designated tables with a happy face in the lobby. (read more)

Harrington On...

Harrington on Hold 'Em and Harrington on Cash Games are two series of books written by Dan Harrington and published by Two Plus Two. (read more)

He Called Me With Jack High

'He called me with jack high' is an infamous quote from the 2004 WSOP directed towards James McManus by homeless poker player Elix Powers. (read more)


Heads-up play occurs when there are only two players remaining in a pot. It can also refer to the end of a poker tournament when two players are left. (read more)


A Heater is when a player runs good over a series of hands or events that take place in a confined time period. (read more)

Hendon Mob

The Hendon Mob was formed in the year 2000 and consists of Ram Vaswani, Joe Beevers and brothers Ross and Barney Boatman, all poker players from Britain. (read more)


The hero in a poker hand is the one you are taking the perspective of while watching it happen either live or in a hand history. (read more)

Hero Call

A hero call is when a player makes a marginal call solely based on a pure read or gut feel. (read more)

Hevad Khan

Hevad Khan is known for making a WSOP run in 2007 that ended in a 6th place finish and for creating an outlandish tv-image that became an enduring poker career. (read more)


HID is an acronym that stands for 'hope I die' and is, needless to say, usually an overreaction to a poker situation that didn't work out in somebody's favor. (read more)

High Card

High card refers either to a poker ranking, such as 'ace-high' or to the process of dealing out cards in order to give some reward to the highest card. (read more)

High Society

When ordering stacks of high society, you are asking for a stack of the highest denomination of chips at that casino or card room. (read more)

High Stakes Poker

High Stakes Poker is a popular TV show featuring a high stakes no limit holdem cash game. High Stakes Poker airs on the Game Show Network. (read more)


The hijack is a slang term for the position two to the right of the button and one spot to the right of the cut-off. (read more)


To hit in poker means that a card comes that helps you make your hand. It is typically the result of a player hitting a straight draw or flush draw. (read more)

Hit and Run

A Hit and Run is when a player joins a poker game, wins a big pot usually by pure luck, and immediately leaves never to be seen again. (read more)

Hit By the Deck

Hit By the Deck is an expression used to indicate that a poker player is experiencing an unusually good run of cards in a short period of time. (read more)


HOF is an acronym used in poker forums that stands for Hall of Fame. (read more)


Hold is an expression that indicates that a poker player hand has remained in the lead, usually in a situation where it was vulnerable. (read more)

Holdem Manager

Holdem Manager is a popular online poker tracking and analysis program that imports hand history files and breaks down statistics and displays a HUD. (read more)

Hole Cam

The hole cam was invented by Henry Orenstein and allows viewers of poker television programming to see what cards each player holds. It revolutionized poker. (read more)

Hole Card

A hole card is one that is dealt to a player at the beginning of a hand and can only be used by them. Hole cards are known to only one player. (read more)

Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park is a casino and racetrack in the Inglewood section of Los Angeles that is also known for poker action at all stakes. (read more)


Hollywood is a verb used to describe the mode of pretending or acting in a poker hand, used both for deception and saving face. (read more)

Home Game

The term home game is used to describe poker that is played in a more casual fashion than what is usually found in a casino poker atmosphere. (read more)

Hookers and Blow

After online poker players win a decent amount of money, they often like to go on a 'hookers and blow' binge lifestyle. It may not actually consist of that. (read more)


HORSE combines texas hold 'em, omaha 8, and three forms of stud into one mixed game. It is usually played for high stakes. (read more)


The house is the online poker room or live casino which charges players rake in order to play poker. Player versus house games include blackjack and craps. (read more)


The term hover refers to the act of a player holding their cursor over a particular object, be it a HUD box or a poker table. (read more)

Howard Lederer

Howard Lederer has been an enormous figure in the poker world for decades. He is a member of Team Full Tilt Poker and a WPT and WSOP champion (read more)


Hoyle has been the authority on poker rules for more than 200 years and is the leading manufacturer of playing cards in the United States. (read more)


The acronym HPH stands for Hands per Hour. (read more)


HU4Rollz is a term used for the phrase Heads Up For Rolls, meaning bankrolls. This is often a challenge given to a player on a forum. (read more)

Huck Seed

Huckleberry 'Huck' Seed is a pro poker player who has 4 WSOP bracelets and won the 1996 Main Event. (read more)


HUD stands for Heads Up Display which shows player stats at an online poker table. (read more)

Humberto Brenes

Humberto Brenes is a professional poker player nicknamed The Shark and comes from Costa Rica. (read more)

Hustler Casino

The Hustler Casino was opened in the year 2000, is owned by Larry Flynt, and it is located in Gardena, California. High stakes poker is played there. (read more)