Terms Starting with I

terms are listed in alphabetical order

I Bet You

I Bet You is a common phrase that is also the name for a TV show starring Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak and an old Funadelic song. (read more)

I Call, I Play The Board

'I call, I play the board' is the last thing Kevin McBride said before calling Scotty Nguyen's allin at the 1998 WSOP and losing to a better full house. (read more)

I Had a Read

Poker players often say: I had a read. This happens after they make a bad play that turns out well. This is often said after a call. (read more)


Independent Chip Modeling, or 'ICM,' is a way of analyzing expected value in poker tournaments. It is applied primarily in single table tournaments. (read more)

Idiot End

The 'idiot-end' in poker refers to the low end of a straight, also sometimes known as the 'sucker-end' or 'sucker straight.' (read more)


IDK is an acronym meaning 'I don't know,' which is commonly used on poker-related internet message boards. (read more)


IdleMiner is a data mining tool that a user can install on their local system that will troll various sites and import hand histories. (read more)


The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association is suing to declare the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) unconstitutional. (read more)


IMO, or In My Opinion, is a commonly used phrase on poker forums when posters are stating something that isn't a fact. (read more)

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is a hotel and casino located in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip and is known for having a very fishy poker room. (read more)

Implied Odds

Implied odds revolve around the number of chips or amount of money that will be won in later streets if a card hits the board in poker. (read more)

In For The Minimum

In for the minimum is an expression poker players use to refer to how much money they spent on a rebuy tournament, usually three times the buyin. (read more)

In The Hunt

When a player says he is 'in the hunt,' it means he is still alive in a poker tournament, usually with a reasonable chance of winning. (read more)

In The Money

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An insta-call is when a player calls a bet from an opponent immediately with no hesitation. Insta-calling typically means a player holds a strong hand. (read more)

iPoker Network

The iPoker Network is headquartered out of Isreal and is currently the 3rd biggest poker room network in the world with over 50 skins accounting for traffic. (read more)


IRL is a popular acronym for 'in real life' usually used in the context of asking about someone in real life as opposed to the virtual online poker world. (read more)

Iron Man Challenge

The Full Tilt Poker Iron Man Challenge is a rewards program for ring game players where they accumulate iron man points for medals that are redeemed for cash. (read more)


The format of an ironman tournament--one without bathroom or dinner breaks--was first deployed by Matt Savage during a Commerce series in September 2009. (read more)


Isildur1 showed up at Full Tilt Poker and immediately played in the nosebleed games against the best players in the world. His identity is unknown. (read more)


Isolate is a poker concept that involves raising or re-raising usually with the purpose of reducing the number of opponents in a hand to one. (read more)

It Depends

'It depends' reflects the flexibility and numerous variations presented in most poker situations, which are often not cut-and-dried. (read more)


ITM is an acronym for 'in the money' and describes the situation in a poker tournament where all remaining players are guaranteed some sort of payout. (read more)


The acronym 'ITT' is one used often in poker message board websites and stands for In This Thread. (read more)

Ivan Demidov

Ivan Demidov finished in 2nd place at the 2008 WSOP Main event and also finished in 3rd Place at the WSOPE Main Event the same year. (read more)


A popular acronym of poker forums, IYAM stands for If You Ask Me. (read more)