Terms Starting with P

terms are listed in alphabetical order


The term paint is used in poker and refers any card with a picture on it, specifically a King, Queen or Jack. (read more)

Panorama Towers

Panorama Towers is a modern condominium development in Las Vegas that is home to more poker players per square foot than any other single building in the world. (read more)

Party Poker

Party Poker was the industry leader for online poker during the era of the poker boom, before the UIGEA forced the company to withdraw from the US market. (read more)


PartyPoints are points awarded for real money poker play on PokerStars that translate into VIP rewards such as merchandise and cash bonuses. (read more)


Pass is another way of saying 'fold' in poker, to give up or laydown a hand. The term has origins in British poker circles. (read more)


The word passive is used to describe a player who rarely bets or plays aggressively and usually just calls or folds all their hands. (read more)


Pat is to draw poker what 'made hand' is to other forms of poker such as Omaha or Hold 'Em and refers to a hand that will not improve via drawing cards. (read more)

Patrik Antonius

Patrik is a well-known online poker professional with some big live tournament cashes as well. Patrik is from Finland, but has lived in Las Vegas and Monaco. (read more)

Pay Off

To pay off a player means calling a bet with a losing hand. Paying off someone typically involves a trap or other deceptive poker strategy. (read more)

Payout Structure

The payout structure in a tournament is the system that designates what percentage of players get paid and what percentage of the prizepool each winner gets. (read more)


PCA is the abbreviation for 'PokerStars Caribbean Adventure,' an annual tournament held in the Bahamas and sponsored by the poker site. (read more)


Pearljammer is the nickname for poker professional Jon Turner, who is a Full Tilt Poker Red Pro and accomplished tournament player. (read more)

Pechanga Casino

Pechanga Casino is an Indian Casino and ranks as the largest in the state of California, offering 3,600 slot machines and 54 poker tables. (read more)

Perfect Perfect

Catchin 'perfect perfect' describes a poker situation in which a person has to catch the exact two specific runner-runner cards to beat his opponent's hand. (read more)

Peter Alson

Peter Alson is a writer and poker player based out of NYC. He co-authored a book abot Stu Ungar and another entitled 'Take Me to the River.' (read more)

Peter Eastgate

Peter Eastgate from Odense, Denmark won the 2008 WSOP Main Event as a 22 year old. He won $9,152,416 for his efforts. (read more)


PFR is an acronym for Pre Flop Raise and is commonly used in HUD generating computer programs for poker like Hold'em Manager and PokerTracker 3. (read more)

Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond, aka OMGClayAiken, is a high stakes online poker pro who has won a WSOP bracelt in Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys. (read more)

Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon is a professional poker player, commentator, and published author who won the World Poker Tour's Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament in 2002. (read more)

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth is known as the Poker Brat for his whiny personality whose winnings at the WSOP amount to $5,859,080 and a record 11 tournament victories. (read more)

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is one of the top poker players in the world and 5 WSOP Bracelets and 1 WPT event win and a consistent winner in top cash games. (read more)

Phil Laak

Phil Laak, nicknamed The Unabomber, is a popular high stakes cash game professional and television tournament poker player. (read more)


A Pino is a loud-mouthed poker player who may appear slightly shady and frequently type SoCal internet slang to you through instant messages (read more)


The pit is the area of the casino where blackjack, craps, roulette and other non-poker games are played. (read more)

Planet Hollywood

The Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas features one of the nicer small poker rooms on the strip. (read more)


PlatinumStar is the 4th level of the PokerStars VIP system that awards players a special multiplier for accumulating FPPs as well as unlocks special items. (read more)

Play Money

Play Money games are ones where fake units of money are used and are just for fun with nothing financial at stake. (read more)

Play the Board

To play the board means to use the five community cards to make up your best five card poker hand. Playing the board most often occurs in Texas Hold'em. (read more)


Playthrough is the amount of action you must give an online poker room to earn a deposit bonus. (read more)


The acronym PLO in poker circles means Pot Limit Omaha, a poker game played with four hole cards. (read more)


The acronym PLO8 stands for Pot-Limit Omaha Hi Lo 8-or-better used both in online and live card rooms. (read more)

Plus V

It's commonplace to hear poker players say 'plus ev' in reference to their supposed positive expectation. But 'plus v' simply means plus value. (read more)


A pocket consists of the down cards that are dealt face down to a player that only he knows and can use. These are the opposite of community cards. (read more)

Pocket Pair

A pocket pair is one in which a player's hole cards match. The made hand makes them a favorite pre-flop in a hand against players with two different cards. (read more)

Pocket Rockets

Pocket rockets is poker slang for pocket aces. Also called American Airlines and bullets. Pocket aces is the strongest starting hand in poker. (read more)


PocketFives is an online poker forum dedicated to creating a community for full-time tournament players and their fans. (read more)

Poker Affiliate

A poker affiliate is an independent third party marketer who refers players to poker sites in exchange for money. (read more)

Poker After Dark

Poker After Dark is a TV show that airs on NBC during late night time slots and features a group of six poker players, unified by a common theme, competing. (read more)

Poker Bonuses

Poker bonuses are additional money given by the poker room to their players in exchange for signing up or making a deposit. (read more)

Poker Boom

Poker boom refers to the period of time from roughly 2002 until 2006 when poker received a large influx of new players and popular attention. (read more)

Poker Face

Poker face is a well-known term used to describe the type of expressionless visage necessary to keep opponents guessing in a poker game. (read more)

Poker Gods

Poker players almost universally will pray and curse the Poker Gods who apparently control the fate and outcome of every poker hand. (read more)

Poker Loyalty Programs

Some online poker rooms, as an alternative to rakeback, create loyalty programs designed to attract, retain and reward their most loyal and valuable players. (read more)

Poker Players Alliance

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is an American nonprofit interest group formed to promote poker players' rights. (read more)

Poker Room

The poker room is the area in a casino that is dedicated to poker action. It is usually set aside from the sportsbook and the pit. (read more)


Poker2Nite airs on Wednesday nights at 11pm ET on Fox Sports Net and is sponsored by UB.com and hosted by Scott Huff and Joe Sebok. (read more)


Pokerazor is a math analysis tool for poker players and is available as a free download for Windows. (read more)


PokerPro is an automated poker table manufactured by PokerTek. (read more)


PokerStars, founded in 2001, is the largest and most dominant online poker site in the world. (read more)

PokerStars Passport

The PokerStars Passport is a promotion that is linked to the Yearly Tournament Leader Board that awards a passport to players to play live tournaments. (read more)

PokerStars VIP Club

The PokerStars VIP Club is the rewards program in place that distributes VPP and FPP points to players which can be redeemed for bonuses or products. (read more)


PokerStove is a freeware equity evaluator and poker calculator for Texas Hold'em that can run the full range of possible optimizations. (read more)


PokerTek is a gaming company that developed the PokerPro casino table which allows a casino to have an electronic poker table that requires no dealer. (read more)


PokerTracker is currently in Version 3 of it's life and is a fully featured hand history tracking and HUD (Heads-Up Display) utility for the PC. (read more)


PokerXFactor is a poker training website run by Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Eric 'sheets' Haber. (read more)


POS is an acronym, useful in a couple of poker playing contexts, for the term 'piece of shit.' Usually refers to a crappy poker hand or lowlife poker player. (read more)


Position is a player's location at a poker table relative to the dealer. Early position is to the left of the button. Late position is to the right. (read more)

Positional Awareness

The term positional awareness in poker refers to the conscious alertness of where a player sits in a hand and if it is an advantage. (read more)

Positional Bet

A positional bet is one that is made based strictly on the position of the player making the bet rather than the cards they hold. (read more)

Positively Fifth Street

Positively Fifth Street is a book published in 2003 about James McManus' experience making the final table of the WSOP and the trial for Ted Binion's murder. (read more)


Posting a blind in poker means that a player pays it. Players can also post antes and other bets at a poker table which vary based on the game. (read more)

Post Oak Bluff

A Post Oak Bluff is one that is small relative to the size of the pot. (read more)

Post Up

Posting up describes a procedure in betting, usually prop or sports betting, in which one bettor must ensure he has the money by surrendering it in advance. (read more)


The poker term posting refers to when a player pays the blinds. (read more)

Posting Out of Turn

Posting Out of Turn is when a player pays the big blind early and out of position in order to play immediately. (read more)


The pot is the amount of money or chips that a player can claim with a winning hand. A main pot and side pot can exist if players are all in. (read more)

Pot Committed

Pot committed refers when a player is priced in mathematically in a poker hand. His equity in the pot is often very large and is unable to fold due to the odds. (read more)

Pot Control

When a poker player tries to practice pot control in a hand, he or she is trying to keep the pot small with a marginal hand. (read more)

Pot Odds

Pot odds refer to the comparison of the amount of money in the pot to the amount needed to call a bet. This poker odds calculation determines if a player calls. (read more)


Pot-limit poker refers to stakes in which a player is only allowed to bet up to the size of a pot in any hand. Other stakes include No-Limit and Limit. (read more)


PPL is a popular abbreviation for people in the online poker world. (read more)


'PPP' is an acronym for 'Professional Poker Player,' invented by Alex Bolotin for use on his business cards but useful in a variety of conversations. (read more)

Practically Interchangeable With the Railbirds

'Practically interchangeable with the railbirds' is an insult coined by poker player Shannon Shorr and directed towards Shane Schleger during an argument. (read more)

Prahlad Friedman

Prahlad Friedman, better known as Spirit Rock and Mahatma online, is a professional poker player from the Bay Area. He primarily plays high stakes cash games. (read more)


Preflop indicates the action that occurs in a poker hand before a flop is laid out, when players are in posession of only their hole cards. (read more)


Prelim is a truncation of 'preliminary' and, in a poker context, refers to the events leading up to the main event of a tournament series like the WSOP. (read more)


The word price refers to the cost to a player to make a call on any given street. (read more)


Pricking is a method of cheating where the subject marks a card with a fingernail or hidden device. (read more)


The prizepool is the total amount of money that is being played for in a poker tournament, excluding the rake and/or the entry fee. (read more)

Probe Bet

A probe bet is a small bet into a pot to see where you stand. (read more)


Profit in its most basic meaning refers to a net positive result in poker. It is also a coy way of closing out an internet message board meme. (read more)

Prop Player

Prop (or 'proposition') players are players who are paid hourly by a casino or online cardroom to help keep action stimulated. (read more)


Props are a common way for poker players to gamble on random outcomes during a poker game but unrelated to the actual game. (read more)


To protect a blind means a player calls a raise even if he may be behind pre-flop. This poker strategy move is made to stop a player from raising a blind. (read more)

Puggy Pearson

Puggy Pearson was a pro poker player who won four WSOP bracelets including the 1973 WSOP Main Event who died in 2006. (read more)

Pumped Up

'Pumped up,' or simply 'pumped,' refers to a state of having a large bankroll in poker, the opposite of being 'busto.' (read more)


Push is when two hands are equal in poker or a bet is resolved equally without a winner. It may also refer to two procedures for poker dealers. (read more)

Put Me Here

The feature known as Put Me Here is found on most poker sites and moves your position to the one specified by the player while rotating the rest accordingly. (read more)


Pwned is a derivative of owned, a term used to describe one player totally dominating another. (read more)


PZD refers to the process of getting peaced out in a poker situation. It was brought into mainstream consciousness by poker player Cory Carroll. (read more)