Terms Starting with T

terms are listed in alphabetical order

T.J. Cloutier

T.J. Cloutier is a legend of professional tournament poker with six World Series of Poker bracelets and has authored many popular poker theory books. (read more)


As a Poker Term, 'table' means to turn your cards faceup at an appropriate time during a poker hand. Of course it may also refer to a piece of furniture. (read more)

Table Captain

The table captain is someone at a live poker table who uses his table presence to create a psychologically intimidating dynamic; also can refer to a rules nit. (read more)

Table Coach

The table coach is the guy at your table who is constantly commenting on various aspects of game play and game dynamics during the poker table. (read more)

Table Draw

Table Draw is an aspect of a poker tournament that indicates the randomized collection of opponents you are first seated with. (read more)

Table Image

Table image describes the way poker players view each other while playing poker. Though it plays a role in online poker, it is more relevant to the live form. (read more)

Table Mod

A table mod is a graphical change done by a third party to a poker site's software to enhance the artwork or layout of the table or lobby. (read more)

Table Presence

Table presence is a concept closely related to 'table image' and describes the aura a poker player emits at the poker table. (read more)

Table Selection

Table Selection refers to when a poker player picks a specific table that appears the softest among the ones available to play. (read more)

Table Stakes

Table Stakes is a fundamental function of poker that requires players to play for the amount of money on the table. (read more)

Table Talk

Table talk refers to any discussion that takes place throughout the process of playing poker at a poker table. It is related to 'coffeehousing.' (read more)


TableNinja is a hotkey utility for PokerStars that allows for customizable betting, checking, calling and folding in addition to other automated tasks. (read more)


TAG stands for 'tight and aggressive' and it is the opposite of 'LAG.' In most poker scenarios, TAG is considered the ideal style to employ. (read more)


A TAGfish is a tight aggressive player who plays very standard poker which is easily exploitable by good players. (read more)

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a casino in Atlantic City that was once the hub for the majority of the poker action in that gambling destination. (read more)


Takeover is the nickname for Nick Schulman, a high stakes poker player and Full Tilt Red Pro, who is proficient in cash games and tournaments. (read more)


Tank refers to the process of being lost in deep thought in the middle of a poker hand, or the time one takes to make a difficult decision. (read more)

Tao of Poker

Tao of Poker is a blog written by Paul McGuire that covers goinigs-on in the poker world; it is considered one of the best blogs in the industry. (read more)

Tapping the Glass

Tapping the glass refers to the counter-intuitive approach that frustrated players use to vent, educating weaker players in the process. (read more)

Taylor Caby

Taylor Caby is one of the co-founders of Cardrunners, one of the first and most well-established poker training websites. (read more)


TBH is a rather grating acronym used by poker players. It means 'to be honest' and is usually used in a redundant or irritating way. (read more)


The TDA, or Tournament Directors Association, was founded in 2001 by Matt Savage, David Lamb, Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher. (read more)

Team PokerStars Online

Team PokerStars Online was created at the end of 2009 to create a group of sponsored pros that were well known for their online playing abilities. (read more)

Ted Forrest

Ted Forrest is a professional poker player who has won five WSOP bracelets and is considered one of the best Stud players in the world. (read more)


Telegraph is a specific type of poker tell in which a player who hasn't acted yet gives a clear physical indication of what he intends to do. (read more)


A tell is an indication of hand strength unintentionally given off by an opponent, including physical tells and verbal tells. (read more)


Ten-eight-cious is a term recently coined by Bill Edler to describe the hand T8 (a ten and an eight), particularly when the hand wins. (read more)


Tennis is a classic sport that has relatively little do with poker other than the fact that some very accomplished poker players began as tennis experts. (read more)

Texas Dolly

Texas Dolly is a nickname given to famous poker player Doyle Brunson. (read more)

Texas Hold 'Em

Texas hold 'em has been the most popular form of poker since the 'poker boom' began around the year 2002. It is played with two hole cards and five board cards. (read more)


Texture refers to the composition of a board in Hold 'Em or Omaha. Terms like 'ragged' or 'coordinated' refer to board textures. (read more)

That Is My Child

'That Is My Child' is a famous reponse by a poker player named 'dnaperf' when another player compared her daughter to a dog. (read more)

The Big Little Tournament

The Big Little Tournament is a $2.20 tournament on Full Tilt Poker that boasts a $200,000 prize pool guarantee. (read more)

The Biggest Game in Town

The Biggest Game in Town is one of the most loved journalistic examinations of the poker world, focusing on famous poker players at the World Series of Poker. (read more)

The Cincinnati Kid

The Cincinnati Kid stars Steve McQueen as a young hotshot poker player taking on the established legend played by Edward G. Robinson. (read more)

The Flamingo Kid

The Flamingo Kid is a movie released in 1984 that centers around the goings on at an East Coast beach resort, with a heavy focus on the card game gin. (read more)

The Gambler

The Gambler may refer to a quintessential poker song by Kenny Rogers, a movie starring James Caan, or a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. (read more)

The Gladiator

The Gladiator is a promotion for March of 2010 at PartyPoker which awards entry into a freeroll and bonus cash. (read more)

The Grand

The Grand is a 2007 movie directed by Zak Penn that uses the mockumentary format to depict a high stakes poker tournament in Las Vegas. (read more)

The Mirage

The Mirage was at one point the hub for poker action in Las Vegas before the Bellagio opened. The Mirage's place in history was immortalized in Rounders. (read more)

The Psychology of Poker

The Psychology of Poker was written by Alan Schoonmaker and covers motives and mental attributes of poker players. (read more)

The Rhino

The Rhino, a shortened term for 'Spearmint Rhino,' is one of the most recognized names worldwide for strip clubs and a place where Vegas poker players hang out. (read more)

The Strip

The Strip refers to the Las Vegas Strip, which is otherwise known as Las Vegas Boulevard, home to many casinos and poker rooms. (read more)

The Sunday Brawl

The Sunday Brawl is a poker tournament that begins every Sunday at 14:00 EST on Full Tilt Poker. It is a $240+16 buyin knockout-style tournament. (read more)

The Sunday Mulligan

The Sunday Mulligan is a popular once-a-week tournament on Full Tilt Poker which takes place every Sunday night at 19:05 ET. (read more)

The Super Tuesday

The Super Tuesday is a weekly poker tournament that takes place on PokerStars, with a buyin of $1,000. It generally attracts 300-400 players. (read more)

The System

The System is an ultra-simplified strategy for beginners playing in a big tournament, designed by David Sklansky for the daughter of an acquaintance. (read more)

The Venetian

The Venetian is a popular poker room in Las Vegas. (read more)

The Worst Day of the Year

The worst day of the year is a famous expression to describe the day when a poker player busts out of the World Series of Poker main event. (read more)

Theory of Poker

The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky was first published in 1987 and remains the seminal work on the topic, describing many basic poker concepts. (read more)


thepokerdb, co-created by Nat Arem, is the oldest and most well-regarded website for tracking results of online poker tournaments. (read more)


Thin is a poker adjective to describe a type of value bet that was not clear cut, rather made in the hopes your opponent has a 2nd-best hand he can't fold. (read more)

Third Streeet

Third street is mostly a stud poker term to indicate the action or conditions present after the first three cards are dealt. Less commonly it refers to a flop. (read more)

Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller is a professional poker player based out of colorado, who specializes in NL cash games and tournaments. He is also known for his blog. (read more)


Thorladen is the nickname for Steve Weinstein, a highly talented bridge player who is also quite accomplished in both live and online poker. (read more)

Three Bet

Three-betting is a bit of poker slang that is often used as a substitute for 're-raise,' becauseit is useful for distinguishing itself from further raises. (read more)


TID is an online poker acronym that stands for 'take it down,' a statemenet uttered in the spirit of encouragement from one player to another. (read more)

Tiffany Michelle

Tiffany Michelle is an actress who formerly was a well known interviewer for Poker News and finished 17th in the WSOP Main Event of 2008. (read more)


Tight refers to a style of play that is the opposite of 'loose.' Tight play usually entails selective standards for betting and raising. (read more)


Tilt describes a player who acts irrationally after losing a big pot. Going on tilt can mean a player is overtly angry or just playing abnormally. (read more)

Time Bank

Time banks are a feature built into online poker sites that allocate a certain amount of time for decision making during poker hands. (read more)

Time Collection

Time Collections are used in lieu of rake in certain highstakes poker games. Players pay a fixed amount every half hour instead of having each pot raked. (read more)

Titan Poker

Titan Poker is one of the largest online poker rooms in the market, and they have some of the best sign-up bonuses available. (read more)


tl;dr is an acronym used by forum posters after someone makes a really long post that would have taken them a long time to read. (read more)


The TLB, or Tournament Leader Board, is a ranking system that tracks poker tournament results on the online poker site PokerStars. (read more)


Tmay420, aka Tim West, is a professional poker player from California. He was once the No.1 ranked online player and has over $800K in live tournament results. (read more)


A toke is a tip paid to the dealer after winning a hand in poker. (read more)

Tokwiro Enterprises

Tokwiro Enterprises is a private company that is headquartered in Kahnawake Mohake Territory. The company owns Absolute Poker and UB.com. (read more)

Tom Dwan

Tom Dwan, better known as durrrr, is an online pro poker player and known as one of the best in the world. (read more)

Tom Marchese

Tom Marchese is known as kingsofcards on PokerStars and is a high stakes cash game player who won the 2010 NAPT Venetian Main Event. (read more)

Tom McEvoy

Tom McEvoy is a four time WSOP bracelet winner and the 1983 Main Event winner who has made over $2,700,000 in live tournament winnings. (read more)

Tommy Angelo

Tommy Angelo is a professional poker player and noted coach to many high stakes player, as well as the author of Elements of Poker. (read more)


There are many software assistance poker tools in existence. These tools can help you play better and win more money playing online poker. (read more)

Top and Bottom

Holding top and bottom pair means pairing your hole cards with the highest and lowest ranked cards on the board. Also called top and botton pair. (read more)

Top Heavy

Top heavy is a term used to describe the proprotion for the distribution of prizes in a poker tournament, in which most of the money is given to the top spots. (read more)

Top Pair

A person has top pair when one of their hole cards matches the highest card on the board. Flopping top pair means this happens on the flop. (read more)

Top Section

The top section is the area portioned off in a poker room where the room's highest stakes games take place. Most casino poker rooms feature a top section. (read more)

Top Set

A player holds top set when he makes three of a kind using the highest-ranked card on the board. Flopping top set means this happens on the flop. (read more)

Top Top

Jamie Gold told his opponent that he had 'top top,' top pair, top kicker, during his run at the 2006 World Series of Poker title. (read more)

Top Two

A player has top two pair when his hole cards match the highest ranked and second highest ranked cards on the board in poker. It's slang for top two pair. (read more)


To enter a poker tournament, a player must pay a buy-in. They may rebuy and add-on if the tournament's structure allows for it. The opposite of a cash game. (read more)

Tournament Director

Tournament Directors (TDs) are responsible for organizing poker tournaments. This is often a full time, casino-based job, but there are also itinterant TDs. (read more)

Tournament Life

Some tournament players cringe when they hear the term 'tournament life' while others base their entire game around the concept. (read more)

Tournament of Champions

The Tournament of Champions is a World Series of Poker Event where only Main Event champions can play. (read more)

Tournament Poker and the Art of War

Tournament Poker and the Art of War is a book by David Apostolico about using Sun Tzu philosophy while playing tournament poker. (read more)


The acronym TPGK stands for Top Pair Good Kicker (read more)


Typically used on a forum, TPNK is an acronym for 'Top Pair No Kicker'. (read more)


TPTK means 'top pair, top kicker' and indicates a hold 'em hand in which a person has paired the highest card on board and has an ace kicker. (read more)

Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Hotel and Casino offers a small but well decorated poker room that regularly runs No Limit Holdem games. (read more)


When you 'pull the trigger' in poker, you are usually bluffing on a later street. It is another war-related poker term, related to 'bullet' and 'ammunition.' (read more)

Triple Draw

Triple draw (TD) is a form of poker in which players have three opportunities to draw to the best possible hand. Badugi and 2-7 are the most common TD games. (read more)


Trips is poker slang for three of a kind. It's also called a set. Trips is a powerful hand, except when players run into set over set situations. (read more)


Turbo is a term generally used to designate a poker tournament in which the blinds increase at a faster pace than what is usually standard for a similar event, (read more)


The turn is the fourth community card dealt in Texas Hold'em or Omaha. It comes after the flop and before the river and is also called fourth street. (read more)

Turning Stone

Turning Stone Resort and Casino is located in Verona, NY. Its primary fame as a poker venue centers around the ability for players 18 years and older to play. (read more)

Two Plus Two Publishing

Two Plus Two Publishing, also known as '2+2' or '2p2' is a popular online poker site among the poker community. 2+2 began as a publishing company. (read more)


The acronym TYVM stands for Thank You Very Much and is often typed at online poker tables when trying to induce tilt into an opponent. (read more)