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Assistant Tournament Director:  Assistant to the Tournament Host for larger games

Event Leaderboard: The top point scorers of the Event over a season

Freerolls:  Free to play games available in pubs, clubs and RSL's around the state

Points: Every player receives 10 points every game.  The top 16 of every game receive bonus points based on player numbers. Please see points system for more information

Pro Series Games:  Buy-in games available in pubs, clubs and RSL's around the state

State Championships: A seasonal event to restricted to qualifiers on a Nightly Leaderboard.

State Leaderboard: Top point scorers in the state, based on the average of the best 15 games only.

The Main Event: Our Major Tournament that occurs bi annually, boasting qualifiers from across Australia all participating for a prizepool in excess of $100,000!

Tournament Director: Your Tournament Host


Poker Terms


ACTION:  A fold, check, call, bet, or raise. For certain situations, doing something formally connected with the game that conveys information about your hand may also be considered as having taken action. Examples would be showing your cards at the end of the hand, or indicating the number of cards you are taking at draw.

AGRESSIVE ACTION:  A wager that could enable a player to win a pot without a showdown; a bet or raise

ALL-IN : When you have put all of your playable money and chips into the pot during the course of a hand, you are said to be all-in.

ANTE:  A prescribed amount posted before the start of a hand by all players

BET: The act of making a wager before anyone else on a betting round. The chips used by a player to bet, call or raise

BIG BLIND: The largest regular blind in a game.

BLIND: A required bet made before any cards are dealt

BOARD: (1) The board on which a waiting list is kept for players wanting seats in specific games. (2) Cards face up on the table common to each of the hands.

BOARDCARD: Community cards in the centre of the table, as in Hold'em or Omaha.

BOXED CARD: A card that appears face-up in the deck where all other cards are facedown.

BURNCARD: After the initial round of cards is dealt, the first card off the deck in each round that is placed under a chip in the pot, for security purposes. To do so is to burn the card; the card itself is called the burn-card

BUTTON: A player who is in the designated dealer position. See dealer button

BUY-IN: The minimum amount of money required to enter any game

CARDS SPEAK: The face value of a hand in a showdown is the true value of the hand, regardless of a verbal announcement

CAPPED: Describes the situation in limit poker in which the maximum number of raises on the betting round have been reached

CHECK: To waive the right to initiate the betting in a round, but to retain the right to act if another player initiates the betting

CHECK RAISE: To waive the right to bet until a bet has been made by an opponent, and then to increase the bet by at least an equal amount when it is your turn to act

COLOUR CHANGE: A request to change the chips from one denomination to another

COMMON CARD: A card dealt face up to be used by all players at the showdown in the games of stud poker whenever there are insufficient cards left in the deck to deal each player a card

COMMUNITY CARDS: The cards dealt face up in the centre of the table that can be used by all players to form their best hand in the games of Hold'em and Omaha

COMPLETE THE BET: To increase an all-in bet or forced bet to a full bet in limit poker.

CUT: To divide the deck into two sections in such a manner as to change the order of the cards

CUT-CARD: Another term for the card used to shield the bottom of the deck

DEAD CARD: A card that is not legally playable

DEAD HAND: A hand that is not legally playable

DEAD MONEY: Chips that are taken into the centre of the pot because they are not considered part of a particular player's bet

DEAL: To give each player cards or put cards on the board. As used in these rules, each deal refers to the entire process from the shuffling and dealing of cards until the pot is awarded to the winner.

DEALER BUTTON: A flat disk that indicates the player who would be in the dealing position for that hand (if there were not a house dealer). Normally just called "the button"

DISCARDS: In a draw game, to throw cards out of your hand to make room for replacements, or the card(s) thrown away; the muck

DOWNCARDS: Cards that are dealt face down in a stud game

DRAW: (1) The poker form where players are given the opportunity to replace cards in the hand. In some places like California, the word "draw" is used referring to draw high, and draw low is called "lowball". (2) The act of replacing cards in the hand. (3) The point in the deal where replacing is done is called "the draw"

FACECARD: A king, queen, or jack

FIXED LIMIT: In limit poker, a betting structure where the bet size on each round is pre-set.

FLASHED CARD: A card that is partially exposed

FLOORPERSON: An APL Tournament Captain or manager who seats players and makes decisions at major events

FLOP: In Hold'em or Omaha, the three community cards that are turned simultaneously after the first round of betting is complete

FLUSH: A poker hand consisting of five cards of the same suit

FOLD: To throw a hand away and relinquish all interest in a pot

FOURTH STREET: The second up card in seven-card stud or the first board card after the flop in Hold'em (also called the turn card)

FOULED HAND: A dead hand

FORCED BET: A required wager to start the action on the first betting round (the normal way action begins in a stud game).

FREEROLL: A chance to win something at no risk or cost

FULL BUY: A buy-in of at least the minimum amount of chips needed for a particular game.

FULL HOUSE: A hand consisting of three of a kind and a pair

HAND: (1) All a player's personal cards. (2) The five cards determining the poker ranking. (3) A single poker deal.

HEADS-UP PLAY: Only two players involved in play

HOLECARDS: The cards dealt facedown to a player

INSURANCE: A side agreement when someone is all-in for a player in a pot to put up money that guarantees a payoff of a set amount in case the opponent wins the pot

JOKER: The joker is a "partly wild card" in high draw poker and ace-to-five lowball. In high, it is used for aces, straights, and flushes. In lowball, it is the lowest unmatched rank in a hand

KICKER: The highest unpaired card that helps determine the value of a five-card poker hand

LIVE BLIND: A blind bet giving a player the option of raising if no one else has raised

MISCALL: An incorrect verbal declaration of the ranking of a hand

MISDEAL: A mistake on the dealing of a hand which causes the cards to be reshuffled and a new hand to be dealt

MUCK: (1) The pile of discards gathered face down in the centre of the table by the dealer. (2) To discard a hand

NO-LIMIT: A betting structure allowing players to wager any or all of their chips in one bet

OPENER: The player who made the first voluntary bet

OPTION: The choice to raise a bet given to a player with a blind

PASS: (1) Decline to bet. In a pass-and-out game, this differs from a check, because a player who passes must fold. (2) Decline to call a wager, at which point you must discard your hand and have no further interest in the pot

PLAY BEHIND: Have chips in play that are not in front of you (allowed only when waiting for chips that are already purchased). This differs from table stakes

PLAY THE BOARD: Using all five community cards for your hand in Hold'em

POSITION: (1) The relation of a player's seat to the blinds or the button. (2) The order of acting on a betting round or deal

POT-LIMIT: The betting structure of a game in which you are allowed to bet up to the amount of the pot

PROPOSITION BET: A side bet not related to the outcome of the hand

PROTECTED HAND: Hand of cards that the player is physically holding, or has topped with a chip or some other object to prevent a fouled hand

RACK: (1) A container in which chips are stored while being transported. (2) A tray in front of the dealer, used to hold chips and cards

RAISE: To increase the amount of a previous wager. This increase must meet certain specifications, depending on the game, to reopen the betting and count toward a limit on the number of raises allowed

RE-RAISE: To raise someone's raise

SCOOP: To win the entire pot in a high-low split game by a wager or showdown

SCRAMBLE: A facedown mixing of the cards

SIDE POT: A separate pot formed when one or more players are all in

SHOWDOWN: The showing of cards to determine the pot-winner after all the betting is over

SHUFFLE: The act of mixing the cards before a hand

SMALL BLIND: In a game with multiple blind bets, the smallest blind

SPLIT POT: A pot that is divided among players, either because of a tie for the best

STACK: Chips in front of a player

STRADDLE: An additional blind bet placed after the forced blinds, usually double the big blind in size or in lowball, a multiple blind game

STRAIGHT: Five cards in consecutive rank

STRAIGHT FLUSH: Five cards in consecutive rank of the same suit

STREET: Cards dealt on a particular round in stud games. For instance, the fourth card in a player's hand is often known as Fourth Street, the sixth card as Sixth Street, and so on

STRING RAISE: A wager made in more than one motion, without announcing a raise before going back to your stack for more chips (not allowed).

STUB: The portion of the deck which has not been dealt

SUPERVISOR:  An APL employee qualified to make rulings

"TIME":  An expression used to stop the action on a hand. Equivalent to "Hold it."

TURNCARD: The fourth street card in Hold'em or Omaha

UPCARDS: Cards that are dealt face up for opponents to see in stud games

WAGER:  (1) To bet or raise (2) The chips used for betting or raising

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