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Bad beat np. Having a great hand, playing it well, but still losing, such as a full house falling to four-of-a-kind. Bad beats are more maddening if your opponent sucked out.
Bankroll n. Also stake. A fund set aside for gambling, the size of which determines how ambitious someone can play. He was well bankrolled. See Kelly Criterion. Common recommendatons: full-table limit holdem -- 300 bb; short-handed limit holdem -- 500 bb.
Basement pair np. The second or third pair on the board. The hand 98 has a basement pair on the board K84. Contrast top pair.
Belly buster n. See inside straight.
Best of it n. phrase. Hands or plays with a mathematical edge, as opposed to long shots. Concept popularized by gambling author David Sklansky. Always play tight, and you'll get the best of it. The concept recognizes that you will not win every time, but you will in the long run if you get your money out for the best of it.
Bet v. To wager. Putting money in the pot and increasing opponents' price for staying in a hand.
Bet into v. Betting against someone, especially if they are likely to have a powerful hand. "I had the nut flush, but the 'sumbitch bet into me."
Bet the pot vp. A bet equal to the size of the pot. See pot limit.
Bet for value n., v. Aka raise for value. A bet designed to build the pot, one you hope will be called, especially in limit games. Different from bets meant to deceive or scare others into folding. You expect to have the best hand, so you make them pay. Contrast sandbagging.
Big blind n. A type of ante put up by the second person to the left of the dealer in hold'em. Abv.: BB. There are usually two blinds. In limit poker, the big blind equals the first round bet, which players must call in order to stay in. Contrast small blind.
Black n. $100 chips. I don't bet black, I bet green.
Blank n. An unimportant card that is unlikely to help anyone's hand. Sometimes abbreviated "x." Also brick.
Blinded out v. Going broke paying the blinds, usually late in a tournament when the blinds get astronomical. This is a weak way to go. Usually, once a stack drops below a certain threshold, the player will go all in with the first half-decent hand that comes along.
Blinds n. A type of ante paid by players to the immediate left of the dealer. Derives from having to put up a bet before seeing any cards. The blinds start the action, providing a prize to compete for. There are usually two, the small blind and big blind. Since the dealer position rotates, so do the blinds, hence everyone pays.
Blocking bet np. A smallish bet designed to deter large bluffs. In no-limit, an out-of-position player may have an okay hand that may or may not be best. She wants to reach the showdown in case her hand is good, but does not want to risk much more in case she is behind. So to prevent the pot from being stolen by a big bluff, she bets enough to not look vulnerable.
Board n. The community cards dealt face up on a hold'em table.
Board play n. When the five community cards make the best hand at the table, so everyone ties. Example: the board shows 89TJQ, and no one has a king. Everyone has a queen-high straight, so the pot splits evenly. An uncommon occurrence that is easily (and expensively) overlooked.
Boat n. A full house. Also full boat.
Bottom pair n. Pair composed of a player card, and the lowest card on the board.
Brick n. Aka blank.
Broadway n. Ace high straight.
Broken adj. See busted.
Bubble n. The point where a tournament is one seat away from everyone finishing in the money. If the top 35 players cash, then the bubble is when 36 players are left. Usage: he went out on the bubble. One strategy for bubble play is to insure cashing by becoming super-cautious until it is over; another is to take advantage of everyone else tightening up and bet hard.
Buried pair n. A pocket pair.
Bunching effect n. The slight tendency for hands in late position to have higher cards when and if all the early players fold, due to receiving low ranks. Consensus is that this particular effect of removal is too insignificant to worry about.
Burn card n. Card(s) discarded face down by the dealer before dealing. An anti-cheating practice. If the top card on a deck is marked, no one can make use of the information because it is burned rather than dealt.
Button n. Aka dealer button.
Buy a free card vp. Betting or raising from late position with a draw, in order to cow opponents into checking after the next card. Done because turn bets are twice as expensive as on the flop. If the draw completes on the turn, the player naturally raises. If it does not, she checks, thus getting to see another card for free, and with no danger of being check-raised. Actually, it is not free because of the flop bet, but it is half price. This tactic takes advantage of gamblers' tendency to check to the raiser.
Buy in v., n. Exchanging currency for chips and entering a game. How much was your buy in? Contrast cashout.
Buy the pot vp. Folding the field with an intimidating raise, especially with non-overpowering cards. Often done from late position and apparent to opponents, but no one has cards good enough to fight back with.
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