The Most Common Poker Terms and Strategies


If you play poker, you’ve likely heard about blind bets, side pots, and limits. These terms refer to the extra money that players make after a game has concluded. You might also have wondered what the lowest hand possible is. Here are some common poker terms and strategies to help you get started:

Blind bets are required in poker

Blind bets are mandatory wagers in some poker games. They are placed on the table before the players are shown their cards. Players are required to make a blind bet and rotate through the position clockwise. In a cash game, a player must post the big blind before the first hand and wait for the other players to post their blinds. Blind bets are mandatory and a player must know when they are required to make them.

Side pots are created from additional money bet by players after the game ends

A side pot is a separate pot created when players continue betting after the game has ended. For example, if three players are all in, all of their remaining chips go into the side pot. This means that the all-in player can only win the main pot if they have the most chips. If there are more than three all-in players, then each player can create a side pot by betting as much as they can afford to lose.

Lowest possible hand in poker

The Lowest Possible Hand in Poker is the hand that is two thirds or less of the high card. The lowest possible hand is called a nut low. A pair of aces or two aces are better than the low hand and can win the pot. Pairs of aces are not low hands and should always come in first. Pairs of aces are weak against an ace.


During a poker game, a lack of aggressive play (LAG) can be very detrimental to a player’s chances of winning. Unlike TAGs, who focus on position and playing aggressively to win hands, LAGs are more focused on spotting opportunities to exploit weaker opponents. They also generally do not play more than 20% of hands. A good LAG will make the most of every opportunity to maximize his or her hand value and win without a showdown.

Backdoor flush

The backdoor flush in poker is a low-value hand that requires two cards of the same suit in order to complete the draw. It is also difficult to complete and only becomes valuable when you’re drawing to the nuts. For example, Q 10 in poker will lose to anyone holding an A or K. This hand is rarely worth betting unless you have position advantage. If you think you have a backdoor flush, bet accordingly.