New Poker TV Show Launched by Montel Williams

January 28 - The International Team Poker League, hosted by C-list celebrity Montel Williams, will be launched in November and combine online poker playing with television viewing. Televised poker may well have just "jumped the shark"…

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Tue, January 27th, 2009

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  • TABLE STAKES - A standard rule whereby during a hand players can only bet the money they have on the table. If the bet to a player is more than the player's stack, that player may call with all his chips and be eligible to win only that portion of the pot he contributed to equally. A side pot is created, for which only the remaining players may compete.
  • HOOK - A Jack. So named because the "J" resembles a hook.
  • THIRD STREET - In Stud, the third card dealt to each player.
  • TOKE - Gambling term for "tip", as in "Toke the cocktail waitress". Comes from the term "Token of appreciation".
  • PASS - Opposite of bet. To check, if checked to. To fold, if bet to.
  • SUICIDE KING - King of Hearts. So named because in the drawing the king appears to be stabbing himself in the head.
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