Poker Book Review: Matthew Hilger’s ‘Internet Texas Hold’em’

Among the first poker titles to arrive in the new year is a new edition of ‘Internet Texas Hold’em’ by professional player and author Matthew Hilger. Originally published in 2003, this newly revised and expanded…

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Tue, January 27th, 2009

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  • FOURTH STREET - In stud poker, the fourth card dealt to each player. Sometimes used to refer to the fourth community card dealt in Hold'em, although the more common term for this is TURN (q.v.).
  • POCKET PAIR - Generic Hold'em term for 2 hole cards of the same rank.
  • SHILL - A card room employee who plays with House money, and does not share in any of his (her) winnings or losses. Shills are used to facilitate starting games, and keeping them going. Compare: PROP.
  • FLAT CALL - To call a bet. Emphasizes that the caller did not raise.
  • RAKE - Money taken from each pot and given to the house in return for hosting the game. Usually a percentage of the pot (5%-10%) up to some maximum amount.
  • SHARK - A good/crafty player often posing as a fish early in the game.
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