Pressure mounts for online poker in Iowa

DES MOINES — Proponents seeking to rein in the unregulated “wild, wild West” environment of illegal online poker in Iowa are girding for another legislative battle this year, while critics worry about a new gaming expansion that could spread addictive forms of electronic gambling from casinos to living rooms. Iowans on both sides of the […]

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Sun, January 29th, 2012

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Poker dictionary:

  • EDGE - An advantage over an opponent, either specific or subjective.
  • DRAW - [1] A class of poker games characterized by players being dealt 5 cards face-down and later having the opportunity to replace some of the original 5. "Draw poker" and "Five-card draw" are examples of usage. [2] In stud and Hold'em games, the set of cards that will be dealt later can be collectively called "the draw". [3] To discard some number of cards and have dealt an equal number of replacements.
  • TOP PAIR - In flop games, having a hole card that matches the highest card on the board.
  • INSIDE STRAIGHT - Four cards to a straight, where only one rank will complete the hand. E.g., 4-5-6-8 is an inside straight since only a 7 will fill (i.e., complete) the hand. Often called a GUT-SHOT. Compare: BOBTAIL STRAIGHT, OPEN-ENDED STRAIGHT.
  • SPLIT [THE POT] - To split the pot between two or more players. Related term: QUARTER.
  • BAD GAME - Any game in which you figure to be the loser, because the other players are better than you.
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