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Objective Attitude:

A rational attitude, rooted in reality.


The probability of making or not making a hand. For example, if you have a 25% chance of making a hand, the odds are 3:1 against you making it.

Odds Against:

The number of failures per successes.

Odds For:

The number of attempts per successes.

Odds On:

Odds at less than even money.


Not of the same suit.

Offensive Bet:

A bet designed to build the pot.

Office Hours:

A straight from a five to a nine, or from a four to an eight.


Nine-eight (98).


A flop game dealt similar to Texas Hold’em, but with four down-cards each. A hand is made using five from a possible nine, but two, and only two, must be used from the players hand.

On the Come:

To bet before one has made a good hand.

On the Finger:

Money loaned on credit.

On Tilt:

Playing very poorly or wildly, usually after losing badly or winning big.

One Eyes:

Picture cards with profiles showing only one eye (jack of hearts, jack of spades, and the king of diamonds).

One-End or One-Way Straight:

A four-card straight open only on one end, such as a jack, queen, king, ace.

One-Eyed Jacks:

The jack of hearts and jack of spades as wild cards.


A Texas Hold’em starting hand in which the two cards are one apart in rank, for example, J9s (64).


To “open betting” is to make the first bet in a round.

Open at Both Ends or Open End:

A four-card sequence that can be made into a straight by two different value cards.

Open Blind:

(1) To open without looking at one’s cards. (2) A forced open.

Open Blind and Straddle:

A forced opening bet followed by a forced raise.

Open Cards:

Face-up cards in Stud. See Up-Cards.

Open Game:

A game in which anyone can play.

Open Pair:

An exposed pair in Stud.

Open Poker:

Stud poker.

Open Seat:

A chair available for another player.

Open-Ended Straight Draw:

A straightdraw with four consecutive cards that can be completed on either end. Example is 9-8-7-6, a five or a ten will complete the straight.


The player who opens the pot.


A handwith which the betting can be started.


If no one raises the big blind, then the player in that position has the option to raise when their turn comes around. To remind them, the dealer will typically say something like “your option”.

Option Card:

(1) A card that may either be kept or exchanged. (2) A Studcard that may be either kept in the holeor exposed.

Original Hand:

The cards dealt to a player before the draw.


Live cards remaining in the deck that will improve one’s hand. This is a term that is normally spoken in the plural, for example, “any heart will give me a flush, so I have nine outs.”


To make a better hand than an opponent by drawing more cards.


To beat. For example, “she outran my trips when her flushcard hit on the river.”

Over Button:

This type of button indicates that you are willing to playat higher limits. Any time everyone left in the hand has na “over button”, the limits go up.


To calla bet after one or more others players have already called.


A card higher than any card on the board. For instance, if you have AQ and the flopcomes J-7-3, you do not have a pair, but you have two “overcards”.

Overhand Shuffle:

A shuffle made by sliding cards from the topof the deckinto the other hand.

Overhand Stack:

An overhand shuffling technique for stacking cards.


In flopgames, a pocket pairhigher than the highest card on the board. For instance, if you hold AA and the flopis Q62, you have an “overpair”.