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Poker Terms Explained: Stealing the Blinds? Click it Back? Hero Call?

Drawing Dead? Clicking it Back? PokerNews is here to explain these poker terms and more!

The poker world can often be a confusing one, even if you already know how to play poker. You can read as many poker strategy articles and books as you like, but it's always an intimidating moment when you don't quite understand the meaning of a certain word or phrase.

There are certainly many eclectic and confusing poker terms that make poker such an exciting game, and PokerNews is here to explain seven of them to you.


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Clicking It Back

A phrase that has its origins in the online felt, Clicking it Back is often used to describe a min-raise, especially one that is done soon after the original bet is made.

For example, in a cash game there is $300 in the pot when a player bets $120 on the turn. His opponent "clicks it back" by raising to $240.

Example: "I put out a bet on the turn and my opponent put me in a tricky spot by clicking it it back."

Insurance

More usually associated with Blackjack (Check out our Guide on How to Win at Blackjack), the concept of Insurance is also found in poker.

This refers to a side agreement that would guarantee a player a payoff in case their opponent wins the pot. A feature introduced by GGPoker in March 2020, it allows players on GGPoker to take out insurance as an all-in favorite. When one of your insured outs appears on the next street, players are immediately able to collect their insurance payment.

Example: "I got it in as a favorite, but my opponent rivered their flush draw. Lucky I took out Insurance!"

Drawing Dead

This is a situation no poker player wants to be in. Drawing Dead means that there are no cards that can come that would mean you win the hand.

It also refers to situations where you could still complete your flush/straight draw, but still not be able to win the hand.

Example: "I got it in on the turn with top pair, but my opponent had flopped a straight and I was drawing dead."


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Steal the Blinds

The blinds are what make poker work. A set of compulsory bets that rotate around the positions each orbit. But what does stealing the blinds mean? This refers to a player, usually in late position and perhaps tending to hold a weaker hand than usual, raising in order to have the players in the small and big blind fold their hands. That player would then have "stolen" the blinds.

Example: "Daniel Negreanu raised on the button with {k-}{9-} and the small and big blind both folded allowing Negreanu to steal the blinds"

Four-Color Deck

A term mostly applicable to online poker, although four-color decks have been seen at live poker tournaments, this refers to a special deck of cards where each suit has a specific color.

Typically in a four-color deck hearts remain red and spades remain black, while clubs are made green and diamonds blue. Most online poker sites have the option for you to turn four-color decks on in the settings.

Example: "Four-color decks allow me to distinguish between the suits with just a glance"

Running It Twice

Another feature introduced by GGPoker in 2020, Running it Twice used to be a feature reserved for high stakes cash games. Now anyone can run it twice.

In cash games, the players involved can agree to run it twice, which means dealing the remaining streets two times, with half the pot in each instance going to the player making the best hand.

Players can choose to run it more than twice, check out this video of poker legend Phil Hellmuth running it twice in The Big Game:

Hero Call

Bonnie Tyler just called. She needs a Hero. A Hero Call usually refers to a player calling a bet on the river with a relatively weak holding, so described because the call is considered especially brave or "heroic".

For example, a Player A bets on a board of {9-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{a-Diamonds} and Player B hero-calls with {7-Spades}{6-Spades} for one pair, beating the {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} of Player A.


Related: Check out this example of a Hero Call


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