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A look at key terms in poker, letters M-P


In poker, mucking is when you throw away your cards if you have lost when it comes to a showdown. Players have the choice (if they are not first to show) to muck their hand so the table cannot see what they had.

If there was betting on the river, that person (the bettor) will be the person that has to show their cards. If there was no betting on the river, it reverts to the first player after the button or the person who made the last raise (depending on house rules.)


The nut hand is the optimum hand one can have. For instance, on a board of As Kc Qh 3d 2c the best hand a player could have is J 10, that would be considered the nuts.

There are times when a player can have the nuts without actually having the best hand possible. For instance, on a board of 6h 3c Qs Qh 4d, a player with Q 6 would have the nut hand because the actual nuts, pocket queens, is impossible to get because you are holding one of the queens.


This type of bet is when a player raises with more chips then they would do normally. For instance, if there are 400 chips in the pot and the bet is 1000, that is a huge over bet. There are few occasions when this type of bet is considered the right play, and this is why the majority of players who over bet regularly do not know what they are doing.

There are occasions when this type of bet may be the right play. However, only experienced players should try a strategy like this because it is hard to master.


In poker, when you are dealt a pocket pair and the board hits five lower cards you have an over-pair to the community cards on the board.

If you have AA, and the board comes Q-9-7-8-4 you have an over-pair. Having this hand is ideal because it is hard to put any player on these cards if they play it right. Furthermore, in this situation, your opponent would have to have two pair or better to win because AQ and KK would still lose on this board.


A passive player in poker often describes a poor one, but this is not always the case if a player can switch their style to suit the hand. There are two types of passive players, tight-passive and loose-passive. The first describes somebody who will only call or raise (but mostly call) if they have a really good hand. They very rarely take risks and can often be pushed off a decent hand.

At the same time, if a tight-passive player is calling you down, then you better have a very good hand. Loose-passive players are probably the worst players you can come up against. They call a lot and will rarely fold or re-raise (hence their other nickname, the calling station.)


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