The Animals of Poker

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Many poker players are aware of the some of the less technical and downright rude terms related to animals in poker. If you cannot think of what we mean, play for long enough and you will find out. Play badly long enough and you will know sooner rather than later!

Here are a selection that can appear in print.

Bulldog – An over-aggressive player who bullies passive players into folding through outrageously large bets.

Cow – An arrangement made to split the cost of the buy-in into a tournament and split the proceeds after the game.

Dog – A poor hand

Donk(ey) – A comment by another player, reflecting his opinion of the bad bet you just made.

H.O.R.S.E. – Acronym for a popular mixed card game comprising of Hold´em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Stud and Stud Hi/Lo (Eights or better).

Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth (winner of a record eleven WSOP bracelets) recently released his own menagerie of terms relating to how he perceives different styles of players.

Mouse – A mouse is an ultra-tight player, who will only call when he is holding a good hand but rarely raises. If they do raise, you would have to assume that the mouse has an unbeatable hand. Mice win often, but not a great deal of money, as once they are identified players will fold their hands to his bet.

Jackal – A jackal is the complete opposite of a mouse. He will raise and re-raise and has an ever fluctuating pile of chips in front of him. A jackal is more likely to bluff his way through hands – a good concept for stealing the blinds if playing with mice (see above), but rarely a long term winner.

Elephant – An elephant is a player who always wants to see the flop, and possibly the turn, and then the river. He rarely has any concept of position and gets involved in many hands that he has no chance of winning. The elephant will be lucky sometimes, but usually ends the day with empty pockets.

Lion – The lion is the standard that most players aspire to. He plays his starting hands according to position, plays tight with the occasional bluff, and mixes his strategies during a game. He commands respect and makes his living taking chips from mice, jackals and elephants.

Eagle It is the eagle who is king of all he surveys. He is a player at the top of his game, having studied for years and makes frequent appearances at the final tables in all the major poker competitions. In Phil Hellmuth´s catergorisation, an eagle would appear only within the top 100 players in the world.

If you would like to discover what category you fall into, visit To the right of the home page is free player search facility where you can enter your screen name or poker ID, and the search will deliver your stats and an opinion on the type of player you are. You can use this for any player you come across, and the web site also gives details of the Poker Edge 5 software that has just been released, and that we will be reviewing next week.

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