Poker Terminology: A Gutshot – Limping In


A Gutshot. A Gutshot is when you catch a lucky
card really. What you’re doing, you’re trying
to create a Straight, a Straight is five cards
in sequence. In this case, 7, 8, 9, 10 and
Jack to make a run of five cards here, a really
strong hand. Here the player with the 8, has
already got the 7, he’s got the 8 himself,
the 9 and the Jack, his Gutshot card. It’s
this one isn’t? He’s hoping and praying 1/14
generally. There it is, it’s the 10. The Gutshot
card. It’s a very very lucky one. It would
be a Bad Beat if somebody got a Gutshot on
you and caught you up on the last card of
any given hand. A Gutshot completes a Straight
by being one of the cards in the middle.
Kicker. A Kicker is sometimes the very minute
difference between winning and losing in a
hand of Poker. Let’s have a look at the example
I’ve put out for you on the table here. We’ve finished
the hand, we’ve had the Flop, we’ve got the
seven cards to look at, what’s the winning
hand in this situation? Let’s have a look
at it then. It’s a pair of Jacks. Both players
here have got a Jack, a pair of Jacks each.
Neither player has managed to make Two Pairs,
they’ve both got one Pair, a pair of Jacks.
So how do we decide who wins the hand? It
goes down to the next best card. So we’ve
got a pair of Jacks, what’s the next highest
card available for either player? It’s this
card here. It’s the Ace. So this player has
got a pair of Jacks with an Ace Kicker. This
player has got a pair Jacks, his next best
card is this 10 here. So the winner in this
particular hand is this player here. He’s
got a pair of Aces with a higher Kicker, something
to back up his Pair, without making a stronger
hand is the Kicker and the Ace Kicker this
time will win the hand for that player.
Limping In. Limping In means that you place
the minimum amount of chips necessary to keep
yourself in the hand when you’re the last
player to act. We’ll make this seem a
bit clearer. Let’s look at the table here,
we’ve got the Dealer Button, Small Blind for
one, all the players in the hand have bet
two chips worth 10, 10, 10, 10,10. The last
one to act here is the Small Blind, he’s already
bet 5, if he’s gonna Limp In, he’s not gonna Raise,
he’s gonna put the minimum amount in, as the
last player in the hand to finish off the
action, he’ll just put in his extra 5 chips
to even it up, he’s Limped In. He hasn’t Raised
the Action, he hasn’t been aggressive, he’s
kept the game fairly low-key. Limping In,
sometimes people do it as a bluff when they’ve
got a very very strong hand, watch out for that.

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