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Poker Terms Explained: One Time? One-Gapper? One-Outer?

Poker Terms Explained

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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One Pair

One Pair is the second-lowest hand a player can have in Texas Hold'em. It refers to a hand where a player has made just one pair. It is beaten by two pair, three of a kind and above, while it only beats High Card.

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One Chip Rule

The One Chip Rule refers to a poker rule where if a player places a single chip into the pot without any verbal declaration, the player is calling and not raising.

For example, in a no-limit hold'em game a player is facing an $8 bet and places a $25 chip in front of them. This would just be a call of $8 instead of a raise to $25.

One Gapper

When referring to a player's starting hand, a One Gapper is a two-card hand with a one-card gap between hands. For example: {6-Spades}{8-Spades} and {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades} are one-gappers, with one card between them.

One Outer

No one wants to be on the receiving end of a One Outer. This refers to a hand winning after hitting the only card left in the deck that can improve it to the best hand.

For example, on a board of {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} one player is all in with {10-Clubs}{10-Spades} for a set of tens, while another holds {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} for a better set. The river then brings the {10-Hearts}, the only card in the deck that could see the player with pocket tens win. They have hit their only out - a "one outer" to win the hand.


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One-Way Straight

One-way Straights refer to a four-card straight with only one end open. For example, when a player holds {j-}{q-}{k-}{a-} or {a-}{2-}{3-}{4-}

One Drop

One Drop or the One Drop Foundation is an international non-profit organization based in Montreal. It was created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté. It focuses on clean water initiatives in Latin America, India and Africa.

Since 2012, several high roller tournaments have been held to raise money for the One Drop Foundation at the World Series of Poker, including three instances of a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament (2012, 2014 and 2018).

YearEventEntrantsWinnerCountryPayout (USD)
2012$1,000,000 Big One for One Drop48Antonio EsfandiariUnited States$18,346,673
2013$100,000 High Roller for One Drop166Anthony GreggUnited States$4,830,619
2014$1,000,000 Big One for One Drop42Dan ColmanUnited States$15,306,668
2015$100,000 High Roller for One Drop135Jonathan DuhamelCanada$3,989,985
2016$100,000 High Roller for One Drop183Fedor HolzGermany$4,981,775
2017$100,000 High Roller for One Drop130Doug PolkUnited States$3,686,865
2018$1,000,000 Big One for One Drop27Justin BonomoUnited States$10,000,000

One Time

Anyone who has played poker at any casino around the world has probably heard people use their One Time. It is usually said by a player who is behind and needing to catch up "just this one time." Rumour has it, you can only use your one time once, so perhaps it's wise to save it until you make a World Series of Poker final table!

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