Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is blind steal. 

In poker, a blind steal occurs when a player with a weak hand makes a late position, preflop raise with the intent of forcing everyone else to fold, thus “stealing” the blinds (and antes, if applicable.)

This is similar to buying the pot, when the raise occurs in later rounds, again, with the intention of forcing the other players out and winning the pot uncontested.


Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term— and let’s face it, we’ve all had them—is bad beat.

Quite simply, and most disheartening, a bad beat is when a player with a heavily favored hand loses to an underdog hand (who oftentimes probably had no business being in the hand in the first place.) Just ask any poker player and you will be inundated with bad beat stories galore.


Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is qualifier which is a requirement a low hand must meet in a high-low game. Oftentimes, players confuse high-low with eight-or-better (8/B). In high-low games, there will always be a high hand and a low hand; however, in 8/B, the low hand has to meet certain specifications, hence a qualifier.


Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is hand-for-hand. In poker, hand-for-hand play is used in multi-table tournaments just prior to the bubble bursting when payouts begin or, also, if the tournament is in the money and a pay jump occurs.

In hand-for-hand play, each remaining table plays a single hand before the next one is dealt. This is to ensure that all tables play the same number of hands prior to the next elimination and is an effective procedure for preventing players from stalling to slow their table, thus hoping an elimination occurs at another table.



Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is—quite apropos, given our current tournament series—deep stack. Quite simply, a deep stack tournament is one in which players begin with an amount of chips which is quite high in relation to starting blinds and antes.

Here at The Venetian Poker Room, we have several deep stack tournaments; among them our SuperStack, MonsterStack, DoubleStack, EpicStack, and UltimateStack events.


Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is spread limit, or just spread. This is a poker betting structure with a specified minimum and maximum in which players may bet any amount within said range during every betting round. For example, if a poker room offers a $2-$5 spread limit cash game, then a player may bet as little as $2 or as much as $5 on each and every betting round.



Poker Term of the Week

This week’s term is short stack. As opposed to a yummy breakfast entree typically consisting of three pancakes, in poker a short stack is something you don’t want. Quite simply, if you are short-stacked then you have fewer chips than the other players at the table. Definitely a disadvantage. Now, where’s the syrup?