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.
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.
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.
This week’s term is crack. Within the poker vernacular, if a player beats a typically high hand, s/he is said to have “cracked” his/her opponent’s hand. Crack is most often associated with pocket aces as in, “I had my pocket aces cracked when he rivered a flush.”
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.
This week’s term is a bit obscure: coffehousing. Quite simply, coffeehousing is when players chat about the hand in which they are involved, oftentimes with the ulterior motive of manipulating or misleading other players at the table.
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.
This week’s term is buying the pot. While such a term has numerous connotations, in poker, buying the pot means making a bluff or semi-bluff that is successful enough to make other players with better hands fold, thus winning the pot almost by default.
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.
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?