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Push Bets

  1. Verb

    Save bets; to agree to return money won from another given player or multiple players in exchange for having that player or those players return money won from you, such that no players involved in the agreement are competing with one another and they are each individually competing with the players outside the agreement.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: While players do not share all of their winnings and do not share information about their hands, this form of agreement is considered collusion in most cardrooms because it has a potential impact on playing style. It should only be done in informal games with the consent of all players in the game.

    EXAMPLE: "An opponent asked if I wanted to push bets, but I said no since I thought I'd end up giving more back to my opponent than my opponent would give back to me."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

  2. Verb

    In a tournament, having all remaining players agree to a restructuring of the unclaimed prize pool, especially when the new proposed structure provides higher payouts to lower placed finishers than would otherwise be the case; save bets.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Example: Two players remaining in a tournament with a first place prize of $10,000 and a second place prize of $2,500 may agree that the winner will give $2,500 of the prize money to the second place finisher, effectively making a first place prize of $7,500 and a second place prize of $5,000. While many tournaments do permit this type of agreement, tournament rules vary as to if and when it is allowable to push bets.

    EXAMPLE: "I was a slight chip leader and had a decent chance of winning first place, but I agreed to save bets. My game is a little weaker in heads-up play and I was afraid there was too much of a chance of me coming in second place. We divided the first and second place prize money between the two of us based on the percentage of total chips that each of us had, so I still ended up winning slightly more than my opponent."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues




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