The minimum hand strength required to win a pot.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Although many games are played with the highest or lowest hand winning, there are variations that place restrictions on what types of hands are eligible to win the pot. High-Low split games played in this way may have a qualifier for one portion of the pot and not the other. Rules vary for how the pot is treated if the qualifier is not met. In High-Low split games, if a qualifier for either high or low is not met then the other portion of the split may be entitled to the whole pot. In other games, a pot in which no player qualifies may be carried over to the next hand. Example: Lowball is sometimes played with the rule that no hand with a card higher than 8 is eligible to win the pot, even if there is no lower hand contesting it on the showdown.
EXAMPLE: "We were playing Omaha high-low with a qualifier for the low pot."
APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues
Openers; the minimum hand value required to place the first wager in the first round.
EXAMPLE: "The qualifier is Ace-high."
Satellite; a tournament in which the prize is entrance into another specified tournament.
EXAMPLE: The term can be used by itself as in the sentence "I won the qualifier." It is also often used with specific reference to the tournament that the winner will be entered into, as in the sentence "I won a WSOP qualifier."