The purchase of additional chips in an amount that is smaller than the number of chips required for the minimum buy-in, especially after having lost all of one's chips at a particular table; as opposed to a full buy. Not all cardrooms allow short buys, and those that do allow them often have a limit to the number of short buys a player may make.
EXAMPLE: "The minimum buy-in was $200 and I bought in for $300. I lost all of it but was allowed to make a short buy to stay in the game. I put in another $100 and decided to go home if I lost that."
APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues