Sunday, August 05, 2012

"Show pool"

Bob Ciaffone is a columnist for Card Player magazine. In his column for the July 25 issue, he is describing a cash game in which he played recently:

About an hour later, I got all-in onA-K again (this time unsuited) in a three-way pot against Q-Q and 2-2. Trip deuces won this pot and I "won" the show pool.
I've never heard this phrase before, and can't figure out its meaning from the context.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


9 comments:

Edgar Sugercane said...

I think he just means that based on the texture and that he was probably the initial shover that when everyone flipped their cards up at the end in disgust he had the most sympathetic hand (like maybe 22 definitely shouldn't have called and QQ calling was maybe a stretch too).

kg_bettor said...

My guess is 'third place', from horse racing, "win, place, show". I.e. he 'won' the third place pot (or nothing, since there was nothing in that pot).

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Ryan said...

I believe from the race track -- win, place, show. Sounds like he came in third.

Jason Forman said...

I believe this is a reference to horse racing where there are three "pools" of money. First place- winning, Second place- placing, third place, showing, IE Win, Place, and Show

Anonymous said...

In horse racing the Show Pool is used for people betting on which horse will finish third.

Anonymous said...

Here's my initial guess. The "show" horse in a race has finished third. Likewise, before the flop at least, AK runs third behind 22 and QQ.

Richard said...

It's a joking reference to horse racing meaning he finished third. Horse racing has pari-mutuel pools for win, place, and show (first, second, and third).

Anonymous said...

Seven similar responses in twenty minutes. It is odds-on many of your readers bet the ponies. Such a betting proposition could generate a minus show pool.