Definition of Barrel
What does the term "barrel" mean in the world of poker? What is meant by a "barrel"?
In poker, a "barrel" is another name for a bet. Usually the term is used to describe a number of bets that a player has made - for instance, a "triple barrel" bluff would refer to a string of bets on the flop, turn and river.
Let's look at an example of when this term might be used.
You are playing in a fun $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em cash game at your local casino.
There is a player at the table that you have been tangling with all night and you want to teach him a lesson. This player raises in early position and action folds around to you on the button. You look down at 2d-3s and call.
The flop comes 9h-9d-5h. Your opponent checks and you bet the pot. Your opponent calls.
The turn brings the 4h. Your opponent checks again. Once again you bet the pot, and once again your opponent calls. You are putting him on something like a big pair.
The river brings the 7h. There are now four hearts on the board, as well as straight possibilities. After a check from your opponent, you bet 3/4s of the pot. After a bit of thought, your opponent folds with a pained look on his face.
You dramatically roll over your 2-3 and take down the pot. In this case, your "triple barrel bluff" paid off.
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