Definition of Fish



What is the definition of the term "fish" when it comes to the game of poker? What does the term "fish" mean?

If you play poker, you don't want to known as a "fish".

A fish is a player that likely does not have very much experience and is prone to losing pots.

A fish will consistently make questionable and ill-advised plays, and will likely see their bankrolls shrink quickly while playing at a table with some very good players.

What does Fish mean in poker?Example of a "Fishy" Play:

A player in early position makes a standard pre-flop raise. The player on the button re-raises. The player in the SB 4-bets. The player in the big blind looks down at K-Q offsuit and decides to call, because they like to call when they are dealt two face cards, no matter what.

This is clearly a play that a fish would make, as there is almost no chance that they will end up winning the hand, based on how the hand has played out so far. One of the three other players in the hand almost certainly has the "fish" in the BB crushed.

Proper Usage In Conversation:

"I was playing at a live casino last night, and there was the biggest fish ever sitting at the table. I ended up winning $500 off of him before he left for the night - he was making the worst plays ever."

Opposite of Fish:

Shark.


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