Definition of Cooler

What does the term "cooler" mean in the world of poker? What is the definition of the term "cooler" in poker?

In poker, a "cooler" is a hand in which you have a very strong holding, can not possibly fold and end up losing to an even stronger hand.

In short - unless you have the read of the century on your opponent, there is literally nothing that you can do when you are "coolered".

The meaning of the term cooler in poker is explained.Let's look at a couple of examples of being "coolered":

Live Casino Hand

You are playing in a multi-table tournament and have a medium-sized stack. You are dealt pocket Kings in early position and raise.

The action folds around to the button who decides to put in a re-raise. You think for a second and push all-in, only to be snap called by your opponent, who flips over pocket Aces.

This is a "cooler", as you aren't folding pocket Kings to anybody.

Online Hand

You are dealt pocket 3s on the button and decide to call a pre-flop raise from somebody in early position.

The flop comes 3-3-6, giving you Quad 3s. You and your opponent quickly get your chips into the middle, much to your surprise.

You flip over your pocket 3s, while your opponent shows 6-6 for a full house. Your opponent was absolutely coolered in this hand, and there is nothing that they could have done to prevent the final outcome, which was losing all of their chips.


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