Definition of Running Good

What does the term "running good" mean in poker? What is the definition of the term "running good"?

If you are "running good" in poker, this means that you are currently enjoying an upswing that has come as the result of a string of fortunate cards being dealt to you.

Definition of term Running Good - Poker Dictionary - IllustrationYou can be "running good" short-term or over the long-term.

For instance - let's say that you get dealt a number of high pocket pairs over the course of 15 minutes during an online tournament, which results in you quadrupling your stack. You'd be "running good" over the past 15 minutes.

Or, you can be "running good" over the longer term. Somebody who wins three World Series of Poker bracelets over the course of one summer would definitely qualify as "running good".


Let's say that you are playing in a cash game at your local casino.

Over the course of 30 minutes, you are dealt AA three times, KK twice and QQ once. Each time you are able to stack somebody at the table, and by the time the 30 minutes is up, you have taken your stack from $250 all the way up to $1,200.

In this situation, you are most certainly "running good".


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