What is an ‘Active Player’?
Simply put, an ‘active player’ is somebody taking part in a card game who remains involved in the current hand. For example, in online poker, a player who has folded his cards is no longer an active player, as he cannot influence, play or contribute to the current hand in any way. Similarly, a player sitting out of a hand who did not pay the buy-in, but remains at the table, is also not an active player. Anyone involved in the hand, who has the potential to win the pot, is considered to be an active player.
‘Active Player’ explained
The simplest definition of an active player is essentially a player who still has a chance to win the hand and the pot. This excludes players who have folded, or players who did not buy into the hand but remain at the table. It also means that players who have gone all-in are considered active players, even though they no longer have any influence on the game through betting for the rest of the hand. They still have a chance to win the pot and are still involved in play, and thus are considered active players.
However, a more complicated situation can arise when side pots exist. These are used for the purpose of dealing with the situation when one or more players go ‘all in‘, since they are restricted from winning any more of the pot than was on the table at the time they went all in. In this case, a player who went ‘all in’ would be considered an active player for the original pot, but would not be considered an active player for the side pot.
Online casino operators will also refer to wagering players as ‘active players’. Often online casinos will carry out CRM marketing to their player base targeting various segments separately. For example they may send one email creative to their ‘dormant’ players, and another creative to their ‘actives’, or active players.