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Dead Money

What is ‘Dead Money’?

‘Dead Money’ is chips left in the pot by players who have folded and have no chance of winning their chips back in that hand. The term is also often used rather harshly to describe a player who his or her opponents deem inexperienced or to hold a lack of ability and has little chance of being able to win the pot.

‘Dead Money’ Explained?

An example of Dead Money may be a player who has had to pay the big blind and therefore pay into the pot, say they have been dealt a 7,2 of any suit in the hole and in the first round sees a couple of raises of significant value.

It is Likely that player holds the worst hand and will probably opt to ‘fold’ their hand despite having paid into the pot, their money then becomes Dead Money to them as they are out of the hand and have no chance of winning their chips back in that particular play.

The term can also be used in conjunction with a player who has no chance of winning the pot but is still active in the game, any further chips they enter into the pot coupled with what they have already staked is also known as Dead Money.

Dead Money is also a term used for a player who is deemed technically inept, his or her opponents believe they can easily beat this person and any investment they make into the pot is viewed as Dead Money.

You may hear a player say after the hand ‘I wanted to play against him because I considered him Dead Money’.

This can be a risky affair as even the most technically inept player can sometimes strike it lucky.