What are High Stakes?
High stakes refers to a game in which the bets are especially large, including those which exceed the typical table limit. The phrase is most associated with poker, though all casino and betting games can described as having high stakes. The ‘stakes’ are the bets. High stakes games may also be called big bet games. These games attract ‘high rollers’, or players who like to make large bets.
High Stakes Explained
If a casino game is being described as high stakes, players entering it can expect to risk – and potentially lose – large amounts of cash. However, there is the chance of making a huge win in a high stakes game. When the stakes are high, bets are above the expected amount – for example, at a special table game where the house limits are raised or removed. Most casinos have a cap on the games they offer, but many private games are no limit, meaning that the stakes can run very high indeed.
As well as implying that big amounts of cash are at risk, those high stakes could also include material assets such as property, vehicles and high value jewelry. While casinos in most regulated nations do not accept bets of this nature, private games (which are often illegal) might allow the stakes to run very high indeed.
High stakes usually refers to poker. However, it could also refer to any betting game. Roulette, slots, blackjack, baccarat and even sports betting may include wagers for high stakes. For example, a million dollar bet on a match or horse race is a high stakes bet, and a roulette table with a $1,000,000 upper limit is open to high stakes players only.
Many casinos offer special gaming rooms or VIP lounges for their high stakes players. Tables where high value wagers are made are subject to additional security measures for the house and players’ safety, and these high stakes rooms are often available by invitation only.