What is ‘Hit and Run’?
‘Hit and Run’ Explained
In Poker, a player is said to have hit and run if they join the game, enjoy some success, then leave as soon as they have made a profit. It won’t make you popular among other poker players, who would hope to have the chance to win some money back from you in subsequent hands.
Imagine that you are playing a game of poker and a new player joins. They buy in and play a couple of rounds then have a big win and scoop the pot. Leaving then, or a round or two after, is considered a hit and run. Poker etiquette holds that you stay on after a win to allow others the chance to win some back; the bigger your win, the longer you are expected to stay.
It isn’t against the rules of poker to hit and run; it’s just that poker pros generally say you should play longer when you’re winning, and shorter when you’re losing. It actually makes sense, too, because it is said that players who are winning make better decisions than those who are losing, so you are literally at the top of your game.
Although it isn’t against the rules, most poker pros agree that it’s bad manners. Some even believe that it makes the winner seem desperate; although others point out that they are there to do a job, and if they’ve won, why should they hang around?
Although hitting and running may make good strategic sense for your bank balance, it may not make you very popular with other players.