What is ‘In Front’?
In gambling, ‘in front’ is a common slang term for winning. It is used to imply that the player has more chips than anyone else, or that they are beating the house through an increase on the chips they bought. A player might say that they are ‘in front by’ a certain amount, referring to their profit. In sports betting, a horse or team referred to as ‘in front’ is currently winning but still in active play.
In Front Explained
‘In front’ is a common term used in gambling to describe a player who is winning. In a general sense, it means any player who is ahead of where they started. For example, a player who purchased $100 in chips at the start of play and who currently has $150 worth of chips in their stack is ‘$50 in front’. The term is often associated with a value, such as ‘in front by $XX’ or ‘$XX in front’, but sometimes it is used by itself to describe a winning player.
In poker, a player who is ‘in front’ currently has more chips to their name than any other player. This is especially important in limit games where the aim is to eliminate the other players – for example, in tournament poker. To be in front means to be currently winning, but there is always a chance that another player could gain those winnings and put the player behind again.
In sports betting, the term ‘in front’ usually means to be winning, in a competition that is still in progress. The term is most associated with racing, meaning the horse at the front of the pack, but a soccer team which goes 1-0 ahead is also said to be ‘in front’. Some bookmakers offer live odds betting, meaning that wagers can be placed while the game is in progress. A player might choose to bet against the team that is currently in front, hoping to get a larger payoff from their bet.