What is ‘In The Bushes’?
‘In the bushes’ is a poker term which describes a player who sets a trap for their opponent. If the player is sitting back on a good hand and has gone unnoticed by the table due to making low-key plays throughout the game, that player is said to be ‘in the bushes’. ‘Waiting in the weeds’ is another common version of the phrase.
In The Bushes Explained
In poker, having a good hand is the easiest way to win the pot. However, it is important to play that hand carefully and not give away its strength too early. If a player’s opponents can sense that they are already beaten, they will fold early into the game and limit the pot for that player. Instead, a good hand should be played cautiously.
If a player does sit back on a good hand and opts to call rather than make raises, they can be said to be ‘in the bushes’ or ‘waiting in the bushes’. The term refers to a player who sets a trap for one or more of their opponents, letting them bet high and increase the stakes while hiding how good their own hand is. This means that when the showdown comes around, the player can spring from ‘in the bushes’ and launch their winning attack – claiming the boosted pot for themselves in the process.
Sometimes a player might wait ‘in the bushes’ or opt to call until the final betting round, and then enter a series of raises at the last stage of the game. Players who have fallen for the trap will then be forced into continuing their high bets, looking to protect the money they have wagered so far. Players using this strategy should be confident they have a reasonably strong hand, as the game is likely to go to the final showdown.