What is a ‘Lobby’?
The term ‘Lobby’ has a rather wide-ranging meaning and is traditionally associated with a hotel. However, when it comes to gambling, the word Lobby has taken on a new meaning, and this is particularly so in the world of online poker, where the Lobby acts as a centre point for players to access online casino content.
If you said the word Lobby to an online poker player, they would know exactly what you mean. This is because whereas in the past, someone would immediately associate the world Lobby with a hotel, it now also refers to the main page of an online poker site.
When clicking through to the Lobby of an online poker platform, players can view all of the games and tournaments that are being played, have been played, and will be played in the future. A huge amount of information is available in an online Lobby, including the blinds for each table, the number of players playing at that table, and the prize money on offer in tournaments etc.
An online poker site Lobby is very flexible and offers players many different ways in which they can filter and organise all of the games available. For example, it may be that a particular poker player does not like to play Omaha and only wants to see Texas Hold’em games. In this case, the player can un-tick the Omaha option and all of these games will be removed from the Lobby. Another way in which players can apply their preferences in the Lobby is by viewing poker tournaments in a particular order, e.g. starting with the highest buy-in tournaments at the top of the screen, with the lowest buy-in tournaments at the bottom.
Finally, and somewhat ironically given the traditional use of the word Lobby, an online poker Lobby actually allows players to reserve tables. Simply put, that player will be informed when a table matching their criteria becomes available.