What is a ‘Monster’?
In poker, ‘monster’ is a common adjective used to describe a strong, good or aggressive play or player. The superlative phrase might be used to describe a very strong hand which is likely to win or a player who is using a very loose strategy and firing very large bets into the pot. ‘Monster’ is also used to describe an exceptionally large pot or jackpot.
‘Monster’ is an adjective heard often in the casino, and especially in poker, to describe an action or bet that is particularly large. A player might place a ‘monster bet’ at the roulette table, for example, sticking a large stack of chips on a single number. Progressive jackpots and community jackpots, which can grow to be very large, are often described as ‘monster jackpots’ or ‘monster prizes’.
In poker, the phrase could describe a player, a hand, a prize pot or even a game. A ‘monster’ tournament is one of extremely high prestige, with big prizes and extremely well-respected, well-known entrants. A ‘monster pot’ is one into which there has been many large raises and perhaps even several people entering an all-in challenge – the stakes are extremely high and the winner could potentially eliminate a number of players at the table in one hand.
If a poker hand is described as a ‘monster’, it is extremely strong and will probably or certainly win. A royal flush is a good example of a monster hand – the player is very likely to play and take a risk, as they know they cannot be beaten by the others at the table. If a player is described as a ‘monster’, they are using a very aggressive play style, taking on a large number of hands (perhaps even all of them) and making some big bets along the way.