What is ‘Post’?
To ‘post’ means to bet. It appears in all forms of gambling, from sports betting to roulette. In poker, a player ‘posts’ their bet by adding chips to the pot, and is sometimes forced to post a bet through the blinds or ante. In sports betting, players ‘post’ their wager against an outcome or spread line in the hope of getting a return on their stake.
In the context of gambling, a player is said to ‘post’ when they make a bet. It is an active verb – ‘to post’ – and it can be applied to just about any form of wager. Often, the term is applied to games where chips are used to bet. By placing chips from their stack into the pot (in poker) or onto the table in a designated space (in craps and roulette), the player has ‘posted’ their bet. Once a bet is posted, it is almost always ‘set’ – that is, the purchase has been made and the player cannot retract their bet. One notable exception to this is craps, where bets posted can also be ‘taken down’, or removed from the table.
Some poker games require players to ‘post’ a bet before they can take part – this is known as the ante. In other forms of poker, large and small bets of a fixed size are required to be made by two of the players before the opening round begins. Aside from these situations, bets which are posted are at the discretion of the player and none are specifically required in order to play. Players can post many bets during a single play, or post small bets over a longer period of time.
In all casino games and in sports betting, the phrase ‘post a bet’ appears. When players ‘post’ a bet with the bookmaker, they lay down a stake against a particular outcome or event. The bookmaker is also said to ‘post’ the odds at which the bet is taken. This means calculating and displaying the odds at which bets are being offered.