What is a Run?
If a player refers to a run, they usually mean a hot streak or a series of wins. Being on a run means that luck has fallen the player’s way and they have had some good results. The term can also refer to bad luck in the same way – a player might talk of a run of losses or a bad run. In poker, the term also means a straight, or a series of consecutive numbers. It is sometimes heard in craps and roulette to describe a series of matching numbers or outcomes – a run of reds or a run of eights, for example.
In a gambling context, a run is a series of outcomes or results in rapid succession and without a break. It is often heard in the context of luck: a player can have a run of good luck or a run of bad luck, for example. The player might apply the phrase to losses and wins, such as in the phrase ‘a good run at the tables’ meaning a series of winning bets.
In games like roulette, players might refer to a run when similar outcomes happen repeatedly – there could be a run of reds, or a run of odds, or even a run of a specific number. Similarly, rolls of the same number in craps might be called a run – the shooter could roll a run of elevens or even run their point – make the point number several times.
In poker, a series of consecutive valued cards is known as a straight, and it is one of the five card hands ranked highly in the game. For example, 2-3-4-5-6 and 10-J-Q-K-A are straights. These are colloquially known as runs, because the numbers run upwards in a sequence. A player might describe a suited straight as a flush run for this reason.