What is ‘Running Good’?
When a gambler says that they are ‘running good’, they mean that they are experiencing a series of wins or a hot streak of good luck. The term is commonly heard in poker to describe a player who has won a series of hands or taken multiple high pots. Games might also be described as running good if several players are winning at the tables. In racing, running good refers to a course that has favourable conditions or to a horse in good form.
‘Running Good’ Explained
‘Running good’ is a gambling phrase, usually used in the context of luck or of wins. A player who describes themselves as running good feels they are currently on a hot streak, having made several big wins or a series of small, consistent wins in their recent play. Running good can also describe a player who has won several hands at poker in quick succession, or who has seen several draws or flops go their way.
Games themselves might be described as running good – for example, an online slot at which several players are reporting wins, or a roulette table which is producing good outcomes for many of the players at the table. If a table seems to be running good – that is, lots of players are winning – then it is likely to attract even more players and encourage more spending, as gamblers often believe a game can run hot or cold in itself.
In sports betting and especially in horse racing, running good describes a race entrant who is ‘in good form’, or has had plenty of recent wins and is looking good for a win in the upcoming event. It can also describe the event or the course it takes place on – fair weather conditions, firm ground and a clear day are all indicative of a course that is running good.