What is ‘Snapped Off’?
Snapped off is a poker term that is used to describe a player who wins despite having a mediocre or poor hand. The phrase can be used to describe two occurrences, either the player is able to tell that their opponent is bluffing, so in spite of their own poor hand they choose to try and expose the bluff, in that case the player has ‘snapped out the bluff’. Alternatively, snapped off can refer to a player who starts off with a weak hand but thanks to the flop, turn and the river, their hand improves sufficiently enough for them to win through.
‘Snapped Off’ Explained
The process of seeing players snapped off is quite common, both within professional poker and casinos. Often amateur players will make the mistake of bluffing too frequently. This allows their fellow players to snap off their bluffs simply by calling or re-raising. Players who attempt to bluff their way to the pot, will often call in the hope of fooling their opponent into thinking that they have a decent hand, when in most cases they are holding very little.
More experienced players will be able to tell when an opponent is bluffing and will snap off their fellow player, even if they have a hand as weak as ‘bottom pair’. With ‘bottom pair’ a player is holding the lowest ranking pair on the board. So if, for example, the player has a three and a six unsuited, and the community cards are queen, ten, eight, three and nine, the player will have the lowest ranking pair possible. If however, they have a strong belief that their opponent is bluffing, they will attempt to snap them off and win the hand. In most cases, particularly when going up against experienced players, continual bluffing tends to not pay thanks to techniques such as snapping off.
Players who bluff frequently also run the risk of having their tactics exposed very early during the game. While they may win a few hands towards the start, their fellow players only need to snap them off once to see if they are bluffing, and once their opponents can tell that they’re bluffing, it becomes increasingly difficult for the player to acquire any chips at the table.