What is a ‘Soft Seat’?
A seat becomes known as a soft seat when there is a lack of skill at the table. The name is commonly used to indicate a position where players believe there is a higher than usual chance of winning due to the comparative lack of ability of the other players. It is similar to to the term soft game, which refers to the game including the soft seat as a whole.
‘Soft Seat’ Explained
Where a poker game is made up of players of a generally below average ability level, it may become known as a soft game, and thus a seat at the table a soft seat. Playing in a soft seat is the opposite of playing against a tough lineup, and although it would provide an increased chance of winning, some players may feel that it detracts from the overall experience of the game.
Alternatively, players who are just looking to make money, particularly in online poker, will often search out soft seats in games with less experienced players, and seek to take advantage of these to increase their winnings. This is another reason why, if you are just starting out in your poker career, it is important to do a little research and understand who you are playing against before you start a new game.
The term soft seat, although used widely in poker, can apply to any game, and is used across all variations of cards, as well as both online and in traditional bricks-and-mortar casinos. In traditional casinos, as well as in some online casinos, measures may exist to protect less experienced players from those seeking to take advantage of soft seats, though this is less obvious, and less easy to accomplish online, than it is offline.