What is ‘Throwing a Party’?
‘Throwing a party’ is casino slang. It refers to a situation where several players in the game are playing loose and betting high, especially among new and amateur players who are being extravagant in their betting style. If multiple players are betting significantly, those players (or the table as a whole) can be said to be ‘throwing a party’.
‘Throwing a Party’ Explained
During a game of poker, the player will encounter many different kinds of players, with different experience and skill levels and with their own style of gameplay. Reading the actions and behaviours of the other players is what makes a person very skilled at poker, and being able to tell how a player will bet or act can influence how the game is played, and whether there is a chance of winning it.
However, there are some games where many of the participants are unpredictable and play in a fast, loose style which is not always easy to read. This is especially true when there is a mix of skilled players and new amateurs at the table. The term ‘throwing a party’ refers to a lively round where there are several players betting high, even if they do not hold the cards they want, and where the new players are engaging just as strongly with these high bets.
With lots of people throwing in high stakes, a no limit pot can get extremely high when the table is ‘throwing a party’ and feeding the prize fund with plenty of raises and re-raises. The term – and the situation – often appears in lively social games where there is little competition but a lot of bravado and fun. However, it can also be used in a sarcastic and derogatory sense, by a skilled player who is watching the rest of the table throw money at the pot while knowing that they hold the winning hand.