What is ‘Tied On’?
‘Tied on’ is a poker phrase which appears when a player is describing having a strong hand. Because it is good enough to play out until the showdown, that player is ‘tied on’ to their hand and will see it to the end. They will also bet in support of the hand, as they are tied on to it. The phrase sometimes appears to refer to a bet with a side bet or additional bet attached – the second bet is ‘tied on’ to the first.
‘Tied On’ Explained
If a poker player says that they were ‘tied on’ to their hand, they mean that they had a good enough hand to keep playing it, and to remain in the game until the showdown. The hand itself can be described as a ‘tied on hand’, or the player can be described as ‘being tied on’. It suggests that the player knows their hand is good enough to play the whole game and see the showdown for the pot, and also that the player will bet high and strong against their hand in order to follow it through.
A bet can also be described as ‘tied on’. In some games, side bets are permitted against some additional outcome in the game: if a player bets on the main game and the side bet, the second bet can be described as ‘tied on’ to the other. Other forms of bet that are tied on to similar bets are accumulators, which are popular in sports betting. The first bet is made and the second bet is linked to the first, so both must succeed for the win. In some forms of this bet, the original stake can be paid out if the second bet loses, but the second bet cannot be paid where the bet it was tied on to has lost.