What is ‘Weak’?
The word weak has a couple of uses in the world of casinos. At its heart, it’s the polar opposite of strong. In any situation, if something is weak, it is generally undesirable and unwanted. It can refer to people, objects and values.
One of the most common uses of the word weak is when a player is dealt a hand of poor or no value in a game of poker. Should a player receive a hand that resembles the below in a standard game, then they would likely say to themselves that they have a weak hand:
A One of Hearts, a Three of Clubs, a Five of Hearts, a Seven of Spades and a Nine of Diamonds.
With such a hand, a player wouldn’t even be able to ‘pair’.
Verbalising their complaint and still pressing on with the hand would be foolish, as it would counteract any ‘bluff’ they tried to make. Rolling one’s eyes or groaning upon inspecting a hand for the first time is a telltale sign to other players that the hand is weak. That is unless, of course, that the player is indeed bluffing and just wishes the other players to believe that they hold a hand of poor worth when they are actually holding one of great value.
There are other times when a player can be deemed as weak. There is a variety of valid ways to showcase weakness in all manner of casino games, but all the obvious examples shine brightest in poker:
1. Being put on tilt easily. This is very much a general character flaw, but if someone is quick to rise to anger, then they will not fare well in long games that may involve playing with potentially irritating people.
2. Folding too often. Even certain weak hands can be utilised well by skilled players. But if someone folds when a hand doesn’t simply offer them a very strong chance of a win, then they are indeed a weak player – only ever wishing to play easy games with powerful hands.
3. Refusal to raise, even with the right capital. Should a player with a strong hand and a large amount of ‘chips’ not raise for the sake of being tightfisted, then they will never advance in the game of poker.