What is ‘Wing’?
Wing is a poker term meaning a run of success. It is often heard in the sense of being on a wing or on the wing – in other words, the player is flying high and doing well. A player can also be said to wing a game or a pot if they have a series of weak or average hands, but manage to ride their luck and get a streak of wins out of those hands. In wider slang, to wing it means to enter unprepared and come out on top – the phrase is also used in this sense by poker players.
If a poker player refers to having a wing or being on a wing, they are referring to a lucky streak or a series of wins in close succession. All forms of gambling include fluctuations in wins and losses, and these runs of similar outcomes are often known as streaks. A player who is on a winning streak is said to be flying high and therefore is on a wing. These winning streaks can end at any time as the order of the cards being dealt is entirely random, but gamblers often believe that a good streak will continue because the player’s luck has come in.
The term wing can also refer to a player who takes an unlikely pot, who makes a big win even though they are new to the game, or who has managed a series of decent wins despite having poor hands dealt or drawn in the game. To wing it means to take a chance and enter unprepared, so it often describes a player who risks entering the pot on a difficult low hand and who then goes on to win that pot through luck and clever betting.