The Poker term for this week is a word, rather two words that almost every poker player is familiar with but they must’ve not looked at it this way! Poker term for the day is Calling Station!
Calling station is a poker term used in a defamatory manner to describe someone who consistently calls bets and rarely raises, regardless of the strength of his or her hand. In Texas hold’em and other community card poker games, calling stations are sometimes rewarded for their poor play by lucky cards that come on the board, often encouraging unskilled players to overestimate their skill level. Many calling stations are generally found on low stakes tables. Here’s a video by poker coach Bencb’s channel Raise your edge talking about calling station:
In poker tournaments with rebuys, calling stations are common as they will often call bets with marginal hands in order to gain chips as a result of outdrawing their opponents. Keeping in mind that if they lose the hand, they can simply stake their ‘buy-in’ again and re-enter the tournament with the designated amount of starting chips. This is even common among well-known and skilled players, as there is a belief that they will either accrue a large amount of chips or there will be a large amount of chips in play at their table after rebuying, and their presence in the tournament is not at risk during the rebuy period. Take a look at this video that explains in detail about how to beat calling station:
The presence of many calling stations can inflate the size of the pot, making it correct, or at least less incorrect, to draw to inside straights and other longshot draws. Correct play against calling stations can require strategy adjustments such as typically playing strong hands strongly and not betting on marginal hands.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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