Thanks to the widespread popularity of poker, there are so many poker terms available that it is difficult to keep a track of every single term out there. But it is not impossible, so we’re going to try and explore each one of them and hopefully a little bit of explanation with it. While learning poker terms it is very important to remember that poker has many variants and not all of the terms belong to one type of game. With that said, today we’ll be learning about the term called ‘Boss’ and what it means in poker.
If you think we’re referring to an authoritative workplace figure, then no, we’re not. The word boss is used while referring to the strongest hand in a betting round. This means that while a round of betting is taking place, a hand that has the highest chance of winning the pot is called a ‘boss.’
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In a general context, the word itself is most commonly used when referring to an authoritative figure or someone that has a degree of power. Having the strongest hand in a game of poker means that that particular hand has the power to beat all the others on the table. Hence the word ‘boss’ is used to represent it.
The word has a Dutch origin and was initially used by Americans as way to refrain from using the word ‘master’ which is often associated with slavery. The term was then adopted into everyday vocabulary mostly to refer to corporate heads and eventually found its way into poker.
While the verb ‘bossy’ has a negative connotation to it the noun ‘boss’ is used as a positive slang for ‘excellent’ in popular culture. The phrase, ‘like a boss’ would mean to do something with confidence and style.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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