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Poker Dictionary – Boss Poker
Donna Amo
Posted on 19 May, 2021
By Donna Amo
On 19 May, 2021
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By Donna Amo
On 19 May, 2021
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Poker Dictionary – Boss


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.

What does Boss mean?

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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Why use the word boss?

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.

Poker Dictionary – Boss

Origins of the term ‘Boss’

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.

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