Small Ball

What Does It Mean in Poker?

Small Ball is a poker strategy, usually applied to tournaments, which involves keeping pots small and frequently calling instead of raising, in order to avoid potentially getting eliminated.

For example, if playing a small-ball strategy, you might call vs a 4-bet (instead of 5-betting) with a hand like AK, in order to avoid an all-in coin-flip against hands like QQ and JJ.

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