RIUpedia, Day 3: On The Menu

Three delicious competitions are on the menu for this third day of Run it Up Reno!

Play begins in earnest with this afternoon's $235 NLH Knockout Black Chip Bounty beginning at noon, followed by the $125 HORSE 6-Max at 5pm, and tonights $85 NLH Win-The-Button event at 8pm. In addition to the tournaments themselves, players can look forward to three of RIU's most popular non-tournament entrees: A seminar on HORSE with JCarver and 3-time WSOP bracelet winner Rep Porter at 7pm, an exclusive Survivor viewing party at 8pm, and the single most anticipated event of the entire series: Karaoke Night at EDGE Nightclub starting at 10pm this evening.

All this talk about foodstuffs is making me hungry! And often at the table or in our tournament coverage, the references to edibles continue to bubble up. So to aid your viewing pleasure of RIU, today's RIUpedia is all about:

Food glorious food!


"Nuts" refers to a healthy afternoon snack and also the best possible hand given the board. For example, if you are playing NLH and the runout is [AsQcTc7h2c], then [Acxc] is the nuts. You will occasionally hear the term applied to the best possible hand of a certain category, even though it isn't the overall nuts. For the above example, somebody with [KxJx] might say they had the "nut straight" even if the board is paired or if a flush is possible.

Short Stack

A "short stack" refers not only to scrumptious pancakes, but also to a player who has a number of chips that is much smaller compared to the other players at the table. So if you have 2,000 in front of you, and everybody else at the table has over 10,000, you are playing on a "short stack."


 Banana pancakes for scale.

Banana pancakes for scale.

The poker term "banana" is a word used to indicate a card dealt to a player face-up in a Stud game that in no way could reasonably be expected to help the player's hand. This term is similar to the word "dangler," which we defined earlier in the week, but specifically for Stud games. For example, if you were playing Razz and began with [As3c5c] and the first board card roll came [Kh], that would be quite the banana.


"If you can't spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker." --Mike McDermott, Rounders

Moving on from breakfast, I'm sure everyone is well aware of the term "fish," typically meaning the worst or least experienced player at a given table. Any given table may have "sharks," which of course try to prey upon the "fish." So if you think you might be a little bit fishy, maybe it's time to find a different pond!

Steak Knives

"As you all know first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. Get the picture?" --Blake, Glengarry Glen Ross

Steaks for Stakes? Taken from the 1992 classic starring Al Pacino and Don Lemmon, the man who really stole the show was Alec Baldwin as the explosive sales lead Blake. "Steak Knives" is now a common term to refer to earning second-place prize, and the slang term has even spurred poker sites such as WSOP.com to give out actual steak knives for runner-up finishers for some of their tournaments!

"How'd you do in that tournament?"
"Pfft... steak knives."

Pork Chop

"Pork Chop" is a relatively new term in the poker lexicon, and it's the one that is most associated with Run it Up of all of the terms in today's article. A "pork chop" refers to a small token of appreciation or reciprocation for a favor or deal. For example, if the person who ends up winning the Run it Up Reno Main Event earlier this week offers to pay for the hotel room that he rented with their buddies, that would be a generous pork chop indeed!

That's it for today's RIUpedia! Enjoy your turkey burgers as the juicy action rolls on here from the Peppermill!