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Runner Runner in Poker - Definition

Runner Runner in Poker - Definition

What is Runner Runner?

Runner Runner → 1.  Runner Runner is when a strong hand is made as a result of catching consecutive cards on the turn and river.

Example usage → “We got the money in with top set but lost when our opponent caught the runner runner straight”


TcThe term “runner runner” is used to describe a scenario where someone makes a big hand after catching running (consecutive) cards on the turn and river. For example, in Hold’em

Board: Tc5d2d

Hand: QhJh

Turn: Ks
River: As

In this example we just hold two overcards on the flop, but we catch running cards on the turn and river to make our straight. 

Strategy Application 

We have no control over whether villain will catch runner runner to outdraw us, but we do know that it will happen some percentage of the time. Coming to peace with the idea that we will occasionally lose as a result of extremely unlikely suckouts can be good for our mindset.

Inexperienced players, especially live poker players, may even question whether the game is rigged after losing against runner runner for the first time.



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