This is a discussion on The term "Whale", how do you define it? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; So I always considered a whale just a really big fish, like the type of player HEM2 auto rates players as whale. I was told
So I always considered a whale just a really big fish, like the type of player HEM2 auto rates players as whale. I was told that there can not be a "whale" in a freeroll, because they are only players that lose lots of money at the casino. I always just assumed it was a real bad player. How do you define it?
re: Poker & The term "Whale", how do you define it?
A whale is not good or bad. A whale is so rich and willing to gamble, casinos will give rooms meals...anything to get them to come and stay at that casino.
A casino knows if a player stays and plays, the casino has the edge and a whale is likely to win or lose a lot...more likely lose.
A whale is a loose player that is willing to drop +10BIs in the game and does it often. Typically they like to straddle, blind bet from UTG, make big bluff bets into small raggedy flops (ie bet $50 into a $8 pot with a board of at $200NLH), play very trappy, etc.