Why was a full house, in poker, once called a TIGHT? ('40s & '50s?)?
- A.J.Lv 71 year agoFavourite answer
Poker slang is an endless list of thousands of terms for various cards and card combinations. I'll start with the typical use of the word "tight" in poker.
Normally today using the word tight in poker refers to the play with respect to wagering. A person playing tight folds most hands instead of calling (meeting the bet or wage) and rarely increasing the bet with a raise. A tight game is one that people generally fold instead of calling bets or raising. It is a "low action" game in the wagering. When other players see a player as tight, and that person makes a raise, everyone folds unless they have a really good hand.
I saw a few references of the word tight meaning a full house in Canadian poker games and could find no reference to its origin. The common "full boat" slang for full house comes from riverboat gambling. "full barn" has also been used from the old American West being rural. We can say that if the house is full then space is tight so there is some sense to the term. The house is full because in 5 cards there is no good draw as all 5 cards are used to make the hand, even if this is true for other hands.