Calling Station - A player who does not throw many hands away, or who usually only calls (rather than betting or raising) when it is their turn to act.
A calling station is a player who tends to call
if they have any chance to win the pot, regardless of whether or not they have
pot odds. This type of player tends to
enjoy playing hands and often does not care very much if they win or lose. Their default play is usually to call, and they
will rarely raise or muck their hand.
A calling station is a great player to have in the game. They are almost always losing players. Whenever you are betting the best hand they are likely
to call and pay you off. They also tend not to raise unless they have completed a very strong hand, so they are relatively easy to
You will often see other players get mad when a calling station beats their very good hand with a very bad one. This is both rude and illogical.
The more bad plays a player makes, the more profit you are likely to receive from that player in the long run. Bad plays should never be
criticized or discouraged, even when they cause you to lose the hand. So long as you have a proper
bankroll, capable of withstanding short
term swings, you need only be concerned with your profit over the long run, and your short term ups and downs become irrelevant.
Learning to accept bad beats is essential to
maintaining inner peace and achieving “Poker Zen.” Being at peace with everything that happens in a poker game will also make you a
better player. This is because you are making a choice to reject anger and self pity, both of which can cause you to make poor
decisions. This is not an easy thing to do, and some players are never able to make any progress here. You really have to train
yourself to recognize destructive emotions when they arise and consciously reject them.
Usage: Don't try to bluff a calling station, That player is a calling station
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