Definition of broke
A player who is broke is a player who has no money left. The word "broke" means "broken" and refers to the fact of being lost, of having no money left. It is a word with a very pejorative connotation. When we say that a player is "broken", we often imply that he doesn't have the talent to win anymore. "This player doesn't play poker anymore, he's broke. The expression can also be used to mean that you don't have the means. For example: "I'm used to playing at the €200 tables, but I'm too broke to play at the €2000 tables".
Go broke and bankroll management
The word "broke" can also be used to refer to a poker hand. A player might say, "On the river, I had a full hand. My opponent may have had four of a kind, but I had no choice but to go broke with that hand. In other words, the player had no choice but to put all of those chips in play on that shot. Broke can also be referred to as being eliminated from a tournament:
- "And then Francis, how is your tournament going?"
- "I had the kings and my opponent had the aces, I am broke".
To avoid being "broke" and not having any money in your poker bankroll, it is important to have a good bankroll management, that is to say a good management of the bankroll, of your money reserved for poker.