Definition of railbird
The railbird is the friend or supporter who follows you, who encourages you, who supports you morally. Railbirds are especially present during tournaments, when the moment becomes important. If you make a big final table in a tournament, friends of yours may come and support you by writing messages in the chat room. These supporters are called railbirds. In live tournaments, railbirds will come as close as possible to your table to support you by clapping every time you win a hand or make a good move. The railbird is the bird that follows you to support and encourage you.
The railbirds at the WSOP!
If you've ever watched the World Series of Poker (WSOP) on TV, you know exactly what railbirds are. Some players have their fans who follow them and show up at every opportunity. If you're a star like Phil Ivey, for example, you'll definitely have your audience to support you. For long days of tournament poker, this moral support may be necessary! Big tournaments will sometimes have 12 hour days, sometimes even longer! To stay focused that long without making mistakes, railbirds will help you keep your attention!