Definition of runner-up

The expression runner-up is mostly used in poker tournaments. The player to win the tournament will be the champion and the player to finish 2nd will be the runner-up. Finishing runner-up is a situation that can cause a lot of frustration for poker players. On the one hand, runner-up finishes 2nd in a tournament for a large amount of money, so that's good, but on the other hand, by finishing runner-up, you feel that you have come so close to winning.

Why is it frustrating to finish runner-up?

Let's take the example of the main event of the World Series of Poker of 2019. In this event, the majority of the money was concentrated on the final table. The majority of the money awarded to the tournament's scholarship winners was put back on the final table. On the runner-up of this event was Dario Sammartino who won 6 million US dollars. The winner, Hossein Ensa, won US$10 million, almost double! The gap between first and second place in terms of poker money is wide. Of course, you have to put it in perspective and say that it's a good result to win 6 million dollars in a poker tournament, but when you're so close to the goal...


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