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- v. Present participle of rathole.
- n. the surreptitious or premature removal of chips during a poker game.
- n. the emptying of material only in the center of a hopper or silo, leaving behind circumferential material.
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In gambling parlance, ratholing is the act of surreptitiously taking money off the table and slipping it in your pocket.
But in poker, when you're pitted against other players, ratholing is frowned upon because it deprives opponents of the opportunity to win back the money they have lost.
In the past few months, I've experienced both sides of the ratholing conundrum.
Two different scenarios, two diametrically different perspectives on ratholing.
Whatever your stance, opponents and advocates of ratholing agree on one thing: It's a surefire method of deterring chip thieves.