word type: who knows

  1. Having all of one's chips at risk in a single hand.
  2. To have all of your chips in the middle of the table.

Popular Uses

Obama, you gotta stop smiling. You need a poker face. I know you have a full house and the other guy is going all-in, but you can't start buying drinks for everyone. -Amy Poehler, SNL's Weekend Update

I'm all-in on the next hand with any two cards. -Me, to my wife, on the hand the bubble burst in a tournament at the 2005 World Poker Showdown

Johnny Chan has a queen high straight. Will Eric Seidel fall for the bait? Yes, he's going all-in, and Chan has him. -Television announcer during Johnny Chan's championship hand in the Main Event of the 1988 World Series of Poker

In Popular Culture

Many people now use the term "all-in" as I way of saying that they are "going for it." For example, Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers took a big risk in 2008, trading the organization's top prospect, plus three other minor leaguers, for one of the top pitchers in the league in order to make a playoff push. After the team made the playoffs for the first time in 26 years, General Manager Doug Melvin thanked over 14,000 fans at a pep rally, saying, "It's the fans here that gave me the motivation for going 'all in.'"

Related Terms

Rebuy, Fold Equity, Side Pot, Buy-in