word type: poker slang
- To reluctantly match an opponent's bet when it is likely that he has the best hand.
This term is based in the idea that oftentimes, when players make a call expecting to lose, they are often whining about it as they put their chips in the pot. The bitching and moaning is typically brought on by a turn or river card that the caller feels turned his winning hand into a loser.
Reasons to Make a Crying Call
A player that makes a crying call may simply be willing to pay for information about his opponent. He may also just be taking a chance, hoping that maybe, just maybe, he actually does have the winning hand. And, of course, the caller may just be unwilling to believe he has the worst of it until he sees it with his own two eyes.