word type: poker slang

  1. A poker game, or poker tournament, that is overly tight or "nitty."

Why Nitfests are Unlikable

When we think about a "nitfest," it is usually in an annoyed or slightly derogatory way. A game that is infested with nits is one where there is limited action and everyone is playing so tight that winning money feels more like getting teeth pulled than playing poker.

Can a Tournament Be a Nitfest?

Sure. Although we are often talking about a cash game in the context of "nitfest," a tournament with a good structure and good players can also fit the description.