Explanation of Steam

The term “to steam” means for a poker player to be angry or tilted. It may also refer to the overly loose-aggressive play style that may follow when a player is on tilt.

Where exactly does the phrase originate? Imagine a kettle close to boiling. It gives off physical steam. The idea is that a player is so hot and angry that we might imagine them giving off physical steam like a boiling kettle.

Example of Steam being used in a sentence -> After his Aces got cracked he was completely steaming for the rest of the session.

How to Use Steam as Part of Your Poker Strategy

Playing poker while affected emotionally is a good way to lose additional chips and should be avoided at all costs. Professional players invest significant amount of time working on their mental game. See the glossary entries under tilt, and mental game for more information on how to improve this aspect of our game.

In some circumstances we might recognize one of our opponents is steaming, perhaps after losing a big pot. Such opponents can provide soft targets because they might be inclined to make irrational decisions due to their anger. Good players can usually pre-empt when their opponents might be tilted and adjust their strategy accordingly. 

See Also 

Mental Game, Tilt, A Game, C game
 

Related Content
What is Aces Full of Kings in Poker?
What is Cold 4bet in Poker?
What is Double Up in Poker?

Double Up - Poker Terms

What is Wrap Around Straight in Poker?

Wrap Around Straight - Poker Terms

What is Whale in Poker?

Whale - Poker Terms

What is Up the ante in Poker?

Up the ante - Poker Terms

What is Three Pair in Poker?

Three Pair - Poker Terms 

What is Street Poker in Poker?

Street Poker  - Poker Terms

What is Steel Wheel in Poker?

Steel Wheel - Poker Terms

What is Stab in Poker?

Stab - Poker Terms