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Stakehorse - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Stakehorse

Stakehorse is a billiards slang term that is a part of Gambling and Betting Terminology.

To back a billiard player means to put up the money for the player in a gambling math-up. The backer generally takes a cut of the winnings, or a fee in the event that the backed player loses. Someone who puts up the money, or some portion of the money, for one of the billiard players in a gambling match up. Typically, backers cover all of the losses, and split the winnings with the billiard player they are backing. People often use the term stakehorse to refer to the money man or woman who likes to put players into billiard games, by backing them financially in gambling situations.

See: staking, backer, stake, stake horse for more on the meaning of "Stakehorse".

Stakehorse - Usage

What is Frank doing nowadays? Is he stakehorse for this weeks tournament?

Billiards - Stakehorse

  • Title: Stakehorse
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 11/30/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/24/2007 9:49:59 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

Stakehorse Comments

  1. Joe CwikJoe Cwik from Gainesville, GA on 4/29/2023 1:47:43 AM

    There are lots of other variables and dynamics at play.

    • Owners often have a split ratio with a house player who’s backed by the stakehorse.
    • A stakehorse can buy two players at tournaments for say $100 but expects $60 in return if his racehorse places.
    • Players don’t sweat the action. If another player wants bigger bets, a stakehorse can cover or wave it off.
    • After hours the amount of money at stake can get stupid so a stakehorse can again help make real bank and everyone is happy.

    So yes, there are weird variables with happy endings in risk vs. reward and such.

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