The “NIT button” serves as a kind of penalty mechanism. Here’s how it works. At the start of the poker game each player is given a NIT button. During the course of the game, players would typically lose their NIT button based on specific actions or criteria set by the game’s rules. This could be related to playing hands aggressively, winning pots, or other conditions that encourage active and risky play.

Penalty for Holding the Button: The last player who still has a NIT button at a predetermined point in the game (like the end of the night or after a set number of hands) is penalized. This penalty is usually financial, requiring the player to pay a set amount to each of the other players.

This rule effectively penalizes overly cautious or “nit” play (hence the name) by incentivizing players to engage more actively in the game to avoid the penalty. Such house rules are often created to make the game more dynamic and to discourage players from being too conservative, which can sometimes slow down or decrease the enjoyment of the game for others.

As with any house rule in poker, it’s important for all players to agree on the specifics (like how one loses the NIT button and the exact penalty) before the game begins to ensure fair and enjoyable play.

  • Measures 43mm in diameter
  • 1/8 inch thick