Fray: “a disorderly, protracted fight, struggle, or dispute”…
In other words, “the fray” is a perfect description of a typical low stakes limit Texas Hold ‘em game…
… where players splash the pot, slow roll, and don’t wait their turn.
… where five or more players routinely pay to see the flop.
… where players straddle just because they can.
… where players raise just because they can.
… where players routinely play any Ace-rag.
… where players routinely play any single face card.
… where players routinely play any two suited unconnected cards.
… where players routinely play any two unsuited connected cards.
… where players routinely play any two cards ten or higher.
… where pot after pot goes to someone who had no business in the hand.
… where players routinely chase runner-runner draws and hit them.
… where pocket Kings bets all the way, only to be beaten by A4o when an Ace falls on the river.
… where AK raises, flops top pair top kicker, and is beaten by 86o that turns two pair.
… where a small pocket pair flops a set, bets out, and is beaten by J2s that goes runner-runner to make a flush.
… where pocket Aces bets out, gets called all the way, and is beaten by K2o that flopped trip twos.
… and where terrible players are dealt playable hands, too… and sometimes play them correctly.
Welcome to the chaos known as “No Fold ‘em Hold ‘em”.