hole card


: a card in stud poker that is properly dealt facedown and that the holder need not expose before the showdown
: something (such as a reliable advantage) that is held in reserve especially for use at a strategic moment

Examples of hole card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The action will then fast-forward to the flop, with the entire table entered with whatever hole cards they were dealt. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 8 Jan. 2024 In a poker game, the other side doesn’t get to see your pocket hole cards until the call. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024 Combining two hole cards and five community cards, the goal is to put together the best possible five-card combinations. Kevin Wolff, cleveland, 6 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hole card was in 1908

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“Hole card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hole%20card. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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