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Beat the Board

  1. Verb

    In a community card game, to make a hand of higher rank than a hand consisting solely of the community cards, especially when the community cards represent a hand of relatively high value such as a straight or flush.

    EXAMPLE: "The board was 4h-8h-9h-Qh-Jh, making a Queen-high hearts flush. I beat the board with a higher flush. I had the Kh in the pocket."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    GAME CATEGORY: Shared Card Games

  2. Verb

    In a stud game, to make a hand higher than a hand consisting solely of any opponent's exposed cards.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In determining whether a player can beat the board, the player uses their entire hand, including hole cards, and compares it to opponents' visible cards. Thus, beating the board does not guarantee having the best hand, but not being able to beat the board does guarantee that a player can not win in a showdown.

    EXAMPLE: "I couldn't beat the board, but I decided to bluff to try and get my opponent to fold. My bluff failed and I lost a lot on that hand."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    GAME CATEGORY: Stud Games

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