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"S" Terms

Scare Card

  1. Noun

    A board card that may have improved or completed an opponent's hand.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Example: In Texas Hold'em the flop was 7c-8c-Kd. Any club on the turn or river would be a scare card because it may give an opponent a flush. Also, a 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, or J might be considered a scare card because it may give an opponent a straight. If a player makes a pair of Kings on this flop, a 7 or 8 may also be scare cards because of the possibility of giving an opponent three of a kind. Scare cards can vary in their degree of scariness, depending on the likelihood that they help an opponent.

    EXAMPLE: "I had a weak hand but decided to bluff when the turn was a scare card. I was hoping my opponents would think the turn completed my hand."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    GAME CATEGORY: Stud Games

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