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hole card

Stud Poker. the card dealt face down in the first round of a deal.
something held in reserve until it can be used to advantage.
Origin of hole card
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hole card
  • If the hole card is discarded, the player gets a down card back.
  • Once all players have played out their hands, the dealer will reveal his hole card and play out his hand.
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hole card

noun phrase

A card dealt face down in stud poker (1908+ Poker)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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