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.

1905–10, Americanism

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Example sentences
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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