Definition of Action Card
What is an "action card"? What is meant by the term "action card"?
An "action card", just like it sounds, is a card that creates "action".
An "action card" is a turn or river card that causes more than one player to believe that they might now have the best hand. Because of this, an "action card" will likely create a flurry of betting that will significantly add to the size of the pot.
Let's look at a few examples of an "action card":
Example #1. There are two players in a hand when the turn is dealt. The board now reads Qd-Kd-2s-3d.
One player is holding Jd-10d, while the other player is holding Ad-4d for the nuts.
Both players believe that they now have the best hand, and both players quickly ship their stacks into the middle of the table. In this case, the 3d was the "action card" because it made a flush for both players.
Example #2. There are two players in a hand when the river card is dealt. The board now reads:
One player is holding 5c-5h for a full house, while the other player is holding 3s-6s for the straight flush.
The 5s is the "action card", as both players likely believe that they now have the best hand (well, the player with the straight flush is obviously sure that he has the best hand, while the player with the full house is likely reasonably sure.)
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