Definition of Blank
What does the term "blank" mean as it applies to the world of poker? What is the definition of the term "blank" in poker?
In poker, the term "blank" refers to a card that would seemingly help none of the players who are still left in the hand.
Let's look at example to illustrate the usage of the term "blank":
Action folds around to you on the button. You look down at Kh-Qs and put in a standard pre-flop raise. The SB folds and the BB calls.
The flop comes 3s-4s-Kh, giving you a pair of Kings. The BB checks, you bet and he calls.
The turn brings the Qh, giving you top two pair. The BB checks again, you bet and he calls. Based on his play over the course of the night, you are almost 100% certain that the BB is drawing to a flush.
The river brings the 9c. This card is considered to be a "blank", as it very likely helped neither you or your opponent. If your opponent was drawing to a flush or even a straight, the 9c wouldn't have helped them.
The BB checks again, you bet and he folds.
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