Definition of Case Card

What does the term "case card" mean in poker? What is the definition of the term "case card"?

In poker, there are 13 different cards - Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K

Each of these four types of cards have four suits - Diamond, Heart, Spades and Clubs. This leaves us with a 52 card deck.

Now - a "case card" is the last card of any particular type in the deck.

Definition of Case Card - Poker Dictionary - IllustrationFor instance - let's say that the flop comes Kc-Ks-Kh. If you are holding the King of Diamonds in your hand, then this means that you are holding the "case King".

Let's look at an example to fully illustrate this definition:

You are sitting in an online $1/$2 cash game. You are in the BB. Action folds around to the button, who puts in a standard raise. The SB folds, and you look down at 3h-3d and decide to call.

The flop comes 3s-Kh-Qd. A great flop for you, as you have flopped a set. You check, your opponent bets and you call.

The turn brings the 4h. A nice, safe card for you. You check again, your opponent bets the pot, you re-raise all-in and your opponent snap calls.

You turn over 3h-3d for a set, but your opponent flips over Ks-Kc for a better set. Your heart sinks.

The river? The 3c, which was the "case" Three in the deck. You pull in the massive pot, much to the chagrin of your opponent.


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