Definition of Wild Card

What does the term "Wild Card" mean in the world of poker? What is meant by a wild card?

In poker, a "wild card" is a card that can be used in the place of any card.

The King explains the meaning of the term Wild Card when it comes to the game of poker as well as sports and real life.For instance - let's say that the Two of Spades is "Wild". This means that you could substitute the Two of Spades for any other card in the deck.

So, if you are playing in a traditional 5-card draw game where the Two of Spades is "wild" and you hold:

Two of Spades
Ace of Hearts
Ace of Clubs
King of Clubs
King of Hearts

You could make a full house with your hand, as you could substitute your Two of Spades for an Ace, making a full house, Aces full of Kings.


The term "wild card" has many different meanings.

"Wild card" can refer to an unknown factor. For instance, in the US Presidential election, Independent voters are the "wild card" as they could vote in either direction, depending on the year.

"Wild card" is also often used in sports, and refers to teams that didn't qualify for the playoffs in the traditional way (by winning their division, for instance).

For instance, in football, hockey and baseball, there are "wild card" teams that qualify for the playoffs every year.


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