What is Catch?
To catch is when you receive a card or cards that significantly raises the strength of your hand increasing your chances of winning the hand, it is often used in a sentence such as ‘that was a nice catch on the flop’.
The saying is used predominantly when a player requires just one card to make a strong (and likely winning) hand, the player is relying on ‘catching’ a certain card or cards to improve their hand.
An example of making a catch would be the player holding Q,10 in the hole with 2,K,9 drawn on the flop, the turn then reveals a 4 (effectively nothing) leaving the playing with nothing but a King high hand until the river lands revealing an ace making the playing achieve a ‘catch’ on the river as there hand quickly turns into a ace high straight.
A catch does not necessarily have to be caught on the river, it can refer to a nice hand dealt in the hole i.e. a pair of aces or after the flop or the turn card (fourth draw) and is a general term for making a strong hand, however, it is more often used on the river when it comes down to a head to head.
A catch could also be referred to a last resort result, for example, calling all-in because you are the big blind and your chip count has almost run dry leaves you requiring a ‘Catch’ in order to stay in the game.
This is not a position you want to be in but is a very rewarding experience when it does happen, although requiring a ‘Catch’ hands a distinct advantage to your opponents.