What is a ‘Case Card’?
A case card is a term used in poker that normally refers to the final card of a suit or denomination that is still left in the deck.
‘Case Card’ Explained
In a game of poker – and, indeed, in most other card games – there are thirteen cards in play. These are ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, and King. Times this by four – for the number of suits there are – and we have a 52-card deck in play.
The case card however, is the final card of any specific type still left in the deck during gameplay. An example of a ‘Case Card’ would be the following: after a round of betting, the flop brings Q♣, Q♠ and Q♦. A player that is holding Q♥ (and the last remaining Queen in the deck) in their hand, it means that they have the ‘case Queen’.
Having the case card of any given type of card can have its benefits. For instance, the player’s hand contains 4♥ and 4♦. At this point, the player opts to call.
The flop brings the 4♠, Q♥ and J♦. This is a good sign for the player, as they have ‘flopped a set’. One of the player’s opponents bets, and the player decides to call. This time, 5♥ comes up. The player checks, but the opponent bets the pot. The player then re-raises, all-in, and the opponent calls the same.
The player then turns over their 4♥ and their 4♦ as a set. Their opponent, however, then reveals their K♠ and K♣, which is a better set.
There is still a chance for the player. However, the river brings the 4♣ – the ‘case four’ in the deck. The player wins the pot!