What is a ‘Played Card’?
A played card is a card that is dealt to a hand in poker. In total, a player will have five played cards in a hand – these are the player’s five best cards. The rules of how a player gets a played card can differ slightly depending on the style of poker played, but it essentially refers to each card the player is dealt.
‘Played Card’ Explained
When the dealer gives you a card in poker, this is called a played card. Played cards together make up a hand – a hand is your best five played cards.
The most popular style of poker in casinos and online is Texas Hold’em. In Texas Hold’em, the player on button is the acting dealer. This player deals played cards first to the person on his/her immediate left and then continues clockwise around the table. Each player gets two played cards, each dealt face down so the player can conceal those cards from others at the table. These two played cards are also known as hole cards.
In Texas Hold’em, five community cards are also dealt to the middle of the table face up. The objective of the game is to use the best five cards using a combination of the community cards and your hole cards to make a hand. The five cards in that hand become your played cards. Played cards can, therefore, change as the five community cards are displayed. This happens in three stages: the flop shows the first three; the turn shows the fourth; and, the river displays the fifth.
Therefore, there are multiple names for cards in Texas Hold’em, depending on when they are dealt and whether you choose to use them in your hand. Played cards is the collective description of your five best cards, i.e. the five cards you use in the showdown in the hope of winning the pot.