What is ‘Rolled Up’?
If a poker player says that they have ‘rolled up’, they have made three of a kind on the first three cards dealt. The term is most often associated with seven card stud, but it is borrowed in other forms of poker. The phrase can also be applied to the cards themselves: a triple set can be said to have ‘rolled up’ in the deal.
‘Rolled Up’ Explained
In seven card stud, players start by receiving three cards. Two of these are hidden and one is visible to the table. Players begin by betting on these three cards alone. They then receive a further three cards face up, over subsequent rounds, and a final hidden card before the showdown. Of these seven cards, players must assemble the best five-card hand they can. The best hand at the table, according to the particular rules of that game, will win the pot.
If a player says that they have ‘rolled up’, they mean that they held three of a kind within their first three cards. This is already a very strong hand before the other four cards are added. The player has a good chance of making the four of a kind or full house, which will beat any pairs and triples at the table. Even the three of a kind could win if it goes up against pairs or if the set has a high value.
While this term appears in stud poker to describe this three card set, it also appears in the wider game to describe cards appearing at the point they are needed. For example, a player holding 4-5-6-7-10 who finds the 8 on the draw has completed a straight. They might say that the 8 ‘rolled up’ on the draw to fill their hand and make the win.