What is ‘See’?
In poker, to ‘see’ means to ‘call’. A player can ‘see’ a bet and go in at the price wagered by the previous player, or they can ‘see the bet and raise it’ – increase the stake and force the next player to match it if they also want to ‘see’ the bet. The term also refers to staying in a casino game of poker until the cards are revealed – players might say that they ‘bet to see’, or ‘stayed to see’ the result in live play.
In all forms of poker, players are given a number of opportunities to bet on the hand they currently hold, against what they believe their opponents are holding. Depending on the form of poker being played, each person at the table might know a little about their opponents’ cards, or nothing at all (as with draw poker). Players have the opportunity to ‘fold‘ and leave the game at any time, although they do forfeit their stake so far. If they wish to remain in play, they will need to make bets when their turn comes around.
One of the most common bets in poker is the ‘call’ bet. It comes when a player wants to take part in the next round, so they match the previous bet. A call is sometimes referred to as ‘to see’ – as in, ‘I’ll see your bet’. Players might even take this further, with ‘see the bet and raise it’ – an indication that they wish to meet the required stake and then add to it, pushing the stakes higher for the players who are still to bet. The call is an indication that the player intends to stay for at least that round, but that they are not willing to commit to a raise right now. If all players call or ‘see’ without a further raise, the round ends and the next action is taken.