What are ‘Table Cards’?
Table cards is another term for community cards – cards which are dealt face up and which are shared by all players. Games such as Hold’Em use these community cards along with two personal cards – players must assemble the best hand they can using some combination of table cards and/or their own. Table cards are also dealt in stud poker sometimes, when there are not enough cards left in the deck to complete the next deal.
‘Table Cards’ Explained
In the card game poker, any cards which are dealt face up to the table can be referred to as table cards. The phrase might describe door cards in stud games: exposed cards which belong to the players and which can form part or all of their hand, depending on the type of game. More often, it is used to describe community cards – the cards which belong to the whole table and which can be used by everyone to complete their own hands.
Often referred to collectively as the board, these table cards are used in games like Texas Hold’Em. Players have access to the cards in their hand and the cards at the table, and they can make the best hand possible from any combination of those available cards. A hand could be made entirely from the community cards, although it would struggle to win as another player also has the same cards, plus a chance to better them. It is better to combine some cards from the hand with some from the table.
In some forms of stud poker where there are maximum players and few folds, the deck can run short for the final round. Rather than recall discarded cards, the game ends with a single table card dealt. Players can use this plus their existing hole and door cards to finish their hand and enter the showdown.