What is a ‘Wild Widow’
‘Wild’ refers to cards that have changed in traditional value, and a widow is a card (or cards) utilised by all players at the table (also known as ‘shared’ or ‘community’ cards). A wild widow is therefore a community card that holds a non-traditional value.
A ‘Wild Widow’ Explained
In games such as Omaha and Texas Hold ‘Em, community cards will be placed at the centre of the table for all players to use. These cards are sometimes referred to as widow cards. When cards are deemed to be wild, then it means that specific colours, suits or regal figures are now worth something totally different from their traditional value.
For example, if ‘aces’ have been decreed as wild, then any ace in play will now hold the new value. This extends to any aces still in the deck, aces that players are holding in-hand and any aces on the table. A wild widow will showcase one or more of the cards that have been deemed as wild.
For example, if all red cards have been deemed wild and the widow cards feature a two of hearts and a five of diamonds, then the game does indeed have a wild widow.
Outside of commentary in professional matches, there is no real need to outright call the widow and wild one. Any players in the game will know what the cards stand for and how they are valued. Simply stating that the widow is wild will just serve to add some drama to any listening viewers.
A standard wild card game will always hold a certain edge, but when community cards are being used, it forces players to change their tactics and view of the game. Traditional moves cannot be made if wild cards are on display or are being held.