What does is Window?
Window can refer to a number of things depending on where you are and who you are playing with.
There are three largely accepted definitions:
1) The window is the first card laid down in ‘poker’ games that utilise ‘community cards’, such as Omaha and Texas Hold ‘Em, and even ‘stud’ games.
2) This window is all the community cards, available to all players.
3) The window refers to money cut from ‘the pot’, that being the main winnings for any game.
Going from the first example, the window would simply mean that it is the first card laid out for open use by any player. The term ‘open use’ will no doubt have some relation to the mental imagery of the term. Ready to be used by any player, said card will always be in plain sight. This will most commonly be used in games of stud poker.
Likewise, with example two, it will refer to all the community or ‘shared’ cards. This will apply in games of Omaha and Texas Hold ‘Em.
With the third example, the term window refers to the cut a player may receive from the pot (also known as ‘the kitty’). It’s not a commonly used phrase in this regard, but it will still be used by some players who learned the game from certain people or grew up in specific locations that continue to utilise the term.
You won’t find the window even loosely referred to in traditional games of poker that don’t make use of community cards. In such games, all cards are for personal viewing only, right up until the very end or when a player decides to fold.
A symbol of openness and transparency, window is quite clearly a fitting term for all of the above.