What is ‘Wired’?
‘Wired’ in a casino context means a set that appears in consecutive turns, or a set dealt one after the other. It usually describes triples and quads, though it can also refer to straights and flushes. It is usually associated with stud poker games where the cards are dealt one at a time to the player, though it can also be used in draw and Hold’Em games.
‘Wired’ is another phrase for ‘back-to-back’. If a poker player describes their cards as ‘wired’, they mean that they received a ranked set which was dealt or drawn in consecutive order. The term usually applies to pairs, triples and quads, which are matching sets of the same number or letter. However, it can also be used to describe flushes and straights that appear in the same situation.
The phrase ‘wired’ is most often associated with stud poker. If the first card dealt is a king for example, and the next four cards dealt come up K-K-K-J, the player has made four of a kind with the wired set of four. Occasionally, it is used to describe the same situation with community cards involved, especially where there is no flop, and instead, the five cards are turned one at a time.
While the phrase is most associated with sets of four and five cards, it can describe triples and even pairs. In games where players are dealt two cards to their hand, such as stud and hold’em games, those two ‘pocket cards’ can be described as a wired pair if their values match. In a hand where a wildcard is present and the player makes five of a kind as per the rules of that game, a hand of 7-7-joker-7-7 could be described as ‘wired’, as could a hand of ‘7-7-7-7-joker’.