Poker Basics What is a Free Card?

In simple terms, a free card is used in poker for opportunities when you or your opponent is able to see a card without calling a bet.

For example, if you and your opponent are in on a pot and you are called to act first, simply by checking, you give your opponent the chance to look at a “free card”.

You call a free card in a game of poker when you’re trying to save money while you’re on a draw, or when you’re trying to extract more money from an opponent. A “free card” is a simple move which incorporates semi-bluff techniques and check raise.

When making a free card play, you should know the right moment to make the play, be playing with only one opponent (two more opponents can make it more difficult), make sure that you’re the first to act, and double check if you have a fairly strong hand.

The advantages of a free hand play is that it allows you to save money for betting rounds later on, it takes the attention away from the strength of your hand, and it gives you the chance to take down the pot on a flop (even without flopping quad kings!).

There are states when it’s not a good idea to give a free card to your opponent.

This happens when you’re actually giving your opponent a chance to catch up on you by showing a free card. Remember, you should only use the free card to your advantage. If you can dodge a bet, or better yet, lure your opponent into making a bet on a weak hand, go ahead and show a strategic free card.