free card is exactly that. It is a card that does not
cost a bet to receive. While players might get a free
card (or cards) in draw online poker games if a hand
is checked around before the draw, concepts about the
free card apply primarily to stud and hold 'em games
where there are several rounds of betting.
In general, when you have the best hand, you do not
want to give opponents a free card since you are giving
them a chance to outdraw you and win the pot. By the
same token, when you do not have the best hand, you
want to try to get a free card to get a free shot at
winning the pot.
of the classic television show A7.r1.S.H. may remember
an episode wherein rookie poker player Major Charles
Emerson Winchester III starts cleaning out everyone
in camp in a large poker game. He takes a short break
and his fellow players complain bitterly about his
luck and his insufferable attitude. "And that
whistling! It never stops! He just whistles even louder
when he's bluffing!"
"He Just whistles louder when he's bluffing"
came the unanimous reply. When Major Winchester returned,
he soon got cleaned out.
Few of us have auditory tells as bad as Major Winchester's,
but sound-or the lack of it--can tell a very loud
story. A nervous player's voice has a different timbre
and if someone who has been silent suddenly starts
yapping (or vice-versa), opponents have information.
They may not know what the information means the first
time they encounter it, but they'll know what to do
the second time around.