Cards dealt to an individual player face down and that no other player is entitled to see.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Used most commonly in stud games. The synonym "pocket cards" is typically used in community card games.
EXAMPLE: "We were playing a heads-up game of 7-card stud. I had an Ace in the door but my hole cards were rags. I decided to raise before fourth street, hoping the Ace would be enough to get my opponent to fold."
APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues
GAME CATEGORY: Stud Games
SYNONYMS: Pocket Cards