A pocket card that is of a different number value than each of the favored opponent's pocket cards; a pocket card that could make a winning hand if paired and that would otherwise be part of a losing hand.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Example: If Player A had Kh-Qs in the pocket and Player B had Qh-Jd in the pocket, the Jack of diamonds would be a live card. Player A would win with the King-high if no player paired a card and would win with the King kicker if a Queen were dealt to the board, but Player B could win if any of the three remaining Jacks were dealt to the board.
EXAMPLE: "I only had one live card."
APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues
GAME CATEGORY: Shared Card Games
A card that remains in the deck or that is assumed to remain in the deck because it is not on the board.
EXAMPLE: "When I first started playing poker I incorrectly thought that I had a 1 in 4 chance of completing a flush draw on the river. I was thinking about the fact that 1 in 4 cards in the deck would be of the suit I needed, but I should have only been counting the live cards. Since I'd already have 4 cards of the suit, there are really only 9 left that are live."
GAME CATEGORY: Stud Games