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In card games, such as Texas Hold’em poker or Blackjack, the term hand refers to the cards held by a player. The player’s starting hand plays an important part in their success as it largely determines if a player wins the bet or losses it.

Casino Terms Relating to a Player’s Hand: 

  • Garbage hand: the result of being dealt bad cards, which will largely result in a loss.
  • Hard hand: in blackjack, when you hold two cards that do not contain an ace;
  • Stiff hand: blackjack cards valued between 12 and 16;
  • Standing hand: blackjack cards that will likely bust if another card is drawn;
  • Soft hand: a blackjack hand containing an ace.


  • The cards dealt to and held by a player.

Player Holding Cards While Playing Poker

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