Counterfeiting in poker is when a ‘counterfeit’ card comes that doesn’t improve a player’s hand, but instead, makes it worse. It doesn’t change the value of a player’s hand it just makes it difficult to still have the best hand.

Examples of counterfeiting in Texas Hold’em.

You have two-pair on the turn with A-3 on a board of J-3-A-5 the river card is another J meaning the paired board likely gives your opponent a better hand if they got to the turn with an Ax hand since they will have you outkicked. You have been counterfeited, and in situations like this you just want a cheap showdown. When facing a big bet from your opponent you should just fold.

Another example of poker counterfeiting is when the board is double paired. ie. 8-8-9-3-9 and your holding a pocket pair lower then the board pairs such as 6-6. On the turn you still likely had the best hand against an aggressive opponent, but the river card means any player who is holding a card higher then a 6 will win the pot.

Related terms on

  1. Overcard
  2. Blocking Bet
  3. Board
  4. Scare Card
  5. Top Two
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