word type: verb
- To bet nothing while remaining in the hand.
- The act of betting nothing while remaining in the hand. (noun)
- A poker chip.
I completely missed the flop, but everybody checked to me, so I raised, figuring everybody was weak. -Unknown
You Should Also Know...
While checking is allowed when nobody has bet in the current round, as soon as someone fires any chips into the pot, the option to check goes out the window. We now must call, raise, or fold. We can only see the next card (or showdown, if we are at the river) for free if everyone else remaining in the hand allows us to do so. As such, in a game with blinds, such as Texas hold'em or Omaha, nobody except the big blind is permitted to check pre-flop because the blinds are still bets, even though they are involuntary.