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Amarylisa Gonsalves
Posted on 24 Jun, 2021
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 24 Jun, 2021
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By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 24 Jun, 2021
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Poker Dictionary – Brick


The world of poker has many jargons and terms that you should be familiar with before setting foot in this exciting industry. There are numerous nicknames given to hands, pairs, combinations of cards, strategies and even individual cards. Knowing these terms is pretty essential as it will certainly save you in a lot of conversations that would otherwise sound complete Greek to you. 

What is a brick?

The term ‘brick’ in poker represents a card that does not make any possible draw or flush. It is often considered a meaningless card since it does not change the game scenario on the table. A brick is generally a community card (river or turn) which opens up but misses the chance of making a potential hand or benefit any player. It is also known as a ‘blank,’ ‘rag’ or ‘air.’

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Example of brick

Suppose a player ‘A’ holds 8-8. Another player ‘B’ holds A-K. The board opens to 9-7-10-Q. Though the player ‘A’ holds a pair, he either needs a ‘6’ or ‘J’ if he wants to make a straight flush. Similarly, player ‘B’ also has a chance of making a straight flush if the river opens with a ‘J.’ But the river opens to a ‘4.’

Since ‘4’ does not benefit either of the players, it is known as the ‘brick.’

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Should You Bluff on a Brick?

Players are likely to bluff in brick situations. If you decide to bluff in such a situation, you must first study the board thoroughly before you decide to bluff. 

If the board is such that it cannot make any possible hands then bluffing will be fruitless. Suppose the turn opens the possibilities of several draws, but the river is a brick, it kills all possibilities of making good hands. It reduces your chances of succeeding with your bluff.

Since the brick does not complete any draw or flush, some wise players will catch your bluff on the brick and opt for bet draws. It is not usually advisable to bluff on a brick.

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