Poker glossary definition of Burn Card

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Burn Card

Before a new card is dealt, one card must be burned, or put to one side. This card is the burn card. It prevents the knowledge of what this card might be from affecting the game. In Texas Hold'em and Omaha, a card is burned before the starting hands are dealt, and before the flop, turn, and river. In Seven Card Stud, a card is burned before the hands are dealt and in between each street.