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TEXAS HOLD'EM

1.The two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets. The player directly to the dealer's left puts out the small blind while the player two to the dealer's left puts out the big blind.

2.Every player is dealt two cards, face down. These are called hole or pocket cards.

3.The action, or the first move, falls on the player to the left of the big blind. He or she can either call the bet, raise it, or fold. Betting continues around the table, clockwise.

4.After the betting is completed, three cards are dealt face up in the center of the table, which is referred to as the board. The first three cards in Texas Hold'Em are called the flop. These cards are “community cards” meaning everyone can (and will) use them in combination with their own hole cards to make the best hand.

5.From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, who can check or bet.

6.A fourth card is dealt face up onto the board. This is called fourth street or the turn card. Another round of betting.

7. The final card is dealt face up. This card is also called fifth street or the river. A final round of betting occurs.

8. The remaining players show their cards and the person who can make the best five card hand by combining their pocket cards with the cards on the board wins.

Note: In some rare cases in Texas Hold'em, the five cards making up the board will actually be the best hand, in which case everyone left in the hand divides up the pot.

DEALERS' CHOICE GAMES

COMMUNITY CARD GAMES

HOLD’EM VARIATIONSIn these games, players may use any combination of the cards available and only the highest hand will win the pot.  

Double Deal Option – Any standard hold’em based game that is dealt with a flop, turn and river may be dealt with two boards. After one burn card, two separate flops are dealt. After the betting round and another single burn card, two separate turns are dealt. After another betting round and another single burn card, two separate rivers are dealt. The high hand for each board will win half of the pot.

Cincinnati

1.      The dealer deals five cards to each player, followed by a betting round.

2.      Four community cards are dealt to the center of the table, one at a time, with a betting round after each.

3.      After the final betting round, there is a showdown. Players make the best five card hand out of the nine cards.

Egyptian Hold 'Em - Play is essentially identical to Texas Hold 'Em, except for the different layout of the community cards.

1.        The flop: The dealer deals three cards face up in a line along the table.

2.       The turn: The dealer deals two cards face up directly above where the earlier flop cards were dealt.

3.        The river: The dealer deals one final card directly above where the earlier turn cards were dealt.

Iron Cross

1.      Each player is dealt four cards, followed by a betting round.

2.      The dealer will lay five cards on the table in juxtaposition; that is in two rows of three cards that cross each other at the center card of each row. These cards are dealt one at a time in clockwise rotation with the last card dealt to the center. Each card is followed by a betting round, making five betting rounds altogether.

3.      Once all five cards have been dealt and the fifth and final betting round is done, each player decides which row of three cards he will use to supplement the four cards in his hand. With these seven cards, the player makes the best five card hand.

Jamaican Pineapple – May be played as single deal or double deal.

1.      Deal five cards face down to each player followed by a betting round.

2.      Burn a card followed by three common cards face up to the table. Each player will discard one card followed by a betting round.

3.      After the turn and river, preceded by burn cards, each player will discard one card followed by a betting round and a showdown.

Pineapple or Crazy Pineapple  - This is like Hold’Em, but instead of being dealt 2 hole cards, each player gets 3 hole cards. May be played single or double deal.

1.       In Pineapple, each player discards one card, followed by a betting round.

2.       After the betting is complete, a burn card and the flop(s) is dealt, followed by a betting round in Pineapple.

3.       In Crazy Pineapple, each player discards one card after the flop, followed by a betting round.

4.       From here, the game is identical to Texas Hold'em. The burn and turn(s) are dealt, a round of betting happens, the burn and river(s) are dealt, another betting round, and then there's the showdown. Players can use any combination of the 2 hole cards in their hands and the 5 board or community cards on the table to make the best hand, and the best hand wins the pot.

Same'Em

1.      Three cards are dealt to each player and there is a round of betting.

2.      A three-card flop is dealt, followed by a second round of betting.

3.      A fourth card is dealt to each player and a fourth card (the turn) to the table, and there is a third round of betting.

4.      A fifth card is dealt to each player and a fifth card (the river) to the table, and there is a fourth and final round of betting.

5.      Each player in the showdown makes the best possible 5 card poker hand out of the 10 available cards (five in hand and five on the table).

The Spoiler

   Five cards are dealt to each player and one community card is flipped, followed by a betting round. A second community card is dealt, followed by another betting round, followed by a third community card, followed by another betting round.

   After the third betting round, players must discard three cards from their hand. The last two community cards are dealt one at a time, followed by a betting round. Players make their best five card hand using the five community cards and the two cards left in their hand.

Super Eight (Three-Card Hold’em)

   This is played the same as Texas Hold ‘Em, with the one exception that each player is dealt three cards at the beginning of the game instead of two.

OMAHA and VARIATIONS – Players may only use a certain number of cards from their hole cards. The rest must be among the community cards. With the exception of Double Deal, all other Omaha varieties may be played as high only or high/low eight or better.

OPTIONS OR ADD-ONS – Any standard Omaha based game that is dealt with a flop, turn and river may have one add-on only.

 Double Deal - When double deal is selected, two boards will be dealt. After one burn card, two separate flops are dealt. After the betting round and another     single burn card, two separate turns are dealt. After another betting round and another single burn card, two separate rivers are dealt.

Sidecar - Sidecar is an add-on for any standard Omaha based game that is dealt with a flop, turn and river. The flop and turn are dealt as usual. The river, however, consists of 2 cards. Players may use only 1 of the 2 river cards. As required in Omaha, players must use 2 of their hole cards plus 3 of the board cards to make their hand. If played high-low a player going both ways may include 1 of the river cards for their high hand and the other for their low hand if they wish.

Omaha  

   This is like Hold’Em, but instead of being dealt 2 hole cards, each player gets 4 hole cards, but must use exactly 2 of them to form their final hand. May be played single or double deal.

The Big O (Five-Card Omaha)

   This is played like Omaha, except players are dealt five hole cards instead of four. As in Omaha, players must use exactly two of their hole cards at showdown and exactly three of the board cards to make their best five-card hand.

Irish Hold 'Em (Crazy Omaha)

   This is played the same as Omaha Hold 'Em, with one exception. After seeing the first three community cards on the flop, each player must discard two of their four cards. The player must use the two remaining cards in his final hand.

 

 

 Reverse Omaha

   Cards are revealed in reverse order. The flop and turn will be one card each, with the  river being the remaining 3 cards. Each player must use exactly 2 cards from their  hand.

Slammer

   In this variation of Omaha five cards are dealt to each person. Nine cards are dealt to the board in a cross pattern: a row of five and a column of five intersecting at one common card in the middle. After the first betting round, one card from each line is exposed; the middle card is exposed after the fifth betting round.

 

 

Tahoe (Three-Card Omaha)

  This is played the same as Texas Hold 'Em, with the two exceptions. Each player is dealt three cards at the beginning of the game instead of two, but can only use two of their three hole cards in their final hand.

 

Thirty-Two

  Each player is dealt 5 hole cards followed by a betting round. Four board cards are placed face down. Cards are revealed one at a time with a betting round after each. Players must use 3 of their hole cards plus 2 of the board cards to make their hand.


DRAW POKER

Badugi - The most confusing thing is that to make a Badugi hand you need to have 4 cards of different suits and ranks. If you have A-2-3-4 but the ace and 2 are both spades, only one of those cards will count -- your final hand would be just 3 cards: A-3-4. If you have A-A-2-3 of all different suits, the pair still counts against you and you can only use 3 of the cards for your final hand. So your goal is to get the 4 lowest cards of different suits. In Badugi, straights do NOT count against you for low, but matching suits does.

1.      Each player is dealt four cards face-down. After each player checks their hand, a round of betting occurs.

2.      After the betting is complete, each player is allowed to choose 0-4 cards to discard and draw new cards.

3.      After each player has received their new cards, another round of betting occurs. This is followed by a second round where players can draw cards, and a third round of betting. There is then a final round of draw and a final round of betting.

4.      Players reveal their hands and a winner is determined. A four card hand, known as a Badugi, always beats any three card hand. When comparing hands with the same number of unsuited cards, the player with the lowest "high" card wins.

Badeucy - This is a combination of Badugi and Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. 

1.      Each player is dealt five cards face down followed by a betting round.

2.      Each player may draw however many cards they want up to three.  After this draw, there is then a second round of betting.

3.      There is another draw for the remaining players.  At this point there would be a round of betting.

4.      Then, there’s the final draw of the hand. After the final draw is finished, all players take part in the last round of betting, and then show their hands.

         ·  With Badugi, you only need to use four cards out of the five, but the idea is to get the lowest four cards that you can with all different suits (and no pairs).  If you get a duplicate suit or a pair, the highest suit would be eliminated, and one of the two pair cards would be eliminated, depending on which situation arises.  Any four card Badugi hand will beat a three card Badugi hand as well.  Aces are considered low when making a Badugi hand.

         ·   On the other side of things, you are trying to make the best deuce to seven triple draw hand as well, and for this type of hand you will be using all five cards.  All straights and flushes do count in this game, meaning that a hand like 2-3-4-5-6 of different suits would be good for Badugi (half of the pot), but not good for the deuce to seven triple draw hand.  When creating this hand, aces are considered high, meaning that the best deuce to seven hand that you could make is exactly as the name of the game states- 2-3-4-5-7. Hands rank in reverse order from regular poker, thus, a lower pair is better than a higher pair; a pair is better than a straight; a straight is better than a flush; and so on.

Deuce-To-Seven Triple Draw - The "deuce-to-seven" part of this game means it is played for low, but not the low of razz or most hi/lo poker games. In deuce-to-seven, you want to make the worst hand possible without making a straight or a flush. In this game, straights and flushes do count against you, and aces are always high. The best low hand is 2-3-4-5-7, not of the same suit.

1.      Players may trade in up to three cards from their hand for new ones. If a player has an ace, he/she can trade in the other four cards in his/her hand, but must show the ace.
Note: You don’t have to trade any cards – if you’ve already got good hand, you’ll want to “stand pat” and keep the cards you were first dealt.

2.      After each round of draws, there is a round of betting.

Five Card Draw - May be played as single or double draw. May be played high, low (Lowball) or high/low.

    1.      The dealer deals each player five cards, face down followed by a betting round.

    2.      Remaining players may trade in up to three cards from their hand for new ones. If a player has an ace, he/she can trade in the other four cards in his/her hand, but must show the ace. This is followed by another betting round.round of betting.

3.      In double draw, another exchange of cards takes place, followed by another betting round.

4.      After the betting is completed, players show their hands and the best hand wins the pot.

5.      When comparing hands for low, aces can count as low and straights and flushes do not count, so the lowest hand is A-2-3-4-5. Note that this same hand could at the same time win high.

STUD POKER

All stud varieties may be played as high only, low only or high/low eight or better.

Choose Your Own

1.      Players are dealt two cards face down and one card face up followed by a betting round.

2.      One card is dealt face up in the middle for every player. The player with the lowest hand showing gets to pick which card they want. Ties go to the player closest to the dealer’s left. After that, the next lowest hand chooses, and so on, until the highest hand takes the last card, followed by a betting round.

3.      The remaining up cards are chosen in this same manner until each player has a total of 4 face up cards.

4.      Remaining players are dealt their final card face down, followed by the final betting round.

The Deck

1.      The dealer deals a card face-down to each player, and then exposes the top card off of the deck. The first player to the left of the dealer has the option of either choosing the exposed card or a blind one from the top of the deck. Whichever choice the player makes, that player receives the card in his hand face-up. If that player chose the exposed card, then the dealer replaces it with the next card off the top of the deck and gives the same choice to the next player. If that player chose a blind card, then the next player is given the option to take the exposed card or a blind one. The exposed card is not replaced until it is either chosen by a player or the dealer turns it down. Once the dealer turns it down, the round of dealing is over, followed by a betting round.

2.      When the next round of dealing starts after the betting round, whichever card was exposed is placed at the bottom of the deck, replaced by a new card from the top of the deck. This continues until each player has one card in the hole and four cards face-up. There is a final betting round and the best hand wins.

Give It To Me - May only be played high or low.

1.      Deal four cards face down to each player. Each player flips over one down card of their choice for their own hand and one card of their choice for the player to their left followed by a betting round.

2.      Deal two more cards to each player. Each player flips over one down card of their choice for their own hand and one card of their choice for the player to their left followed by a betting round. This continues until each player has two down cards and four up cards.

3.      Deal one down card to each player. After a betting round, there is a showdown. The best hand splits the pot with the player to their left.

Maverick (Six-Card Stud)

   Six cards are dealt to each player: one down; four up; one down. There is a betting round after each. Players make their best five card hand with the six cards.

Mexican Stud (Roll Your Own) - Players decide whether to show strength or weakness.

1.      Each player is dealt three cards face-down. Simultaneously, each player turns one card face-up. This is followed by a betting round, opened by the player with the highest card showing.

2.      Another card is dealt face-down to each player, and each player again must turn another card face-up.

3.      Play continues in this manner until each player has been dealt a total of six cards and there have been four betting rounds. At this point, each player has two cards face-down and four cards face-up.

4.      The seventh and final card is dealt face-down, and the final betting round is again opened by the player with the best hand showing. Best hand wins.

New York Stud

1.      Each player is dealt two down cards followed by a betting round.

2.      The dealer then exposes the top card off of the deck. The first player to the left of the dealer has the option of either choosing the exposed card or a blind one from the top of the deck. Whichever choice the player makes, that player receives the card in his hand face-up. If that player chose the exposed card, then the dealer replaces it with the next card off the top of the deck and gives the same choice to the next player. If that player chose a blind card, then the next player is given the option to take the exposed card or a blind one. The exposed card is not replaced until it is either chosen by a player or the dealer turns it down. Once the dealer turns it down, the round of dealing is over, followed by a betting round.

3.      This continues through the four face-up cards, followed by a face down card being dealt to each remaining player.

4.      After a final betting round there is a showdown and the best hand wins.

Seven-Card Stud

1.      The dealer deals each player two cards down (called hole or pocket cards) and one card face-up.

2.      In either high game, the high card has the first option to bet. In Razz, the low card does.

3.      Then, another card is dealt to each player face-up. This card is also known as "4th street" or "the turn” followed by another betting round.

4.      The fifth card (“5th street” or “the river”) is dealt face-up followed by another betting round.

5.      The sixth card is dealt face up with another betting round.  

6.      The seventh and final card is dealt face-down to the players remaining in the hand. A final round of betting occurs.

7.      The players show their hands at the showdown. The player who can make the best five-card hand from the seven they were dealt, wins.

8.      In the high/low game, the low hand cannot have a card higher than 8 in it. In other words, if you have Ace-2-4-6-9-10-10 as your final 7-card hand, you don't have a low, because the best low hand you can make is Ace-2-4-6-9. There may not be a qualifying low hand, in which case the high hand "scoops" or wins the whole pot.

9.      Razz doesn't have an "eight or better" component to its play. Any hand can win, including hands with low pairs. However, while this is possible, it's highly unlikely, and most winning Razz hands will not have a pair in them. The lowest hand is A-2-3-4-5, because straights and flushes don't count against a hand being low, and aces are counted as low.

COMBINATION GAMES

All combo games may be played high, low or high/low eight or better.

English Stud Poker (Stud with a few draws)  This is dealt as standard seven-card stud with two down, four up, and one down. However, after the 5th, 6th and 7th cards, prior to the betting round, each player has the option to discard one card from their hand for a new one from the deck. If the player discards one that was face-down, that player receives the new card face-down. If the player discards one that was face-up, that player receives the new card face-up.

Psycho (Five card draws turns into stud)

1.      Five cards are dealt to each player followed by a betting round.

2.      Players may discard up to three cards, or four if they have an ace, for new ones. Note: You don’t have to trade any cards – if you’ve already got good hand, you’ll want to “stand pat” and keep the cards you were first dealt.

3.      Each player turns up three cards from their hand. The player with the best hand showing opens up a second betting round.

4.      After the second betting round, each player is dealt another card face up. The player with the best hand showing opens a third betting round.

5.      After the third betting round, each player is dealt a seventh card face down, now having two down, four up, and one down. The player with the best hand showing opens a final betting round, before the showdown.

Vancouver Stud (Stud with community cards)

1.      Each player is dealt 2 face down cards. There is a round of betting.

2.      After the first round of betting, each surviving player is dealt one face up card of their own (counting only toward their hand) and one community card is dealt (counting towards everyone's hand). There is a second round of betting.

3.      Each surviving player is then dealt a face down card that counts toward their hand only, and a second community card is dealt face up. There is a third round of betting.

4.      Each surviving player is dealt another face up card, and another community card. At this point, active players should have five cards each - three face down and two face up, and there are three face up community cards in the middle. There is a final round of betting.

5.      In the showdown, the person with the best 5-card hand wins. This hand can use 2, 3, 4 or all 5 of the player's own cards together with some, none or all of the community cards.

OTHER

Outhouse – The antes and half of all bets go to a main pot while the other half of all bets go to a side pot.

1.      Each betting round is capped at 1, 2, 3 or 4 times the big blind depending on the round. There is a limit of two raises each level.

2.      Deal each player five cards face down followed by the 1st betting round.

3.      Each player will then select 2 of the cards to expose. The player with the best two card poker hand wins the first side pot. The exposed cards go back into the deck and the cards are shuffled again for the next round.

4.      Each player will receive an additional three cards dealt face down followed by the 2nd betting round.

5.      Once again players will select two of their cards from their hand and expose them to show the best two card poker hand. The winner will again receive the second side pot.

6.      The dealer will now give each player three cards face down followed by the 3rd betting round. Players will again choose two of their cards to expose and the winner of the best two card hand will win the third side pot.

7.      Following the 4th betting round, the remaining five cards will be exposed and the player with the best five card poker hand will win the main pot.

Pai Gow

1.      Seven cards are dealt face-down to each player.

2.      Each player divides their hand into one five-card hand and one two-card hand. The five-card hand will play as a regular poker hand, but the two-card hand will play as a Two-Card Guts hand, consisting of either a pair, or a high card. The stipulation, however, is that the five-card hand must be of equal or better value than the two-card hand.

3.      After a betting round, all players reveal their two-card hands face-up at the same time. The highest hand showing wins half of the existing pot.

4.      After another betting round, starting with the best two-card hand, all remaining players then reveal their five-card hand. The highest hand takes the remaining pot.

Pass The Trash (Anaconda)

1.      This game is a high/low split pot game. Straights and flushes do not count against you for the low.

2.      All players are dealt seven cards followed by a betting round.

3.      Each player chooses 3 cards to pass to your immediate left, followed by a pass of two cards two spots to the left, and a pass of one card three spots to the left, with a betting round after each.

4.     If at any time, a pass is not available based on the number of people, the betting round will still occur.

The Game

1.      Deal two cards face down to each player. Simultaneously, each player will flip one over, followed by a betting round beginning with the lowest hand showing.

2.      The deal continues in this manner until each player has five down cards and five up cards. After the final round of betting, there is a show down with the highest hand of down cards splitting the pot with the lowest hand of up cards.

 

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