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After the draw, there is another betting round, followed by the show of hands. Some games limit the number of cards that can be drawn, some not.
In one variation of Five-Card Draw, a person is allowed to bet only if she has a pair of jacks or better.
Lowball is like Five-Card Draw, but the lowest hand wins the pot. Ace always counts as a low card and A-2-3-4-5 is the best possible low. Straights and flushes don’t count, although some players play that 6-4-3-2-A is the lowest hand.
Like Five-Card Draw, five cards are dealt face down, followed by a betting round. Then a player may discard cards to improve his hand, followed by a final betting round.
The best hand is referred to by the highest card in your hand. If two players have the same card that is the highest card, then the next lowest card counts. For example,
7-6-54-2 beats 8-64-3-2 7-5-4-2-A beats 7-64-3-A 6-5-3-2-A beats 6-5-4-2-A
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No pair beats any pair. So even K-10-9-8-7 Beats 2-2-3-4-5.
Lowball is typically a game that should be played conservatively, waiting for pat hands or hands with one-card draws.
In Five-Card Stud, each player gets one card down and one card up initially, followed by a bet. Then each player gets a second up card, followed by a bet. A third and fourth card face up is given to each player, each followed by a bet. '
The best high hand at the end wins. There are variations of the game where players are allowed to buy one or two replacement cards after all five cards are dealt. The game can also be played high-low, although in this variation, no minimum 8-low-or better is typically required.
A high pair in regular Five-Card Stud can often win the hand.
Baseball is typically a version of Seven-Card Stud, where each player gets two cards down, four cards dealt face up, and a final card face down. But in Baseball, all 9s and 3s are wild. If a 4 is dealt face up, it entitles the player to an extra down card.
Baseball is a game where big, big hands often come up. With eight wild cards, you can see four of a kind easily, with straight flushes and five of a kind happening not infrequently.
Black Mariah (sometimes referred to as Chicago) is a Seven-Card Stud game, except that the high spade in the hole splits half the pot. Sometimes Q* counts as the highest spade.
If you have the highest spade in the hole in the first two cards you get, you can keep betting and raising at will.
Part I: How to Play the Games
Indian Poker is a one-card game dealt face down to each player. Each player, without looking at his card, simultaneously places it on his forehead so that other player can see all cards but his own. Then there is a single round of betting, and then a showdown.
Razz is Seven-Card Stud, played low. Each player starts with two cards down and one card up. Each player must ante initially, and the high card on the board is typically required to make a small bet. Subsequent players may then call or raise.
As long as he stays in, a player gets ultimately a total of three hole cards and four exposed up cards. The best hand is A-2-3-4-5. The key to this game is starting with three low cards and being able to read your opponents’ hands and remember what cards have been already played and folded.
Crisscross (or Iron Cross)
Five cards are dealt to each player face down. Then five cards are placed face down on the board as common cards, in two intersecting rows forming a crisscross arrangement. The common cards are revealed clockwise, with the center card last, and with betting after each exposed card.
Two cards from a player’s hand and one row from the crisscross are used. ' The game can be played high-only or high-low.
Poker Etiquette in Home Games
Basic etiquette plays a vital role in society, and it even applies to poker. Players who are rude and inconsiderate may soon find themselves excluded from games or the object of silent derision. We’re not saying you need to stick a doily under your beer or soda bottle, but keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind.
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v* Be honest: Don’t try to short-change the pot or otherwise cheat.
v" Play quickly: No one likes a slow player.
v" Be courteous and friendly: No one likes a whiner.
✓ Bea good winner. Gloating and making fun of other players is a definite no-no.
v" Be a good loser: We all lose. It happens. But show some class and don’t show your temper, swear or throw cards. Definitely don’t insult the other players.
v* Let the other players know if you plan to leave early: It’s courteous to let the other players know in advance if you plan to quit early.
v" Bet in sequence: Bet, call, or fold when it’s your turn. Acting out of turn can adversely affect another player’s hand.
v" Give a player advice in the middle of a hand even if he asks for it:
This is a no-win proposition: Either the player who asked will be upset at you if the advice is wrong or the person who loses against the player will be mad at you.