Poker (also referred to as Russian Poker)
52-card deck is used and 13 cards are dealt to 4 players each.
Each player arranges the 13 cards into their 3 best poker hands
known as the "Front", "Middle", and "Back". The "Front" is a 3-card
hand. Both "Middle" and "Back" are 5-card hands and must
outrank the "Front" (3-card hand). If you're playing with
a surrender option, after the cards have been dealt (and the players
have arranged their cards into these 3 hands), then each player
elects to either play or surrender. If they surrender, they forfeit
2 chips (or points) to each of the other players. If they play,
each player's 3 hands are compared to the other players' hands.
Each hand you win picks up 1 chip and the overall winner picks
up an extra chip. You can rotate the order of accepting surrenders
for each game.
For some interesting reads on the popularity of Chinese poker,
you can visit this thread on the RGP group (from 2000). In particular, Michael O'Malley discusses one of his favorite all-time
poker stories in which Denny Axel beats Men "The Master" Nguyen
in a game of Chinese poker and how the best players compose their
hands carefully based on what they know of their opponents (and
their opponents' cards).
by Mike Chow, the best rules for this Hold'em variant belong to
Wolfington's site. Popular at BARGE, Chowaha is also the favorite game of Spencer Sun, the 2000 TOC Champion.
as 7-Card Stud
except the lowest hand wins the showdown.
as Draw Poker
(5-Card Draw) except the lowest hand wins. The best hand is 5-4-3-2-A.
Squeege of Homepoker.com sets the record straight on some
technical issues in lowball (such as "Is the Ace low?"). Called
"California Lowball" if you play with a 53-card deck (as opposed
to the standard 52-card deck) and the Joker plays as the lowest
card not already present in the player's hand.
as Texas Hold'em
except you're dealt 3 cards at the beginning (instead of 2) and
you must immediately discard one of the three hole cards before
the first round of betting.
cards are dealt to each player, after which, each player can opt
out. Of the remaining players who are in, the pot goes to highest
hand and the rest of the players who claimed "in" must put into
the pot what the winner took out. Highest hand is a pair of Aces,
etc. (Only pairs and high cards count.) Game ends when only one
player goes "in" and collects the pot. Homepoker details a bunch of Guts variations. Our favorite
variation is at PokerMike's and involves 3 cards dealt, with one card passed
to the player on your left (and composing the best hand out
of the remaining 3 cards).
card is dealt to each player face down. Each player then holds the
card face up on their forehead (without looking at their own card)
and bets on their card according to what they see of the other players'
cards. Betting goes on for as long as desired with the highest card
winning. While this is played for laughs, others find value in reading
a player's ability to bluff and what their betting reveals of their
cards are dealt to each player who must decide to pass or stay in,
starting with the player to the left of the dealer. For this first
round, 3's are wild and three-of-a-kind is the best hand (next
best: pair, followed by a high card). All those "in" show their
cards only to each other and the winner takes the pot with the losers
matching the pot. If only one player is in or there is a tie, that
player (and those involved in a tie) gain a "leg" (chip). Two more
cards are dealt (to everyone) and now 5's are wild. Again, players
pass or are in, same as above with the highest 5-card hand winning
the pot. Last round: two more cards are dealt to everyone and now
7's are wild. Same play with the highest 5-card hand winning the
pot. 3 legs (chips) will also win the pot. Maximum numbers of players
player is dealt 7 cards and must discard and pass 3 of those to
the player on their left. They then discard and pass 2 cards to
the player on their left. Followed once more by discarding and passing
1 card to the player on their left. Next, they discard 2 cards into
the center (as true discards). Each player then orders the remaining
five cards in a stack in whatever order they would like their cards
to be revealed as follows. Each players exposes their top card.
Bet. Next card in the stack is revealed. Bet. And so forth until
the final hand is revealed. High & low split the pot (the
highest and lowest 5-card hands). For more variations, Chilcoot's has some fun ones to check out.
as 7-Card Stud
except that Queens are wild. If a Queen is dealt on a face up card,
then the next card dealt up is also wild (and called a "trailer").
Other than Queens, there is only ever one other wild card
in play. Thus, if another Queen is dealt on a face up card, the
next card is wild and becomes the newest trailer (replacing
the old one). Highest 5-card hand wins.