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Dealer's Choice Poker Games



HomePokerEdge.com has assembled an extensive collection of dealer's choice poker game variations that will keep your home poker game lively and interesting. In addition to explaining how to play each game, we provide playing tips for many of these unique poker game varieties.

Dealer's choice poker games on this page are based upon Holdem and Omaha. Poker game variations that are based upon Stud and Draw poker are found on Dealer's Choice 2 page. Wild card poker variations are on our Wild Card Poker Games page. The HomePokerEdge.com staff has played most of these games and are confident you will find them realistic, challenging and fun to play. Give some a try at your next home poker game.

The descriptions and instructions we provide assume you already know how to play the basic poker games. Should you have questions or want to know more about any of these games, let us know via our Contact HPE page and we will be happy to respond.

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Double Texas Holdem

 

Played exactly like Texas hold'em except that there are two sets of board cards. Expose the flop, turn and river cards of each set of board cards at the same time. The highest hands of each board split the pot. Can be played as "cards speak" or with a declaration as to which board(s) a player is using for his hand.


Double Texas Holdem High-Low

 

As in "Double Texas Holdem" there are two sets of board cards. Either set can be used for the high hand or low hand. The best high hand and best low hand split the pot. May also be played with requirement that low is 8 or better.


Super Texas Holdem

 

Played exactly like Texas Hold'em except that each player is dealt 3 hole cards. Use 1, 2 or all 3 of the hole cards along with the cards on the board to make your hand. May be played high-low split.


Mega Hold'Em

 

Deal 5 cards face down to each player. Play identically to Texas Holdem. Players make their hand using any combination of 5 cards from their hand and from the board. i.e 1 hole card & 4 board cards; 2 hole cards & 3 board cards, 3 hole cards & 2 board cards; 4 hole cards & 1 board card; 5 hole cards & no board cards. May be played high-low split.


Reverse Texas Holdem

 

Play this game just like Texas Holdem, but reverse the order in which the board cards are revealed. The flop and turn will be one card each, with the river being the remaining 3 cards. May be played high-low split.


Pineapple

 

Played as Texas hold'em, however each player is dealt 3 hole cards instead of 2. One of those cards must be discarded prior to the flop. Play then continues exactly like Texas hold'em. May be played high-low split.


Crazy Pineapple

 

Just like Pineapple, each player is dealt 3 hole cards instead of 2, but it is not until after the flop that each player must discard one hole card. Play then continues exactly like Texas hold'em. May be played high-low split.


Pass The Pineapple

 

May be played as a version of either Pineapple or Crazy Pineapple. Deal 3 cards to each player. Before any betting or other action, each player must pass 1 of their cards to the player on the right. After the pass, continue the game as normal. May be played high-low split.


Crazy Pineapple with Replacement

 

Played exactly like Crazy Pineapple with this one exception: After the river card has been exposed each player has the option to replace one of his hole cards for a pre-determined fee. Suggested fee is 2-4 times the upper betting limit. The player must first discard a hole card and is then dealt the replacement from the deck. May be played high-low split or high-low eight or better.


Oklahoma

 

The players in our home game named this Oklahoma since it is located between Texas and Omaha. Oklahoma is a version of Omaha, except players are dealt 3 hole cards instead of 4. As in Omaha you must use exactly 2 hole cards and 3 board cards to make your hand. May be played high, high-low split or high-low split 8 or better.


Omaha-Five (Cold Omaha)

 

Played like Omaha with this twist: Deal 5 cards down to each player. Before any betting each player must discard one hole card face down in the middle of the table. These discarded cards are shuffled or mixed together. 5 of the discarded cards are drawn and are used for the flop, turn and river. Play continues exactly like Omaha. May be played high, high-low split, or high-low 8 or better.
Click here for playing tips for Omaha Five.


Double Omaha

 

Played exactly like Omaha except there are two sets of board cards. High hand on each board split the pot. May use "cards speak" or declaration.


Double Omaha High-Low

 

Played exactly like Omaha except there are two sets of board cards. Players may use either set of board cards to make their hand. The single highest and single lowest hands split the pot. May be played high, high-low split, or high-low 8 or better.


Double Cold Omaha

 

Played like Double Omaha with this twist: Deal 6 cards down to each player. Before any betting each player must discard two hole cards face down in the middle of the table. These discarded cards are shuffled or mixed together and they are used for the flops, turns and rivers to make up two sets of board cards. Play continues exactly like Double Omaha. May be played high, high-low split, or high-low 8 or better.
Click here for playing tips for Double Cold Omaha.


Sidecar Omaha

Sidecar Omaha is Omaha with the option of using 1 of 2 river cards. Deal 4 hole cards to each player. Reveal the flop and turn as usual (the 4 red cards in the diagaram). The river consists of 2 cards (blue cards in the diagram) but players may use only 1 of the 2 river cards. That is, using the example of the diagram, the board cards that may be use include all of the red cards, plus either the top or bottom blue 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 blue river cards for their high hand and the other for their low hand if they wish.

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Super Omaha

 

Played exactly like Omaha, except that each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Like Omaha, each player's hand is made from exactly 2 of their hole cards plus 3 cards from the board. May be played high, high-low split or high-low split 8 or better.


Pyramid

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Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards are placed face down and consist of 6 cards arranged in the shape of a pyramid of 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom level has 3 cards, the middle 2 cards and at the top is a single card. Players make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards, plus just 1 card from each of the 3 horizontal levels (ie. 1 card of 3 from the bottom level, 1 of 2 cards from the middle level, plus the sole card at the top level.) Reveal each level starting with the bottom 3, then middle 2 and finally the top card, with a round of betting between. May be played high-low split, but avoid 8 or better versions as a qualifying low is completely dependant on the single top card.
Click here for playing tips for Pyramid.


Pyramid 1-2-3

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards are placed face down and consist of 6 cards arranged in the shape of a pyramid of 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom level has 3 cards, the middle 2 cards and at the top is a single card. Players make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards, plus just 1 card from each of the 3 horizontal levels (ie. 1 card of 3 from the bottom level, 1 of 2 cards from the middle level, plus the sole card at the top level.)
Reveal cards in the following order. 1st: 1 card from the bottom level of 3 (i.e. a total of 1 card). 2nd: 1 card from the bottom level and 1 card from the middle level of 2 (i.e a total of 2 cards). 3rd: 1 card from the bottom level, 1 card from the middle level and the single top card (i.e a total of 3 cards). There is a round of betting between. May be played high-low split, but avoid 8 or better versions as a qualifying low is completely dependant on the single top card.
Click here for playing tips for Pyramid 1-2-3.


Mayan Pyramid (Big Pyramid)

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards are placed face down and consist of 9 cards arranged in the shape of a pyramid of 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom level has 4 cards, the middle 3 cards and the top level has 2 cards. Players make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards, plus just 1 card from each of the 3 horizontal levels (ie. 1 card of 4 from the bottom level, 1 of 3 cards from the middle level, plus 1 of the 2 cards at the top level.) Reveal each level starting with the bottom 4, then middle 3 and finally the top 2, with a round of betting between. May be played high-low split.
Click here for playing tips for Mayan Pyramid.


Hourglass

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards consist of 8 cards arranged in 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom row has 3 cards, the middle 2 cards and the top 3 cards. Players make their hand by using 2 of their hole cards, plus just 1 card from each of the 3 horizontal rows (ie. 1 card of 3 from the bottom row, 1 of 2 cards from the middle row, 1 card of 3 from the top row.) Reveal each row starting with the bottom, then middle and finally the top, with a round of betting between. May be played high-low split, but usually avoid 8 or better versions.
Click here for playing tips for Hourglass.


Bermuda Triangle

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards consist of 6 cards arranged in the shape of a triangle with 3 cards on each side. Players must make their hand by using 2 of their hole cards, plus the 3 cards that make up one side of the triangle. Initially reveal all at once the 3 cards that are in the middle of each side. Thereafter, reveal just 1 card at a time, in any order. A round of betting occurs following the revealing of the card(s). May be played high-low split.
Click here for playing tips for Bermuda Triangle.


Frame Up

 

Deal 5 hole cards to each player (if more than 8 players, deal 4 hole cards to each). Place 8 cards face down on the table arranged in the shape of a frame (or square) consisting of 3 cards on each side. Players will use 2 of their hole cards plus the 3 cards from any side of the frame to make their hand. Reveal 4 cards initially, those being the middle card from each side of the frame. Thereafter, reveal just 1 card at a time in this order: top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right. There is a round of betting before you reveal the first 4 cards as well as after each time cards are revealed. May be played high-low split.
Click here for playing tips for Frame Up.


Turnpike

 

Each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Four sets of 3 cards each are placed face down on the table. One entire set is revealed after each round of betting. Use 2 hole cards plus one entire 3 card set to make the best hand. May be played high-low split.
Click here for playing tips for Turnpike.

An alternative way to play Turnpike is to reveal 4 cards (1 from each of the four 3 card sets) at a time. This reduces the number of betting rounds, but tends to keep more players in the hand.


Thirty-Two

 

There are 4 variations to Thirty-Two. In all versions each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Players always use 3 of their hole cards plus 2 of the board cards to make their hand. This rule is never varied. Each version will arrange and use the board cards a bit differently. Board cards are always turned over one at a time. There is a round of betting after dealing the 5 hole cards and after each board card is revealed. Each may be played high-low split.
Click here for playing tips for Thirty-Two.


Thirty-Two L

3 board cards are arranged in an "L" shape: Card A is placed on top. Card C is placed directly below A. Card B is placed to the right of card C. Cards are turned up one at a time in A, B, C order. Players may use either pair of adjoining cards. That is, pair AC or pair BC. They may not use pair AB.

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Thirty-Two Z

4 board cards are placed in roughly the shape of a "Z": Card A is placed on top. Card D is placed to the right of A. Card C is placed directly below D. Card B is placed to the right of C. Cards are turned over in A, B, C, D order. Players may use any one of the 3 pairs of adjoining cards. That is: pair AD, pair DC, pair CB. They may not use AC, AB or DB.

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Thirty-Two Squared

Place 4 cards face down in a square or box shape. Cards A & D next to one another. Card C is placed below A. Card B is place below card D. After each round of betting a down card is revealed in A, B, C, D order. Players must use any one of the 4 pair of cards consisting of 2 adjoining cards. That is pair AD, AC, CB or DB. Diagonal pairs (AB or CD) are not allowed.

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Thirty-Two Straight

 

4 board cards are placed face down in a straight line. Cards are revealed one at a time in any order. Players may use any two cards from the board.


Train Wreck

 

Deal 5 hole cards to each player (if more than 8 players, deal 4 hole cards to each). Place 3 horizontal rows of 4 cards each face down on the table. Players will use their hole cards plus the cards in either the middle or bottom row (the play rows) to make their hand. The top row is refered to the muck row. As each card is revealed in the muck row, any player holding the same ranked card(s) in their hand must discard it. For example, if you hold a pair of sixes as hole cards and a six appears in the muck row, you must immediately discard them. Likewise, any card appearing in the other 2 rows that matches a card in the muck row must be removed. Reveal 1 card in each horizontal row, followed by a round of betting. May be played high-low split.


Train Wrecked

 

Train Wrecked is played exactly as described above as Train Wreck, but with this added rule: Should a player end up mucking all of his hole cards, that player immediately wins the entire pot.


 

More Dealer's Choice Poker Games on Dealer's Choice 2 page & Wild Card Poker page.


 

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