PLAYING TIPS for OK SOONER or LATER POKER
HOW TO PLAY OKLAHOMA SOONER OR LATER
(aka Hot & Cold Oklahoma)
Played like Oklahoma with this twist: Deal 4 cards down to each player. Before any betting each player must discard one hole card face down in the middle of the table. These cards are shuffled or mixed together. The 3 flop cards are drawn from these discarded cards. The turn and river cards are dealt from the remaining deck. Players must use exactly 2 hole cards and 3 cards from the board to make their hand.
May be played high, high-low split or high-low eight or better.
SUMMARY of ACTION
Deal 4 hole cards to each player.
Each player selects 1 card from their hand and discards it face down.
Gather and mix/shuffle all discarded cards.
Deal 3 cards from discards as flop.
Deal 1 card from deck as turn.
Deal 1 card from deck as river.
High only: Showdown
High-low split: Declare
OK Sooner or Later Poker is a hybrid game combining features of Oklahoma and Hot Okie. The flop consists of cards that have been seen and selected by the players. As a result, they are not random and there is some degree of predictability in what cards might appear in the flop. However, since the turn and river cards are dealt from the remaining unseen deck, they are random and not predictable. Combining these features results in an interesting game where even the best pre-flop and post-flop decisions can be negated once the remaining cards are revealed.