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How to Play Hex Poker


HEX Poker: "Hex" as in hexagonal. Each player is dealt 4 hole cards. Six cards are placed face down on the table in a hexagon shape. 2 cards are revealed at a time in this order (starting with 1 at the top): 1&3, 4&6, 2&5. Players make their hand by choosing from any 3 consecutive board cards (ie. 123, 234, 345, 456, 561, 612) along with their 4 hole cards. May be played high-low split.

Summary of action
Deal 4 hole cards to each player. Arrange board cards.
Reveal cards 1 and 3.
Reveal cards 4 and 6.
Reveal cards 2 and 5.
High only or Hi-Lo Cards Speak: Showdown
High-Low Declaration: Declare

Playing Tips for Hex Poker


Your hand in Hex poker will be taken from 7 cards: the 4 hole cards dealt to you, plus 3 (consecutive) board cards. You may use any combination of hole and board cards to make your hand (4 hole & 1 board; 3 hole & 2 board or 2 hole & 3 board). It is highly desirable to have at least 3 and preferably 4 well coordinated hole cards to play. Since Hex poker allows the use of any 5 of the 7 cards available, it should be considered to be a variation of 7 card stud.

Starting Hand Selection


The best starting hand you could hope for is 4 of a kind. Unfortunately, it's about a 20,000 to 1 long shot. Excellent realistic starting hands for high includes trips, two pair or four to a straight flush. Each of these are just one board card away from becoming a huge hand. Four cards to a flush is also a decent starting hand, while four cards to a straight is typically not worth playing, unless it can be played for low. With the exception of starting with trips, having just 3 cards to these hands will require the help of 2 out of 3 cards from the board and that is more difficult. But, if they include multiple possibilities like a pair or 3 low cards, they may be worth playing.

Excellent starting hands for low are obvious: 4 cards of 6 or lower. Such a hand will also include straight possibilities, vulnerable though it is. Having 3 to a flush (including the ace) gives an additional possibility. Three low cards, all 4 or under, is a decent start, but will take help from 2 of 3 of the board cards. Unless you have other possibilities for high, having just A2 is not a reasonable low hand as it requires 3 nearly perfect board cards.

4 Card Poker Probabilities


Probabilities of being dealt hands with 4 cards. This information is useful in games in which you can use 4 hole cards (eg. Hex, Rock-leigh, Forty-two, Criss-Cross, Elevator). These are the probabilities of these hands being dealt as your 4 hole cards. Note that 4 card straights, flushes or straight flushes are not yet made hands. You must get help from the common board cards to complete those hands.

Approximate chances of these HIGH hands being dealt to you as your 4 hole cards.

4 Card HandPercent ProbabilityOdds Probability
4 of a Kind0.005%20,000:1
Straight Flush0.016%6250:1
3 of a Kind0.92%107:1
2 Pair3.04%32:1
1 Pair30.5%2:1


Approximate chances of these LOW hands being dealt to you as your 4 hole cards.

4 Card HandPercent ProbabilityOdds Probability
A3XX or 23XX14.4%6:1
Any 4-low (3 cards)3.6%27:1
Any 5-low (3 cards)7.2%13:1
Any 5-low (4 cards)0.36%277:1
Any 6-low (4 cards)0.9%110:1