is the area of gamerisms that we call play
. It's a grouping of 12 other card games that don't
quite fit in our poker glossary or rummy skill game units.
Although most are poker derivatives and certainly skill games, these play card games
are generally not
available at land-based casino/poker rooms, but perhaps online.
This group could be categorized as kitchen
played by youngsters and games that, while you may not have played for
a while are sure to bring back fond memories.
gamerisms knows that there is a large group of passionate card players
worldwide and as our mission is to provide information and options for
game players visiting the site—let's play card games!
The order of the type of card games is wild card, jackpots, stud
derivatives and lastly, odd and unique poker variations. We will go
Wild Card Poker Games
exciting because the wild possibilities can bring an entirely different
hand. Progressive jackpot information is included in this type of game.
1) Deuces Wild: Play Card Games
As the name implies with this wild card game, all four Deuces are wild.
This popular wild card poker game designates 9’s and 3’s as wild,
therefore 8 wild cards per game. Once a 3 is dealt face up, that player
must match the pot or drop out. However, when a 4 is dealt face up,
that player gets an additional card face down.
3) Woolworth: Play Card Games
This game designates 5’s and 10’s as wild. Players receiving a 5 face
up pay 5 chips to the pot or drop out, while those receiving a 10 pay
10 chips or drop out.
This wild card game begins with 5 cards dealt to every player plus
another hand of five cards face down is placed on the table. Each of
these tabled or board cards are turned followed by a betting round
after each is revealed. Players then build their final 5-card hand
using held cards and the tabled cards.
5) Spit in the Ocean:
4 cards are dealt to every player face down at this wild card game.
A 5th card is then turned face up in the center of the table and is
designated as the community wild card for all players.
Additionally, all cards of that same rank are also wild. After betting,
each player can than draw to his/her original 4-card hand of up to 4
cards and discard all or part of the hand.
6) Mexican Stud: Play Card Games
In an interesting twist for this game type, players are dealt their
first 2 cards face down, at which time; they pick 1 card to be shown
face up. Once selected, the other hole card is now wild and betting
proceeds. A 3rd card is dealt and another pick is determined by the
player as to which of these 2 cards will be revealed and which card is
wild, followed by betting.
Picking and betting proceeds until each remaining player’s hand holds 1
wild card with 4 cards showing. The unique feature of this game is
that the wild card held by an individual player is also wild for all
other cards of the same rank. A winner is declared after the final
betting round when all cards are shown.
Jackpots can be offered with wild card games. After dealing and antes
placed, players vie to ‘open’ or make the first bet. However, no player
can open unless he/she is holding, for example, a pair of Jacks or
Better. If all players are unable to open, there is another ante and
another game begins. If a player opens, the game proceeds as follows:
betting, then each player decides to drop, call or raise as the game
In Jackpots, the player who opens must show his/her openers, but not
the entire hand, before discarding.
Similar to Jackpots, but if no player can open with Jacks or Better,
the next round will be Queens or Better, etc. In some instances,
players will progress up to 2 pair or better.
Stud Poker Variations at Play Card
Stud is played more than draw poker because increased betting rounds in
turn increases the pot size.
7A) 5-Card Stud
Players’ hands are dealt 1 card down and 1 card up and the highest card
up places the first bet. To proceed, the player with the best poker
hand face up makes the call to bet, fold or check. Three more
cards are dealt face up in 3 separate rounds of play followed by
betting. Players remaining then reveal their hole card and the higher
hand is the winner.
B) 6-Card Stud
Players are dealt an extra card face down after the fourth betting
round at which time the remaining player(s) pick 5 of 6 cards as their
best hand and a winner is declared.
C) 8-Card Stud Poker
Players are dealt an additional card either up or down.
Poker Versions at Play Card Games
The card game is a 5-card draw derivative where the low hand wins.
Straights and flushes count as high hands; therefore, the best possible
hand is 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. Each player receives five cards face down.
After betting, a player is permitted to draw up to five new cards.
Once a player receives their new cards and a final round of betting
occurs, the low hand is declared a winner.
9) Knock Poker:
This poker game begins with a 1-chip ante and every player receives 5
The rest of the cards are set in the center of the table available for
draw. The first card is drawn by the player left of the dealer who may
keep or discard the drawn card.
A player can knock after their turn. All other players then receive one
turn and choose one of 3 options—drop out, stay in or pay the knocker 1
If the knocker has the winning hand, all other remaining players pay
the winner 2 chips. A tie splits the winnings. Should the knocker lose,
he/she pays all players remaining two chips.
10) Bull Poker: Play Card Games
For this poker variant, every player is dealt 3 cards face down,
arranges the cards in order and cannot change the order once set and
then bets accordingly.
The game proceeds with 4 additional cards face up followed by betting
rounds after each card is revealed. Every player then reveals 1 down
card, bets and reveals a 2nd down card and final betting. Remaining
players reveal their final down card and a winner is determined.
11) 2-Card Poker
Two cards are dealt to each player and there is no draw. The best
possible hand is a pair of aces.
12) Indian Poker: Play Card Games
This is the most entertaining poker variant of the dozen and can be
played by as many as 52 people. Each player is dealt 1 card face down
and all together now--all players pick up their card and hold it on
their forehead. Therefore, you can see all other players’ cards, but
not your own. One betting round completes the game and a winner is
If the same card rank is held by more than 1 player, 2 options are
the pot is split or the winner is declared as follows: spades, hearts,
diamonds and clubs.
Card Games, you can choose to view the Poker Games Glossary
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