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Crazy Home Games?

Discussion in 'Dealer's Choice Games' started by shadesofgrey, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. shadesofgrey

    shadesofgrey Well-Known Member

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    Yeltzen made a point in another thread about playing 7stud & games other than hold'em. I am almost embarrassed to say this, but one house I play in has some really oddball games.

    By far the wackiest is what they call Tic-Tac-Tomaha - basically its a variation of omaha where everyone get 4 cards - the board is layed out like this:

    X X X
    X X X
    X X X

    1st flop is corners, 2nd flop are middles, 3rd flop is center. High/Low chop. You can play any column, row, or diagonal... and you must play 2 cards from your hand.

    One of the guys in the group actually played this at the elks club - so others apparently play it too.

    A "cool" game we play is kick your forth. Five card draw - you arrange your cards in the order you want to flop them. on forth street you can opt to get a kicker. Your last card remains down. High/low declare - this is a "great" bluffing game.

    Definitely never seen those in the casino - not that i would play them :sorry: outside of the home...

    Any other wacky games you guys play?
     
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  2. Captn_All_In

    Captn_All_In Creativity Alliance

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    We have a ton of them. I was in touch with Ten about setting up an article of some sort where we could all keep adding these on!

    I would have to say our craziest is Cowboys and Indians.

    Every player dealt 5 cards.

    Set up Board like this

    X X X X X
    X X X X X

    Top Row Cowboys play into your hand

    Bottom Row, Indians remove cards from your hand, and the row of cowboys (i.e. Flip over top row to show a K, and you have a K in your hand and you have a pair of K, if next card flipped in Indian row is a K then you have to discard K and the cowboy K is replacedwith another card. You don't get another one!)

    Betting occurs after every Cowboy is flipped. All cards are flipped randonmly
     
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    We play a game called Scoop. I'm not a huge fan of it but some folks like it. Its a declare hi/low split pot game where you add up the total value of your cards (KQJ=10, A=1 or 11) to determine your hand.

    1. Everyone gets 4 cards face down.

    2. The dealer flips a card up and everyone discards that card from their hand. If a card was already flipped, you draw a new one and then everyone discards that card.

    3. A round of betting.

    4. Ultimately, you will flip 6 cards but before you flip the last card up, everyone declares hi/low/both; because Aces are 1 or 11, AAAA=4 (good low) and AAAA=44 (nut high).

    5. If you get rid of all your cards, you automatically Scoop the whole pot.
     
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  4. Phaetos

    Phaetos Well-Known Member

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    Why do these all sound like games made up in Cell Block D in some state prison?
     
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    In our pre NLHE days when the dealer chose the game, my favorite "money mover" was 2 card GUTS.

    It starts with an ante from all players.

    This is where every player is dealt 2 cards face down. Much like Hold Em, the best hand is an AA and worst hand is a 2 3. These are the only cards in play.

    Then everyone looks at their cards and on the count of 1 2 3 GUTS, you drop your cards (fold) or hold them.

    If you are the only one holding you win the pot. ANY hesitation on dropping your cards is considered "in."

    If more than one person is holding, they are shown, the winner takes the pot and any losers MATCH the pot (sometimes we'd set a limit, like $20.00 max when the pot got huge, but most often not) everyone else ante's and it goes again.

    There can be some SICK pots when the cards run hot. I think once it got to around $120 (this was 25 cent ante poker folks) and the guy who lost had to write a check to the winner, lol.

    :spade: :diamond: :club: :heart:
     
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    Spaceman Spiff Well-Known Member

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    I love this game although we played a little differently. If you stayed, you got a 3rd card. Like you said, some huge pots. We used to cap the pot to keep things sane early in the night. Last game of the night was always Guts with the sky as the limit. Quarter ante, I ran hot and waled away with over $80 and lost about a $45 pot along the way.

    We called 2-3 The Hand From Hell and it was an unspoken rule that you HAD to stay with it. Funny thing was, it seemed to catch second 2 or 3 and win on many occasions.
     
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    LOL
     
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  8. shadesofgrey

    shadesofgrey Well-Known Member

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    Thats funny we play a very similar game, but we call it buck'em or paycheck.

    We gave up with the 1-2-3 drop the cards, and instead put a chip in our hands to avoid the hesitation issues. You cant mistakeningly hold a chip :wink:

    We also do a progressive pay out (pay up the ladder) - so if you lose to two other people - your paying them both. If you beat 4 other you're in the money.
     
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    definitely played guts before, but we called it 2,4 drop. (two cards count to 4 and the drop). I tried to stay away from it because it can get out of control.

    Several huge pots have occurred on the back of the bus with teammates when we are travelling. Definitely saw a 240 dollar pot have to be matched. At that point the kid who was losing was keeping every hand trying to win back his money, which he eventually got back a decent chunk of it.

    I like to stick to the HORSE games where I can lose money because of my own mistakes and not because somebody just drew their third wild card, or the board shifted.
     
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    also, another great game that is less luck based and really fun bluffing game is Montana.

    its a hi-lo split game.

    each player dealt 7 cards face down. Must pick four to keep and then pass 3 to the left or right (dealers choice).

    Once you have your new 7 card hand you make a 5 card hand which you arrange in front of you.

    X X X X X

    its important to plan your arrangement because everyone will be flipping up one card each round going from left to right. So first card on left flipped and then a round of betting. Second card on left flipped and then a round of betting etc...

    once 4 cards are up there is a round of betting and then a declare (2 chips going both ways, 1 chip high, 0 chips low)

    to win both the high and low you have to win both outright. Thus if you have the nut straight low (A 2 3 4 5) and go for both but someone has a flush to beat your high, then you also lose the low to the second best low hand.

    with a table of 4 or more the bluffing gets hilarious as people try to represent really lows with a fifth card that is a J or Q or something. or someone with a flush has to make a really tough call with someone who has two pair showing and might have a full house.

    if you make it pot limit the betting and decision making are unbelievable and tells are a huge factor. give it a try at your next home game and you wont regret it.
     
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    My Grandpa taught me a game that we used to play a lot. It could build some nice pots. We called it '2 out of 3'. It was basic 7 card stud. You had high spade in the hole, low spade in the hole, and best hand. You had to win 2 out of those 3 to win the pot.

    If no one won 2 out of 3, you re-anted and started again. The catch was, once you folded, you were out for good. If no one won the pot, you couldn't get back in, so almost no one ever dropped always hoping for the split and a new hand.

    The most beautiful sight, and it's only happened to me once, is looking down and seeing A2 of spades in the hole. Max bet and raise all the way to the end! :cool:
     
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    i like the two out three concept - thats crazy :wink: i've never heard of anything like that before.

    A few months ago we played a HORSE tournament. Holdem first level, Omaha 2nd leve, Raz 3rd level, 7 card stud 8 or lower hi/lo. that was actually pretty fun.
     
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    Just learned a new game this weekend: Rushnick, this is a high/low game, max 10 players

    Start with 4 cards in hand- You will only use two of them

    Community cards are laid out like this

    XX XX
    XXXX
    XX XX


    Your best 5 card hand is made by using 2 from your hand, 1 pair of corner cards (2+2=4) and only 1 of the middle cards (2+2+1=5)

    Prgressive betting (meaning it rotates around the table) 1st bet on your hand, then flip one pair of corner cards then bet, then flip over another corner and bet again, do this until all corners are shown; declare high/low, then the middle cards are flipped, last round of betting before the showdown.


    Lots of fun with big twists and turns after flipping up the middle cards!!
     
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    If you want a crazy game here is one for you. It is a variation of guts, but me and my friends will play it with 5 cards instead of two. Obviously best five card hand wins. Also we deal a kill hand, which is another 5 card hand dealt face down in the middle of the table. If only one player holds they have to beat the kill hand and if they don't they match the pot. One night I saw trips get beat by the kill hand's bigger set of trips, and a few hands later the same guy lost when his full boat lost to a bigger one from the kill hand. That pot got up well over $100.
     
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    a very simple game that we play is call 7s....

    everyone ante's

    everyone is dealth 7 cards face down (you cant look)

    then one card is dealt face up. the key of the game game is to get the best hand, without flipping up a 7. the person to the left of the dealer has to beat that face up card.

    IE: 8 on the open, the player has to get a card higher then 8. (but he cant look at his cards, he just flips one over)

    here is a example of the game.

    Player 1 is dealer, and deals 7 cards, then flips up a
    5.

    Player 2 flips up the first card, it is a :6h

    Player 3 flips up his cards. it is a :3h, he still needs to beat the 6, so he flips up another card. :4s, and another :3s. Player 3 now has a pair of 3s with a 4 kicker.

    player 4 - :Ah, 2nd card, :Qh, 3rd card :7c. Player 4 has now bust out.

    and it goes on till everyone but one person bust out, or the best 5 card hand wins.

    very simple.
     
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    I used to play a game we called 7 card no peek.

    everyone is delt 4 cards face up
    round of betting
    everyone is delt a card face down and you can't look
    round of betting
    another card face down can't look
    round of betting
    another card face down can't look
    round of betting
    everyone left in the hand flips their 3 cards up best 5 card hand wins.
     
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    I am loving these old threads popping up!!!

    Ahh memories!

    We played some micro limit with change couple of weeks ago and only played 1 card pass the trash, Anaconda, and Indian Poker!

    I lost a buck and half, and my sides hurt the next day from so much laughing!!!

    Nothing like throwing a game of crap poker in the mix once and a while!
     
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