Try Your Hand at Stripped Deck Poker
To date, poker is one of the most popular card games known to man. It has a lot of different variations, two of which are Texas Hold’em and Stripped Deck Poker. No, stripped deck poker is not about losing clothes but rather, playing with a limited set of cards.
However, before you get into the nitty-gritty of how to play stripped deck poker, you have to find out where poker began and how it got to where it is now.
In a nutshell, the exact origins of poker are unknown but it began to rise in popularity by the 18th century. Poker might have gotten its name from ‘Poque’, a 32-card game that began in France.
It was played with three cards dealt to each of the four players and one community card dealt for all players to be able to create four of a kind plays—which was then the highest hand. From that base game, additions such as the different hand plays and variations began to arise.
Texas Hold’em vs Stripped Deck Poker
The most popular variation of poker originated in Texas. Texas Hold’em uses a 52-card deck with each player having two hole cards before the betting round; while Stripped Deck Poker uses a 32-card deck and 1 hole card for each player.
Texas Hold’em has a total of five betting rounds and streets. After the two initial hole cards have been dealt, it’s followed by a betting round, three cards dealt for the flop, a second betting round, another card dealt for the turn, a third betting round, the last card or river is dealt and finally, the last betting round.
Afterwards, the showdown begins for the final show of cards. With Texas Hold’em, you can use one, both or none of your hole cards along with the community cards to create your last hand.
How to Play Stripped Deck Poker
Stripped Deck Poker, on the other hand, has no deuces to sixes. It’s played with a five-card stud like most poker variations. Each player initially gets two cards, one face-up and one face-down.
The player with the highest card has to bet, and each succeeding bet has a betting interval. After the bets have been placed, all player gets three more face-up cards with a betting interval for each.
It’s also consistent with other poker variations because it follows the same hierarchy of hand plays, although there are some exceptions. The highest play is still a straight flush, followed by a four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pairs, one pair and high card.
However, since Stripped Deck Poker only has 32 cards, a flush beats a full house because it’s more difficult to create the former given that there are only eight cards per suit. Another exception is that the ‘A’ card is used in exchange for a low card, such as in 10-9-8-7-A. The last deviation from the rule is that sometimes, a three of a kind beats a straight even though in most cases, the straight is a better hand.
Why Play Stripped Deck Poker?
When learning how to play Stripped Deck Poker, you should also familiarize yourself with the tricks and holes that come with it. Since it only uses 32 cards, there’s a higher chance of cheating or collusion among the players.
For instance, cards can easily be marked or the hole cards can be communicated between two players. Another point to consider is that since there are only 20 unseen cards, players could easily keep track of which cards have been dealt and which ones are still on deck.
But if you have a keen eye for detail and possible underhand activities, Stripped Deck Poker can be your cup of tea. You win the game by having the best five-card stud at showdown so that you can take the pot and arise victoriously!