Poker Home Games: Die tryin’

November 9, 2008

 Here’s a nifty little variation of Texas Hold ‘Em I just learned. It can be done a number of ways, but it’s easiest with a single, standard six-sided die (and a deck of cards, of course). The game more or less follows the same structure of Texas Hold ‘Em in terms of betting, etc..

A few quick notes:

– Standard poker hand ranking applies.

– Aces are high or low.

– A dealer button is used and rotates

– Ante, blinds and betting/folding follow standard Hold ‘Em rules.

Here’s the game:

1) The games starts with each player being dealt two down cards (hole cards, whatever you want to call them). You are free to look at these cards.

2) Round of betting

3) Six community cards are dealt face up. They need to each be identified by a number: 1-6. You can put them into “boxes” that already are numbered, or if that’s too much trouble, just agree on the order with the other players. But remember which card corresponds to which number.

4) Second round of betting

5) Dealer rolls the die. Whatever number comes up on the die, the card in the corresponding box is removed from play. Then, a new card off the deck replaces the empty spot of the community cards.

6) Third round of betting

7) Repeat step 5.

8) Fourth and final round of betting.

9) Showdown.

It’s a pretty decent game. Sort of reminiscent of follow the queen in terms of having a good hand changed on you. (In follow the queen, of course, the only thing that can change is the wild card.) I like this version a little more than follow the queen, because it’s hard enough to make a good hand without wilds (although a little easier with 8 cards instead of the traditional 7)…so if you break up two-pair or trips in a no-wild game, it carries much more significance. It’s also a strong test of keeping your poker face when your full house becomes two-pair in one roll of the die.

I guess I know now what all those craps players are screaming about all the time.