Poker Home Games – Follow the Queen

July 22, 2007

This is a simple, quick variation of Seven-Card Stud (which can be found on Poker Stars.net), which I’ll assume anyone who’s reading this already knows how to play. Follow the queen is fun every once in a while, but I’m not a fan of it being in the regular rotation. It’s not that I’m against wild cards….I’m just against games where the wild cards can and do change mid-hand.

Anyway, here’s the rundown:

1.) Hand is dealt same as regular Seven-Card stud. Order of betting, etc… is all the same.

2.) The major difference in this game is that Queens are wild (this won’t change throughout the hand) and the up-card that follows the Queen also is wild (this can/will change throughout the hand.)

3.) So, for example, if you’re playing with 4 people, and the up cards in order in which they were dealt are 10, Queen, 6, 4….then all 6’s are wild, in addition to the Queen. Of course, if on the next card, another Queen comes up, then the card that follows that would then become wild and the 6 would once again become….crappy, probably.

***One more thing to note on this, if a Queen is the last up-card of fifth-street…then the first card dealt on sixth-street would be wild. That’s a good split, because it forces a round of betting without anyone knowing what the next wild card will be, but having a good idea that if once already had been established on the table, it will be canceled on the next card. However, Queen remain wild throughout the hand.***

4.) There are a couple options that can be added into this game to spice it up a little bit more. First, you can decide before the hand whether the river card will be face up or face down. Choosing face up, of course, gives the hand 1 more round of tempting fate and changing the wild card. It also increases the odds of more Queens showing up, as well.

5.) Another addition to this one is throwing in Black Mariah rules, or whatever you may call it in your home game (high spade in the hole takes half the pot.)

I don’t know where that one came from, it’s kinda random. I think that’s what happens when you’ve played all of your home games so much that they seem redundant even to you. They end up mutating and start stealing cool powers from other games…kinda like Rogue in X-Men…only less hot.