Poker Home Games – Move Along

December 23, 2007

It’s been a while since I learned a new poker home game, but here you go. It’s pretty fun, involves some definite strategy but not a great deal of betting prowess since most of the cards will be face-up for everyone to see.

But, it can and usually does generate some sizeable pots, and isn’t that the end result of a good made-up poker home game anyway?


**Note*** – This is a split pot game, half to high hand and half to low hand.

1) You can choose not to ante if you want. Or, if you want to feed a little more into what will undoubtedly be a good-sized pot, you can ante whatever your typical amount is.

2) Everyone receives a down card, of which you can look at but do not (and shouldn’t) flip face up for anyone else to see.

3) Now, the dealers deals 1 card face-up to the first player (usually to the left). The player then has the option of keeping the card or “moving” it along down to the next player and receive a new card for a pre-determined price. (All bets and “buys”, of course, end up in the pot).

4) That “moved” card then goes to the second player, and he/she has the same choice. This continues until every player has 2 total cards to their hand, one down and one up.

5) Round of betting

6) The “move along” step and betting are repeated until each player has 5 total cards.

7) Before the last round of betting, each player gets the option to purchase a “trade.” This, simply, is a chance to discard 1 card you don’t like and buy another one face-down. (Having 2 down cards adds to the strategy, as well). Note, though, that the cost of this is typically very steep, and can run any multiplier of the original ante (we played 10X the amount). It can pay off huge, or it can feed an already obese pot and actually hurt you in the end. But that’s part of the chance.

8) Last round of betting.

9) Reveal however you decide who is going high, low or both (hold coins in hands, say it all at once, write it on a piece of paper, etc…).

10) Compare and split up the pot. As in most games, if you go both and lose just 1 (high or low), you get nothing.

***One last note, a lot of the success of this game depends on having an honest group of players without any hard feelings, as one’s “move along” card can be intentionally passed to someone to help them out or to hurt someone else. However, this is also definitely part of the strategy of the game – as you might not need a card, but would it hurt you more to let it go and help out one of your opponents?

I had fun playing move along, and it was an easy one to pick up and learn right away (even after a couple drinks). I recommend giving it a try. Try it out at home, or check out to see if they offer the game.