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Black Mariah rules

Black Mariah Poker is another variant or more a group of variants of Seven Card Stud Poker. Thematically it is about the Queen of Spades, the black Maria. A very varied game that generates big pots.

Here are the Black Mariah rules:
Player: 2 – 7
Betting rounds: 5
Category: Stud Poker
Betting options: Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, Spread Limit, No Limit, Mixed Limit, Split Limit

Poker Rules Black Mariah Stud Poker
Black Mariah starts like a normal Seven Card Stud game. Each player receives two face-down cards and one face-up card.

If the visible card of any player is the Queen of Spades, Black Mariah, the round will be canceled. The money that is already in the pot also remains in the pot, e.g. Antes. The cards are collected again, mixed and a new round begins.

If the open card is not the Queen of Spades for any player, it continues as in Seven Card Stud Poker. Each player will gradually receive 3 more cards that are clearly visible in several betting rounds, followed by a face down card.

At the showdown wins the player, who on the one hand can show the best hand, but also additionally holds the Queen of Spades as the last hidden card. If no player can meet these two conditions, the round will be aborted. The money, all bets, remain in the pot. The cards are collected, shuffled and the game starts again.

In order to win a pot at all, a player must either force all opponents to fold at any game point or hold the best hand in a showdown plus show Pik Dame as the last face-down card.

Rule variants of Black Mariah Poker
In other variants of Black Mariah Poker, the Queen of Spades is a wildcard. A player holding the Queen of Spades can use the card for any card. It is then a kind of Joker card.

Follow the Queen: In Follow the Queen Poker, each queen is a wild card, as well as the card dealt directly after a queen. In addition, all other cards of the same rank are Wildcards. e.g. A heart ten are dealt right after a lady, all tens and every lady are wildcards. The tens are only wild cards as long as no other queen is dealt.

Follow the Cowboy: Follow the Cowboy is the same game as Follow the Queen, except that each queen counts as a wildcard instead of every queen.

At the showdown, the pot is shared. The first half goes to the player with the best hand. The second half goes to the player with the Queen of Spades as the last hidden hand. If nobody has the Queen of Spades, the second half of the pot is also awarded to the player with the best hand.

Badugi rules

Badugi is a mixture of the rules for the increasingly popular Badugi and the Deuce to Seven Triple Draw rules. In principle, Badugi’s goal is to make the best Badugi and 2-7 lowball hands simultaneously.

Here are the Badugi rules:
Player: 2 – 6
Betting rounds: 3
Category: Draw Poker
Betting options: Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, Spread Limit, No Limit, Mixed Limit, Split Limit

Poker Rules Badugi Poker

Badugi can be played with blinds or antes as a basic bet. The process is similar to other draw poker variants like Five Card Draw or Badugi.

Betting Round 1: Each player receives five face-down cards. This is followed by the first round of betting, started by the player to the left of the big blind (if played with blinds) or by the player to the left of the dealer (if played with antes).

First Draw: The still active players can now discard up to three cards and receive new cards for this. This is followed by the second betting round.

Second Draw: The game repeats itself. Again, players can discard up to three cards and exchange them for new ones from the deck, followed by a betting round.

In the showdown the pot is split. The first half wins the player with the best Badugi hand. The second half is won by the player with the best Deuce to Seven lowball hand.

This is how the Badugi leaf is formed

A badugi is a hand of 4 cards that contains no pair and no cards of the same color. In the showdown, players must first remove each pair from their cards. You must also remove all cards that have the same color. If you have two hearts cards, they must be discarded, and your own final hand then only consists of 2 cards.

Once pairs and cards of the same color have been placed, all players compare to each other how many cards each player now holds. The more cards, the better. A 2-card hand hitting a hand with only 1 card. A 4-card hand beats any other hand made up of only 3, 2, or 1 cards.

Remain then still left players who can boast the same high number of cards, e.g. two players with four cards each, they compare the value of their cards.

The lower the cards the better. They start with the highest card. If player A has e.g. an 8 as highest card and player B a 7, automatically wins player B. Both have an 8 as highest card, compare their second highest card, and so on. In this variant the ace counts as 1, as the smallest card value.

This is how the 2-7 lowball hand is made

A lowball hand is better, the lower the cards are. At Deuce to Seven Lowball, the smallest card is the two. The ace does not count as one like in other lowball variants.

Likewise, streets and flushes count in the rating. If you have 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, this is a road and a relatively bad hand. The best hand in 2-7 lowball is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, although not all cards must be of the same suit, otherwise they would make a flush.

Anaconda rules

What sets the Anaconda Poker rules (also: Pass the Trash or Switcheroo) apart from most other variations is the fact that you can choose which cards you want to continue playing with. The cards that you do not like, you just pass on to your neighbor – hence the second name: Pass the Trash.

Here’s the anaconda (pass the trash) rules:
Player: 4 – 7
Betting rounds: 4
Category: Draw Poker
Betting options: Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, Spread Limit, No Limit, Mixed Limit, Split Limit

Poker rules Anaconda Poker
Anaconda Poker is played mostly with Antes and in the Fixed Limit variant.

1st betting round: Each player receives 7 face-down cards dealt. This is followed by the first betting round.

2nd betting round: Every player chooses 3 of his face down cards and places them next to him to the left. Once everyone has done that, everyone picks up the cards that the player has placed to his right and the next betting round takes place. It is important that each player does not pick up his neighbor’s cards until he has taken his own three cards.

3. Betting Round: Each player now hands over the next two of his face-down cards to the player to his left. Then the third betting round starts.

4th betting round: Of the two remaining, originally dealt cards, each player passes one more card and begins the last betting round.

From the 7 cards in front of you, each player now chooses 5 cards to make his final hand. The player with the best hand wins the pot.

Card Ratings Anaconda

The Anaconda Poker card standings follow Hi-Poker’s usual card-based scheme, as is the case in Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud or Five Card Draw. The value or rank of a leaf is the higher, the rarer it is.

Anaconda rule variants

Before the showdown, players place the 5 cards of their hand face down in a pile in front of them on the table. Afterwards, at a signal from the dealer, all players reveal their first card from the pile. Thereupon a betting round takes place again, started by the one who shows the highest card. The game repeats itself over four more betting rounds. The next face-down card from the stack is revealed by each player and a betting round takes place.