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I am a member of a regular Friday night poker game, and as with most friendly games, the dealer rotates from player to player for every hand, and the dealer gets to choose his game. My favorite? A game called "Texas Push".

The concept of the game is To create a five card hand (one down card and four up cards, similar to five card stud) where the highest hand and the lowest (worst) hand split the pot.

The game starts with each Player getting one down card. The first player then receives an up card. The player has the option of maintaining the card, or passing it to another player. If the player keeps the card, the next player gets an up card along with the exact same option. If the player passes the card, then the next player then also has the same choice and so on through the players. In every case, there is a cost to passing a card. After a player keeps a card, the other preceding players are "filled in", they get a card that they don't have any option but to keep. This process continues, with betting on each completed round, until all of the players have 5 cards in total. Once all of the players have 5 cards (along with the gambling is completed), the players are then requested to "declare". A coin in their hand means they're declaring for the "large" hand, without a coin means the "low" hand. The highest and lowest hand for each declaration split the entire pot.

The strategy of this game Is to use the ability to pass cards to develop either a high or low hand. Poker players will know what the high hands will be - typically three of a sort, a straight, or a flush will be a winning hand. For the low hand, the ultimate will be 6, 4, 3, 2, Ace where they're not in match (a flush or straight can't be utilized as a low hand).

It's a fun, tactical game That's always a hit at our weekly poker game. More on our site [ visit their website].