Anaconda or ‘Pass the trash’ Poker

Seven cards are dealt to each player in Anaconda poker. Following the initial round of wagers, the players pass three of their cards to the player on the left. (Paradoxically sometimes the players are left with no choice but to break up a full house or straight in a game of Anaconda.)

When the players have passed the cards onto the next poker player, the players choose five cards to build a hand and puts them face down in front of him in the sequence in which he wishes them to be disclosed. At this time the players lay another round of wagers.

There is a round of betting rules following the disclosure of one card by each player. When the final card has been revealed, the highest hand wins. The manner in which the cards are laid out and the betting is the way to approach this game of poker. Sometimes the players opt to disclose their potential instantly while others patiently wait to allow for building of hands.

Oftentimes, the last card is the crux of this form of poker. To cite an example, a player discloses a straight consisting of 10, J, Q, K. The objective is for the other players to determine whether the player is concealing a 9 or Ace to complete the straight flush. It is essential that the players remember the cards they have passed on to the others players and the cards that have been previously disclosed, that way the players can make an educated guess as to the card the opponent is holding.

Split in the Ocean

Another version of a five-card draw is Split in the Ocean. As an alternative to the five cards dealt face down here the players receive only four cards. In this case the fifth card is in the window, which could be commonly used by all players.

The player on the left begins a round of betting after which every player can pull two cards from the deck. The second and final round of betting begins following the draw, which then leads up to the showdown.