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Strip Deck Poker


         No, not strip poker, a game with completely different objectives from the normal game. This one is played with 32 cards, all the deuces though sixes are removed from the deck. It can be played either five card draw or five card stud, normally the latter.

         Each player receives one card facedown and one faceup. The high card has to bet and there is a betting interval. Each player receives three more cards faceup, with a betting interval after each. One seemingly idiosyncratic rule is that a flush beats a full house. This is because it is much more difficult to get a flush when a stripped deck is used, as a suit consists of only eight cards. The sequence 10-9-8-7-A is a low straight, as an ace may still be used for the lowest card in the deck. In some remote places three of a kind does beat a straight, but usually a straight is considered the better hand. (If five cards are dealt out randomly there will be more straights than trips.)

         I am glad to say this game is little-played now. It is excellent for cheating, as two players can easily communicate to each other what their holecard is. When there are only 20 unseen cards, this can be big plus. In addition, it is easy to mark the cards, and the dealer can work out what card his “friend” would like to be given. 
         Actual odds can be calculated and the probability of making an inside straight can certainly be high enough to justify calling on fourth  street. It used to be a big gambling game, appearing deceptively simple like London lowball.
         A prime point is that you should never bet into a possible lock. e.g. You hold (A) K 10 8 A against (?) A 10 8 7. This starkly shows the distinction from limit. He could easily have been couping along and you calling. Now he checks at the river, or even bets. A bet or raise not all-in could be suicidal. He simply raises and you have no idea whatsoever what holecard he holds. This is basically the error Steve McQueen made against Edward G Robinson in the movie, “The Cincinnati Kid.”
        I love the late Harry Rubin story. At a club he once ran, he was playing poker in a strip-deck draw game with a group of good poker players. He opened in last seat with A-K (a terrible holding). Several players called and he took three cards. After the draw there was a tremendous amount of action before it ever got to him, a bet and two raises. He looked at his hand and found he had struck gold; A-K-Q-J-10, a royal flush. He quickly mucked his hand. His reasoning? It was his club, he was dealing, and the customers might be suspicious he had cheated! A judicious pass might well be more financially rewarding in the long run



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