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Instructions and Rules for Over 30 Dealer's Choice Poker Games

Dealer’s choice card games are variants from the traditional games of poker and more often played during a home game than the casinos. Our selection of dealers choice poker games are based on stud, omaha, hold’em, draw poker, community card games and of course games that make use of wild cards. We’ve played each of the games listed on this page and we’re sure you’ll find them challenging, fun and add a bit of a twist to your normal poker game. Below you’ll find a list of 30 different card games to choose from, categorized by the variation the game originates from and the number of players needed to play.

Poker strategy in dealer’s choice card games is somewhat different from Holdem or Omaha. Some of the games use wild cards or kill cards which ultimately make the games more difficult to win whereas others require a fixed number of legs or force you to discard and will make the games that much more challenging. If you’re unfamiliar with how to play the original version of the game you’ll definitely want to see our Poker Games Guide. Our guide gives you detailed instructions on how to play Texas Hold’em or Seven Card Stud.

Card Game Rules for Stud, Draw, Holdem, Community and Wild Card Games

Stud Card Games strategy-greed
4-7 Player Games
Roll Your Own

This game is played like 7 Card Stud, however players are given the option of choosing which cards will be face up cards.

Follow the Queen

This game adds alot of twists to your traditional 7 Card Stud game. You never know what wild card will be wild till the last queen is up.

Monterey Poker

Similar to Roll Your Own, Shifting Sands allows players to choose which face up card they want to expose, but offers a wild card at the end of the game.

Sevens Take All

In this game the highest ranking five card hand is a pair of sevens. Played just like seven card stud, but pair of sevens take all.

Shifting Sands

This game is played just like Roll Your Own except players will receive wild cards, which means stronger hands and bigger bets.

Draw Card Games strategy-greed
3-6 Player Games
Jacks or Better

In this draw card game, players must hold at least a pair of jacks or better in order to open up betting.

Three Legged Race

Played as a draw card game with players needing to win three rounds in order to win the pot. Players will draw three times in this game

Kings and Little Ones

In this game players will be able to use any K and their smallest hole card as wild cards to complete their hands. Can be played forcing players to have a K or any low.

Pregnant 3's

This game uses alot of wild cards and because of that the hands will be very strong and the pots are often big.

Connect Four

Similar to Kings and Little ones, this game uses your lowest hole card as wild and all 4's are wild. Wild cards are also pay cards.

Match Pot Games strategy-greed
4-7 Player Games
3-5-7 Guts

3-5-7 is played like the standard version of Guts, except there are three rounds per hand, with different wild cards per round.

Guts Poker

A unique game that forces all losing players to match the pot. This game often requires a cap set at how much a player is forced to match.

Omaha Burn

Played just like Omaha Poker with a unique twist and big pots when players lose their hands.


This game is played similar to omaha, with four hole cards and a set of community cards to complete your best five card hand.

Two More Inches

This match pot game gives every player seven cards to make their best five card hand. Two More Inches can be played with wild cards which can also act as a kill card.

Community Card Games strategy-greed
4-10 Player Games
Crazy Pineapple

This page offers rules for playing traditional Pineapple and Crazy Pineapple. Both games are played similar to Texas Holdem with a twist.

Iron Cross

Each player receives four hole cards and five community cards, with one wild card to complete their hands. Up to 11 players can play.

Outhouse Poker

Outhouse has multiple betting rounds and up to four chances for players to win the pot.

Elevator Poker

Elevator Poker is played similar to Iron Cross with the same overall objective. Up to 7 players can play this game and uses wild cards and community cards to complete hands.

No Holds Barred

This game is played just like Roll Your Own except players will receive wild cards, which means stronger hands and bigger bets.

Other Card Games strategy-orange
4-11 Player Games
7-27 Poker

This game plays for two pots like Omaha. Players will either play for seven or twenty seven. Winner takes all when a player has both 7/27 in their hand.

In Between / Post

In this game players will receives two cards and bet if the third card will fall in between the first two cards.

Russian Poker

Russian Poker is played with 13 cards and only four players. Object of the game is to make your best poker hand with three different hands to complete.

Burn the Biffel

This game is similar to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. This game can play with as many as seven players.

Anaconda Poker

Anaconda is a game where players win with the best hand and the worst hand. Up to seven players can play this game. No wild cards.

Wild Card Games strategy-red
4-7 Player Games

Players receive a total of nine cards which they will strategically select which cards will be shown to the other players to make their best five card poker hand. Wild cards are optional.

Criss Cross

Criss Cross is played with five community cards and five hole cards. The game includes a shared wild card.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

A fun game with plenty of twists that can change a players hand quickly. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly uses wild cards, kill cards and can make a player go from winner to loser in one swoop.

Position Poker

Up to 8 wild cards are available for each player, with the first set being 8's wild and your second wild card based on your position in the game. This game is played like 7 Card Stud.


Using Wild Cards, Kill Cards or Burning

Kill Cards – If the game calls for a kill card, which is an option the dealer can make before the game is played, any player who receives that particular card will fold their hand. Kills cards kill your hand regardless of what other cards you may hold or how many bets you have in the pot.

Dropping or Burning – Both of these terms mean the same thing. In a game that requires players to drop or burn, players will need to decide if they want in or out of the hand. To stay in a game you place a chip in your hand and each player will hold their fist above the table. When instructed, each player will open their hand simultaneously and those who drop chips will play the hand against each other.

Wild Cards - Wild cards are to be announced before the deal by the dealer. Wild cards replace an suit or rank to complete the best hand possible. When a wild card game is announced it’s not uncommon to see five of a kind which outranks all other hands unless stated.

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