How to Play Anaconda

Anaconda is a variation of draw poker played with seven cards per player. This game is literally all about luck and very little strategy. The object of the game is to pass your cards around the table in hopes of completing the best hand. You should understand poker hand rankings to play this game. If you’re unsure of the order of ranks, please check our Texas Holdem page.

What makes this game interesting is that you can still win even after you lose. The player with the worst poker hand will always win half of the pot.

Card Game Rules for  Anaconda

Before the game begins, each player is required to ante into the pot. Once this is done the dealer can begin to deal each player seven cards face down. Players can look at their cards but should keep them hidden from the other players at the table.

Once all of the cards are dealt, the initial betting round will begin with the player who sits directly to the left of the dealer.

Each player will now choose two of their cards and pass them to the player to their left. A second betting round will take place.

Next, each player will choose one card from their hand and pass it to the player on their left which needs to be followed up with a third betting round.

Finally, each player will select two cards from their hand and pass it to the player on their left. A final betting round takes place and players will turn over their hands. The player with the best poker hand wins half of  the pot and the player with the worst poker hand will win the other half of the pot.