How to Play No Holds Barred Poker

No Holds Barred Poker is one of the few community card games where you’ll see four wild cards and plenty of betting rounds. In fact this game has a total of eight rounds which means big hands and even bigger pots. No Holds Barred can be played with as many as 5 – 7 players.

Rules for No Holds Barred Poker

Before the game begins, each player is required to ante into the pot. The dealer will then proceed to give each player four cards face down and eight cards in forming a square. The eight cards will be placed into the center of the table and will be used as community cards, meaning they will be shared between all players.

Once all of the cards have been dealt, the first betting round will begin starting with the player who’s seated left to the dealer.
After the initial betting round, the dealer will randomly select of the cards within the square to turn over. Just to note – the four corner cards forming the square should be the last four cards flipped over. Once complete a betting round will take place starting with the player with the highest ranked card.

This process will continue until all of the cards have been turned over including the four corner cards. In total, players should have had a total of eight rounds for betting

Once the final betting round is complete, the player who makes the best five card poker hand using two of their hole cards and one of the rows wins the pot.


If you find eight betting rounds to be a bit much and want to make the game go by quicker, instead of turning over the community cards one by one, turn over a complete row. This will reduce the betting rounds down to five. An initial betting round followed by one round per row.

Combing Hole Cards with Community Cards

Players will be able to use any of their four hole cards with the community cards as long as the three community cards touch. The cards must line up consecutive to each other – either the three cards in the top or bottom row or, or the three cards in the right or left row. You will not be able to mix and match the cards between rows. This rule is similar to the rules used in Elevator Poker and Iron Cross. The four corner cards forming the square can be used as wild cards.

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