How to Play Cris Cross Poker
Criss Cross Poker is one of the few games derived from Texas Holdem that give players eight cards to make their best hand with. This game is best played with 6-8 players because of the number of cards used during the game. Criss Cross Poker is played with wild cards and because of that players can expect more players to stay till the end of the game and bigger hands than you would normally see in Texas Holdem.
Instructions for Criss Cross Poker
Each player is required to ante before the deal. Once the players have placed their antes into the pot, the dealer can begin to give each player five cards faced down. Players are able to look at their cards but must keep them hidden from the other players. Once all of the cards have been dealt, the first betting round will begin. The player to the left of the dealer will open the betting.
After the initial betting round is complete, the dealer will deal five cards face down in the center of the table. These cards are called the “community cards” and will be used by all of the players at the table with their hands to make the best poker hand possible.
The cards will be placed in a cross formation with one top, one bottom, one right, one left and one middle card.
The dealer will flip over the first card on the table. The first card can be any card except the middle card. The middle card is always the last card to be turned over.
A betting round will start with the same rules applying as before. All betting must start with the first player to the left of the dealer.
The dealer will turn over the second card on the table, and again another round of betting rill take place.
This pattern continues until all of the outer cards have been turned over and each card is followed up with a round of betting.
The final card to be turned over is the middle card. This card is wild and can be used in combination with the player’s hands and the board. Any player who has the same ranked card in their hand can use that card as wild to complete their best poker hand.
A final betting round will take place and the player with the best five card poker hand wins the pot.
When using the board, players can only use three cards that are directly related. This means either the horizontal row or vertical row. You can’t mix and match the cards.
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