Rules of Indian Poker

Indian Poker is much like Blind Mans Bluff (it's actually pretty much the same game) with the exception that there is only one card dealt in this variation (whereas there are two in Blind Man's Bluff)..

The initial deal is one card to each player and each player pays the amount of the ante for that card. The idea is that you must not look at the card you are dealt. Any player that looks at the card must fold their cards and are out of the game.

Each player holds his card up so that all players can see it. The game is often played where the card is pinned (not literally) on your head so all players can see the card (except the player holding the card). Action begins with the player to the left of the dealer, who opens betting. The amount bet is based only on the cards of other players. After all players have bet, based on what the other players have, each player looks at his card and the winner takes his pot. The game is played clockwise and the game continues until one deck is used.The high card wins the pot.

The game involves a lot of guess work, and you have to look for tells on your opponents on what card they may have. It's a good game to practice reading people as that's really all you have to go on in this one! There's a high low game one of my friends plays with me, usually towards the tail end of a night. The rules were basically shuffle a deck, flip a card over and you had to guess high or low. Whoever got the most right win, usually £5. This game is fairly similar - guess work as to whether you have a higher or lower card than your opponents - but good fun.

As all other players at the table will get to see your card you will have the opportunity to judge how strong your card is by how people react. The same principles are important at any table, especially in live games - the only difference in this game is that all you'll have to go on is how players react to other peoples card being held up.

Whilst you won't find this particular game played online, you can play 5 Card Stud, a few of it's variations (sadly not this one!) as well as over 20 other games! See which games are available and how rooms stack up against each game.

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