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What are some fun home poker games?

Author: Michael Maurer
Last updated: Apr 2004
Copyright © 2004 Michael Maurer
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There are enough crazy home game poker variants to fill a book. You can find rules for games ranging from plain to insane at:

Poker variants differ in the amount of skill they admit. Some, like 7-card stud high/low with declare (no qualifier), provide skilled players many opportunities to gain an edge. Others are a virtual crap shoot. In general, the crazier games are designed to discourage folding and minimize the influence of skill on the outcome. They accomplish this through a betting structure that requires a large investment before the value of one's hand is known. The level playing field that results is ideal for many informal social groups.