How to Play Football Poker
Saturday, 17. December 2011

Football poker is one of the many variations of poker based on 7-card stud. In this poker game, cards are dealt in 7-card stud style, with the first two cards dealt face down, the next four cards dealt face up, and the last card dealt face down. In Football, fours and sixes are wild. If a player is dealt a four, the player who is dealt that card must either drop out of the game or must add money to the pot that matches the amount of money in the pot. Any deuces that are dealt face up to a player entitle the player to another card dealt face down.

To begin playing Football, each player has to ante up. Then, the dealer deals two cards face down to each player. Each player looks over their own cards and the dealer then deals one card face up to each player. The player with the highest card face up on the poker table begins the betting. If a Wild card is shown anywhere face up on the poker table, then the minimum bet automatically rises as the next round of cards dealt face up will automatically create a pair. The game continues on in this way, with the dealer dealing four cards face up, two face down and the final face down.

Once all cards have been dealt, the player with the highest hand visible face up on the poker table begins the betting. The player to the right of this player can raise the bet after everyone has matched the opening bet or folded. Once the bet is matched and all players have made their decisions, the showdown takes place. The players remaining in the game show their hands and the player with the highest hand wins the pot.

In Football, it is important to keep track of the cards showing on the table to decide whether someone else has a much stronger hand and to decide whether a player should fold or bet. In Football, the many wild cards plus the fact that seven cards are given to each player ensure that high hands usually win the game. On the other hand, lots of wild cards also make it likely that you will be able to create a strong hand yourself. Wild cards can mean that the strength of your hand can change quickly with each card dealt, so do keep this element in mind when you are deciding whether to fold or not. If you do have a poor hand, on the other hand, your odds of winning are slim, especially since other players can see your face-up cards and make educated guesses about the strength of your hand, making bluffing more difficult.

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