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Fun Home Poker Game Rules - Seven Card No Peek

The game gentlemen, if I can call you that – and scoundrels if I can't – the game is seven card no peek. Since few of you have played this devious variation of 7-card stud I will explain it to you.

First of all, I will deal you each seven cards, one at a time. Do not look at them. If you look at them your hand is dead. Leave them face down in front of you. You may straighten them into a pile if you wish, but their faces must always be down.

When I have completed the deal, Dirk here, sitting to my immediate left, will turn up one card – his top card. We will all look at it. Then there is a round of betting beginning with Dirk.

When that round of betting is complete, Hammy, sitting on Dirk's immediate left, will turn over his first card. If his card is higher than Dirk's he will stop turning over cards and a round of betting will commence. If it isn't higher than Dirk's hand then he will continue to turn over cards until his hand is higher in value than the hand that Dirk displays.

So, for example, if Dirk turns over a King, then Hammy must beat a King high. He continues to turn over cards until he can beat a King high – until, for example, he shows a pair of 3s, or an Ace, or a King-9.

A round of betting proceeds when Hammy's hand is higher than Dirk's hand. And then, in turn, each player has to beat the hand of the highest hand yet exposed. If a player turns over all of his cards and still cannot beat the preceding hand, then his hand is dead and the next player turns over his cards until he can beat the preceding hand.

Whenever a player beats the exposed hand of the preceding player a betting round ensues. This continues until all but one player has revealed all of his cards. When this round of betting is completed the hand is over and the final player reveals his cards to see if he can beat the highest hand showing. If he can then he wins the pot. If he can't then the highest hand showing wins the pot.

Here's a sample game so you can follow the action in a real game.

Six guys are playing, starting from the left of the dealer. Ashley is the dealer:

Dirk

Hammy

Jeb

Zab

Zeke

Ashley

Dirk turns over the King of Clubs.

Dirk {k-Clubs} Bets $1.00

Hammy Call $1.00

Jeb Call $1.00

Zab Call $1.00

Zeke Call $1.00

Ashley Call $1.00

Pot is $6.00

Hammy has to beat a King high. He turns over five cards before he does, as follows:

Dirk {k-Clubs}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}

Jeb

Zab

Zeke

Ashley

He turns a pair of nines. He sees that he has three hearts. This isn't a great hand in five cards, but in the spirit of the game he bets $1.00. Everyone calls – as they generally do in this game.

Pot is $12.00

Jeb's turn. Limit is still $1.00. It goes to $2.00 on the next person. Jeb turns over his cards.

Dirk {k-Clubs}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}

Jeb {3-Spades} {6-Clubs} {j-Diamonds} {4-Spades} {10-Spades} {7-Clubs} {6-Hearts}

Zab

Zeke

Ashley

Jeb's hand is only a pair of 6s. He can't beat Hammy's pair of 9s even when all of Jeb's cards are exposed. So his hand is folded. He's out.

A round of betting follows. Hammy is still high. He sees very few hearts out and no nines or 5s. So he bets $1.00. Everyone calls (except Jeb of course who is out of the hand).

Pot is $17.00

Zab is next to reveal his hand.

Dirk {k-Clubs}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}

Jeb FOLD

Zab {8-Clubs} {j-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} {5-Spades} {q-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds}

Zeke

Ashley

Zab follows Jeb out of the hand, having only produced a pair of 8s for his troubles. Hammy is feeling very strong here – and again, few hearts and no nines – though his 3s, Jacks and gives are getting deader. He bets $2.00 and Zeke, Ashley and Dirk all call.

Pot is $25.00

Zeke goes next. He reveals the following:

Dirk {k-Clubs}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}

Jeb FOLD

Zab FOLD

Zeke {6-Spades} {j-Spades} {a-Hearts} {6-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} {4-Hearts} {k-Spades}

Ashley

Zeke fails to overtake Hammy. He only has a pair of 6s. Hammy only needs to beat Ashley and Dirk to win the pot. Still, his chances of improvement diminished as a Jack, a 9, and three hearts were exposed. But so too was a King, which means he's less likely to lose to a pair of Kings in Dirk's hand. He's still high on board and so bets $2.00. He is called by Ashley and Dirk.

Pot is $31.

Ashley exposes his hand next. He shows the following:

Dirk {k-Clubs}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}

Jeb FOLD

Zab FOLD

Zeke FOLD

Ashley {10-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {q-Spades}

Ashley shows a pair of Queens – overtaking Hammy's hand. He is high and bets $2.00. Dirk doesn't feel very good about the possibility of getting a pair of Kings. Still, he has six cards to expose – and hope springs eternal in this game. So he calls the $2.00. So does Hammy, who is praying for the case 9 or two of the four remaining hearts.

Pot is $37.00

The exposing goes back to Dirk. He reveals the following:

Dirk {k-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {a-Spades} {2-Spades} {k-Diamonds}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}

Jeb FOLD

Zab FOLD

Zeke FOLD

Ashley {10-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {q-Spades}

He exposes the case King, for a pair of Kings and the lead. And he still has two cards to turn. A 2, A or 7 would give him a seemingly unbeatable Kings Up. He's feeling very strong. So he bets. Hammy thinks that since he is in this far he might as well call for another $2.00. And so he does. So does Ashley.

Pot is $43.00

The turn goes to Hammy. He exposes the following:

Dirk {k-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {a-Spades} {2-Spades} {k-Diamonds}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}

Jeb FOLD

Zab FOLD

Zeke FOLD

Ashley {10-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {q-Spades}

Hammy does improve his hand by catching a pair of 5s to go with his pair of 9s. He doesn't know if either Dirk or Ashley will catch a second pair to beat him. But since he's in the lead, he figures he should bet. He does, betting $2.00. Both Ashley and Dirk call.

Pot is $49.00

It's Ashley's turn. He shows the following:

Dirk {k-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {a-Spades} {2-Spades} {k-Diamonds}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}

Jeb FOLD

Zab FOLD

Zeke FOLD

Ashley {10-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {q-Spades} {8-Spades} {8-Hearts}

Ashley has overtaken Hammy by turning a second pair for Qs and 8s. He is high and bets $2.00. Dirk quickly calls, hoping for his own two pair. Hammy thinks and then decides that he has to call – even though the chances of having a full house seem remote.

Pot is $55.00

The turn goes back to Dirk. He reveals the following:

Dirk {k-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {a-Spades} {2-Spades} {k-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}

Jeb FOLD

Zab FOLD

Zeke FOLD

Ashley {10-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {q-Spades} {8-Spades} {8-Hearts}

He turned his sixth card over. It was the {a-Diamonds} for Aces Up. He very happily bet $2.00. Hammy, still praying for a miracle, and looking at a huge pot, calls the $2.00. Ashley, noticing he also has a distant shot at a full house, also calls.

Pot is $61.00.

Hammy, down to his final card, turns it up to reveal the following:

Dirk {k-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {a-Spades} {2-Spades} {k-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}

Hammy {j-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}

Jeb FOLD

Zab FOLD

Zeke FOLD

Ashley {10-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {q-Spades} {8-Spades} {8-Hearts}

He turned over the useless {2-Hearts}. He ended up with two pair, 9s and 5s. He's out.

Dirk is still high. He now feels he will surely win. So he bets $2.00. Ashley, knowing it's a long shot, but getting better than 30:1 pot odds, calls the $2.00.

Pot is $65.

It all comes down to Ashley, with Queens up, and needing either a Queen or an 8 to go into the lead. The 8s are dead. One card alone will do the trick. He turns over the following:

Dirk {k-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {a-Spades} {2-Spades} {k-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}

Hammy FOLD

Jeb FOLD

Zab FOLD

Zeke FOLD

Ashley {10-Hearts} {k-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {q-Spades} {8-Spades} {8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}

It is the useless {5-Diamonds}. He loses. Dirk wins a the pot of $65. And since it's dealer's choice, Dirk immediately calls another round of this game.

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