How to Play Blind Man's Bluff Poker?
Table of content:
- What is Blind man’s bluff poker?
- How to play blind man’s bluff poker?
- Card Rankings
- Suit Rankings
- Variations of Blind Man’s Bluff Poker
Blind man’s bluff poker is a version of poker which is played in a very unconventional way as compared to all the other versions of poker. This game also goes by the names, Indian Poker, Squaw Poker, Indian Head and Oklahoma Forehead. This game is played using a standard 52 card deck of playing cards.
This game was covered in the World Series of Poker (WSOP), one of the most famous poker tournaments in the world, in the year 2004. In this game, each player is given one card each. They have to stick it on their forehead so that every other player can see their card except for the player whose card it is. The objective of the game is to guess the highest card. This game can be played between 2 or more people.
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To begin the game, the dealer deals one card to each of the players sitting at the table. In a typical game of blind man’s bluff poker, only one card is dealt to each of the players but, in a lot of other variations, the dealer may deal more than one card to each player sitting at the table. After the cards have been dealt, the betting starts. In a typical round of blind man’s bluff poker, there is only one round of betting. In this round all the players sitting at the table have the opportunity to bet money or leave the game.
Players can either raise a bet, put more money in the pot and increase its value; call a raised bet, match the same amount of money as a raised bet by the previous player and adding it to the pot and increasing its value or players can fold and forfeit the game and any money that they have put in the pot. Players can make these bets as many times as they want. There is no limit to betting in this game. The only catch is that there is one single round of betting and the players have to bet whatever they want in that one round only. Like any other poker game, even this game has the concept of putting an ante or blind bet in the pot. These are mandatory bets that are put in the pot before the cards are dealt.
Since there are no hand combinations required to win this game, it becomes fairly easy to determine the winner of the game. Whichever player has the highest ranking card amongst all of the players sitting at the table and competing with each other wins the game. The player who wins the game is awarded all the money in the pot. Sometimes, two players end up having the same ranking card. This is where a problem arises because the winner is determined by the highest-ranking card in a player’s hand and there can only be one winner. This is decided by comparing the suits of the cards. For example, if 2 players have the same ranking cards, Aces (A), then the suits of both the cards are compared to determine the winner.
These are the card rankings that are taken into consideration while determining the winner of a game of blind man’s bluff poker. These card ranks have been arranged in a hierarchical order from the highest to the lowest-
1) Ace (A)
2) King (K)
3) Queen (Q)
4) Jack (J)
5) Rank 10 (10)
6) Rank 9 (9)
7) Rank 8 (8)
8) Rank 7 (7)
9) Rank 6 (6)
10) Rank 5 (5)
11) Rank 4 (4)
12) Rank 3 (3)
13) Rank 2 (2)
These are the suit rankings used to break ties in a game of blind man’s bluff. These suits have been arranged in a hierarchical order from the highest to the lowest-
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There are multiple variations of this game played all over the world. Being one of the simplest and most fun forms of poker to play, blind man’s bluff poker has a lot of variations and players can make variations of their own to suit their needs. Some of the most famous variations of the game are-
This variation is the most original variation of the game involving the use of only one card. In this variation, each of the players get one card. The main objective of the game is to guess the highest cardon the table. This is a betting game with only one round of betting for all the players sitting at the table.
Match Pot Betting
This variation of the game has a slight change in the betting pattern for all the players. In this game, the gameplay is the same. When the players have to make a bet, they have to bet the pot or, match the pot. This means that their bet should be of the same amount as the pot. This makes the game more interesting as this increases the stakes of the game.
This variation of the game warrants the use of more than one card in the game. The number of cards to be used can be decided by the players before the game starts. The objective of the game is the same, guessing the highest card. This makes the game a little more complicated because the number of cards being used increases. The highest out of all the cards in a player’s hand is considered to be their winning card.
Indian Texas Hold'em
This variation of Indian poker or blind man’s bluff poker is adapted from Texas Hold’em poker. In this game, when the players get all their cards, they cannot look at their cards until the end of the betting round. They have to bet blind. This makes the game more interesting with the increased stakes and the inclusion of hand combinations. In this version of the game, the player who can form the best hand combination with the cards in their hand and the community cards on the table wins the game.
The game should not be confused with Bluff Card game, both the games are different and played with different rules.
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