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How to play poker variant Dealer Bluff

how to play poker variant dealer bluff

Poker is one of those table games that has withstood the test of time. Not only has it gained word-wide popularity over the past few years but it has also evolved and morphed to include a variety of styles of play, and games all-together fundamentally different from the original.

A new variant introduced in September 2012 the Dealer Bluff differs from original poker by the fact that the dealer makes the starting move. This leaves the player to react to what the dealer’s hand might be. An electronic card reader determines how much the dealer bets in order to keep players from reading the dealer, and also to keep sneaky players from cheating at the game.

The rules are as follows:

  • Player must make equal Ante and Blind bets but can also do an Aces Up or Two Way Bad Beat, as side bets
  • The dealer gives out 6 cards to himself- which are face down and 6 cards to the player
  • With the use of the card reader the dealer then can raise either equal the ante, double or triple the ante
  • Now the player can fold, call or raise
  • If the player decides to call or raise then the cards are turned to face value and both player and dealer must make their best poker hand with 5 of the 6 cards they have in their hand
  • The Ante bet is a push if the dealer holds less than a pair in his hand
  • The Ante and Play bets pay even money and the Blind pays according to the pay table, when the player beats the dealer’s hand
  • Of course, if the dealer wins all bets are off and the player loses all of them
  • All bets push if the game is a tie
  • Depending on what the player holds in his hand the Ace Up pays accordingly
  • Conversely, the Two Way Bad Beat will pay according to the loser’s hand.

In the event that the dealer wagers 1X, 2X, or 3X, the player has a few options up his sleeve. The player should Fold in the 1X, 2X, and 3X wager if he has K-J-8 or less, pair of 5s or less, pair of 6s and one card below 6, and pair of 9s or less, respectively. The player should Raise if he has a Pair of 3s or better, Pair of Jacks or better/ Pair of 10s and no more than 2 cards under 10, and Pair of Kings with an Ace or better, for each described dealer wagers.

The player should definitely think about Calling if he has any other hands that will not give him any advantage over the dealer’s hand. With a house edge of 1.68% I is not a bad idea to try this new poker variant out. Obviously this version is also going to be as fun as the classic game so try it out and let us know how it went.

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