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Some Non-standard Poker hands

Some Non-standard Poker hands

Non-standard Poker hands are some hands which are not generally recognized by official Poker rules but they are usually created by house rules in certain casinos. These types of hands will mostly appear in games which use wilds cards or bugs. Sometimes they are also called special hands or freak hands. Due to the fact that most of these hands are usually defined by house rules, they are subject to variation depending on what casino you are playing in. If you find yourself taking part in such a game you should read the exact rules of the game before playing.

  • Five of a Kind:Having a hand with five cards of the same rank. This one is possible only in games that use wild cards or multiple or extended decks.
  • Straight Flush:The straight flush containing the highest cards, A-K-Q-J-10 suited is also called a royal flush. If the game uses wild cards, a wild card will become whatever card is needed to complete the straight flush.
  • Four of a Kind:If you happen to have two equal sets of four of a kind (which is only possible in wild card games or games which use multiple or extended decks), the kicker will generally determine the winner
  • Big Bobtail:A straight flush made with four cards which are the same suit and in consecutive order.
  • Flush:In a game which uses wild cards, a wild card which is contained in a flush is considered to be of the highest rank not already present in that hand. A common variation is the double-ace flush rule, in which a wild card in a flush will always play as an ace, even if one is already there.
  • Straight:If wild cards are used, the wild card will become whatever rank is necessary to complete the straight. If the straight could be complete in both directions the card will always become the higher ranked card.
  • Wrap-around straight:It is also known as the round-the-corner straight, consecutive cards which include an ace which counts as both the high and low card. (Example Q-K-A-2-3)
  • Skip straight:Also known as an alternate straight, Dutch straight, skipper or kangaroo straight. The cards are in a consecutive order but they skip every second rank (Example 3-5-7-9-J).
  • Flash:A card from each suit with a joker in tow as well.
  • Little bobtail:A straight flush which is comprised by three cards (three cards of the same suit in consecutive order).
  • Russ:Five cards which have the same colour.
  • Flush House:Three cards which have one suit together with two cards of another.
  • Five and dime: All of the cards in this hand are any five of: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, with no pairs.
  • Blaze: This one is also known as a blazer. It is a hand which contains only jacks, queens and/or kings.

  • Some poker games will also use decks which have been stripped of certain cards, usually the low-ranking ones.

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