HOW TO PLAY GARBAGE POKER

Garbage Poker is a fun, multi-style card game that can be enjoyed by 3 or more players.  Build your stack of pennies through 4 different game plays.  The video tutorial and explanation are below. 

Garbage Poker Tutorial:

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Needed: 3-6 players; 2 standard 52 card decks (add a card deck to add more players); 50-100 pennies per player

Objective: The objective of the game is to win pennies through 4 different game plays. (Poker, Bingo, In and Out, Count)

Deal: Before the cards are dealt, each player will ante 2 pennies into the middle.  Then, 5 cards are dealt to each player.

Game Plays:

Poker:  The player left of the dealer starts the round by betting an amount and adding it to the middle pot, folding his/her hand, or checking.  If a bet is made, all other players must at least match the bet to stay in the poker hand.  If a player folds, he/she is out for the poker hand.  A check allows a player to stay in the game without adding an additional bet.  A player can only check if no other bets have been made yet.  The player with the best poker hand, that did not fold, wins the middle pot.  If there is a tie, the tying players split the middle pot.

Poker Hand Ranks:
  • 5 of a kind (possible because 2 decks are used)
  • Straight Flush (5 cards in sequence in the same suit)
  • 4 of a kind
  • Full House (3 of a kind with a pair)
  • Flush (all the same suit)
  • Straight (5 cards in sequence)
  • 3 of a kind
  • 2 pair
  • 1 pair
  • High Card (ace is high)

Bingo: The players will put their cards face up on the table with the exception of the dealer.  The dealer discards his cards for the remainder of the round.  The dealer begins flipping up the top card of the remaining deck and announcing the rank of the card.  If a player has a card of similar rank, he/she will put a penny on that card. If a card rank is repeated by the dealer, the players will add an additional penny to the card of similar rank.  If a player has multiple cards with the same rank, a penny will be placed on each one when called by the dealer.  Play continues until a player gets a bingo by having at least one penny on each of his/her cards.  The winning bingo player gets all the pennies on the other players’ cards.  If there is a tie, the tying players split the pennies.

In and Out: The dealer will flip over the top card of the remaining deck, and players will put in one penny for each card of the same rank.  The dealer flips over the next top card and players will put in 2 pennies for each card of the same rank.  This is done 3 more times with the penny amount going up one each time to 5 pennies for the 5th card.  The process is repeated only this time players will take out pennies for cards of the same rank.  Start with one penny for for the first card and the penny amount going up by one again to 5 pennies for the 5th card.  If the pennies in the middle run out during the take out phase, the payouts will be made from the dealer’s pennies.  If there are pennies left over at the end of the take out phase, the remaining pennies go to the dealer.

Count: The dealer will flip over 10 cards while counting to 10.  If any card matches the count number, every player pays the dealer that amount of pennies.  For example, if the dealer flipped a 4 with the 4th card, each player pays the dealer 4 pennies.  The aces count for the one and face cards are not worth anything.  The count stage ends the round and the deal moves to the next player to the left.
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