New Poker Variation
I thought up a poker variation the other night, hoping to get some feedback. I've been getting into 2-7 triple-draw, but get lotta crap when I call it at our Wednesday night poker game
, especially from RiverNoHelp who likes to play Omaha H/L. My variation combines the two games, somewhat.
Players will be dealt 4 hole cards (as in Omaha), and five community cards will be dealt (as in Hold'em), with bettings rounds before the Flop (1st 3 community cards), after the flop, after the Turn (4th community card), and after the River (5th community card).
Players must use at least 2 (which means 2, 3 or 4) of their hole cards along with (3, 2 or 1) community cards to form their best 5-card 2-7 loball hand; where Ace is always high, and straights and flushes count against you. So, as in 2-7 loball, the best hand is 2-3-4-5-7, then 2-3-4-6-7, etc.
Haven't really thought how this might play out, or even dealt any cards; just thought it sounded cool. I would call it "Joe'Maha 2-7".
Then today, I thought of a variation to that. Same layout as above, except there will be an option for a high hand, calculated as follows. Depending on how many cards are used by a player to form his best 2-7 loball hand, the remaining hole cards (which have not yet been used) MUST be played with the board to form the best high poker hand. If you use all 4 hole cards to form the the best 2-7 hand, then you will use 0 hole cards (basically the board) to form your best high hand. The low hand is always determined first, then the high. This would be called "Joe'Maha 2-7 L/H", or similar.
Here's an example. You are dealt hole cards: As Ad 2s 3d (a pretty good Omaha H/L hand). Then the board is: [7h 5s 6s Ac 4s]. First, the 2-7 loball hand is determined; you will use 2 hole cards, and your low hand will be the nuts 7-5-4-3-2. Then, the high poker hand is determined; since you used 2 hole cards (2s 3d) for the low, the remaining unused hole cards (As Ad) must be played with the board to make at best three Aces with 7-6 kicker. You may not use the your 2s 3d for a straight 2-3-4-5-6, because you have already used them for the low hand; also you may not use As 2s for a spade flush, because you have already used the 2s.
Ok, thanks for reading. Will call it at our next Wednesday night game though. Might be fun.