Baseball (The Card Game)

A variety of Seven Card Stud, Baseball is lots of fun and tends to build good-sized pots. With more than six players it should be played with a double deck.

3 to 10 players. Use a double deck for more than 6 players.

How to Play:

Special rules: 3s and 9s are wild. Whenever a player is dealt a 4 they have the option of purchasing an additional card for a preset amount (should be higher than the ante, recommend 25 cents in nickel ante or $1 in quarter ante.) The additional card is always placed face up if the four was face up or face down if the four was face down.

Betting is the typical poker method, however should start with the highest hand that can be made from face up cards. Players can fold at any time.

Each player antes. The dealer deals two cards face down to each player. Players may look at their face down cards.

The dealer deals one card face up to each player. Any time a four is dealt face up the dealer should offer an additional card to that player before completing the round. If a player chooses to purchase an additional card they put the determined amount into the pot and are dealt an additional card face up.

Once the initial face up cards are dealt, each player should look at their face down cards. If they have any face down fours they can purchase an additional face down card now. There is now a betting round.

The game continues with three more face up cards and one more face down card to each player (plus any additional cards players choose to purchase.) There is a betting round between each dealing round.

There is a final betting round then each player must make their best 5 card poker hand out of their 7 (or more) cards. All players reveal their hands and the highest poker hand wins.

Hints: Hands can be very high due to the large number of wilds. Don’t be overconfident.

Variations: Some dealers will choose to deal complete rounds then offer players the option to purchase additional cards if they received a four.

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