Low Chicago is a split-pot variation on Seven Card Stud. I have Max Levine to thank for introducing me to this, as well as it’s variations.

The split pot is good with a lot of players as it provides the chance for two players to win and split the pot.

3 to 10 players. Use a double deck for more than 7 players.

Special Rules: Low Chicago is dealt like seven card stud where the winner gets half the pot; the other half of the pot goes to the player with the lowest ranking spade in the hole (face-down). The two of spades is the lowest ranking spade as aces are considered high.

How to play: Each player antes. The dealer deals two cards down and one up to each player. There is then a betting round starting with the player with the highest face up card.

The dealer deals three more face up cards and one more face down to each player with a betting round between each deal. Betting always begins with the highest face up hand.

After the final round of betting players make their best five card hand out of their seven cards. Each player reveals their hand and any low spade they had face down. Players do not need to use the spade in their hand in order to win low spade.

The player with the highest hand gets half the pot and the player with the lowest face down spade gets the other half. If no players have a face down spade, the high hand gets the entire pot. If the person with the high hand also has the lowest spade in the hole, they win the entire pot.

Variations: High Chicago – plays the same way except the highest spade in the hole gets half the pot.
Low San Francisco – High hand and lowest heart in the hole split the pot.
Low Los Angeles – High hand and lowest club in the hole split the pot.
Low Arkansas – High hand and lowest diamond in the hole split the pot.

Thanks Max!

Hints: Keep an eye on what cards you see face up. If the two of spades appears face up, the three is the lowest card a player could have face down. Don’t forget to check those face down cards!

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Google Purge is the final step in Google’s master-plan to index everything ever printed. The Google Purge project will systematically destroy all information Google is unable to index.

This article from The Onion outlines Google’s plans for this and future projects, including indexing of DNA, designed to ensure there is nothing Google doesn’t have indexed.

Read the full article here.

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This is a variation of seven card stud. It adds a wild card or two, but be careful, one of the wilds can change!

3 to 10 players. Use a double deck for more than 7 players.

How to play:

Special rules: All queens are wild. If a queen is dealt face up, the next face up card dealt (which will be to the next player) and all other cards of it’s value are wild. If another queen is dealt face up later in the game, the previous wild card is no longer wild and the next face up card will become wild. If the last card dealt face up is a queen, then no other cards are wild.

The deal and betting are exactly like seven card stud. Two cards down to each player then on card up. Any time a queen is dealt face up, the next face up card is wild and should be placed above the players hand to imply it is wild. Queens are always wild.

After the initial deal there is a betting round starting with the player with the highest card, and then three more rounds of face up cards and one face down with a betting round after each. Each time a queen appears, any old wild card is no longer wild, only queens and the following face up card is wild.

After the final betting round players make their best five card poker hand. Highest hand wins the pot.

Hint: Don’t count your chickens ’till they’ve hatched. Queens are safe, but the other wild can change as long as there are more face up cards to be dealt.

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So I can figure out how much coffee I’ve consumed in my life:

How much coffee


That’s 20 oz per cup, 3 cups a day, 365 days a year, for 18 years I’ve been drinking coffee.

Now you try…



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I thought I would explain the rules to 7 card stud as it is the basis for many other games (e.g. Baseball.)

3 to 10 players. Use a double deck for more than 7 players.

How to play:

Each player antes. The dealer deals two cards face down and one card face up to each player. Players can now look at their face-down (hole) cards. There is a round of betting starting with the player with the highest face up card. Players can fold during any of the betting rounds if they choose not to bet.

The dealer deals one card face up to each player. There is now another round of betting starting with the player with the highest hand made with their face up cards.

Repeat two more rounds of dealing one face up card then betting. One final card is dealt face down to each player and there is a final round of betting starting again with the highest face up hand.

After the final round of betting players should make their best five card hand out of their seven cards. Each player reveals their hand and the player with the best poker hand wins the pot.

Variation: Five card stud is played with the same rules, but after the initial two up, one down deal there is one more card dealt face up and one face down. There is a final bet and then the reveal. In 5 card stud players use all their cards.

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