Indian Poker

Indian Poker

Indian Poker - also known as Blind Man's Bluff - is a popular variation of classic poker that many people have seen in movies. It is also typically played during parties, where beer is often considered a requirement for ultimate gameplay (but you didn’t hear that from us!). There is no limit to the number of players, but usually six to ten work best. Ace is high card and ties split the pot.

So here is how it’s played: each player puts in an ante, usually a dollar, to play. Using one deck of cards, the dealer deals a card, face down, to each player around the table. The players then place their card face up on their forehead with one hand, so all players except themselves can see what card they’re playing with. The card stays held there until the end of the round. If a player looks at their own card, they’re disqualified and forfeits their ante.

Next, one-by-one, starting with the dealer, each player places their bet or folds. Decisions are based on what a player believes their card is compared to the other players. Once all bets are in, everyone looks at their hand. High card takes the pot.

To continue the game, the next person to the left deals out from the remaining cards, setting aside the cards played in previous hands. This continues round-after-round until the entire deck is gone.

Many people love this game because it takes a lot of reading faces (literally!) and can be quite a riot. Plus, it can drive you crazy trying to bet when there’s no limit and you don’t know what you have. The question is, can you keep a straight face when your opponent holding the two of hearts keeps raising?