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Best Western


Best Western is a high low split 5 card poker game.


The game can be played with 3 to 8 players.

Object of the Game

To have the best or worst 5 card poker hand.

Deal & Play

Each player is first dealt one card face down (which they may look at).

The dealer then deals one card face up to the player to their left. That player has the choice of keeping the card, or paying an ante (set by the dealer at the start of the game) to pass the card to the player on their left.

If the card is passed, the receiving player has the same choice (including having to pay to pass the card) and this repeats until either someone accepts the card or it gets around to the dealer and she also passes.

Once the passing stops, the dealer then back-fills each of the players who had passed with one card face up (no chance to pass at this point).

Once everyone has been dealt one card, the player to the left of the dealer makes the first bet (and the bettor rotates around the players each turn).

This repeats until each player has 4 cards face up and has beet on the 4th card.

At this point each player has a chance to pay to exchange one of their cards (either an up card or a down card) and the replacement card always comes face down so that only that player can see whether or not they received a card that fit into their hand.


Betting is rotated around the table, one bet for each round, followed by a final bet after each player has been offered a chance to exchange a card.


After the last round of betting, each player must declare whether they are going high or low (there is no going both ways in this game as there are only 5 cards in play) using the declaration model described in high low split.


Of the players who declared low, the one with the lowest poker hand takes half the pot and, of the players who declared high, the player with the highest poker hand takes the other half of the pot. It is possible for the low hand winner to actualy have a higher hand than the high hand winner depending upon the cards and the declarations.



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