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Sunday, February 27, 2005

A Card Game For You

If you like super-wacky, high-action wild-card poker games (and who doesn't? It can't be all Texas Hold 'Em, all the time, right?), here's one to try. It's called "Dog's Ass" or, if you're playing with someone who doesn't want to hear about canine hindquarters, "Dogbutt." It's a variation of Baseball, which is one of those games that the guys who are holding down chairs at poker tables for eight or nine hours a day will slap you for even mentioning.

After the ante (post-ante, ha ha ha ha, Latin teachers everywhere are spinning in their graves), deal out five cards to each player. 3s and 9s are wild. If you have a 4 in your hand, show it and pay twice the ante to get an extra card face-down. If you have more than one 4, you can pay for more than one extra card. After the deal, and after any card-buying, there is a round of betting starting to the left of the dealer. After the round of betting, any players left in the game can trade in one or more cards, as in five-card draw. Freshly-dealt 4s can buy extra cards for twice the ante. (4s that were in hand ab initio cannot buy more extra cards.) There is another round of betting.

The best five-card hand wins, and with eight wild cards in the game, you'll want a high full house to remain competitive. Even then, you'll be beaten by the guy with 5-6 suited and three wild cards for the straight flush. (Of course, he'd beat you with four sixes, too. But a straight flush is so much cooler.)


  • (Ham) Nice game, but what does any of it have to do with asses or dogs?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:20 PM  

  • (Ham) Also, if I put down a 4 and buy a card, can I use that 4 in my final hand? Do I get to make the best 5 card hand using cards I'm holding and also showing? Is that how it works?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:23 PM  

  • I have no idea, that's just the name of the game. Maybe it's because it plays like it came out of a dog's...well, you know.

    You pick up the 4 and put it back in your hand. At least, that's how we were playing it last night. Maybe it would make more sense to trade in the 4 on a new card (while also paying extra). So if you have 6 or 7 cards in your hand, you still use only the best five cards.

    By Blogger Robert, at 6:27 PM  

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