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Also called "Manila" or "Stripped Deck" poker was originally made popular in Australian casinos. It's called stripped deck poker because all cards raked below 8 are taken out of the deck making for stronger hands.
Also, because of the fewer cards, flushes beat full houses. Aces may not be used to make low straights.
Play begins when the two players to the direct left of the dealer post blinds. The player to the direct left posts the small blind while the player two to the left posts the big blind. Players wishing to participate in the hand must match or raise the amount of the big blind in order to participate.
All players are then dealt 5 cards for which to play. The action begins from the player who left of the big blind. Each player must then choose one of the following actions:
- Call: matching the amount of the big blind
- Raise: Increasing the amount of money players must call to participate by at least twice the size of the big blind.
- Fold: Throwing away their cards and waiting for a preferable hand.
After the round of betting is complete, players may then discard between 0 and 5 cards for which they will receive new cards from the dealer to replace them.
After players receive their new cards, the final round of betting ensues which begins with the player sitting on the direct left of the dealer.