Mexican Poker is similar to 5-card stud and is played with a standard deck 'stripped' to 41 cards. The 8's, 9's and 10's are removed, the Joker remains.
To receive a hand, each player posts a collection when required. The cards are dealt clockwise, beginning to the left of the dealer button. The dealer button rotates clockwise after each hand is complete.
Each player receives a total of 5 cards, of which 1 card must be face down. After the first two cards are dealt (1 up and 1 down), a betting round begins with the high card clockwise of the dealer button, making a forced opening bet to start the action. After the betting is complete, the players may expose, if they wish, their down card. This action must be complete prior to the deal of the third card which may be delivered up or down depending on whether or not previously dealt down cards have been opened. When the third card has been delivered, betting then occurs.
The fourth and fifth cards are then dealt and played according to the same format. The player with the highest ranking hand wins the pot.
RULES FOR MEXICAN POKER
The joker is 'wild' in all cases when dealt face down; however, when dealt face up, it is 'wild' only with Aces, Flushes and Straights.
The player with the highest card clockwise of the dealer button will make a mandatory opening bet. (When the Joker is dealt face up, it will be considered an Ace for purposes of the opening bet.) The opening bettor has the option of opening at either the lower or upper limit.
The highest hand will start the action on all following rounds. Hands are considered to be of equal value whether or not one hand may include the Joker. The closest of such hands to the dealer acts first.
If any down card is exposed by the house dealer, that player will receive his next card down and will be permitted to declare 'all-in'. If the 'Joker' is inadvertently exposed, it will play as if it had been dealt face down 'wild' in all cases.
The following hands are considered the same as a straight due to the removal of 8's, 9's and 10's from the deck
If cards on the initial deal are dealt out of sequence, a misdeal will be declared. Two instances of action, however, will indicate acceptance, in which case there will be no misdeal. The hand missed will be fouled. Because cards on 3rd, 4th or 5th streets are dealt either face up or face down, any cards dealt out of sequence on those streets will be moved face up to their correct position. The deal of the affected street will be completed if necessary. No betting will be permitted on the affected street. Any following street will then be dealt and betting will resume. Any bets made by players who receive out of sequence cards, which had not yet been returned to their correct position will be denied and returned to the player.
If a player exposes a card, during other than prescribed times, it is not considered an exposed card and will be required to play a it as a down card.
A card will be burned on each round, following the second round.
Check and raise is permitted.
All raises must be at least equal to the size of the last bet.
Cards speak hold your hand until you are sure of what your opponent has.
Once a card touches the muck, that hand is considered fouled. However, at the Floorperson's discretion, it may be considered retrievable.
No string bets or raises.
One short buy is allowed for every full buy-in.
Deal rotates clockwise.
If you show any cards to one player during or after a hand, any player at your table may demand that you show those cards to all players after a winner is determined.
No rabbit hunting. Once the cards are out of play, players cannot look through the discards or ask the dealer what is coming off the deck.
All players will act in turn. If a player checks, the player who checked first must show his hand first.
A player who indicates action towards betting will not be held to that action unless he caused action behind him. A player calling will be required to complete that action with a minimum bet. However, if a player is unaware of a raise he will not be held to that unless action has been taken behind this act.
All Bicycle Casino rules apply. Management reserves the right to make decisions in the best interest of the game.
All Management decisions are final.
RANKING OF HANDS FROM HIGHEST TO LOWEST
(Note: a Flush beats a Full House)
Ace may be used as a 1 for a small Straight
1. Five of a Kind
2. Royal Flush
3. Straight Flush
4. Four of a kind>
6. Full house
8. Three of a kind
9. Two pair 1
10. One pair 1
11. High card
Any hand may include the Joker.
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