If there was ever an idea name for a drinking game based on poker then surely Six-pack is it; unfortunately the six-pack in question doesn’t refer to a pack of the good stuff, rather the layout of the community cards once the game is underway. It’s one of the more interesting variants of community card poker and suited to home rather than casino play.
Community card poker involves a number of cards placed by the dealer on the table which are seen and shared by all players.
The aim of Six-pack is to create the strongest five card hand according to standard poker rankings. It can be played with blinds or antes.
Once the pre-deal bets have been placed the dealer distributes two hole cards to each player. There is now a betting round during which players may do one of the following:
- Fold – discard the card
- Check – opt not to bet but remain in the hand
- Call – match the biggest bet placed so far
- Raise – increase the bet
Now the fun starts with the dealer placing six community cards face down on the table in a round-the-clock style with cards approximately at 12, 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 o’clock. The dealer now turns over two opposite cards and a second betting round takes place.
This is repeated twice more until all cards are revealed. Assuming there are at least two players remaining in the game the showdown now takes place during which hands are compared and a winner declared.
Player’s hands must comprise his two hole cards and three consecutive cards from the community set – for example 2, 4 and 6 o’clock.