Manila Hold ‘Em Poker

This version of Poker uses only 32 cards.

How to play: Manila Hold ‘Em Poker

The Pack

The standard 52-card pack is stripped of all cards below 7 to make a deck of 32 cards (7,8,9,10, J,Q,K,A)

Object of the Game

The goal of each player is to win the pot, which contains all the bets that the players have made in any one deal. A player makes a bet in hopes that he has the best hand, or to give the impression that he does. In most Poker versions, the top combination of five cards is the best hand.

The Deal

For this version of High Low Poker, each player receives two cards face down, and one card is dealt face up to the center of the table.

The Play

There is five betting rounds, with a new card being dealt face up to the center of the table between each betting round.
The player must use their two hole cards and three of the five community cards from the center of the table to make the best hand.

Because of the stripped deck, a flush beats a full house. Also, an ace may not be played low for a straight (that is, the hand A-7-8-9-10 is not a straight in Manila)

Poker Hands

Straight Flush - This is the highest possible hand when only the standard pack is used, and there are no wild cards. A straight flush consists of five cards of the same suit in sequence, such as 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 of hearts.

Four of a Kind - This is the next highest hand. An example is four aces or four 3s.

Full House
- This colorful hand is made up of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank, such as three 8s and two 4s.

Flush - Five cards all of the same suit, but not all in sequence, is a flush. An example is Q, 10, 7, 6, and 2 of clubs.

Straight - Five cards in sequence, but not all of the same suit is a straight. An example is 9♥, 8♣, 7♠, 6♦, 5♥.

Three of a Kind - This combination contains three cards of the same rank, and the other two cards each of a different rank, such as three jacks, a seven, and a four.

Two Pairs - This hand contains a pair of one rank and another pair of a different rank, plus any fifth card of a different rank, such as Q, Q, 7, 7, 4.

One Pair
- This frequent combination contains just one pair with the other three cards being of different rank. An example is 10, 10, K, 4, 3.

No Pair - This very common hand contains "nothing." None of the five cards pair up, nor are all five cards of the same suit or consecutive in rank. When more than one player has no pair, the hands are rated by the highest card each hand contains, so that an ace-high hand beats a king-high hand, and so on.

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  • I played Manila Hold’em with my buddies over the weekend using Bicycle Playing Cards, and we used a variation of this game with the house rule of standard poker ranking for keeping this game simple.

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