Texas Holdem Elevator Poker

The game of Texas Holdem Elevator Poker builds on the classic stud premise. The players receive 4 cards instead of the two that you get in most Holdem variants. There are also three sets of community cards dealt. The games generally take the rules of poker and make little adjustments to keep it unique and to add an extra element to the game. The game of Elevator Poker is played similar to the game of “Iron Cross”.  The fact that there are three sets of community cards to choose from makes this game a fan favorite.

How to play Elevator Texas Holdem

The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. There are no blinds in this game but there is the usual forced ante. Once everyone has anted up the real fun begins. The dealer doles out four cards to each player. The cards are dealt with two down and two up. Now the betting begins. As always it starts to the left of the dealer. Now this is where it gets interesting the dealer will place 7 cards in the shape of the letter “H” in the center of the table. There should be three cards face down on either side of the card in the middle.

The cards are turned up one by one, but you cannot start in the middle. The player who has the best 3 card poker hand starts this betting round and the play follows in that order until all the cards are turned.  Now the players prepare for the showdown. They must use the 2 hole cards and 3 community cards to make their 5 card hand.  Players may bid, check, call, raise or fold at anytime during the game. This is the standard order of betting for poker.

Elevator Texas Holdem rules

When making your hand you have to use the cards in the exact format they are laid out, choosing either from the 2 vertical rows or the horizontal row. The center community card is the Elevator card and sometimes it is played as a wild card adding more winning possibilities. If you find this game to your liking then you are going to enjoy yet another variation called the Iron Cross.


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