OBJECTIVE OF CHICAGO POKER: The objective of the game is to have the best hand and to win the pot.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 5-7 players
NUMBER OF CARDS: standard 52-card
RANK OF CARDS: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
TYPE OF GAME: Casino
INTRODUCTION TO CHICAGO POKER
Both Chicago Poker High and Chicago Poker Low are close relatives to Seven Card Stud Poker. Unlike Seven Card Stud, however, at showdown the pot is spilt between the best hand (high or low) and the player with the highest (in high) or lowest (in low) Spade hole card. This game is also called Follow the Queen.
Each player places an ante to play. This is a small forced bet, typically 10% of the minimum bet.
After the ante, the dealers deals each player three cards. Two cards are dealt face-down and one face-up.
The player whose face-up card is the lowest starts the first round of betting by paying the bring in bet. A bring in bet is similar to an ante in that it is a forced bet and less than the minimum bet (half the minimum). The betting continues and passes to the left. Players must call the bring in or raise to the minimum bet. If someone raises, all players must call, raise, or fold.
The dealer passes each player a single card face-up. Another round of betting begins, following the same rules and structure as the previous round. After Fourth Street, bets graduate to the maximum bet limit.
Each player receives another face-up card from the dealer. Another round of betting ensues.
Next, the players receive yet another face-up card. Betting begins again as usual. Remember, bets are now in the maximum betting range.
The dealers deals the last face-up card. Now, the last round of betting begins.
All active players reveal their hands. The player who has the best hand, according to Poker Hand Rankings, wins half of the pot. The player who has the highest or lowest (depending on if you are playing Chicago High or Chicago Low) Spade as a hole card wins the other half. The hole cards are the two cards that were dealt face-down.
If a single player has both the best hand and the spade, they can either win the whole pot or the other half goes to the player with the second best spade.