OBJECT OF IRON CROSS: The object of Iron Cross is to make the best 5-card poker hand with the cards available to you.  

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 5 to 8 players 

MATERIALS: A standard 52-card deck, betting chips or money, and a flat surface. 

TYPE OF GAME: Poker Card Game



Iron Cross is a poker game for 5 to 8 players. It is a type of community card poker, meaning there will be a pool of cards available for all players to use in their final hand. The goal of the game is to bet throughout the round and make the best 5 -card hand possible to win. 

Games such as these are not typically played in casinos and are made for more casual play for at home around the dinner table. This makes the experience more one that players get to decide when and how they wish to play.


The dealer is chosen at random and should rotate clockwise to make dealing fair. Alternatively, it is also possible to have an outside dealer who does not participate in the game at all. 

Either way, the dealer will shuffle the deck, have a player cut, and then begin to deal clockwise to each player. each player will receive a hand of 5 facedown cards. 

The dealer will then also deal 5 facedown cards in a cross layout, as shown below. These should be dealt centrally to all players. 

There will be a starting betting round for all players to place bets on their hands as in traditional poker rules. 

Card Ranking 

The card ranking is traditional as with most poker games. Ace (high/low) King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 (low). 


The game is played through several rounds of betting. The cards are revealed one at a time starting with card number 1. After each card is revealed a round of betting occurs. Once the fifth and final card is revealed, and the final round of betting is complete any players still involved in the showdown, that have not folded previously, will show their hand. 

For a player’s final hand, they may use 2 or more of their dealt cards. they may also use cards from the cross layout. However, if using cards from the layout you can only use cards from the horizontal line (4,5 and 2) or the vertical line (1,5, and 3), but not both. 


After the hands have been revealed the rules for traditional hand ranks are used to find the winner. The winning hand collects their winning and a new round can be started. 


The game has no official end players can leave and join at the end of hands, or players can all decide together to end the game. 

Nakoa Davis