OBJECTIVE OF MANILA: Win the pot!
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4+ players
NUMBER OF CARDS: 32 card deck (52 card deck with 6s-2s removed)
RANK OF CARDS: A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7
TYPE OF GAME: Casino
INTRODUCTION TO MANILA
Manila or Seven Up Poker is a variant on Texas Hold ‘Em. This is a popular variant in Australian Casinos and is unique because of its stripped deck. Manila is played with a standard 52 card deck with all cards below 7s removed for a total of 32 cards. Like most poker games, players try to win the pot by placing bets, bluffing, and having the best five-card hand.
Prior to the deal, the blinds must be put out. The player to the left of the dealer places the small blind and the player to their left places the big blind. After, the dealer passes each player two cards face-down and one card face-up. The single card is dealt to the center of the table.
Like Hold’Em, Manila is a community card game. However, players try and make the best 5 card hand with their two hole cards and three community cards (out of five).
The game consists of 5 betting rounds. Between each round of betting, the dealer deals a new community card to the table. At the end of the betting rounds, players use their two hole cards and 3 of 5 community cards in the showdown. Since the game utilizes a stripped deck, flushes beat full houses. Also, aces cannot be used as low cards in a straight. The player with the best five card hand wins the pot!
Straight Flush. Five cards of the same suit in sequence.
Four of a Kind. Four cards of equal rank.
Full House. 2 cards of equal rank + 3 cards of equal rank (i.e. 3 Kings and 2 Tens)
Flush. Five cards of the same suit. Cards are not in full sequence.
Straight: Five cards in sequence, different suits.
Three of a Kind. Three cards of equal rank.
Two Pairs. Hand with two separate pairs. One pair of one rank, one pair of another.
One Pair. Hand with one pair of cards of equal rank.
No Pair/High Card. No combination. High card defines the hand.