Pass the Trash Poker

OBJECTIVE OF PASS THE TRASH: Win the pot at showdown by having the highest hand.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-7 players

NUMBER OF CARDS: standard 52-card deck

RANK OF CARDS: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

TYPE OF GAME: Selection/Rejection Poker



Pass the Trash, or Anaconda, is a poker game that involves passing unwanted cards to other players. These instructions assume players are familiar with traditional Poker. This variation on poker allows up to seven players.


After the antes are paid, the dealer passes each player seven cards face-down. The players look at their cards and begin a round of betting, starting with the player directly to the left of the dealer. Players may bet (call), raise, or fold.

The players who are active then place three unwanted cards in front of them, on the table. Once all players are ready, they are passed to the left. Players examine their new hand and the second round of betting follows.

Players repeat, only reducing the number of cards passed by 1 each round. So, players pass two cards left then bet, then they pass a single card left and bet.

After the passing of cards is completed, players may “Roll Your Own,” and re-arrange the five cards you want to assemble your hand from in the order you wish for them to be turned over. After the five cards have been chosen (and possible arranged), place them face-down in a stack in front of you.

Turn the first card over and begin a round of betting, starting with the player who has high-card. This continues until there are four cards face-up and one face-down.

After the last round of betting, remaining players show their hands, the player with the highest hand at showdown wins the pot.



Pass the Trash Poker has the ability to be played high-low. Prior to showdown, players must declare whether they are going for a high hand or a low hand, the two players with the highest and lowest hands (who correctly called it) split the pot.

Dealer’s Choice

The dealer may specify the pattern of passing. For example, they may mandate that when passing three cards, they must be passed three people to the left.

Howdy Doody

This variation on Pass the Trash is played Hi/Lo with wild cards. Threes are wild for high hands and Kings are wild for low hands. If you call both, your wild cards must be played for high and low, respectively.




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