Poker with Two Hands

OBJECTIVE OF POKER WITH TWO HANDS: Win the pot with the best hand.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-5 players

NUMBER OF CARDS: 52-card deck

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




There are several variations of Poker which utilize two hands in the game, such as Chinese Poker and Pai Gow Poker. Below are poker games which are played with two hands, although these instructions assume the reader is familiar with traditional Poker and the Poker Hand Rankings.

Open Face Chinese Poker, not to be confused with the variant of Chinese Poker mentioned above, is three hand poker- not two.


This is a split pot game is played with up to 5 players, each dealt 10 cards after placing an ante.

Players split the 10 cards into 2 five card hands. After the player’s hands are arranged, each player flips the top card of each of their hands over, so that it is visible. This is followed by a round of betting. This pattern of play continues for the second, third, and fourth cards in hand. Following the fourth round of betting, players reveal their hands. Highest ranking and lowest ranking hands split the pot evenly.


Ten card regrets is also a split pot game that accommodates no more than five players. Players are dealt 10 cards each which are arranged into two five-card poker hands: on the left a low hand and on the right a high hand.

After placing an ante, players are dealt two cards at a time, face-down. After, they decide whether these cards are going to be a part of the left hand, the right hand, or one to each. After each player has had their turn there is a round of betting.

The deal repeats, and players are dealt another two card, followed by another round of betting.

This continues until each player has 2 five-card hands. Once a card is assigned to a hand it cannot be moved nor can the hands exceed five cards.

At showdown, the pot is split between the highest and lowest hands, they must be won by the proper corresponding hand, i.e. a right hand cannot win low hand.


The deal and betting process is the same as Seven Card Stud. Seven card stud is simplified as, “two down, four up, one down,” which refers to the quantity and order of the way cards are dealt, with betting rounds in between each card. 

After all the players have seven cards, they are split into a five card and a two card hand. Cards dealt face-up and face-down remain that way. The five card hand must be higher ranking than the two card hand and include at least one face-down card. A final betting round occurs and next is the showdown. The pot is to be split between the best five card and two card hands.





Nakoa Davis

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