OBJECTIVE OF PSYCHO: The objective of Psycho is to build and win hands of poker.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 or more players

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

TYPE OF GAME: Poker Card Game



Psycho is a poker card game for 2 or more players. The goal is for you to build a poker hand for the round.

Players should establish before the game begins what the maximum and minimum bid will be and what to set the ante at.


The first dealer is chosen at random and passes to the left for each new deal.

Each player pays the ante to the pot and then the dealer deals each player a hand of 5 cards.

After each player is dealt their hand they may discard and redraw cards to their hand as in Draw Poker.

Card and Hand Rankings

The ranking of cards and hands is standard for poker. The ranking is Ace (high), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 (low). Hand ranking can be found here.


Each player now chooses three cards from their hands and discards the rest face down. Simultaneously they will all show their three-card hands. There is a round of betting (see here for details) and then each player is given a fourth card face up. Another round of betting begins, and after a 5th card is dealt to each player faceup. There will be another round of betting, and a 6th card is given face up. Another round of bidding takes place and finally, the 7th card is dealt facedown. There is a final round of bidding and then each player declares high, low, or both.

High meaning, they believe they will have the highest-ranked hand, low meaning they will have the lowest-ranked hand, and both meaning they think they will have both the highest and lowest.

After declarations players make the best 5-card hands possible, either the highest, lowest, or both, using the 7 cards they have in hand.


Players reveal their 7th card and compare hands. the pot is split evenly between the players who have the highest and lowest hands. It can be the same player. If the pot does not split evenly then the highest hand gets the higher cut.

Amber Crook
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