How to Play the Devil's Hand Card Game

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In The Devil's Hand Card Game, players compete to get as close as possible to the point total of the Devil's Hand. There is a twist to the Devil's Hand Card Game, though. If a player ties with another player for the total closest to the Devil's Hand, both players are eliminated. Forget a tie! This adds a high risk factor when you choose to stay in the game with a good hand. The pots in the Devil's Hand Card Game tend to be on the low end, but players may agree to up the bets.

  • Find a group of friends to play the Devil's Hand Card Game with. The game requires at least 3 players, and you can have up to 8 players. The ideal number of players is between 5 and 7.

  • Deal 3 face down cards to each player after everyone has paid an ante into the pot. The ante is up to the players to agree upon, but the typical amount is 25 or 50 cents. Allow each player to look at his own cards.

  • Deal three face up cards in the center of the table. This is the Devil's Hand. Players try to get as close as possible to the total of the Devil's Hand with their own card hand. Face cards are all worth 10 points. All other cards are worth the face value. Aces count as one point.

  • Give the player to the left of the dealer the option of exchanging as many cards as he wishes from his hand for an equal number of cards from the drawing deck. A player does not have to exchange any cards. If he chooses to do so, he must pay an amount equal to the ante into the pot. A player may only exchange his cards once. The same option is offered to each player going around the table in a clockwise rotation.

  • Pay a final ante. Each player that wishes to remain in the game must now pay an amount into the pot equal to her original ante. A player may fold at this time instead of paying another ante into the pot if she feels her hand is not a winner.

  • Reveal the hands and determine the winner. The players then show their hands. Each player announces his point totals. The player closest to the Devil's Hand point total--without going over--wins. If two players tie for having the hand closest in point total to the Devil's Hand, both players are eliminated. The player with the next closest total to the Devil's Hand wins in that situation. However, if there is another tie, those players are eliminated as well. If there is no winner due to multiple ties with no single winner, the pot remains for the next hand of the Devil's Hand Card Game.

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