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Pig, A Four Card Poker Variation

Updated on July 9, 2016
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I'm a neighborhood card player. It's social and competitive at the same time. I love a new game variation when it's Dealer's Choice.

..........Why is this pig smiling?

this pig might have a good hand...
this pig might have a good hand... | Source

Pig - four becomes more,maybe 8 maybe 9

In this game, each player gets a four card hand.

There is a community board of four cards.

Each player has the option to buy a fifth card for their hand; but they must discard a card first.

It's played as a Hi-Lo split game.

Number of cards, number of players

Regular Pig can be dealt with up to 9 players. 9 x 4 = 36 player cards = + 4 card board = 40. Leaves 12 cards to cover the potential buys.

Pig deal, in pictures

Start with a four card board.
Start with a four card board. | Source
Turn the first card
Turn the first card | Source
Turn the second card
Turn the second card | Source
Turn the third card
Turn the third card | Source
Turn the fourth card
Turn the fourth card | Source

Dealing Pig

  • Deal four down cards to each player.
  • Deal a community board of four down cards.
  • There is a round of betting.

Flop one

Turn the 1st community card.

There is a round of betting.

Flop Two

Turn the 2nd community card.

There is a round of betting.

The Turn

Turn the 3rd community card.

There is a round of betting.

The River

Turn the 4th community card.

There is a round of betting.

The Buy

Each player has the option to buy (2 chips) a replacement for one of the cards in their hand. The player must hand in the buy price with the card to be replaced, before seeing a new card.

There is a round of betting before the showdown.

Buying a card for a High draw

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The Showdown

Play the best 5 card hand out of a players 4 card hand plus the 4 community cards.

Generally played as a High/Lo split game.

Lo follows the games house rules on 8 or better vs Any Low.

Buying A Card

Be alert for buying opportunities.

In this example, the player holds As, Ac, 4c, 5d. The pair of Aces isn't that strong. Player already has a made Lo. Buying a replacement for the Ace of spades gives our hero two shots at improvement. A club, 9 outs, yields a nut flush. A 3, 6, or 7 improves the Lo, 12 outs. A 3 yields a wheel or straight only, depending on the Lo rules.

Lots of outs, a low club helps both ways.

Buying a card, for a Low and also a High draw.

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Pig Strategy

With 4 in your hand and 4 on the board, a hand can be well disguised. A super High hand is harder to read than a super Lo hand.

Don't waste chips on 4 uncoordinated cards in your hand. Usually somebody makes a flush.

A good general rule is: fold to a bet if any turned card doesn't make or improve your hand.

Poker Terms - Community Cards (Board)

Cards dealt in to the center of the table, available to all players, and combined in some way with their individual card hands.

Variations - Super Pig

Another way to play Pig, is increase the Buy amount to say 5 chips and allow each player to replace anywhere from 1-3 cards in their hand. The player must hold at least one original card.

Obviously, it assumes there are enough cards to potentially handle all buys. Count before offering the buy! Revert to a one card buy if necessary.

The Pig Poll

Ever played Pig? Want to try Pig?

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Other Dealer's Choice Variations

Number of Players
Extra Cards
(The) Bridge
10 (10x4=40+7=47)
10 (10x4=40+5+3=48)
Crazy Pineapple
10 (10x3=30+5+3=38)
Crazy Pineapple, Double Board
10 (10x3=30+10+6=46)
10 (10x2=20+5+3=28)
09 (9x4=36+4+9=49)
Double Cross
09 (9x5=45+6=51)
Criss Cross
09 (9x5=45+5=50)
09 (9x5=45+5=50)
(The) Z
09 (9x5=45+4=49)
08 (8x5=40+9=49)
2-2-1 from 6, 3
08 (8x5=40+9=49)
08 (8x5=40+9=49)
Round The World
08 (8x5=40+8=48)
2-2-1 from 4, 3
08 (8x5=40+7=47)
2-2-1 from 4, 4, 4
08 (8x5=40+12=52)
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
08 (8x5=40+12=52)
Double 32
08 (8x5=40+10=50)
Take Away
08 (8x5=40+10=50)
3 Card Stud
08 (8x3=24+8+8+8=48)
Temple Of Doom
08 (8x5=40+6=46)
Double Hand Omaha
07 (7x6=42+5+3=50)


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