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Criss Cross, A Simple Poker Variation

Updated on July 4, 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.

Criss Cross

Criss Cross is a community card game. You can have up to nine players (9x5=45+6=51)

We play it with a Hi Lo, 8 or better, split pot. Hal calls Criss Cross regularly in our weekly dealer's choice game.

It is also known as Iron Cross. It plays like two 5 card flops with a common river card.

It goes quickly and it's pretty easy to make betting and folding decisions.

The Game, 1, 2, 3

  1. Each player is dealt a five card hand.
  2. Five cards are laid out, face down, in the shape of a cross.
  3. Each player combines their hole cards with the three cards down or the three cards across to make their best five card poker hand.

The Big Deal

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The Deal

  • Each player is dealt a five card hand.
  • Five cards are laid out, face down, in the shape of a cross.
  • There is a round of betting.
  • Each of the four corner cards are turned, in order, one at a time.
  • Each card turn is followed by a betting round.
  • The center card is the river, and it is turned last, and followed by a betting round.
  • After the last round of betting, the hole cards are shown and winners are declared.

The dealing/betting sequence is shown in the accompanying pictures.


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A High Hand With 2 PairA Lo Hand With Ace, 2, 4, 6, 8.
A High Hand With 2 Pair
A High Hand With 2 Pair | Source
A Lo Hand With Ace, 2, 4, 6, 8.
A Lo Hand With Ace, 2, 4, 6, 8. | Source

And The Winner Is...

Hand one shows a pretty typical Hi hand winner with two pair. The vertical line of the cross combines with the hand to make two pair, Aces and Deuces.

Hand two, also combines best with the vertical line, this time for a Lo: Ace, Two, Four, Six, Eight.

Criss Cross variations

The game is usually played as Hi Lo, so there can be two winners, or somebody can scoop the pot. One variation is in how the low hand is decided: any low (A,2,3,4,6 is best possible low) or 8 or better (A,2,3,4,5 or a wheel is best).

Another variation is called Double Cross, where there are two river cards, each being committed to either the horizontal or the vertical line of the cross.

Criss Cross In Dominos and Word Games

Here is a neat solitaire dominoes game. /check it out,

Like Word Games? Inspired by Scrabble, here is a game for the "crafty" players!

How Many Player's?

Number of Players
Extra Cards
(The) Bridge
10 (10x4=40+7=47)
10 (10x4=40+5+3=48)
Includes burn cards
Crazy Pineapple
10 (10x3=30+5+3=38)
Includes burn cards
Crazy Pineapple, Double Board
10 (10x3=30+10+6=46)
Includes burn cards
10 (10x2=20+5+3=28)
Includes burn cards
09 (9x4=36+4+9=49)
Everybody buys 1
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)
Everbody takes 3
Temple Of Doom
08 (8x5=40+6=46)
Double Hand Omaha
07 (7x6=42+5+3=50)
Includes burn cards


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