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Double Cross, A Poker Variation

Updated on July 9, 2016
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Board Layout For Double Cross

Six  cards to form a double cross
Six cards to form a double cross | Source

Double Cross is Criss Cross with some Pizzazz

Say what? Well, you deal five cards and lay them out just like criss cross.

Then you add another center card. Turn one center card vertically; turn the other center card horizontally.

This gives you the board for double cross, Just like the picture on the right.

Playing Double Cross

Deal each player five down cards for their hand. Deal the board as described and as shown in the picture.

After all the board cards are turned up (as described below), each player combines their hand with either the three horizontal cards, or the three vertical cards, to form their best Hi or Lo hand.

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First Card (West) TurnedSecond Card (North) TurnedThird Card (East) TurnedFourth Card (South) Turned
First Card (West) Turned
First Card (West) Turned | Source
Second Card (North) Turned
Second Card (North) Turned | Source
Third Card (East) Turned
Third Card (East) Turned | Source
Fourth Card (South) Turned
Fourth Card (South) Turned | Source

Turning the Board Cards

  1. Turn the first card. There is a round of betting. See first picture to the right.
  2. Turn the second card. There is a round of betting. See second picture to the right.
  3. Turn the third card. There is a round of betting. See third picture to the right.
  4. Turn the fourth card. There is a round of betting. See fourth picture to the right.

Note: Thinking of the board as compass points, we usually start with the "west" card, and continue with the "North" card, then the "East" card, and then the "South" card. The order doesn't matter as long as the dealer(s) announce a turn sequence and are consistent. The dealer could possibly gain an edge by choosing a specific card to turn.

Two River Cards

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Top Center Card Turned To Play With Horizontal RowBottom Center Card Turned To Play With Vertical Column
Top Center Card Turned To Play With Horizontal Row
Top Center Card Turned To Play With Horizontal Row | Source
Bottom Center Card Turned To Play With Vertical Column
Bottom Center Card Turned To Play With Vertical Column | Source

Now Comes the Double Cross

The next two pictures show the river turns.

Turn the top center card (to play with the East and West cards). There is a round of betting. See first picture to the right.

Turn the last center card (to play with the North and South cards). There is a round of betting. See second picture to the right.

And The Winner Is ...

The first picture below shows a Queen to Eight straight. Use the Queen and the Eight from the vertical column of the board to play with the Jack, Ten and Nine from the hand.

The second picture below shows an Ace, Two, Three, Four, Seven (called a smooth Seven). Use the Two and the Seven from the horizontal row of the board to play with the Ace, Three and Four from the hand.

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Hi Hand Made With Vertical ColumnLo Hand Made With Horizontal Row
Hi Hand Made With Vertical Column
Hi Hand Made With Vertical Column | Source
Lo Hand Made With Horizontal Row
Lo Hand Made With Horizontal Row | Source

Poker Terms- the River

The last community card to be exposed (dealt or turned over) is called the River, e.g."she got an Ace on the river."

Other Variations

Variation
# of Players
 
 
(The) Bridge
10 (10x4=40+7=47)
 
 
Omaha
10 (10x4=40+5+3=48)
 
 
Crazy Pineapple
10 (10x3=30+5+3=38)
 
 
Crazy Pineapple, Double Board
10 (10x3=30+10+6=46)
 
 
Hold'em
10 (10x2=20+5+3=28)
 
 
Pig
09 (9x4=36+4+9=49)
 
 
Double Cross
09 (9x5=45+6=51)
 
 
Criss Cross
09 (9x5=45+5=50)
 
 
Rocky
09 (9x5=45+5=50)
 
 
(The) Z
09 (9x5=45+4=49)
 
 
L
08 (8x5=40+9=49)
 
 
2-2-1 from 6, 3
08 (8x5=40+9=49)
 
 
Tic-Tac-Toe
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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