Spit in the Ocean

No spitting takes place in this game, but there is always a bit of drama when one player yells “Spit!” during the deal! Spit in the Ocean is dealt similarly to the other five-card draw games, but with two differences. After you ante, the dealer begins dealing four cards face down to each player, instead of the usual five. During the deal, the first player to shout “Spit!” brings the deal to a halt. At that time, the dealer turns up a single community card to the center of the table. This card becomes the fifth card in each player's hand. The spit card is a wild card, along with the other three cards of the same value.

The player to the dealer's left begins the first round of betting by checking, betting, or folding. The betting round continues around the table, and each player in turn can call the bet, raise the bet, or fold. The players still in the game can then discard up to two of the cards in their hand, to be replaced by the dealer from the deck. The player to the dealer's left then begins a final round of betting. The showdown continues around the table, with all other players matching, raising, or folding. The remaining players then reveal their hands, and the highest hand wins the pot.

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