Base Game: Standard 7-Card Stud
Wild cards: Yes
Created by: The Poker Page people
Submitted by: Brian O'Neill
This is an odd, very wacky game that can completely change as the game goes on. The Night variation is even more zany. Basically 7-Card Stud, similar to Follow the Queen.
The game starts with no wild cards. If a Queen comes face up, then all non-Face, non-Ace cards of the same suit are wild (i.e., ranks 2-10). If a second Queen comes face up, then the previous wild cards revert to normal, and the new suit is wild.
If Jokers are used, they are similar to Queens, except that a Joker up makes the Joker's wild, at least until another Queen comes up, in which case the Jokers are null cards. Of course, if then a second Joker comes up, they are wild again...
If there are a limited number of players, you may wish to add a dummy hand, or alternately turn over a card from the deck before each player's turn.
This is much the same variation as "Night Baseball" is to Baseball.
Instead of dealing as a 7-Card Stud game, each player is dealt 7 cards down, blind to the player (they may NOT look at them). A player which views their cards must pay a penalty (typically the "pot" to that point, and must fold).
The dealer turns the top card of the deck as a "starting point". The player to the left of the dealer then begins turning over cards until they beat the starting point. They are then given the option to bet or pass. Play then continues with the next player turning over cards until they can beat the previous player's hand, then betting, etc. Turning over too many cards generally involves a penalty. If a player cannot beat the previous hand, they may either fold, or they can pay a "fee" to remain in the game in the hope that a Queen or Joker will alter their (or their opponent's) hand.
If play progresses such that the only player eligible to turn over cards is holding the current high hand, or if the next person in line to turn over cards is holding the current high hand, then the game is over and the player with the high hand wins.
A player can turn over cards in any order they wish.
Betting in this game has several variations. Typically, once a player beats the previous hand, they are allowed to bet, and everyone must match, raise, or fold. If they choose not to bet, then either play continues, OR the ability to bet passes to the previous person on down until it reaches the current high hand again.