Also known as “Seven-up”, Manila is one of the most popular poker games in Australian casinos. It’s a variation on Texas Hold ’em that’s played with a stripped deck of 32 cards, from which all cards ranked lower than 7 are removed.
Because the deck for Manila is stripped, a flush beats a full house. Also, according to Manila poker rules, an ace may not be played low for a straight.
In Manila poker, each player receives two private cards, and the dealer places a single community card face up in the centre of the table. The first betting round then occurs.
Second, third, fourth and fifth community cards are added, each followed by a betting round. After the fifth betting round, a showdown occurs if more than one player is still in the game.
Unlike in Texas Hold ’em, in which players can make their final hands using any combination of hole cards (their private cards) and the community cards, each player must make a hand consisting of both of their two hole cards and exactly three of the five community cards.
Manila Poker Variations
A popular variation of Manila involves dealing three hole cards, instead of two, to each player, and either allowing each player to discard one of these cards or to use any combination of the three hole cards and the community cards to make a final hand. Sometimes, this variation is played with a stripped deck of 36 cards that includes the four 6s.
Another popular Manila variation is called Pinatubo. In this game, no betting round occurs between the dealing of the second and third community cards (which are dealt together). Pinatubo is more often played as a no limit or pot limit game than Manila. It can also be played with three, rather than two, hole cards dealt to each player.