Wolfies Lou Poker
Wolfies Lou is a mixture of several poker games and it’s definitely not one of the easiest games to learn. However, if you take the time to read through this guide you should understand everything you need to know about this wonderful poker game. You can play Wolfies Lou with your friends, but you’ll not be able to find this poker game present in any poker rooms or casinos. The first thing that everyone needs to do in Wolfies Lou is put an ante into the pot and for the sake of this guide we’ll pretend that the ante is $2.
Once everyone has put their $2 into the pot, the dealer can deal out five cards to each player in the hand. At this stage players are allowed to exchange 1-2 cards although you don’t have to if you like your hand. When the discard round is over, players need to decide whether they want to stay in the hand. If you want to stay in the hand it’ll cost $2. After everyone has decided to stay in the hand or fold the player to the left of the dealer needs to call out what they have.
For instance, if you have a pair of jacks then you would simply say “pair of jacks”. The player sitting to the left of you can either beat your hand or say pass. Once you say pass you aren’t out of the hand, but you’re finished playing this part of the hand. The action continues moving around the table until you find out which player has the best hand. The player that has the best hand has to decide whether they would like to call a trump suit, pass or call reverse trump.
If you’ve played Euchre before then you’ll know exactly what a trump suit is. Basically the trump suit beats all of the other suits, so if you get to decide the trump suit you want to pick a suit that you have a high card or two of. Reverse trump is a bit different then normal trump. If you call reverse trump it means that you pick the suit, but it also switches the order of the deck. Rather then the ace being the highest card the two’s are now the highest card.
Once the trump suit has been determined the player that called trump starts out by playing a card. The objective is to win at least 3 tricks out of 5 to win the money in the pot. If nobody wins 3 tricks then the money stays in the pot for the next hand although players need to add more money into the pot. If you only win 1 trick in the hand then you need to pay a bet equal to the size of the pot before the start of the next hand and if you win 0 tricks you need to pay a bet equal to 2x the size of the pot before playing the next hand.
Wolfies Lou is best played with 3-4 players although you can play the game with up to 6 players if you’d like. When there are more players in the game it’s a lot more difficult to try and win 3 tricks, which means a lot of hands are going to end up in a draw and nobody will win the pot. Wolfies Lou is a bit confusing initially, but once you try the game out it doesn’t take long before you get the hang of it.
The hardest part of the game is when you need to try and earn tricks, but if you’ve played Euchre it won’t be a problem. If you haven’t played Euchre before, you could spend a few minutes reading over the rules of that game if you don’t quite understand how to play the last part of Wolfies Lou. One thing that’s really important is to make sure that nobody cheats during the part of the hand where you call out your best poker hand. It’s obviously an advantage to choose the trump suit, so it’s important that nobody cheats during the hand by calling out a better hand then they actually have.