How to Play Strip Poker

Edgy Fun for Adults

A pair of kings -- the second best starting hand in no-limit holdem

Playing poker always makes for a great time, especially if you're winning the pot. But if you're out for a twist with adult friends who are pretty, well, close friends, play a game of poker where clothes become currency: strip poker. So whether it's winter or summer, pile on the garments -- it's like starting with hundreds of chips -- so you have a lot to lose before it gets, ah, interesting.

The Cast of Characters

Before you think about introducing strip poker to your evening's entertainment, make sure you're with other like-minded adults. This is a game for couples, potential paramours or a group/party of like-minded friends who won't freak out when the clothes come off. This isn't a game anyone should feel pushed into -- it'll be no fun for that person or the other players. If you don't pay attention to this detail up front you might be very sorry in the morning. Sensitivity matters.
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The Rules

In strip poker, instead of playing for cash, you play for clothes. Alternatively, you can start out playing for money and when players run out of cash, they must offer up articles of clothing to stay in a hand. If they lose, the clothes get removed, one piece at a time. Strip poker sometimes does not closely follow actual poker rules. Often players all get a draw and then show their cards, with losers having to take off a previously specified piece of clothing and the winner keeping everything on.

It's also played with one betting round, putting more pieces of clothing at risk if you want to stay in the hand. You can either see that bet, raise or fold. If a player wants to stay in he must see or raise that bet, as in regular poker. If you lose, you lose the garments you bet. If you win you get to keep them on.

Think of pieces of clothing as money and it all makes sense. You can play any variation of poker, though it's best to keep it to simple games with fewer betting rounds, such as five-card draw or one of the five-card draw variations.

How Much Is Each Article Worth?

Another thing to decide before people start shedding clothes is what the clothes are worth. If a sock is worth one bet, is a shirt worth two? How about underwear? Maybe five ... or maybe 10. Decide before you begin what the currency of clothing equals.

When Is It Over?

You'll know. If someone is down to their skivvies and hugging themselves and declaring they're out, it's over.