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Strip Poker Rules – Spice Up Your Valentines Day

Strip Poker.  Chances are, if you’ve made it to adulthood then you’ve heard of it. However, do you know how to play? Indeed, when to play?  Our guide to Strip Poker Rules will be sure that you leave here knowing those things and much more. Whether the game is played among friends for some light-hearted fun, with a paramour for an intimate experience, or in any other scenario you can imagine, having someone who knows how to keep the game moving is key to everyone’s enjoyment.

In this guide, we will take you through the different styles of game you can play, as well as give you some tips and guidelines for keeping the game fun for everyone.  By the end, you should be confident in getting things moving when the opportunity arises.  We’ll also provide you some links that can help with your overall poker knowledge.  That way you can have the edge if you so desire.  With all this in mind, let’s take a closer look.

Strip Poker Basics

Strip Poker Rules

Before we begin, we first have to understand that strip poker can be played for several different reasons. If you go in thinking that it will end with something sexy, then you could be in for a disappointment. That’s not to say that things can’t get a bit more adult after a little while. However, no one should go into a game of strip poker with any preconceived notions. Additionally, before you start a game with anyone, you have to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the rules. An understanding of what’s expected is helpful, too. We know things may change as the game progresses, but it’s imperative that you lay down some ground rules first.

The goal of strip poker is to have players take off their clothes as they lose. When clothes stop coming off is something the players should agree on before the game. The overall objective is that no one should be fully clothed after playing for a while.

There are a few different styles, but what you have to consider is how fast you want things to go. If this is a fun game that will last for hours, then you’ll want to keep things evenly paced. Conversely, certain versions will get players down to their underwear (or naked) in no time. Then it’s up to you what happens next.

Strip Poker Variations

While virtually any form of poker can work as strip poker, two games that lend themselves to this style are 5 Card Draw and Texas Hold ‘Em. In a nutshell, players who lose a hand must remove an item of clothing. However, the gameplay is fundamentally different depending on which version you play.

If you’re not sure of how to play either of these poker variants, fear not! We have in-depth guides to both 5 Card Draw and Hold ‘Em.  Once you’re set with either or both of those, you can apply these twists for an exciting strip poker game. Let’s start with 5 Card Draw.

Draw Poker

If your group is not well versed in poker rules and basics, then draw poker is probably your best bet. Before you begin, however, you must determine your currency.  You can choose to wager clothing, or if you have them, you can use poker chips.

Regardless of your betting style, you can play strip draw poker one of two ways. You can have everyone participate and showdown at the end, or you can allow folding to happen. If players can fold, the game will take longer, but it allows for more skill and strategy.

Rules

With draw poker, players have five cards each, then draw replacements to try and make a better hand. If you want the game to move quickly, then have everyone showdown after the draw. You can have all losers remove an article of clothing, or you can have the worst hand strip down. Additionally, if players can keep things fair, you can have the winner of the hand decide who strips for an interesting dynamic.

The second way you can play is with folding. This style is better with chips, as an ante or blind can be played to keep people involved.  Keep players’ stacks small, and when somebody loses all their remaining chips at showdown, the winner can buy their next item of clothing.  If you play just for clothes, be aware some players might always fold.  Encourage them to play, but never force anyone into something they don’t want to do.

Betting

As we mentioned, you can have chips or clothes be your currency. If you decide to use chips in your game, then it allows for more strategy from the players. In this case, if a player loses all of his or her money, then he or she can buy back in by removing an article of clothing. To make things more interesting, you can assign values to clothes depending on what they are. For example, a sock may be worth $5, but a piece of underwear could be worth $50.

Another variation of this using chips is that the losing hands have to take off one piece of clothing or pay a certain amount to avoid stripping. If you play that way, the “non-strip fee” would go to the bank, not the winning player.

If you decide to have clothes be your currency, then each player will make his or her bets based on articles of clothing. Again, to keep things interesting each piece should be awarded a numeric value, thus allowing for raising and calling. For example, if one player bets a sock ($5), then another player may raise a shirt ($15) and so on. In the end, whoever is in the showdown will have to remove all items that he or she wagered.

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Hold Em

If your strip poker group is looking for something a bit more challenging, then Texas Hold ‘Em would be a better way to go. Bear in mind, though, that Hold ‘Em can be more difficult for new players.  Whichever way you play, having a list of hand rankings is always useful for the poker newbies.

Playing this way, it’s best to play with chips instead of betting clothes, because you have multiple betting rounds until the showdown.  The gameplay is the same as regular Hold ‘Em, but again the losers have to remove an article of clothing. Alternatively, for a longer game, allow the winner to pick who has to strip. Folding should also be allowed in this game.

Betting

The betting strategy would be the same for this game, in that you can have players strip to buy back in, pay a fee to avoid stripping or strip every time they lose a hand.  Overall, the mechanics of the game are relatively simple. As long as everyone agrees to the rules and the denominations, then everything should go smoothly.

Clothing Wagers

The part of Strip Poker Rules that everyone gets hung up on is how to wager your clothes.  We’ve covered a couple of ways in the guidelines above, but ultimately, whichever way works for you and your group is the best.  Here are a few more suggestions to help you create the right pace for your game.

Fast Games – Without Chips

10-40 minutes

Draw Poker Styles

Very short: Have a set order of clothes to be removed. Everyone plays to showdown and all but the winner remove the next item of clothing.

Quite short: Place a value on each item of clothing and wager appropriately.  This game can move very quickly, so impose a one-raise limit to slow things down if you need to.

Hold ‘Em Styles

Very short: Have a set order of clothes to be removed. Folding pre-flop is free, whilst doing so on the flop costs one item. Folding on the turn costs two.  After the river, remaining players showdown and the losers remove three items.

Quite short: Give incremental values for each item (e.g. Sock: $5, Sweater: $10, etc.).  Limit to one raise per round for a slower game, or set a blind of one item for things to go much faster (a single blind to the left of the dealer, not the usual small/big, and always the lowest value item the player has left).

Longer Games – Best Played With Chips

40 minutes plus – vary the stack sizes, blinds or ante to lengthen the game

Draw or Hold ‘Em

Medium length: Play with a chip value for each item of clothing.

Medium length: Have each player start with stacks representing the clothes they’re wearing.  Once the chips for an item are lost, so is the garment.

Medium to long: Play with tiny stacks (10 chips or so) and have the blinds set to 1 and 2. When a player loses their stack, they can buy their 10 chips back for an item of clothing.  You can buy back from the winner or big-stack for a shorter game, or from the house for a longer game.  If buying back from the house, you can up the blinds as more people lose clothes and the stacks grow.

Long: Play with an ante kept separate from the pot. When a player runs out of chips, they can buy back in from the ante money for the worth of an item of clothing.

Long: Play normally.  When a showdown occurs, all the losers of the showdown draw a card from the deck.  The lowest card sheds a garment (use suits for a tie breaker).  Players who run out of chips can sit out or re-buy from the house or other players.  It can be quite fun to negotiate clothing value with the table when playing the latter option.

These are by no means the only ways to play the game.  Use whichever rules seem best for your game, but don’t be afraid to alter things or stop altogether if it isn’t working.  The most important thing is that everyone is having fun.

Keep in Mind

To make sure that everyone has a great time, we have compiled a list of general rules that you should follow. Strip Poker is meant to be a fun and flirty game, so you want to make sure that everyone is enjoying it. Here are some more general guidelines.

Set Number of Clothes

To keep things fair, everyone should have on roughly the same number of garments. Also, everyone should be in agreement as to what constitutes clothing. For example, a tie may not cut it in some circles. If anyone has many more items than others, he or she should remove excess articles, so everyone is about equal.

Determine Limits

Strip poker is best played in groups, but if that is the case, you need to determine how far everyone is willing to go. That being said, some players may want to go all the way nude, while others may just want to strip to their underwear. Regardless of everyone’s personal limit, all players must respect it and not force anyone to do anything he or she doesn’t feel comfortable with. If at any time a player wants to quit, then respect their wishes and let them leave, or end the game.

Keep it Even

If you decide to have the winner of each hand pick a person to strip, then things can get much more interesting. However, if that is the case, you have to make sure that one person isn’t getting picked on, as that can lead to some uncomfortable situations.

Additional Rules

If players go out and have no more clothes left, then what happens? While they could be eliminated from the table, where is the fun in that? Instead, you can create a list of actions or deeds that must be performed to stay in the game. When deciding on these, however, again make sure to keep it within everyone’s limits, and do not force anyone to do anything they don’t want to.

Don’t Make Fun

Strip Poker

It’s pretty unlikely your game will look like this, so assuming that your friends are not all supermodels, a poker table is not the place to criticize or make fun of them as they strip. The goal is to have fun, not feel bad. A bit of ribbing can be acceptable, but make sure that everyone knows that it’s all in jest and nothing is serious.

Don’t Sexualize or Objectify

Unless everyone has already agreed that the game will lead to something more interactive, you shouldn’t make objective or sexual comments to your fellow players, especially if they don’t like it. Again, the point is to have a bit of fun, not make things awkward or uncomfortable.

Strip Poker Conclusion

In short, strip poker can be a fantastic time, whether you do it in a group setting or alone with your lover or paramour. Overall, the game is meant as a flirty way to have fun, although it could certainly be the beginning of something more intense. As long as you make sure that all participants are on board with the rules and everything that happens, you can make strip poker the best time of your life.

Now that you know what to do when the situation arises, we wish you the best fortune playing strip poker! We hope you enjoyed finding out about Strip Poker Rules and we look forward to your comments below!


I am a poker enthusiast who also enjoys sailing, rugby, and gaming. A relative newcomer to the world of online poker, I will be putting our strategy guides to the test as I start the Bankroll Challenge: how far can I get without depositing a single penny? Keep an eye out for updates.


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