Guts Game Rules

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(In Guts, the pair of Aces is the highest hand a player can receive.)

(In Guts, the pair of Aces is the highest hand a player can receive.)

Card Game Rules

Guts is a 2 card variant of poker. The game is played with a standard 52 playing card deck and is for 2 or more players. In Guts, are high and 2s are low. The objective of Guts is to win the pot by having the highest hand.

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Hand Rankings

Because players only receive two cards in Guts, the highest pair outranks other hands (e.g. a pair of Aces is the highest ranked hand). If there are no pairs, the highest card outranks other hands. If two people have the same high card, the highest second card wins.   


Set Up

Players start by placing an ante, or initial bet, into the round’s pot.

Before gameplay can begin, a dealer must be selected. To do so, players must choose a random card from a shuffled deck. The player with the lowest card becomes the dealer. Ties are broken with repeated drawings. The dealer shuffles the deck and then passes out two cards face down to every player.

Players then look at their hand and decide if they would like to continue playing. If they decide to forfeit their hand, they receive back their ante.


How to Play

After players declare their intention to continue playing, cards are flipped over. The best hand wins the pot. If there is a tie for the best hand, the pot is shared amongst the winners equally.

For more information on Guts and its rules, check out Wikipedia’s article here or Pagat’s article here

Looking for more card games to play?  Check out this article:

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Interview with Inside the Casino

John Nielsen from Inside the Casino interviewed us during the summer of 2018. They know all about casino games and equipment and we were happy to talk with them about the playing card industry. You may view the interview here

About the author: John Taylor is a content writer and freelancer through the company You may view his freelancing profile here. He has a B. A. in English, with a specialty in technical writing, from Texas A&M University and a M. A. in English from the University of Glasgow. You may view his previous articles about card games here and his LinkedIn profile here.

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Last update date: 08/30/20


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