If you are a poker player, you might know what ‘pass the trash’ is. It is one of the variants of poker. As the name suggests, pass the trash is one game where the player passes on the card that is trash to him. Meaning the player passes on the card that is the least value for the player’s cards at hand.
What is pass the trash?
Pass the trash is the high-low variant of poker which is used to describe the 7 card stud. There are several other names for pass the trash like “Anaconda”, “Screw your neighbour”, and “3,2,1 left”.
How to play pass the trash?
In pass the trash each player is dealt 7 cards which are supposed to be hidden from the other players. After the dealer distributes the cards the player who is to the left of the dealer starts with the bet. Once the first pass has gone over all players, then another series of betting starts, which is started by the next player to the left of the dealer. This play of passing the cards goes till 3 rounds. Every time the number of cards that are passed are lesser than the last round. If the player happens to fold his cards during the game, the players can still pass their cards across the position that is left empty. Once the last passing round is over each of the remaining players get to discards two cards from his hands, and arranges the 5 remaining cards on the table such that they are in the order in which they are to be revealed.
After the player is finished with revealing his cards the number is locked and hence cannot be changed. After all the cards are arranged, every player turns over 1 card and then every player starts to bet for one round. This betting continues, until the players are down to a single card left, face down. While this is happening the other players can claim themselves as high or low. When the round is complete, everyone flips up their cards, and the player having lowest card should put one of his money stacks into the middle. After that, if two people end up having the lowest card, they both must put it in a money stack. The cards from the previous round are discarded, not put back into the deck, and the remaining cards are dealt out again, rotating 1 spot to the right. The person who decides first this time also rotates 1 spot to the right. The game continues until there is only 1 person remaining with any money stacks, and he clears the pot in the middle.
Ride the bus:
If the person who puts all of his money first in the stacks in the middle gets the option of “riding the bus”. Riding the bus is something which is buying into the game for 1 more stack of money it gives the players one more chance. Now only the first person to lose all his stacks gets this option. If he passes, nobody gets to ride the bus and definitely, nobody gets to ride the short bus, as much as you may want to. The players cannot predict this strategy completely, it is more of guessing and based on luck. There is no such reason to ride the bus unless you lost the first 4 hands and everyone else is sitting with full stacks of money.