Two Card and Three Card Manila are poker games which combine the usage of “hole” cards, which are dealt faced down, and community cards, called “flops”, which are put on the board faced up. There are five community cards, and a hand of Manila is compiled by using two hole cards and three community cards.
Two Card and Three Card are played similar, and they differ only in numbers. We shall first explain how a game of Two Card Manila works, and then add shortly those rules which are unique to Three Card Manila.
Two Card Manila
There is a maximum of eleven players in Two Card Manila. The game is played with a deck consisting of 32 cards: 11 players x 2 cards = 22 cards + 5 community cards + 4 burnt cards = 31 cards. The Ace can be used only as a high card and not as a low card.
Two Card Manila is played with a blind, i.e. a set bet which the players must post at the beginning of the game.
The dealer starts by dealing two cards to each player, faced down. Each player may call, check, raise or fold. Manila games set a limit of up to three raises per round, unless there are only two players in the game.
Then the first community card is placed on the board, face up, and another round of betting begins, Before the dealer puts on the table the next community card and the others that follow, he “burns” a card. (All in all four burnt cards.) Each flop is followed by a round of bets.
- In $2 dollar Manila the sums of the bets for each of the five rounds are $2, $4, $4, $4 & $8, in accordance.
- In $5 dollar Manila the sums of the bets for each of the five rounds are $5, $10, $10, $10 & $20, in accordance.
- As can be seen, the amount doubles on the second round, stays fixed for the third and forth round, and doubles again for the last round.
- To use an example: the blind in a $2 dollar Manila game will be worth $2. In the first betting round (after posting the blinds) the players may either call the $2 or raise by an additional $4, making the bet a total of $6. The highest raise is possible in the last round: $8.
Three Card Manila
In Three Card Manila there are three “hole” cards, though a hand is made up of two hole cards and three community cards, just like in Two Card Manila.
There is a maximum of nine players in Three Card Manila. The game is played with a deck consisting of 36 cards: 9 players x 3 cards = 27 cards + 5 community cards + 4 burnt cards = 36 cards.