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I got shown this game during a break at a recent local tournament I was in that is just like Texas Hold'em except one is dealt five cards, not two. Then at the end of every betting round (pre-flop, flop, turn) one must choose and discard one card. By the time the river comes out you have your final two cards.

Is there a real game like this or is it just something made up (I know all games are made up, but I guess I'm wondering is it popular enough to have a name)

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There are plenty of variations of poker that are seen world over. I haven't heard of this variation that you are talking about, but it does make sense, even if it is something that was created by the locals. If you want to know in detail about all the other variations of poker you will find your answer HERE.

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Where are you located ? - we have been playing this variant for the last 5-6 months in our local club WestPoker in Denmark. We have never seen or heard of this elswehere - we call it Five Card Throw.

We also play another variant which we call Crazy Five Card Throw, in this variant we have 3 card left on the river, but can use a maximium of 2 of them.

It is great fun, with lot of action, especially preflop, where all players more or less have playable hands.

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I'm in Australia. Apparently it's got around. First heard about it about a month ago. –  Clinton Jan 15 '13 at 0:26
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I am not familiar with each player get 5 cards and throw one of them each round, but there are a lot of variation to the game.

More known variation, similar to what you describe, is called pineapple poker - in this game each player received three cards and must throw one card pre-flop. crazy pineapple is the same game but in this case the card is thrown post flop (after the betting round).

Regards,
Amigal

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