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Last Updated: May 20, 2011

Claridge, Atlantic City House Way


The "front" refers to the two card hand and the "back" refers to the five card hand.

  • No pair: Place the second and third highest cards in the front.
  • One pair: Place the two highest singletons in the front.
  • Two pair: Use the following groups to determine how to play a two pair:

    2 through 6: Low pair
    7 through 10: Medium pairs
    Jack through king: High pairs

    • Low pair and low pair or low pair and medium pair: Split pairs unless holding a king singleton or better.
    • Low pair and high pair or medium pair and medium pair: Split pairs unless holding an ace singleton.
    • Medium pair and high pair or high pair and high pair: Always split.
    • Pair of aces and any other pair: Always split.
  • Three pair: Play highest pair in front.
  • Three of a kind: Play three of a kind in back unless they are aces, then play a pair of aces in back and one ace in front.
  • Three of a kind twice: Play a pair from the higher three of a kind in front.
  • Straights, flushes, straight flushes, and royal flush:
    • With no pair or one pair: Play the highest hand possible in front while maintaining at least a straight in the back.
    • With two pair: Use two pair rule.
    • With three pair: Use three pair rule.
    • With three of a kind: Play pair in front.
    • With full house: Use full house rule.
  • Full house: Play pair in front.
  • Full house with three of a kind and two pairs: Play the highest pair in front.
  • Four of a kind: Play according to the rank of the four of a kind:

    2 through 6: Always keep together.
    7 through 10: Split unless an ace can be played in front.
    Jack through ace: Always split.

  • Four of a kind and a pair: Play pair in front.
  • Four of a kind and three of a kind: Play pair in front from the three of a kind.
  • Five aces: Play pair of aces in front unless a pair of kings can be played in front.

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