What is ‘Pass the Trash’?
“Pass the trash” is a term used to describe a 7-card stud, high-low variant of poker, in which players try to improve their hands by passing unwanted cards to their neighbour.
‘Pass the Trash’ Explained
Pass the trash is known by several other names, including “Anaconda”, “Screw your neighbour”, and “3,2,1 left”. There are also variations of the game.
In “pass the trash”, each player is dealt 7 cards face down. Players can then look at their cards and the player to the left of the dealer starts with a bet. Each player takes 4 out of their 7 cards and passes them to the player on their left. When the first pass has gone round all players, then another series of betting starts, led by the next player to the left of the dealer.
Passing play continues for another 3 rounds with fewer cards passed on each time (3 cards the 2nd round, then 2 and finally 1 card). If any player folds during these passing rounds, the players still in the game pass their cards across the position left empty.
After the final passing round, each remaining player discards two cards, and arranges their 5 remaining cards on the table, in the order they are to be revealed. Once players start to show their cards, the reveal order is locked in and cannot be changed.
Once the cards are arranged, each player turns over 1 card and a round of betting takes place. This continues, until the players are down to a single card left, face down.
At this stage, the remaining players declare themselves as high, low or both (their “intent”). Then the pot is split in half between the player with the lowest hand, and the player with the highest hand. If all players declare the same intent, e.g. “high”, the winner takes all of the pot.