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Video:How to Play Strip Poker

with Jon Stewart

Whether your goal is to win big, or lose big, take a few tips on how to play strip poker, and the etiquette that goes along with it, before you play.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Play Strip Poker

Information About Playing Strip Poker

We've all heard about it, but few have ever really done it...played that game where you can literally lose your shirt. That's right. We're talking about the infamous game of... Strip Poker.

History of Strip Poker

Legend has it strip poker originated as a form of entertainment in 19th century brothels. While no one seems to know for sure, it's strongly suspected that strip poker appeared closely on the heels of the traditional game of poker. Before playing strip poker, it's crucial to have some ground rules.

Tips for Playing Strip Poker

All players present should be consenting adults who recognize the potential fun of taking it all off or just watching everyone else lose it all. It's widely suggested that, when playing strip poker, you agree on a variation that offers a few betting rounds like five card draw. It's also important that agreement is reached beforehand about how much each article of clothing is worth. After all, it doesn't seem quite right if a sock is worth the same as an entire shirt, or if a hat is worth more than say, an undergarment.

Do's and Don'ts for Playing Strip Poker

There are a few do's and don'ts that make playing strip poker more fun for everyone involved. For instance, do wear a lot of layers, but don't wear so many you end up looking ridiculous. When hosting a game, be sure the room you're playing in is at a comfortable temperature. There are so many embarrassing things that could go wrong if it's too hot or too cold. Remember when your mom always said to wear clean underwear? This would be a perfect time to follow that rule. Dress to impress all the way down to your skivvies, just in case the cards don't go your way. That means you might want to rethink those tightie whities and Bridget Jones' style grannies.

The rules of strip poker can be as flexible as those playing it. You can include elements like truth or dare or even allow players the ability to buy back articles of clothing. Whatever rules you choose to play by, never force anyone to do anything that makes anyone uncomfortable. Adult fun is the spirit of the game and the reason for playing.Just remember, strip poker is the one time it's okay to lose your shirt. Even better is that someone else you've had your eye on loses theirs. I'm Jonathon Stewart, with About.com.
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