The rules of Mexican poker are very different then standard poker rules. There is a 41 card deck because the 8-10 are removed and one joker is used as a wild. This is a quick game with lots of bluffing possible. There can be up to 10 players at a time in Mexican poker. With less cards in the deck the order of hands are different then standard poker. Players are dealt one card at a time up to a total of five cards. One card remains face down at all times but may be changed at any time
Some Rule Changes from standard poker are the hand ranking. In Mexican poker the order is:
1. 5 of a kind
2. Royal Flush
3. Straight Flush
4. Four of a Kind
6. Full House
8. Three of a Kind
9. Two Pair
10. One Pair
11. High Card
Here is a basic step by step process of the Mexican Poker Rules. An ante is collected to build a small pot. Then each player is dealt one card face down and one card face up. The first card goes to the player left of the dealer. The best card is forced to bring in with a forced min bet. The joker is always considered highest card. They may bet more if they wish. The action then moves clockwise from the forced bet. Once action is complete you move on to third street.
3rd street the dealing starts to the left of the button. Before the card is dealt each player has the option to have their next card either face down or face up. In Mexican Poker Rules you are not allowed to have two cards face down at the same time. So if you wish your next card to be face down you must first flip your face down card up, then be dealt your next card. Each player is given this option each round.
If two players expose equal hands the action will start closest to the button. This format continues for 4th and 5th streets. The last bettor or the highest hand clockwise from the dealer button must show their hand first. The best Mexican poker hand wins the pot.