Strip Poker

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Introduction to Strip Poker

You have probably watched strip poker scenes on TV before. Strip Poker is the default party game. It involves losing players to remove items of clothing. It is commonly played between 3 and 6 players but can also be played heads up (although a little weird!).

Historically it has been played with men and women. It was founded in the late 19th century but earliest attestations date to early 20th century circa 1920 when it was played in New Orleans, USA and predominantly played in brothels, for obvious reasons. It has gained popularity in movies and TV shows, including popular sitcom Friends.

Which Game of Poker?

It is usually played as 5 card draw but can be played with Texas Hold’em too. The main difference between the two is that Texas Hold’em Strip Poker is usually the betting of clothes. Five card draw relies on either the worst performing player in the hand removing an item of clothing, or all but the winner of the hand removes an item.

The Texas Hold’em variant also means if you fold before the flop, you do not have to remove clothing. This essentially means a tight pre flop strategy keeps you clothed for longer! As you can see, the game rules for strip poker are a little different.


It is usually a good idea to have everyone have the same number of items of clothing. This sometimes means you will have to put a hat on or gloves to make the game fair. There is no point turning up to a strip poker game in shorts and a tank top and your opponents wearing 10 items of clothing.

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Playing Poker at Online Casinos

These days, online poker platforms offer a variety of poker options. Many online casinos provide strip poker along with many other variants. However, it is important to check the reputation of the casino. You can use the filters to find the gambling websites that offer poker in their catalogue. Playing poker at online casinos is easily accessible from devices at your disposable but finding the right provider makes a great deal here.

The Spirit of Strip Poker

Strip poker is not really meant to be played seriously. It is designed to increase the sexual tension and embarrassment between adults playing the game. It is played whilst drinking, at a party and between friends, with no money at stake. This is not quite the same as your standard poker night.

If you are at party and invited to play strip poker, don’t put on your sunglasses and get out your notepad to take notes, it’s all about the fun. A word of caution though, if you are particularly uptight or self-conscious about your body, best to bow out and watch the game with a beer than play yourself. It is not a game for the faint hearted.  

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Narciso Baldo is the Director and Head Coach of Texas Hold'em Questions. He has been playing poker for over 16 years. After spending many years as a professional, he now runs UK poker training site Texas Hold'em Questions. Narciso regularly writes poker articles sharing tips, strategy, news and experience with gambling enthusiasts. Narciso also writes for reputable gambling portal Casino City Times, (bio here). Contact: