Stone Cold Nuts

The nuts in Bonedoneskis is 2’s full of 5’s. Any wild card may be used to make the nuts.

2 Hog

If a player is dealt the 2♠ face up, they have the option to take a 2 or a 5 from any player’s board up until that street. The player who is stolen from does not receive a replacement card, nor must the stealer discard any of his.

The 7’s

Any face up 7 is wild.

Black Jack

If a black J is face up in a player’s hand, the player must pay $2.50 to the pot upon it being dealt/revealed. If the player does not pay, they must fold their hand. If a J is paid for, it is “activated” and becomes wild. If a player trades for or steals a black J after it has been activated, it remains wild.

The 3’s

If a 3 is exposed, either dealt or through having a hole card turned over, the player may pay $2.50 to the pot and replace that 3 with the first card off the top of the deck. If you pass your option to sell your 3 when it is dealt or exposed, you may not sell that 3 on a later street.

Black 6’s

Black 6’s are played as either that 6, or any Ace

Red 6’s

Red 6’s have no value. They cannot be used to complete any hand, not even a pair, except for “a Bonedoneskis”. For example, if you have a red 6 in your final six card hand, your hand now contains only 5 cards.

A Bonedoneskis

If a player has both red 6’s face up on their board, the hand ends and the pot is automatically awarded to that player. Both red 6’s must be the natural 6’s (no wilds). This is known as a Bonedoneskis.

Ace Option

Any Ace plays as that Ace or a red 6. For example: If you hold the A♠-2♥-4♥-5♥-3♥-6♥, even though the natural 6♥ doesn’t play, the A♠ could play as the 6♥, giving you a straight flush, 6-high.

Trade Cards

If a player is dealt the 9, 10♠, or 2 face up, that player MUST trade that card with any other player’s up card from that street.

No Retrade

If a player trades one trade card for another, the second trade is then void. For example, if you trade the 9 for the 10♠, you can not trade the 10♠ with another card.

8 Ball

If a player is dealt the 8♠ or has it turned up on their board, he has the option to pay $2.50 to the pot to trade the 8♠ with any card on any other player’s board, whether it was from the current street or a previous street. If a player passes on the option to trade when dealt the 8♠, no player may use that option at a later time.

Killer 4

If the 4♣ is face down, that hand will be ruled dead at showdown. You may try to bluff with the 4♣ face down and win without showing down. However if the 4♣ is revealed in a showdown the hand is automatically dead.

Dueling Snowmen

If the two 8’s are dealt consecutively face up (including PAC-MAN wrap around rules*), then the game must stop immediately and the two players who are dealt the 8’s must each pay $2.50 to a side spot. Those two players will then each be dealt three cards from a separate deck and play war, one card at a time, where the winner will then be awarded the side pot after winning 2 of 3 wars. The Bonedoneskis hand will then complete as usual.

War can be instigated in between streets. For example, if the last card of third street is a red 8, and the first card of fourth street is the other red 8, a war is instituted.

*PAC-MAN wrap around between players 2 and 3:
Player 1: X-X-J-4
Player 2: X-X-K-8
Player 3: X-X-8

Queen of Hearts

If the Q is face up, the person holding the Q has the option to pick any face down card of any player, and the person must turn that card face up for the rest of the hand. Once turned face up, that card may be turned face down once again as a result of the 4-tician rule.

The King’s Men

If a black King is face up, the person holding the black King must turn over one of his own hole cards. That person may pick which one he wants to turn up.


When a red 4 is face up, either by being dealt or by having a hole card exposed, the person holding the red 4 may make any person turn one of their board cards face down. For example, if Player A holding the X-X-6♠-4♣-Q makes Player B expose one of his hole cards, and he exposes a 4, Player B can then make Player A turn down the 4♣ and Player A’s hand now cannot win at showdown.

Codependent 2’s

If a player is dealt the 2 or the 2♣ on fourth, fifth, sixth, or seventh street, he may then combine that 2 with the card on its immediate left while retaining the suit of the left-hand card. For example, if your board reads X-X-7-5-2♣, you may then combine the 5 and 2♣ to make a 7, wherein your board will now read as a pair of sevens. If you combine two cards, those cards can either play as the combined card OR the separate cards at showdown. For example: the hand J-9-5♠-9-2♣-J♣ does not read as J’s full of 9’s, only three J’s with a 9 and a 5. You may not duplicate a card that is already in your hand. For example, you cannot combine the 8♣, 2 to make the 10♣ if you already have the 10♣ in your hand.

I Got The Nine

If a person is dealt the 9♠ face up, every player at the table who is still in the hand must pay that player $1. The player must point out that he’s holding the 9♠ by performing the Fondle the Balls pantomime for the required payment to be valid.


If the 4♠ is dealt face up on:

  • third street, it counts as the 4♠ or the 8♠
  • fourth street, it counts as the 4♠ or the Q♠
  • fifth street, it counts as the 4♠ or a pair of 4’s (4♠ and 4 no suit)

Fish Hook in a Sailboat and The Life Raft

If a player’s board shows both a J and 4, that player must pay $2.50 to the pot or fold. A player may be saved from paying this fee if there is an 8 (“Life Raft”) separating the J and the 4. For example: a board of X-X-J-4-8 would have to pay $2.50, while a board of X-X-J-8-4 would not.

This can be required multiple times for string streets in the instances of 4-X-J-X-4 or J-4-X-J.

The Krabler

If a player is dealt the Krabler (K3) in sequence, that player must automatically bet if checked to, or raise if bet to, one time that round. For example: your board reads X-X-K and you are dealt a 3 on fourth street, and decide not to sell that 3, you must bet or raise one time on that betting round. Similarly, if your board reads X-X-J-3-K, you must also bet or raise once during that betting round. However, if your board were to read X-X-K-J-3, no action would be required since they were not dealt on consecutive streets.

This can be required multiple times for string streets in the instances of K-3-K or 3-K-3.

The River King

If a red King was originally dealt face down as a hole card, but is turned up either through the Q or a black King, and remains up through the remainder of the hand, the river is then dealt face up to all other players.

Straight Up Face Down Trade

If a player’s board reads three cards in numerical order, either ascending or descending order, that player must trade a down card with the neighbor closest to the highest card in the sequence. The sequence may appear anywhere on a player’s board. The trade must be a random pick from either player. For example: If you are dealt the X-X-6♣-5-4, you would randomly pick a hole card from the player to your left, while he would pick a hole card of yours. Similarly, if your board read X-X-4-10-J-Q♣, you would trade a hole card with the person to your right.

Gambler’s Last Dollar

A player with a red 6 face up can pay $2.50 to receive their river card face up. Good luck!