Basic Play[edit | edit source]

Four players are each dealt 13 cards. The idea is then to arrange those cards into two 5-card poker hands and a single 3-card poker hand. For the 3-card hand, straights and flushes aren't possible - the best hand is 3 of a kind, then a pair and then no pair.

The cards are arrayed in three rows in front of the player. The two 5-card hands and then the 3-card hand. The row closest to the player must be a better poker hand than the middle row and the middle row must be a better hand than the front row (the 3-card row)

Once all players have arranged their hands, they are turned over and compared in turn to determine the winner. First all back rows are compared and the winner gets points from the losing players. Then the middle row is compared and points awarded. Finally the front row is compared and points awarded.

Scoring[edit | edit source]

For purposes of scoring, assume the following imaginary reveal:

          Alex          
      3s 3d 3c 8s 8d      
      2h 4s 5s Kc Ks      
        6c Jh Qh        
  2d 4c               2c 7h  
  Tc 7d 9h           6h 4d 7c  
Debbie Th Kh 9d           Qd 5h 7s Bob
  Ts Kd Qs           Ac Jc 9s  
  Td Ah               Jd 9c  
        5d 8c 8h        
      6s Js Qc Ad As      
      2s 3h 4h 5c 6d      
          Carol          

The hands, of course, are as follows:

  Front Middle Back
Alex Queen high Pair of kings, five kicker Treys full
Bob Ace high Pair of jacks Sevens full
Carol Pair of eights Pair of aces Six-high straight
Debbie Pair of nines Pair of kings, ace kicker Quad tens


Each player now compares all three hands against each other player's three hands.

  Bob Carol Debbie
Alex Front: Bob
Middle: Alex
Back: Bob
Front: Carol
Middle: Carol
Back: Alex
Front: Debbie
Middle: Debbie
Back: Debbie
Bob   Front: Carol
Middle: Carol
Back: Bob
Front: Debbie
Middle: Debbie
Back: Debbie
Carol     Front: Debbie
Middle: Carol
Back: Debbie


So, if they're playing for $1 a point, each player ends up winning or losing money as follows:
Alex: -$5 ($1 to Bob, $1 to Carol, $3 to Debbie)
Bob: -$3 ($1 from Alex, $1 to Carol, $3 to Debbie)
Carol: +$1 ($1 from Alex, $1 from Bob, $1 to Debbie)
Debbie: +$7 ($3 from Alex, $3 from Bob, $1 from Carol)

Discussions[edit | edit source]

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