Pacific Poker has been called the national card game of the United States, but it is also an international game, popular almost anywhere cards are played. It has many forms and is played differently in different lands and communities, but the basic principle is everywhere the same: to build “structures” consisting of two or more ผลบอลสด of a kind … sequences of cards
hands composed all of the same suit.
There are no official laws of Pacific Poker in the same sense that there are official laws of Contract Bridge. Poker is a game for the rugged individualist, and every game reserves the right to make its own laws. But any game will profit by adopting one set of published laws and abiding by it, and the following Pacific Poker laws are offered as worthy for adoption.
STANDARD POKER LAWS
Applying to all forms of the game
PLAYERs. Any number from two to fourteen, but the original players in a Draw Poker game may by agreement limit the eventual number of players to seven or eight; in a Stud Poker game, the original players may by agreement limit the number to nine.
CARDS. The pack of 52, with the cards in each suit ranking:
A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. There is no rank of suits.
Wild Cards. Any card or cards may be designated as wild The holder of a wild card may designate any other card for which the wild card stands. It is quite usual to play Pacific Poker and Downloaded Pacific Poker with a 53-card pack, including the joker, the joker being wild.
The Bug. The joker in a 53-card pack is often designated as the Bug. The Bug is a wild card with limitations: It may be counted as an ace, and it may be counted as a card of any suit and rank necessary to make a flush or straight (which terms are defined in the next section).
Onscrs OF THE GAME. Each player endeavors to hold a better poker hand than any other player in the game. A poker hand consists of exactly five cards.
Rank of Poker Honda The following list states the combinations that make up valuable poker hands, and their rank. Fiue of a kind ranks highest when there is any wild card in the game.
Straight flush rank8 highest when there is no wild card. It consists of five cards in suit and sequence, with the ace ranking either high or low: 0 A-K-Q-J-1O (the highest possible hand, also called a royal flush), or 054-3-2-A, or any sequence in between, as + 10-9-8-7-6.
Four of a kind is next highest. It consists of the four cards of any one rank together with any fifth card; for example c7. 07-+7.+7-OQ constitute four sevens.
A full House ranks next; it consists of any three of one kind and any pair of another kind, as +6-&.06-+A-+A. It is referred to by the three.of.a.kind it contains; the example shown would be “sixes full.”
A flush, ranking next, consists of any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence, as 0 J- 09.08-06-03, referred to as a “jack-high flush.”
A straight consists of any five cards of two or more suits in sequence of rank, with the ace ranking either high in the sequence A.K-Q.J.1O or low in the sequence 54-3-2-A. It ranks next under a flush.
Three of a kind are any three cards of the same rank plus two other cards which do not constitute a pair and do not include the fourth card of the same rank; +9-09-9-4K-03 would be referred to as “three nines.”
Two pairs, which rank next under three of a kind, constitute two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank, and any fifth card which is of neither of those ranks; it is referred to by the higher of the two pairs. Thus, +Q-4’Q.+8-48-+4 would be “queens up.”
One pair–any two cards of the same rank, together with three other cards which do not combine with the other two to form any of the higher-ranking hands above: + K- 4K. 7-
are a pair of kings.
No pair–the lowest-ranking hand–losing to any hand con taming a pair or any better combination, consists of any five cards not meeting the specifications above.
Object of Betting. The players in the game bet with one another as to which has the best poker hand. Each deal is a separate game, in that its result does not affect any preceding or subsequent deal. All the bets are placed together and form a pot. A player who does not wish to bet that he has the best hand may droA thus relinquishing any chance to win the pot
The ultimate object in Poker is therefore to win the pot, whether by actually holding the best hand or by inducing other players to drop and leave the pot to be taken, uncontested, by a single player still willing to bet.
SEQUENCE OF Play
Rotation. The turn to deal, the cards as they are dealt, and the turn to bet all pass from player to player to the left. Once a player has dropped, the turn skips him and takes up with the next player to his left who has not dropped.
Chips. The unit of exchange is almost invariably the poker chip, which may represent money.
Procedura First the cards are shuffled and dealt by the proper dealer; then there may be one or more betting intervals in which the players may bet on their hands (or, if unwilling to bet, may drop); and, at the end of the last betting interval, there is a showdown at which each player who has not previously dropped exhibits his cards face up. Whichever of these players has the highest-ranking poker hand wins the pot.
THE SHUFFLE, CUT AND DEAL. Any player may shuffle the pack of cards, have them cut by the player at his right, and deal them one at a time, face up, in rotation beginning with the player at his left, until a jack falls to any player; that player becomes the first dealer.
The Shuffle, Any’ player may shuffle, the dealer last. The cards must be shuffled at least three times.
The Cut. The player at dealer’s right must cut the pack, leaving at least five cards in each packet. (Traditionally, the player at dealer’s right could refuse to cut) Dealing. The cards are dealt one at a time in rotation to the left.
Betting. In any form of Poker there are one or more betting iateruak In each betting interval, one player in the game has the privilege or duty of making the first bet. Each player in rotation after him may either
(a) dro by discarding his hand; in this case, he no longer participates in the pot, and cannot win the pot regardless of what may later occur;
(b) call, which means that he places in the pot enough chips to make his contribution during that betting interval as great as the contribution of any other player, but no greater;
(c) raise, which means that he places in the pot enough chips to call, plus one or more additional chips.
To illustrate: If there are seven players designated as A, B, C, D, E, F and G, A is the first bettor. A bets one chip. B calls by putting in one chip. C drops, discarding his hand face down, D raises, putting in three chips–one chip to call and two to raise. E calls, putting in three chips. F raises, putting in six chips–three to call and three to raise. G drops.