Comments on DualPiecepacksPoker

# 5 Comments. # It's great to see another entry!

I don't think I've ever played poker before, so this will be all new for me. I like that you've got the groups and links so that it fully uses the 8 suit idea.

-- Jessica_Eccles 2018-02-26 11:25 UTC

No Limit Texas Hold'em poker (for small stakes) is a really fun and popular poker variant (at least in the USA) but it favors those who are good at applying (statistical) decision theory and/or human psychology. Five-card draw used to be the most popular poker variant but I find it less fun (there is less shared information to make good inferences and/or bluffs on like there is with Texas Hold'em) and its popularity has been waning the past couple of decades. There are dozens of other variants, some people like to play "Dealer's Choice" where the dealer gets to choose which variant is played that hand and the group will play several variants over the course of a night.

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-02-26 19:15 UTC

Ok, now that I've played this I have a couple more comments. We played Texas Hold'em as you suggested.

The rules mention that a Null can be high or low, but as there are no runs there seems no reason to ever play them low.

It's a shame that the group and link stuff only comes into play in such a small percentage of hands.

-- Jessica_Eccles 2018-03-30 21:32 UTC

Thanks for playing the game and giving feedback! In the "Texas Hold'em" variant there is indeed no reason to ever play the "nulls" (nor "aces") low since there are no formal straights. Technically there does exist "Lowball" poker variants where would be a reason to (always) play them low (i.e. you win the pot when you have the "worst" hand) and "Hi/Lo" poker variants where the "nulls" and "aces" would be especially valuable since you win half the pot with the worst hand (treating them low) and win half the pot with the best hand (treating them high) and sometimes a hand with "nulls" could win both halves of the pot.

As an alternate novel "dual piecepacks" game idea I tried to come up with a game comprised of sub-games where "group/link" stuff played a big part in some of the sub-games (perhaps inspired by the great French/Spanish card game "Mus") but didn't come up with anything better than a tournament where you play one game that uses the four links (i.e. a game that needs two piecepacks), one game that uses the eight suits (i.e. a game that needs a piecepack plus expansion), and one game that needs two "groups" and the winner is the one who wins two out of the three games.

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-04-01 05:18 UTC

From Facebook:

Ron says: Please provide the rules to No Limit Hi-Lo Omaha Hold'em Poker. Thanks.

Trevor responds: Play as in but with NO LIMIT on how much one can bet, ignore the "8 or better" qualification for playing Low, the various flushes DO count (in a bad way) for Lo, rank the hands according to the Dual Piecepacks Poker rules table, and play with either Dual Piecepacks or a compatible playing card scheme (such as the one pointed out in the rules for Piecepack Dice Cards 2.0 or a Rainbow Deck) instead of a normal poker deck. For the "Lo side" of things the worst possible hand is Two nulls, an ace, a 2, and a 3 (with no flush).

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-08-17 20:43 UTC

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