Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Charley's Favorite Game: Bloodbath

High card by suit and Low card by suit refer to assigning relative values to playing cards of equal rank based on their suit.
Most poker games do not rank suits; the ace of spades is just as good as the ace of clubs. However, small issues (such as deciding who deals first) are sometimes resolved by dealing one card to each player. If two players draw cards of the same rank, one way to break the tie is to use an arbitrary hierarchy of suits.
No standard ranking of suits exists for all poker games. Even within a particular poker variant, the order of suits differs by location. (For example, the ranking most commonly used in the United States is not the one typically used in Italy.) Two common conventions are:
  • Alternating colors: diamonds (lowest), followed by clubshearts, and spades (highest). This ranking is also used in the Chinese card game Big Two or Choh Dai Di.
  • Alphabetical order: clubs (lowest), followed by diamondshearts, and spades (highest). This ranking is also used in the game of bridge. - from Wikipedia

And so on to the 8th

So January 8th at chez Monga-Moore. We'll consult on the menu later. And for players we have...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Less Modest Proposal

Setting aside the difficulties raised by each of us having to have our own chip caddy to carry between tables, perhaps something like every half hour the top two winners at one table switch with the losingest two players at the other table.
Somehow creating a poker meritocracy with eventually the luckier/better players having to duke it out with each other.
Or not.

A Comment from Pawler

First let me say that you "key club" members do not have to resort to mere comments. You can post! That point made, here's Pawler's comment from down below:

pawler said...
So....while it is technially not poker and I sometimes lose at this game, but frequently not -is BlackJack aka "21" not considered suitable for this site?

Because, as my dear poker pals know so well, it is my favorite game. It's a poker intermezzo, a poker reset button. It gives the pokeriness (as opposed to pokiness) a chance to breathe before another round of those violent male-inspired hands of Bloodbath or..... Baseball with the algorhithms that get increasingly hard to track as more and more and more red is absorbed by player and table alike.

Not to mention, the amber and the clear liquids.
December 8, 2010 2:52 PM

To which I say: certainly. My lady wife criticized me for leaving Blackjack off the poker list. I may have to restart the quiz I may.

Even Amid All This Joy We Made Time for Poker, as Pat Noted Below

A Modest Proposal

Dr. JohnImage by Dani Canto via FlickrWhen Dr. John (Higgins) gets back from the Med - where we hope he is on his meds -- the prospect arises of 10 folk showing up on poker nights. As Peter has quite sagely suggested, that *would* mean two tables. But I would not want to segregate, so my idea is that if we have two tables, we could do a constant rotation of seats; that is, after every hand, a player at Table A moves to Table B and vice versa. If the tables were split five-five, then a player would be in for five hands at A before moving to B.

And vice versa.

If we had nine, someone could sit out each hand.

Or we could simply pretend John and Mary Jane never existed.

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So tell me again ...

Ah ... What hand beats 7 aces?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Six Best Poker Movies

I'm just baiting the hook for Peter.

Is There Room at the Table for a New Guy?

John Avlon: "There is one point of growing agreement between the left and right: this president is a lousy poker player, with no love for the tough-minded gamesmanship of high-stakes negotiations. He believes in reasoning together, even with unreasonable people. This honorable approach leaves him liable to get rolled."

Blue Gum Memories: Our Birding Weekend

I will speak of the Blue Gum Motel. Poker, and yes, Blood Bath, was played. Expertly by one player. Matches were used as chips, a romantic choice. One person won, won BIG, two others wept until dawn.

Just the truth, people.

A Witness

Christening the Deck