If you donít know how to play poker, youíve got til Monday to learn ;) but Iíve made things very simple and easy for the newbies. Best thing to do is just learn the hands here It should take about 10-15 minutes before its very clear.
As I wont be able to play : ( Iíll be quite happy to help explain the rules during the game via email or msn to anyone who needs them. While Iíve written a lot out here, its just to clear up how this differs from a normal game.
The Rules and various other bits
The game is Texas Holdem. Itís a 7 card game in which you are given 2 private cards and 5 community cards are dealt for everyone. You have to make the best 5 hand from these 7 cards.
We start on Monday (i may run a small game tomorrow to make sure everyone knows how it'll work)
Weíre limited to 20 players. Leave your name if youíre interested
There will be only one hand per day (certainly for the 1st stage) and we donít play on weekends
Your 2 cards will be dealt (emailed or msníed) to you sometime between midnight and midday. (Obviously I need a private way of getting you your cards)
Iíll be using my old email account for this so if youíre playing send an email to this address or add it to MSN. [email protected]
You will start with £50
There is a £1 automatic blind in the first week for everyone
The buy in for each stage is £3. Itíll cost you £3 to see the flop (The first 3 cards) and then £3 each for the turn and river cards. Basically if you play to the end of the hand itíll cost you £10
The flop will be dealt at midday
The turn card will be dealt at 4pm
The river will be dealt at 8pm
Aces are high and low
There will be no raising. I may consider a proper better stage later in the game
If youíre not around at the time to buy-in for the next card, Iíll allow a pre-buy-in where you can pay in advance. Obviously you wont be around to see the cards so itís a disadvantage but thatís your choice. Anyone who hasnít bought in for the next stage will be taken as having folded.
Stage 2 (Optional)
When weíre down to 10 players traditional betting rules apply, apart from no raising before the flop is dealt. The buy-in will remain but further buy-ins will be removed.
There will be 1 round of betting after the flop, 1 round of betting after the turn and 1 round of betting after the river.
No raising will be allowed on the second time around. If player 1 raises to £60, everyone calls and player 10 raises to £70, no further raising will be allowed after player 10. All players will be given the option to call or fold.
All-in bets that are raised will lead to a 2nd pot being created.
Be patient with me. This is not a simple thing to organise and itís going to take up my time.
Winner is at the dealers (me) discretion. As are other rules.
I reserve the right to up the blinds if I feel theyre too small, as is likely when we get down to only a few players.
The only point where hands can be shown is at the end. Any trading of information will lead to a permanent disqualification.
If youíre not dealt your cards in the morning itís because Iím not available to run the game on that day or cant find a replacement. I do have a life to lead sometimes but Iíll leave a message on the forum if thatís the case.
I may not use the second stage if I think things are too complicated. I quite like stage 1 in terms of simplicity.
> I'd be in if it was done on a poker program or site but this just
> seems extremely long winded.
Yeah me too.
Taking over 8hours for one hand is a bit extreme - especially when there are plenty of free to play online poker games that work very well and can allow private games.
Just seems like an odd way to set up a game of poker.
You get your cards
You have til midday to call and see the flop
You have til 4pm to call and see the turn
You have til 8pm to call and see the river
The only way this is long-winded is that it'll go on for at least 3 weeks but then it's not something i'm planning on doing continuously or even often.