On one of the poker podcasts downloaded to my iPod, one host was lamenting the fact that a lot of people create variations of poker purely as a leveller of skill. They do this, he said, instead of taking the time to develop their own skill at a particular version of poker.
So to level the playing field, devise some new poker variations. Although I wouldn’t apply this claim to something like California Hold’em, which by all accounts requires and encourages skill, nor to the bulk of existing poker forms such as Omaha, etc.
I wish I could find which podcast it was, but they were talking about a game called Vancouver Hold’em, which uses three hole cards instead of the two we’re familiar with in Texas Hold’em. As the hosts said, can you imagine trying to figure out the odds on each hand? [If you know who’s podcast I’m referring to, feel free to drop a comment. Otherwise, apologies. I’ll add a link here if I find the podcast.]
It got me to thinking: what variation would I come up with? I think I would have tried the three-hole cards idea myself, purely because I’m an ultra-math geek. But if I wanted to get really crazy, I’d take a cue from the card games my brother and I played as kids and come up with something fun like Wildcard Holdem. Throw a joker or two into the deck, and if you get one, it becomes a wildcard, with a couple of limitations: different value depending on whether it’s someone’s hole card or in the community pile.
For example, the joker’s value cannot be that of any card showing in the community cards or in any of the players’ hands. Complicated? Probably. Worth playing? Probably only for drunken amusement, or just something kids might play, without money. What about you? What poker variation would you, or have you, come up with? visitez le site