Category: Rules

Playing Hearts

By admin, January 22, 2010

Hearts is a fun and interesting card came. The object of the game is not to take any points at all. You can get a possible 26 points per round of the game. The hearts are worth one point a piece and the queen of spades is worth thirteen points. The object of the game is to give your opponents all the points and make them lost while you take as little points as possible to win the game. Most games play till someone reaches 100 points, however you can determine another amount if you wish to.

The game consists of four players. The dealer deals out all the cards to the players. The players then select three cards to pass to the player on their right. After the pass is done, play begins. The person holding the two of clubs leads. On the first set, you cannot play any cards worth points. The play continues clockwise and the player that put down the highest card takes the book. If you have a card of the suit that the person leading the hand threw down, you must play that card, otherwise you can play a card of any other suit.

The queen of spades is the worst card to catch in one of your books. This card alone is worth thirteen points and can break the game for you if you catch it in one of your books. Other players that do not have the queen of spades will try to draw the card out of your hand early by using the other high spade cards and force you to play it.

A great way to win at the game of Hearts, is to “shoot the moon”. This is a very complicated strategy that requires you to take all the point cards. If you can successfully take all thirteen hearts and the queen of spades then you take zero points and all other players take 26 points a piece. This is a hard play to pull of, but if done correctly it can significantly raise your chance at winning the entire game. If you think someone is trying to “shoot the moon” then it’s better to purposely take a few points, rather than allow them to “shoot the moon” and give you the full 26 points. If you execute this properly then that person can end up taking all, but one point and you have raised your chance at winning.

Hearts is a great game to play with friends and family. If you have a home computer that has a Windows operating system on it, then Hearts comes as a pre-loaded game on your computer. You can use this game to practice your strategies before taking on some real time players or other players online.

How to Play Spit

By admin, July 22, 2009

Spit is a fun, fast-paced card game for two players. To begin, you only need one deck of shuffled cards, not including Jokers. The two players sit facing each other. Each player gets half the cards, but don’t look at them.
To set up, each player should make piles of cards, as if setting up a game of solitaire, but with just five piles. So the first pile is one card, and the second pile is two cards, etc. Only the top card of each pile is turned up. The leftover cards are called your “spit cards.” Lay these off to the side. If you have duplicate cards on your five piles, you can put those cards together and turn up the card underneath. For example, if you have a 2, 3, King, 3, and 10 on top your piles, then pick up one of the 3’s and put it on the other 3. You can do this anytime throughout the game. The top card on each pile should always be turned up. Now you’re ready to begin.

Each player turns up a spit card and lays it in the middle. The players can start laying cards on both spit cards. The card that you lay comes from your upturned cards on your five piles, and it must be a card that comes sequentially before or after the spit card. For example, if your spit card is a 5, either player can lay a 4 or a 6 on top of it. If your spit card is a Jack, either player can lay a 10 or a Queen. For an Ace, you can lay a 2 or a King.

Once a card is placed on the spit card, both players continue laying cards until there are no more possible moves. Then you both “spit” which means you each lay a spit card again. Whoever runs out of cards from their 5 piles wins that round. The winner takes the smallest of the two spit piles, and the loser takes the biggest pile, and you start from the beginning with those cards.
At some point, a player will have all their cards on the 5 piles, with no spit cards to spare. This round will only have one spit pile that both players lay on. When a player completely runs out of cards, they are the winner. In some games of Spit, players are only allowed to use one hand. This rule needs to be agreed upon before the game begins.

How to Play Omaha Hold ‘Em Poker

By admin, March 13, 2009

Omaha Hold ‘em poker is one of the most popular forms of poker in the world. It is similar to Texas Hold ‘Em in that players sit around a table, are dealt cards, and wager based upon what kind of hand they can make by combining the cards in their hands and the shared cards on the table. However, Omaha Hold ‘Em is played somewhat differently from its more famous counterpart.

The most distinctive aspect of Omaha Hold ‘Em is that each player gets dealt four cards instead of two. This can lead to more opportunities for good hands than there are in most types of poker, but it can also be tricky because players must use two hole cards, which are the cards in a player’s hand, along with three of the community cards on the table. For example, you might have the ace of spades, the king of spades, the queen of spades, and the four of clubs. The five community cards in that situation are the four of hearts, the queen of spades, the jack of spades, the seven of hearts, and the eight of hearts. You could see those five consecutive spades up to the ace and think you have a royal flush, but that would be a costly mistake since you would only have a pair of fours and would therefore almost certainly lose a ton of chips betting with misplaced confidence.

Omaha Hold ‘Em poker is often played as a Hi/Lo game, which means that the pot, which is the chips in the middle of the table, is split between the player with the best hand and the player with the worst hand. This is more complicated than it sounds, because it doesn’t matter whether someone has a straight or a flush for a low hand even though that does matter for a high hand. What does matter is if the player can put together two hole cards with three community cards in order to make a hand with no pairs and no card higher than an eight. Therefore, an ace, two, three four and five, all of clubs, would almost certainly with for both the high and low hand. A jack, seven, five, three and two of various suits, despite being a terrible hand, could not win the low part of the pot. Hopefully now you know how to play Omaha hold ‘Em.

Baccarat For Beginners

By admin, December 6, 2008

Most people probably don’t know that the highest stake game out there is baccarat. In fact, stakes in the game are so high that most casinos actually list baccarat earnings separately on Income Statements. Tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars change hands based on the outcome of the cards. Most casinos in North America play punto banco baccarat, which is really more a game of luck than anything else.

The rules are simple. They’re kind of like blackjack, but unique enough to be it’s own game. A bet is placed on “player”, “banker” or “tie”. This doesn’t refer to the player winning or losing, just whether the hand is better than the other.

Two cards are then dealt. The cards are added like in blackjack, but the tens digit is ignored. Therefore, face cards and tens have no value, aces are worth 1 and other number cards are worth the number on the card (2-9). The best possible hand you can have is a 9.

On a hand, if a total of 8 or 9 is attained by either the player or the banker, the hand is called a “natural” and no more cards are dealt. Otherwise, a player generally will take a card if the value is 0-5, and stand if the player has a 6 or a 7 as his starting hand. Some versions allow a player to choose to draw, but this is usually the best percentage play anyways.

How the dealer will play depends on whether the player took a card at all, and if the player did, what card came up.

If a player does not draw or draws a 4 or a 5, the banker will stand if he has a 6 or higher, and draws on 5 or lower  (also called hit on 5 and stand on 6)

If the player draws a 2-3, a dealer will hit on 4 and stand on 5.
If the player draws a 6-7, a dealer will hit on 6 and stand on 7.
If the player draws an 8, a dealer will hit on 2 and stand on 3.

If the player draws a 9, 10, face or ace, the dealer will hit on 3 and stand on 4.

If the cards end up in a tie, the croupier will call “Egalité” which means tie bets pay 8 to 1. Player bets are paid at even money and banker bets are paid at 95% of the wager, with the other 5% going to the house. This is called “Commission baccarat” and actually provides low casino odds. On a tie, the wagers for “player” and “banker” are considered a push and left on the table for the next hand.

Baccarat is a fun, high-stakes game with very low odds for the house (1.24% for the house on “player” and 1.06% for the house on “dealer”, but 14.44% on the tie bet), and can either make or lose a lot of money for the casinos. James Bond plays baccarat, why shouldn’t you?