I'm still obsessed with poker and a bit sad that Kat doesn't enjoy the game at all. It's all about maths and she loves maths! So in an effort to make the game more friendly I've invented Poker Scrabble, hope you like it.
Essentially it's the rules of Texas Hold 'Em but using Scrabble tiles instead of cards. The aim of the game is to make the highest scoring word using your two letter tiles plus five community letters.
To play, you'll need a set of poker chips and a set of Scrabble tiles. Depending on your house rules, you may allow players to look up words in a dictionary before they play, or afterwards.
The structure of the game follows Texas Hold 'Em exactly.
The player to the left of dealer puts in the small blind, and the next player to the left puts in the big blind.
2. Hole tiles
Each player is dealt two letter tiles face down, moving clockwise from the player to the left of the dealer.
Good hole tiles are high value letters. Kat was dealt QI in a match a while ago, which netted her a big pot.
The hand begins with a "pre-flop" betting round, beginning with the player to the left of the big blind and continuing clockwise. Betting continues until every player has folded, put in all of their chips, or matched the amount put in by the other active players.
4. The Flop
The dealer deals three face-up community letter tiles. The flop is followed by a second betting round. This and all subsequent betting rounds begin with the player to the dealer's left and continue clockwise.
5. The Turn
After the flop betting round ends, a single community letter tile is dealt, followed by a third betting round.
6. The River
A final single community letter tile is then dealt, followed by a fourth betting round.
7. The Showdown
On the showdown, each player plays the highest value valid Scrabble word they can make from the seven tiles comprising his two hole letter tiles and the five community letter tiles.
A player can use both of their two letter tiles, one, or none at all, to form their word. Players who use all seven tiles to make a word get a 50 point bonus.
The player with the highest value word wins the chips and play continues with the dealer moving round one position clockwise.
Kat is annoyingly good at this game.
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