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A hand with fewer than 5 cards is dead?

Discussion in 'Dealer's Choice Games' started by BenjaminDonut, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. BenjaminDonut

    BenjaminDonut Member

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    In Dealer's Choice games like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly where cards can become dead, if anyone ends up with fewer than 5 playable cards, are they out of the hand?

    None of the books or web sources seem to make it clear.
     
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  2. cpiaaq

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    No, not at all. Now, if you lost all 5 cards then... you still wouldn't be dead, you'd just be playing the board!
     
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    Harlequin011 Sin City Showdown Host

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    Good bad or Ugly is such a crazy game, we've never played it with the < 5 cards = dead.
     
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  4. BenjaminDonut

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    Many thanks for the responses.

    I see - so it's like comparing the upcards in Stud. Hands with < 5 cards can't be straights or flushes?
     
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    Hmm - we always played the good, bad and ugly as 7c stud, so there are always enough cards to make a 5c hand. I guess if someone had trips and the case card came up as "bad", then it would only be 4 cards, but I think I would let it be live, only there would obviously be no straights or flushes. The whole point of the "ugly" is that your hand is dead though.

    Have you played this game in some version other than 7c stud? I suppose it could easily be played as any game - in which case I would simply rule it as described - play what you got, obviously no straights and flushes.
     
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  6. cpiaaq

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    Straights and flushes must be made with 5 cards.
    We play a variation where everyone is dealt 5 down cards. Then 3 x 5 card rows are dealt face down on the table. 5 good (community) 5 bad (drop the card) and 5 ugly. We play the ugly is just a hand that must be beat or redeal, but that is just us. :)
     
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    Four of a kind will still beat most straights and flushes.

    But you'll be up against 5 of a kinds... :P
     
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    We never know if after the Ugly card is dealt, and you match the BAD, do you still have to get rid of your bad card? Or similar, the last face down if it's a BAD or UGLY when playing as a 7 card game.
     
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    Not unless the rules specify a requirement for 5 cards to continue. Any game that knocks out cards structurally has to allow hands with less.
     
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    That makes a lot of sense.

    Thanks everyone for all your help. Sadly, in the last game I played nobody wanted to play the Good, Bad and Ugly! Still, I'll be ready next time.
     
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