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HI-SEQUENCE

It seems that Omaha attracts a little older set of players than Hold ‘Em does.  Of course, at the lower limit Seven Stud games it seems all the players are on-break from a geriatric ward.

Sometime back in 1994 or 1995 , I was playing Omaha Hi-Lo at Foxwoods. One of the younger players at the table  started a conversation about a home game at which he plays. This game, which he called *Sequence,  is not dealer’s choice nor strictly Hold ‘Em nor Omaha. Neither is this game hi-lo.

As far as he knew, the game had been in existence for at least fifteen years before he joined it. *Sequence is a split game: Best high hand splits the pot with best sequence hand. I was fascinated with the prospect of playing this game and introducing it at a Thursday night game in Newton, MA at which I had been playing since sometime in the 1970’s.  This Thursday night game was always at the same place, hosted by a fellow player and his wife, an extraordinary cook, who plied us with scrumptious food.  She  always seemed to know whose birthday it was and managed to prepare the birthday-boy’s favorite dish. The group was composed of a nucleus of five.  The balance were transients who stayed as part of the group for anywhere from one week to a few years. At another time I will probably elaborate on this long, on-going game, since defunct and now in its new propagation at my house. 

In due respect to what I call Hi-Sequence, it differs from Sequence as defined on various poker web sites. *Sequence as it appears on various web sites is defined as a wild-card game.  I have defined that game below the sequence game I was taught which contains no wild cards.

Hi-Sequence

First, let’s define what I refer to as sequence.
The lowest possible sequence would be two cards: Ace-deuce of clubs, followed by ace-deuce of diamonds, etc. Therefore, the highest possible sequence would be ten-jack-queen-king-ace–all in spades. Any three-card sequence beats any two-card sequence. Any four-card sequence beats any three-card sequence, etc.
Sequence must be a combination of  touching cards in the same suit. In most instances, two-card and three-card sequences win the sequence half of the pot. Unlike low portion split hands, there is no possibility of a tie-hand in sequence segment of game. If  one plays the game without a common (community) card, there is not always a sequence, and the high hand takes the entire pot. (I prefer the game without a community card.) The beauty of this game is that unlike hi-lo, one is never too sure if someone is betting or raising on a high hand or a sequence hand.
 
The game can be played declare or cards-speak (lay-down).
Process:   (May be played as a five-, six-, or seven-card game. My preference is as a six-card game.)
Each player is dealt two cards, face-down and one card face-up. There is a round of betting.
Each remaining player is then dealt another card face-up. There is another round of betting.
Each remaining player now receives another card, face-up. There is another round of betting.
Each remaining player now receives a final card, face-down. There is a final round of betting.
Supposing game is played as non-declare, players show their hands. Best high Poker hand splits with best sequence hand (assuming there is one). As a declare game, this game leaves a reasonable betting round after declaration– if players prefer another betting round—and ample opportunity to bluff a sequence, if in fact, you do not have one and opt to gamble on being the only sequence player. With let’s say a flush for high and a king-ace sequence, a player may opt to swing and win both high and sequence.
GAME: Hi-Sequence
RANKING: Four ÅÅÅÅ   (I would choose to rank it higher because it does get a lot of action. However, due to its lack of popularity, it gets a mediocre ranking.)

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*Sequence  [As defined on some Poker web sites, but not as I play it]

Sequence is a seven card stud poker game with wild cards. If at some moment during the game a two is dealt face-up to one of the players, twos become wild. If after a two has become wild, a three is dealt face-up, threes become wild and twos are not wild anymore, and so on up until the Ace. If two was never dealt face-up until the end of the game, no cards are wild, and the game is played as standard seven card stud.

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SPLITS and TITS

Splits and Tits

Though both of these games are just variations of  six-card stud and five-card stud-with-a-common , they are unique enough to have garnered major popularity at three of the home-card games I frequent from time-to-time.  Of the two games, Splits and Tits, Tits is the one that has become the mainstay.

Both of these games were introduced by an astute card player, who has a studied command of poker. As I understand, he has applied for a patent for Fifty-Two Splits, which is what he calls Tits.  The players all refer to the game as Tits because it was a cute take-off on splits, the original game that was introduced to us. Splits and Tits are unique because of their card hierarchy and hi-lo aspects . 

Hierarchy:  ( •A take-off on Canadian Stud)
Straight flush
Four of a kind
Full house
Five-card flush
Five-card straight
Four-card straight flush
Three-of-a-kind
Two-pair
 •Four-card flush
•Four-card straight
Pair
High card

 Now for the other aspect, the one that gives these games that extra Åction factor: After all betting is completed, the best high hand and the best low hand split the pot. Note, there are no requirements for winning low–no declare, no eight low. In some instances, a pair or more might be low winner. Since there are low-hand players and high-hand players betting, and  sometimes straights and flushes win both ways (the high and the low),the pots bespeak the Åction.

The added benefit of Tits, it works well even with ten-players!

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SPLITS
Process
Each player receives three cards, two face down (hole cards), the third face up.
There is a round of betting. Each player then receives another card, face up.
There is another round of betting. Each player then receives another card, face up.
There is another round of betting. Then, each player receives a final card, this one, face down.
There is a final round of betting.  Players show their hole cards.
Best high hand and best low hand split the pot.
 
GAME: Splits
RANKING: *Five ÅÅÅÅÅ
* Ranking would be higher if not for popularity of game of Tits.
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 TITS
Process
Each player receives three cards, two face down (hole cards), the third face up.
There is a round of betting. Next, two common cards are then placed face up in center of table.
There is another round of betting. Each player then receives another card, face up.
There is another round of betting. Then, each player receives a final card, this one, face down.
There is a final round of betting.  Players show their hole cards.
By combining the best combination of their five cards and one or the other of the common cards, the players form their best five-card hand.  Players have the option of using one of the common cards for high hand; the other, for low hand. Note: Players may use one common card or the other common card, but not both common cards together in any one high or low hand. Players have the option, as well, to use neither of the common cards.
Best high hand and best low hand split the pot.
 
GAME: Tits
RANKING: Seven ÅÅÅÅÅÅÅ
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THE HENNY’s

Henny. The name stems from Henny Youngman, King of One-Liners like: “I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.” ” If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.” ” I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up because they have no holidays.”  

I was first introduced to Henny in about 2005 when I was invited to play in a weekly, Wednesday night poker game in Wellesley, MA. I knew only the one person that invited me. That night I was introduced to a few new games, one of which was Henny–as in a one-liner, five cards in one line as  laid out in Hold ‘Em and Omaha. More important to me than the new games played, was the camaraderie of this warm, friendly group of men playing there.  Ever since this night, many of these Wednesday night poker players have remained as important parts of my life.  

Henny [Now referred to as Single Henny (redundant, yet self-explanatory) or as R O H (Regular Ole Henny)]  

Process
Each player receives five cards, face down.
In the center of the table, five common cards are placed face down–thusly
                       A B C  D  E
         
Game is played, Hi-Lo, 8 or better. This is a Vegas style  (meaning non-declare) game.
To achieve best possible hands, players may use any of the following options:
1-All five cards in their hand, utilizing none of the common cards.
2-Three cards in their hand with any two of the five common cards.
3-Two cards in their hand with any three of  the five common cards.
    
Players may use one option for best high hand; another option for best low hand.
It is possible, as well, to use the same option for the best of both hands.
    
There is a round of betting. Then, cards A B C are turned face up. FLOP
There is a second round of betting. Then, card D is turned face up. TURN
There is a third round of betting. Then, card E is turned face up.  RIVER
There is a final round  of betting. Hands of remaining players are then revealed.
 
GAME: Henny
RANKING: Six  ÅÅÅÅÅÅ
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Double Henny.  I came up this bastardized version of Henny soon after I joined the Wednesday night Wellesley game.   Most nights we have nine players. Henny (aka, Single Henny) works very well with nine players. One night, when we were only eight players, I introduced Double Henny.  

 
 
Process
Each player receives five cards, face down.
In the center of the table, ten common cards are placed face down in two rows of five cards–thusly
                       A B C  G I 
                       D E F  H J
Game is played, Hi-Lo, 8 or better. This is a Vegas style  (meaning non-declare) game.
To achieve best possible hands, players may use any of the following options:
1-All five cards in their hand, utilizing none of the common cards. 
2-Three cards in their hand with any two of the five common cards in any one row.
3-Two cards in their hand with any three of  the five common cards in any one row.
    
Players may use one option for best high hand; another option for best low hand.
It is possible, as well, to use the same option for the best of both hands.
    
There is a round of betting. Then, cards A B C  and DEF are turned face up. FLOP
There is a second round of betting. Then, cards G and H are turned face up. TURN
There is a third round of betting. Then, cards I and J  are turned face up. RIVER
There is a final round  of betting. Hands of remaining players are then revealed.
 
GAME: Double Henny
RANKING: Six  ÅÅÅÅÅÅ

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Henny and a Half.  The staunchest member of our Wednesday night game came up with the idea for this game, combining the variables of Henny and Double Henny. The beauty of this game is that it, like Henny, per se, can be played with nine players. Henny and a Half is probably the most popular of all the Henny’s.  

Process
Each player receives five cards, face down.
In the center of the table, seven common cards are placed face down–thusly
                       A B
          G F C
                      D E
Game is played, Hi-Lo, 8 or better. This is a Vegas style  (meaning non-declare) game.
To achieve best possible hands, players may use any of the following options:
1-All five cards in their hand, utilizing none of the board cards. 
2-Three cards in their hand with two of  the following five cards
     A  B  C  F G  or D E C F G.
3-Two cards in their hand with three of  the following five cards
     A  B  C  F G  or D E C F G.
 
Players may use one option for best high hand; another option for best low hand.
It is possible, as well, to use the same option for the best of both hands.
    
There is a round of betting. Then, cards A B C are turned face up. FLOP
There is a second round of betting. Then, cards D E F are turned face up. TURN
There is a third round of betting. Then, card G is turned face up. RIVER
There is a final round  of betting. Hands of remaining players are then revealed.
 
GAME: Henny and a Half
RANKING: Seven ÅÅÅÅÅÅÅ

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Jackass is a game that has garnered popularity ever since I concocted and introduced it sometime back in 2008.  It is so popular now that a few players feel we play it too often. Some players prefer varying the games, whatever they are. Ironically, though I introduced this game, I do not deal it very often.

Process
Each player receives five cards, face down.
In the center of the table, seven common cards are placed face down–thusly
                       A B
                                  C F G
                      D E
Game is played, Hi-Lo, 8 or better. This is a Vegas style  (meaning non-declare) game.
To achieve best possible hands, players may use any of the following options:
1-All five cards in their hand, utilizing none of the board cards. 
2-Four cards in their hand with either C or F or G.
3-Three cards in their hand with either A and D or with B and E.
4-Two cards in their hand with three of  the following five cards
     A  B  C  F G  or D E C F G.
 
Players may use one option for best high hand; another option for best low hand.
It is possible, as well, to use the same option for the best of both hands.
    
There is a round of betting. Then, cards A B C are turned face up. FLOP
There is a second round of betting. Then, cards D E F are turned face up. TURN
There is a third round of betting. Then, card G is turned face up.  RIVER
There is a final round  of betting. Hands of remaining players are then revealed.
 
GAME: Jackass
RANKING: Seven ÅÅÅÅÅÅÅ

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