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Hubot Texas Hold 'Em


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Direct Message Support Required

This game has only been tested with Slack's adapter, and requires an adapter/platform that can send direct messages to players, as this is how hole cards are dealt. Tools like Campfire don't support direct messages so there's currently no way to deal cards to players.

Slack: Players need to establish a direct message link with the bot before the bot can deal cards to the player. The game should notify players of this situation when it happens.

Other Platforms: No idea. Tell me how it goes.

Differences from Real Texas Hold 'Em

The goal of this game is to be something quick and easy to play while taking a quick break from work or whatever. Rounds are a fixed amount of time (2 and a half minutes), anyone can join during the 1st phase, and betting is a free-for-all. Differences to real Texas Hold 'em are largely in service of that goal.

Those longing for something else are invited to submit a PR or fork-fork-baby.

General Play

A round goes in 5 phases: dealing the hole cards, the flop, the turn and the river, then a settle up phase. The Deal phase is 1 minute, the flop, turn and river phases each last 20 seconds, and betting can be done at any time during these. A final 30 second settle up phase closes new bets and allows players to call or fold before the winning hand is revealed.

Players join by entering the deal command during the 1st minute. Once the deal phase is over, no more players can join. No player is automatically joined in the next round.


Any time community cards are revealed, the pot is settled up. This means any active player (any player that has not folded) will automatically be called. For example: if Player A bets 20, then then the flop occurs, and you haven't folded, you'll automatically have 20 points deducted and put into the pot. See Betting section below for details. This happens FOUR times every round: flop, turn, river and at the end when the winning hand is revealed.

Ties / Splitting the Pot

There are currently no ties, but not for any reason other than needing to code it up (both hand comparison and splitting the pot to multiple players).

The hand comparison code actually takes suit into account as a last resort (for no particular reason), so hands with the same ranks but different suits will give preference to suits by Spades, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, unlike real Texas Hold 'em.

If the tied hands are entirely community cards, the tie is broken by whatever default computing order exists (probably the order the players joined the round).

Ace is Never Low

From prior experience with token-poker, handling both high and low rank of Aces is sort of a pain in the neck. It's a low priority for now to handle both, but until then, Aces are high.

Cards Shown on Folded Hands and Solo Winner

This is just the default functionality for now. Those wanting to hide cards when they succeed at a bluff are out of luck thus far. (Get it? Out of LUCK! HA!!) Ahem.

'Wild West' Betting

Until the settle up phase, when new bets are locked, players can bet at any time and bet as many times as they want. Multiple bets from the same player accumulate (e.g. bet 3 + bet 4 == bet 7).

Issuing a call command is the same as bet #{highest accumulated amount from a player} - #{what I've already bet so far}. It makes you even in the Pot.

Any player not explicitly folding before a settle up will be automatically called, to contribute what they owe. The pot is settled every time a community card is revealed, and at the end of the round. If you aren't paying attention, other players can force you to bet a lot of points. If you don't like your chances, fold.

Players can fold at any time, and folding forfeits any points already bet to the pot.

Players without enough points to match the highest bet remain in the game and are essentially 'all in'. Players without any points after the round will not be allowed to play in subsequent rounds.

There is no raise command, players can continue to make new bets (until the settle up phase), and the game will make sure all players remaining in the game have contributed an equal number of points to the Pot up to the maximum number of points they have.

In the final phase of the game, no new bets are accepted, players can only call or fold. Any player not folding will automatically call to match the highest bid by the end of the round.

Betting Example

5 Players, each with 25 points.

Player A: deal        Pot Total: 1 (ante)
Player B: deal        Pot Total: 2 (ante)
Player C: deal        Pot Total: 3 (ante)
Player D: deal        Pot Total: 4 (ante)
Player E: deal        Pot Total: 5 (ante)

Player E: bet 3       Pot Total: 8
Player A: bet 10      Pot Total: 18
Player B: bet 5       Pot Total: 23
Player B: bet 7       Pot Total: 30
Player C: fold        Pot Total: 30
Player D: call        Pot Total: 42 (12 being the highest total by Player B)
Player A: bet 3       Pot Total: 45 (13 is now the highest total by Player A)

Settle Up Round

Player D: call        Pot Total: 46 (the additional 1 point to get Player D to 13)
Player E: fold        Pot Total: 46


Player B: [auto call] Pot Total: 47 (the additional 1 point to get Player B to 13)

Player B has the best hand.

Player A is left with 11 points: 25 - 1 (ante) - 13 (total bet).
Player C is left with 24 points: 25 - 1 (ante). Folded before anything was bet.
Player D is left with 11 points: 25 - 1 (ante) - 13 (total bet).
Player E is left with 21 points: 25 - 1 (ante) - 3 (bet then folded).

Player B wins and ends up with 58 points:

 +25 (original)
 - 1 (ante)
 -13 (total bet)
 + 5 (5 player antes)
 +13 (Player A's bet)
 +13 (self bet)
 +13 (Player C's bet)
 + 3 (Player E's bet)

(This scenario is an automated test, see

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