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<title>Rick Rutt's Hurricane Poker - Using the tuProlog system 2.2</title>
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<h1>Rick Rutt's Hurricane Poker - Using the tuProlog system 2.2</h1>
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<a href='../out/HurricanePokerApplet.html'>Click here to run the Hurricane Poker applet.</a>
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<img src='as.gif' alt='Ace'></img>
<img src='2h.gif' alt='Deuce'></img>
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Hurricane is two-card draw poker,
deuces wild, played as high/low.
Aces and deuces play both high and low.
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No straights, no flushes are used;
only pairs and high-card hands occur.
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Checking is allowed;
the maximum bet or raise is $3.
1 bet and 2 raises are allowed
per betting round.
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After dealing two cards to each
player, the player to the dealer's
left starts the first betting round.
This is the "leading edge" of
the storm.
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After the first round of betting,
players may optionally discard a card
and draw a replacement.
This is the "eye of the storm".
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The player to the dealer's left
then starts the final betting round.
This is the "trailing edge" of
the storm.
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After the final round of betting,
there is a showdown among the
survivors, and damage is assessed!
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The High hand and the Low hand
split the pot.
(Odd chip goes to the High hand.)
If hands are tied, those players
divide that half of the pot evenly.
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Remember that 2's are wild,
and can be used as different cards
in the High and the Low hands.
However, two 2's are always a pair.
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An Ace is the top card in High hands,
and the low card in Low hands.
An "Acey-Deucy" (A2) always wins
both High hand (as a pair of Aces)
and Low hand (as an Ace and a Deuce).
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For the high hand A2 ties with 22
as a pair of Aces; for the low hand
A2 beats 22 since 22 is still a low pair,
and A2 chooses a natural 2 for the wild value.
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For the low hand 23 ties with A3 since
23 chooses Ace for the wild value.
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Eight players sit at the octagonal
poker table. The house randomly
assigns you a seat (marked with ö)
and picks the first dealer
(marked with a card deck: ≡).
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To start a hand, select "Deal" from
the main menu.
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Select "New Deck" from the main menu
to open and shuffle a new deck
of cards.
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A player may go into debt to finish
a hand.
When any player has no money for the
ante, the game is over.
The remaining stakes of all players
are then shown.
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Shorthand symbols are used to show
the betting action.
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After the initial deal, the player
seats are shown as follows:
#1 --
ö2 Q5
#3≡--
The "ö" shows the seated human.
The "Q5" are the human's cards.
The "--" are the opponents' cards.
The "≡" is the dealer's card deck.
Below the seats, the amount of
money in the pot and the human's
stake are shown:
Pot: $3
ö $99
The following symbols are used
to display the betting action:
# Means the player Checked
+n Means the player Bet or Raised $n
=n Means the player Called $n
x Means the player Folded
± Means the player Drew a card
- Means the player Held both cards
For example, reading top to bottom,
left to right:
#1 -- # +1± # =3
ö2 Q2 +2=1- +3
#3≡ =2=1± x
#1 Checked, #2 Bet $2, #3 Called.
#1 Raised $1, #2 and #3 called.
#1 Drew a card, #2 Held, #3 Drew.
#1 Checked, #2 Bet $3, #3 Folded.
#1 Called.
Finally, there is the Showdown,
which uses three new symbols:
$n Means the player won $n
▲ Means the player had High hand
▼ Means the player had Low hand
#1▼54 # +1± # =3 $4
ö2 Q2▲ +2=1- +3 $5
#3≡ =2=1± x
#1 had Low hand, winning $4.
#2 had High hand, winning $5.
(Odd chip goes to the High hand.)
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Just before exiting the game,
the player information is shown,
with the added information about
what "strategy" each player used:
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random Make arbitrary choices
checker Always Check, Call, Hold
pairwise Try for a pair
highrise Try for High hand,
typically discarding
the lowest card
lowdown Try for Low hand,
typically discarding
the highest card
hilo Try for either High or
Low hand, typically
discarding "middle" cards
foldout Fold early if prospects
are poor
human That's for YOU to decide!
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