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Big Time Poker

A lot of great things come in pairs as we all know, but this style of poker puts a new and exciting twist on poker. Big 2 is a climbing game, originally from China, and is for two, three or four players who get 13 cards. Each player must play a higher card or combination than the previous player. And a player who can’t or chooses not to beat the play can pass. The object is to be the first to discard the entire hand.

In descending order, cards are ranked spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds and 2 A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3, hence the name Big 2.

There are four types of play combinations: singles, pairs, triples and five-card combination. The combinations are similar to regular poker, but there’s no two-pair combination, and although a four of a kind needs a fifth card to complete, extra cards can’t accompany a triple unless you’re playing a full house hand. So, if single cards are played, play your highest card. And if it is your turn to lead, lead with a combination. Otherwise lead with your highest card.

The player holding 3d starts play by discarding a card set. Each player then plays a higher card set or passes. (Passing doesn’t prevent you from playing subsequent rounds in the same game.) This continues until three players pass. When a player has one card left, the previous player (the assistant) must play the best possible card set to prevent the next player from winning. The assistant can play a multiple-card set, or, if that’s impossible, play the highest possible single card. The game ends when one player runs out of cards and the remaining players score penalty points for their remaining cards.
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