Monday, December 12, 2005

Skittles, Sex, and Seven-Card Stud


We were all set to play poker when it became clear that we were chipless--none of the dozens of sets of poker chips that we have purchased throughout the years could be located. An emergency call was placed to the family contingent headed down from Annapolis for a Very Vegas family gathering: "Find something we can use to bet!" Since 2/3 of that contingent are minors, strip poker wasn't an option. The day was saved when they arrived bearing an extra jumbo bag of Skittles.

When we settled in for the game, the table was populated entirely by women. Even if you hadn't known the sex of the players, though, you would have know that there were people of the double-X chromosome persuasion at the table: We kept eating our money. No menfolk would have done such a thing. Then you might lose! But to the ladies, the lovely Skittles were just too much to resist as they clicked around on the table; we had to taste the rainbow.

In case you're wondering about mechanics, the various colors represented different denominations, as in: "I'll see your orange and raise you a purple." See below for the "recipe":

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Skittles Seven-Card Stud

Relative worth of various (original) Skittles:
Orange-penny
Lemon-nickle
Lime-dime
Strawberry-quarter
Grape-fifty cents

OBJECT: The best five card poker hand, out of seven cards, wins the pot.
1. Players must place an ante into the pot. (say, one orange Skittle each)
2. Each player is dealt two cards face-down (hole cards) and one card face-up (door card)
3. 1st betting round
4. Each player is dealt one card face-up (4th street)
5. 2nd betting round
6. Each player is dealt another card face-up (5th street)
7. 3rd betting round
8. Each player is dealt another card face-up (6th street)
9. 4th betting round
10. Each player is dealt a last card face-down (river)
11. Last betting round
12. Showdown (Every remaining player shows hand with bettor showing first)

Players may use any 5 of their 7 cards to make their best hand. For more detail on the rules, go here. For more detail on the Skittles, go here.

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