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As we will usually have players of all abilities at the Cichon Casino Lounge, there to HAVE FUN not GET RICH, the game we will always begin play with is an easy game, one that has been popularized by TV's Gabe Kaplan.. That game, of course, is Texas Hold 'Em.

Below is an explanation of Texas Hold 'Em, as well as the Special House Rules. Just as a Reminder, at Cichon's Casino Lounge, we provide only the best in entertainment. Pictured here is a recent marquee outside the Lounge.

Other recent acts have included Rodney Dangerfield, Tom Jones, and whatever CD Steve has left in his boom box the last time he painted something in the garage. Here are those rules.

Texas Hold 'Em
INITIAL DEAL: 2 cards down to each player, five cards down to the table.
PLAY: A round of betting is held after the deal, then three of the table cards are turned up. Another round of betting follows. One more table card is flipped, followed by another round of betting. The last card is flipped, a final round if betting ensues, and finally a showdown in which players make their best hands using their 2 and the table's 5.

Here are Texas Hold 'em Rules I scammed off the internet, to which I added my own rules. The rules may seem confusing to the poker novice, but once you play a few hands you get rather used to it.
1. The betting structure can vary, but most games start with two players placing out a predetermined amount of money so there is an initial amount to play for. This is called posting the blinds. These players are the two to the left of the dealer. (CICHON RULES: EVERYONE ANTES... IT's ONLY A FREAKIN NICKEL!)
2. The dealer shuffles up a complete deck of 52 playing cards.
3. Each player is dealt two cards face down. These are called your hole or pocket cards.
4. Then there is a round of betting starting with the guy to the left of the dealer.
5. As this is a friendly game, the maximum raise of a bet is 25 cents per person per bet.
6. Much like most games of poker, players can check (no bet placed), raise, or fold.
7. The dealer flips the next three cards face up on the table. These cards are called the flop. These are cards that anyone can use in combination with the two cards in their hand to form a 5 card poker hand.
9. There is another round of betting starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
10. After the betting concludes, the dealer flips one more card onto the table. Players can use this sixth card now to form the best five card poker hand possible.
11. The player to the left of the dealer begins another round of betting.
12. Finally, the dealer places a final card face up on the table. Players can now use any of the five cards on the table or the two cards in their pocket hand to form the best five card poker hand.
13. There is one final round of betting starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
14. After that, all of the players remaining in the game begin to reveal their hands. This begins with the player to the left of the last player to call.
15. The player who shows the best hand wins! There are cases where players with equal hands share the winnings.

For the Poker Novice, this is the value of hands in descending order, with a note of explantion for each hand.

Five of a Kind (this is only possible with wild cards in play)
Straight Flush (Cards in sequential Numeric order all of the same suit.)
Four of a Kind
Full House (a pair and three of a kind in one hand)
Flush (all cards of the same suit)
Straight (all cards in sequential numeric order)
three of a kind
two pair
one pair

If you remember a flush beats a straight, and three of a kind beats a pair, you're in good shape. The rest are based on those rules, and make logical sense.


How Much Cash Should I Bring?

Yep, $5 should cover the poker. Bring more in case you luck runs bad... You can always buy more chips. That reminds me, you can bring REAL PAPER cash... no annoying change necessary.... as at the Cichon Casino Lounge we do have fine clay poker chips for use at our poker tables. Okay, its one table, but we do have chips.

$5 is great for poker, but I don't want pizza... Can I not be in on the pizza?

Sorry Charlie, No way. People who don't like pizza, especially when they are drinking, playing cards, and smoking cigars are probably not the kind of people I want in my garage anyway. As a matter of fact, that is just plain Un-American. Go play cards with Lenin with that kind of attitude.

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