To start, here are some poker rules, hands and other terminology for those who are new to poker:
1. 5 Of A Kind: 5 cards of the same value (ex. 5 Kings or 5 9s). Can only happen when there are wild cards (such as jokers) or in this game.
2. Straight Flush: 5 cards in sequence and in the same suit (ex. 7-8-9-10-Jack with all cards being clubs). The highest of these (Ace-King-Queen-Jack-10 all of the same suit) is called a "royal flush".
3. 4 Of A Kind: 4 cards of the same value (ex. 4 Queens).
4. Full House: 3 cards of one value plus 2 cards of another value (ex. 5-5-5 and 8-8).
5. Flush: 5 cards of the same suit (ex. 5-7-9-10-Queen with all cards being spades).
6. Straight: 5 cards in sequence (ex. 3-4-5-6-7).
7. 3 Of A Kind: 3 cards of the same value (ex. 3 Queens).
8. Two Pair: 2 cards of one value plus 2 cards of another value (ex. 2 Jacks and 2 10s).
9. One Pair: 2 cards of the same value (ex. 2 Aces).
10. High Card: Any hand that does not meet the above requirements.
Texas Hold 'Em:
Easily the most popular type of poker in the world today, it is the most common poker format in tournament play as well.
Each player gets 2 cards for himself, called "hole cards". The dealer also deals 5 cards that are seen and can be used by all players, called "community cards". The player's hand is the 5 cards within the 7 cards that make up the best hand playable.
Texas Hold 'Em has 4 rounds of betting. The first round is after the hole cards are dealt. The second is after the first 3 community cards are dealt, which is called "The Flop". The third is after the 4th community card is dealt, called "The Turn". The last round is after the last card is dealt, called "The River". After the last betting round, all players who have not folded (quit out of the round) reveal their hole cards and a winner is determined.
Before each round, 2 forced bets start the pot (the money awarded at the end), called "Big Blind" and "Small Blind". The Big Blind is equal to the minimum bet for the round, and the small blind is half that amount. Whoever is responsible for the blinds rotates clockwise around the table after each hand.
Now, for things that separate Texas Cheat 'Em from other poker games:
Rules Unique To Texas Cheat "Em:
Betting is different than the usual "call, raise, fold" format normally used in poker. In this game, everyone bets an amount in private. After revealing that amount, all players must match that amount (call) or give up the hand (fold).
Normally, the winner of a hand of poker receives the entire pot. In this game, the pot is split in the following manner:
4 or more players left at the end: 1st place gets 60%, 2nd gets 30%, 3rd gets 10%.
3 players left at the end: 1st place gets 70%, 2nd gets 30%.
2 players left: Winner takes all.
Avoiding a Tell:
When you have a Four of a Kind or higher (referred to as a "Monster Hand"), there is a random chance you will risk letting people see how excited you are (known as a "Tell"). If this happens, you will need to successfully pass a single-player minigame to calm down and not reveal how great of a hand you have and make other players more likely to fold.
Every player gets 15 cheat points per round of betting, for a total of 60 points per hand.
Cheat points do NOT carry over to the next hand, so cheat away!
Cheats do not automatically succeed, but must be activated by winning minigames.
Single-player minigames are needed to activate cheats that affect the player only, and include: Slots, Roulette, Blackjack and High/Low.
PvP minigames are needed to activate cheats that affect other players, and include horse race (a button-mashing contest) and Strength Tester (pressing
with the correct timing).
The Single-Player Cheats:
PvP Shield: 20 Points: Prevent other players from using PvP Cheats against you.
Community Snapshot: 10 Points: Use current set of Community Cards even if another player changes them with a Cheat later on in the hand.
Community Suggestion: 20 Points: Change a Community Card to a different suit, one value higher or one value lower.
Community Swap: 20 Points: Swap a hole card with a Community Card.
Guaranteed Win: 30 Points: Automatically win the hand and the entire pot.
Bluff: 5 Points: Fool players into thinking you have an outstanding hand with a Fake Tell.
Precognition: 5 Points: See remaining Community Cards before they are dealt.
Card Suggestion: 15 Points:Change a Hole Card to a different suit, one value higher or one value lower.
Deck Swap: 5 Points: Swap Hole Card with the top card in the deck.
Free Fold: 15 Points: Fold without losing the chips you have in the pot.
Unfold/Second Chance: Once after folding: Return to the pot after folding.
The PvP Cheats:
Chip Steal: 15 Points: Steal an amount of chips equal to 10 times the big blind.
Target X-Ray: 10 Points: See another player's Hole Cards.
Mind Meld: 15 Points: Change 1 of your opponent's Hole Cards to a different card chosen randomly.
Player Swap: 10 Points: Swap one of your Hole Cards with one of your opponent's Hole Cards.
Electromagnetic Pulse: 15 Points: Make opponent lose all cheat points for the duration of the hand.
Different Cheats work for different hands and situations, so experiment and find a cheat style that works for you.
Have fun and good cheating!