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As in Backhand the card game, the objective is still for the player to successfully resolve their hand, but to do so with “player total” advantage over the “dealer total.” In both Buffalo Bayou Backhand and Missouri City Backhand the “Dealer Total” is the added numerical values of the last card dealt to the player and the dealer show card directly above it.
The “Player Total” is the combined numerical values of all the cards dealt to the player up to, but not including the last card dealt to the player.
The “Dealer Total Advantage” is when the dealer total is greater than the player total. “Player Total Advantage is when the player total is greater than the dealer total.
The player’s “total hand value” is the sum total numerical value of all the cards dealt to the player including the initial player hand, the backhand card and any hit cards.
Rules of Play
In this hand, the initial hand value is 8, dealer hand contains (8,9,2) and there are no initial player aces. The only hand option available to the player is to take a hit card. The hit card is 4 so the total hand value is 12, the dealer total is 12, and the player total is now 8 and the hand options available to the player is to take a hit card or call backhand. Right now the player must determine whether their current player total would beat the dealer total if they were to call backhand. A successful backhand in this case would be a backhand card with a numerical value of at least 10. But the resulting dealer total would be 19 which would give the dealer the advantage and result in a loss for our player; therefore, it wouldn’t make sense for our player to call backhand at this point.
Figure 20 shows that our player chose to take another hit card. The hit card is 8, the new total hand value is 20, the new dealer total is 17, the new player total is 12 and the dealer currently has the advantage. The hand options for our player is to take a hit card or call backhand. And as you can see, the dealer’s last show card is a 2, so if our player decides to call backhand (and the backhand call is successful), the resulting player total would be 20 and a sure win for our player. But if the backhand card is an ace, our player would lose.
So how does this hand end? Well, instead of me giving it away, why don't you play the chance out yourself with your own deck? This is a great chance to practice. Good luck!
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