Video Title: Introduction to Missouri City Backhand, Part 2

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THE CROWN JEWEL

Game Objective

 Missouri City Backhand is by far one of the most exciting card games I have ever played. This is not because I invented it, but because I cannot stop playing it. This game is the crown jewel of the Backhand series and completes what has become an obsession of sorts for myself and a select few. The concepts of this invention combine and build upon its predecessors by introducing the final component in what has developed into a unique, fast-paced, competitive strategy-focused "Vegas style" card game which now pits two players against each other, with the dealer fulfilling the role more of a facilitator than a participant.  

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The objective is simple, win your hand against the dealer then beat your opponent to win the game!

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How to Play

  1. All existing rules for Backhand, the card game and Buffalo Bayou backhand will be observed in this invention, except where rule modifications are expressly noted in the body of this document. 
  2. Which player hand gets dealt first after the dealer hand? This is left up to the house or is agreed to by the players, prior to the start of the game. Whichever seat is dealt their initial player hand first will concede the first play of the hand to their opponent, unless said player’s initial player hand includes an initial player ace, in which the Ace Rule must be satisfied prior to the second player’s initial player hand being dealt (e.g. if the red seat is dealt their initial player hand first, then the green seat will get to make the first play). 
  3. Initial player aces, as per the Ace Rule, are replaced immediately after the initial player hand is dealt. Therefore, if the red seat is dealt first and it contains an initial player ace, the ace rule is satisfied immediately after the red seat’s initial player hand is dealt and also prior to the green seat’s initial player hand is dealt. Since the green seat is dealt their initial player hand second, the green seat will get to make the first play. If the green seat is also dealt an initial player ace, the Ace Rule must be satisfied first. For the green seat, this will constitute their first play, and the red seat will then make their first play after the Ace Rule is satisfied for the green seat. 
  4. Taking turns – Each player will alternate their play decisions, one at a time. For example, if the red seat was dealt first and has a play hand, and the green seat was dealt second and has a push hand, the green seat shall decide whether or not to take a hit card or push the hand away in return for a preplacement hand, first. Once the green seat makes their decision and their card is dealt (or push hand is replaced), then the red seat shall make their play decision with regard to their play hand. This will continue until each seat’s hand is resolved. This will allow for a better flow of the game, ensure fairness and increase suspense as each player must watch their opponent strategize through every decision of the game. 
  5. After the hand starts, game play shall continue until both hands are resolved and a winner is decided. Some hands may result in a stalemate (no winner), at which point a new game can begin.  

DETERMINING THE WINNER

 There are too many scenarios that can occur during a hand and therefore impossible to address each one individually, but this document shall set the boundaries of game play as a guide for any situation that may occur to the best of my knowledge and understanding of this invention.  


Once the dealer hand and both initial player hands are dealt, the Ace Rule is satisfied and which player goes first has been established, the hand shall begin. Each player will abide by the same rules set forth in Buffalo Bayou backhand. Their opponents hand will have absolutely no effect on the outcome of their hand in any way. All cards are dealt face up in this invention as they are in the other two games. Therefore, if the green seat goes first, the hand options are based on the green seat’s initial hand value and hand type just as the other two games. Once the green seat player decides their play, the red seat will then make their choice in the same fashion. Game play will continue in this fashion until each hand is resolved independently. 


What happens next is what is so very special about this invention. You see, once each seat has resolved their hands, you will have two individual results for each player; but how do you determine a game winner? Let’s first review how each hand of Buffalo Bayou backhand can end: 

  • Player’s successful backhand play + player total advantage over the dealer total; player wins the hand 
  • Successful five card hand; player wins the hand 
  • Successful push hand + player total advantage over dealer total; player wins the hand 
  • Unsuccessful backhand or hit play; player loses hand 
  • Successful push hand + dealer total advantage over player total; dealer wins the hand 
  • Player’s successful backhand play + dealer total advantage over the player total; dealer wins the hand 
  • Unsuccessful push hand; player loses the hand 

Each of these individual hand outcomes can occur for our two players during a game of Missouri City backhand and are used to determine which player wins the game.  

  • If both players have unsuccessful hands, the game results in a stalemate (no winner).  
  • If one player has a successful hand (with advantage over the dealer) and the other has an unsuccessful hand, the player with the successful hand will win the game (e.g. if the green seat won their hand with a successful backhand plus player total advantage over the dealer total, but the red seat busted with a hit card, the green seat is the game winner). 
  • If both players win their respective hands and the method in which they won are not the same (e.g. the red seat player won with a successful backhand + player advantage; and the green seat won with a successful push play + player advantage) the player with the lowest total hand value will win the game. If both player total hand values are equal, then the hand will result in a stalemate.    
  • If both players have successful backhand plays with player total advantage over the dealer total, the player with the lowest player total wins the game. If both player totals are equal, then the winner shall be decided using the lowest total hand value. If both player total hand values are equal, then the game will result in a stalemate. 
  • If both players have successful push hands with player total advantage over the dealer total, the player with the lowest player total wins the game. If both player totals are equal, then the winner shall be decided using the lowest total hand value. If both player total hand values are equal, then the game will result in a stalemate. 
  • If both players have successful five card hands, the player with the lowest total hand value wins the game. If both player total hand values are equal, then the game will result in a stalemate. 
  • If one player has a successful five card hand and the other player has a successful hand of any other type, the player with the successful five card hand shall win the game. 

***Note: Player hands which result in a stalemate (between the player and the dealer), said hand shall be considered “unsuccessful,” and therefore treated in the manner set forth in the above outcomes.  


Terms You Should Know

In this game, there are a few new terms as well. First, the term “seat” will be addressed. When used in this game, the term “seat” shall refer to one of the players. 


Since there are two players then there are only two “seats” and each seat shall be referred to as the “red seat” and “green seat.” 


Of course, using colors to distinguish between seats can be modified according to house rules, but for the purposes of this document, “red” and “green” will be used to differentiate between the two players periodically.

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