In Missouri City Backhand, we now introduce the second player to the game as the opponent to the first player. Both players will use the same dealer hand and deck to play each of their hands. Also, the first dealer show card will still be used to align both initial player hands at the top and bottom left hand corners of the dealer’s first show card. Additional rules have been added to determine the sequence of play in the case of initial player aces and push hands.
In the first two games of The Backhand Series, the “No Loitering” rule removed from the player the option to stand pat, effectively forcing them to completely resolve their hand. This stand pat option is now reintroduced in Missouri City Backhand and can be taken advantage of by either player as long as they have player total advantage over the dealer total after requesting a hit card. By removing the “No Loitering” rule, you add an additional strategy tool for both players and another level of complexity to the game.
As in Buffalo Bayou Backhand, the player must still successfully resolve their hand with “player total” advantage over the “dealer total.” Once this is achieved, the players will now compare the method in which they arrived at their individual outcomes to determine who wins the game by using the lowest player total or total hand value.
RULES - General
RULES – Standing Pat
DETERMINING THE WINNER
(with neither player standing pat)
DETERMINING THE GAME WINNER
(with at least one player standing pat)
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.
This hand started out with a dealer hand (5,6,10), red seat initial player hand of (7,5) and a green seat initial player hand of (10,2). Neither players had and initial player ace, therefore the Ace Rule is satisfied and the game can start. The red seat has a play hand of 12 and chose to take a hit card which was a 4. This created a dealer total of 9, a player total of 12 and a total hand value of 16. The green seat player's initial player hand value is 12 and a play hand as well. They chose to take a hit card which was a four also. With the same dealer and player total as the red seat, the next play belongs to the red seat.
Our red seat player chose to take a backhand card which turns out to be an 8. This creates a dealer total of 14, a player total of 16 and a successful backhand play with player total advantage over the dealer total.
The green seat decides to call backhand as well. The backhand card is 9, creating a dealer total of 15, a player total of 16 and a total hand value for the green seat of 25. This is a successful backhand play with player total advantage over the dealer total. So both seats have won their hands.
To see how this ends, read the "Game Result" caption under the image.
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