Poker Run Rules and Info

How to play

For each hand purchased by participants, they would receive an official "Hand Tally" Sheet.  A participant would then be provided with a map of the area and a listing of participating businesses.  The businesses will be divided into Zones (1-5).  For each hand to be played a participant must go to at least 1 of the businesses listed in each of the 5 zones.  There will be a dealer at each of the businesses in each of the zones.  The participant would then hand their Handy Tally to the dealer & they would then pick a card.  The card selected would then be recorded on the Hand Tally.  The participant would pick a card 1 at a time for each of the hands that they are playing.  The dealer will record the selected card on each of the hand tallies and also check off the zone that the card was selected in.  The participant would then go on to the next zone and repeat the same card selection procedure.  A hand is complete once a card has been selected in all 5 zones and the Hand Tally has been completed by dealers in all 5 zones.  

The participant at this point should have 5 selected cards listed on their Hand Tally Sheet.  These 5 cards would represent their hand.  The participant would then indicate on their Hand Tally what their best hand is based on the cards that they have selected.  They will then turn in all of their Hand Tally sheets at the Moose Lodge in Johnsburg by no earlier than 3:30 an no later than 5:30 PM.  

The winner will be determined based on best hand by acceptable combinations as outlined below.  

Winning poker hands from best to worst

  1.Royal flush
  2. Five of a kind
  3. Straight flush
  4. Flush with two pair
  5. Four of a kind
  6. Flush with one pair
  7. Flush with no pairs (1)
  8. Full house
  9. Unflushed straight
10. Three of a kind
11. Two pair
12. One pair
13. High card


Definition of poker hands

Royal Flush – 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of the same suit

Five of a kind: 5 cards of one denomination

Straight Flush: 5 cards in sequential order and of same suit

Flush with 2 pair: 5 cards same suit with 2 pairs

Four of a kind: 4 cards of one denomination

Flush with 1 pair: All same suit and 1 pair

Flush: All same suit

Full house: 3 cards of same denomination plus a pair (2 cards of the same denomination)

Unflushed Straight: Five cards in sequential order

Three of a kind: 3 cards of the same denomination

Two Pair: 2 cards of one denomination plus 2 cards of another denomination

Pair: 2 cards of one denomination

High card: A hand with no other combination, valued by the highest ranked card.

What are the Zones stops?

There are 2 businesses in each zone.  A participant must go to at least 1 business in each zone to pick their card.  Each hand must have selected 1 card from each of the 5 zones to make up their had.  

The only thing to keep in mind is that you must get a card for every hand played from all 5 zones.

Must I go to the zones in order of 1,2,3,4,5?

No, you can go to the zones in any order that you choose.  The only thing that matters is that you pick a card from all 5 zones.

What if there is a tie?

Ties will be settled as follows:

Highest card would rule a tie on a winning hand.  Example:

2 players both have a full house. 

Player 1 has a full house with 2 kings & 3 queens

Player 2 has a full house with 2 Fours & 3 sixes

Player 1 would win because they have the higher cards.

If there are 3 or less people in the tie, then there would be 1 tie breaker poker hand dealt and placement would be determined based on this outcome.  

If there was more than 3 people in a tie, then it would be split the pot.