Creating a new card game can be as easy as taking an old card game and changing some of the rules. Just look at Hearts.Hearts is a trick-taking card game for three to six players. It is best played with four players. The object of the game is to avoid taking Heart cards in tricks.For each hand, the cards are dealt one at a time face-down around the circle as far as they will go equally. Extra cards are laid aside, unseen. The player with the Two of Clubs then becomes the first lead player.The lead player lays down a card, and each player in turn moving clockwise around the circle lays down a card. Those cards must match the suit of the lead card if possible. The player playing the highest card in the suit that was lead takes the trick, and leads to the next trick. A Heart card cannot be lead until one has been played that does not match the lead card.Heart cards taken in tricks each score a point. The player with lowest score when another player’s score reaches 100 wins the game.New rules have been added over time to create new Hearts card games. A three card pass was added after the deal and before play. You pass three cards to a player, and a player passes three cards to you.Another rule commonly called ‘Shoot the Moon’ was added. With this rule, if you take all scoring cards during a hand, you score zero points, and each of the other players score the total of all scoring cards in play. Or you subtract the total of all scoring cards from your current score.One new rule made the Queen of Spades a scoring card worth 13 points, while another new rule made the Ten of Diamonds a scoring card worth minus-10 points.With new rules came new names for some of these games. People now play Black Queen or Omnibus Hearts instead of Hearts.So what can you do to create a new Hearts game?You could change the rules to make all of the red cards scoring cards. Heart and Diamond cards would each score 1 point. Or you could make Heart cards each score 1 point, and Diamond cards each score minus-1 point.Or you could change the rules so that the Two through Nine of Hearts each score two points, while keeping the Ten through Ace of Hearts each scoring one point.Or you could add some rules from Crazy Eights to make Hearts more interesting. You could play a card with the same rank as the card laid down by the player to your right, no matter what the lead suit was. And you could play an Eight and change the suit of the lead card. (The Eight would belong to the new suit.)Or you could change the criteria for winning the game. The player with the second-lowest score when another player’s score reaches 100 wins the game.Copyright (c) 2009 – Paul Hoemke. All Rights Reserved.
Introduction to Oasis Poker Computer Card GameIn recent years, poker has gained such popularity that tournaments are being held catering to professional poker players, amateurs and even celebrity poker players. Poker has become a household past-time event and so many people out there are playing games like Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud, and the more commonly known Five-Card draw. Not only are people into playing poker with their friends but there are some who even go online to play poker with other people from other places or to play against any online casinos.A variation of poker that is currently gaining popularity like Texas Hold’em is the Oasis Poker computer card game. Oasis Poker is a lot like Caribbean Stud Poker in terms of game rules. The difference with Oasis Poker is that players are permitted to exchange cards even before any player decides to raise or fold, for a price of course.Oasis Poker is usually played in Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and on online casinos.Oasis Poker Computer Card GameRulesThe rules of the game are simple:1. The player starts with an ante wager and in addition to that, there is an optional side bonus side bet.2. Both player and dealer get five cards each. The player can check only his own cards.3. The player can exchange one card for the next card in the deck, but he has to pay a fee for this which should be equal to the ante wager. Also, there are no refunds on the fee.4. The player can exchange more than one card and in this situation, the fee doubles. Two cards means two times the ante, three cards means three times the ante, but four cards means only two times the ante and five cards means only one times the ante. If the player wishes to exchange all five cards, then he should raise.5. Players can either raise or fold.6. If the player folds, this means he forfeits his cards, his ante bet and his side bet if he made one.7. If the player decides to raise the bet, then he should make a raise that is equal to double the ante.8. Afterward, the dealer will place all his cards face up.9. The dealer should have a King or an Ace or something higher in order to qualify. Put simply, the lowest hand that qualifies are an ace, king, 2, 3, 4.10. If the dealer fails to qualify, then the player wins on his ante wager and the raise will push. But if the dealer qualifies, he beats the player on both the ante and the raise and the player loses.Oasis Poker computer card game is quite a simple game but it can be very exciting. Several online casinos are already offering this kind of poker and most players found it to be quite a challenge. For those players who want to check out the game first before making a real bet, most online casinos offer free Oasis Poker games. There are even several online casinos that offer players a free version or the play-for-real one, which players can download into their own computer.