Contributed by Nick Jaura

The object is to make multiples of 9 with 1 or 2 sets of equal cards.

i.e.. 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81

The card values are as follows: A=1, K=13, Q=12, J=11, 2-10 face value.

Cards of the equal rank count as one set: VERY IMPORTANT, and not more than two sets can be used together to make a multiple of 9.

examples
8, 8, 8, 8, are one set with the value of the 32

8, 8, 8, ...................................................24

8, 8, .......................................................16

K, K, K, K...............................................52

K, K, K,..................................................39

K, K, .....................................................26

Making a multiple 9 with 1 set:

example:

6, 6, 6, =.................................................18

Q, Q, Q=.................................................36

9, 9, 9, 9=...............................................36

Making a multiple 9 with two sets:

example

8, 8, + A, A, = .......................................18

8, 8, + 2 = .............................................18

8, 8, 8, + 3 =..........................................27

8, 8, 8, + Q =..........................................36

8, 8, 8, 8, + 4 =.......................................36

8, 8, 8, 8, + K =.......................................45

8, 8, 8, 8, + J, J =.....................................54

K, K, K, K, + 10, 10 =...............................72

Q, Q, Q, Q, + J, J, J =.............................81

**Warning**

A single 9 or one or two sets adding up to 9 only cannot be used alone before the end of the game. For example:

3, 3, 3, =..................................................9

8 + A =...................................................9

6 + 3 =...................................................9

9 = ....................................................9

cannot be discarded alone during the game.

They can however be used if played along with another nine or with a multiple 9 made of one or two sets. For example:

6, 3 + 9 ok to discard

6,3 + K,5 ok to discard

A single 9 or one or two sets adding up to 9 can also be used as the final play to empty one's hand and win the game.

The dealer deals 5 cards to each player.

A normal turn consists of

- drawing one card from the stock and adding it to your hand
- optionally discarding one or more legal multiple nines face up.

The objective is to get rid of all the cards from your hand.

Remember that you can never use more than two different sets to make a multiple 9 - for example 3-3-5-7 is not a legal discard. A-6-8-Q is OK since it can be divided into a multiple 9 (6-Q) and a nine (A-8) each consisting of just two cards.

Another example: 8-4-4-2 (18) is not legal because it uses three sets. However 8-4-4-1-1 is OK because it can be divided into 8-1 and 4-4-1, each 9 consisting of just two sets.

A player is never obliged to discard cards. *[Indeed it is never an advantage to discard cards except perhaps to simplify your position by getting rid of superfluous cards. A player would do better simply to collect cards until able to discard them all at once in a single move.]*

Exceptions:

- If after the initial deal you can put down all your 5 cards as multiple nines, you are allowed to do so and win the game (without the need to draw a card).
- A single 9 or two cards adding up to 9 can be discarded as your final play of the game.

If the draw pile has run out, the player whose turn it is reshuffles the discarded cards and continues to draw again

There are 2 players

Player 1 cards

Q, Q, 3, 8, 10

Q, Q, 3 = 27 discard

8, 10 = 18 discard

All cards in hand discarded and game is over

**Lets play again**

Deal 5 cards each

Player 1 cards

7, K, J, 10, 10

Draw 1 card from deck it is 3

7, K, J 10, 10, 3

Discard 7, J

Or discard 7, 10, 10 (better)

Player 1 is left with

K, J, 3

He does not have to discard cards if he does not want to

Player 2 cards

5, A, 6, 8, 9

Draw 1 card it is A

5, A, 6, 8, 9, A

Discard 8, A + 9

Player 2 is left with

5, A, 6

Player 1 draws 5

K, J, 3, 5

Discard K, 5

Player 1 left with

J, 3

Player 2 draws a 3

5, A, 6, 3

Cannot discard 6,3

Player 2 left with

5,A,6,3

Player 1 draws J

J, J, 3

Player 2 draws K

5, A, 6, 3 K

Discard 5, K and 6,3

Player 2 left with

A

Player 1 draws J Again

J, J, J, 3

Discard all cards and game is over

The structure of the game is the same as in Texas Holdem (the popular poker variation). Each player is dealt two cards and the same betting structure and blind amounts are used ( i.e..small, big blinds, and dealer button). Five community cards are dealt to the table - a 3-card flop, the turn and the river. However players use all 7 cards to make the muliples of 9 (i.e 2 cards in hand plus flop,turn and river).

The object is to make the highest multiples of 9, as in the version above. Between two players with the same multiple, the tie break is to have the minimum number of unused card ranks. Between players with the same number of unusued card ranks, the ranks are compared in descending order, **higher** ranks being better. Where a player has several cards of a rank they are added. So for example (4, 4) is better than 7.

Ace counts as 14 when not used to make a multiple of 9. It is the highest counting individual card in this game but can be equal to or lower than a set of equal cards - for example (7,7) = A, and (8,8) is greater than ace.

Lets Play:

__10 Players__

- Q,5
- K,A
- A,2
- 10, 2
- 6,9
- 4,4
- 8,2
- 10,7
- 8,7
- K,K

Heres the Flop: 3 Cards

J, 7, 9

Another round of betting which you would use the flop as the additional cards to make multiples of 9

Turn card is 2

(Betting)

Table now has J, 7, 9, 2

River card is 10

(Betting)

Table now has J, 7, 9, 2, 10

From lowest to highest the hands are:

- Q,5----3 nines with 4 additional ranks Q,10,5,2 - Q has value 12
- K,A----3 nines with 4 additional ranks A,K,10,2 - A has value 14
- A,2----3 nines with 3 additional ranks A,10, (2,2)
- 6,9----4 nines with 3 additional ranks 10,6,2
- 10, 2----4 nines with 2 additional ranks J, (2,2)
- 4,4----5 nines with 1 additional rank 2 - value 2
- 8,2----5 nines with 1 additional rank (2,2) - value 4
- 10,7----6 nines with 1 additional rank 2
- 8,7----6 nines with no additional cards
- K,K-----7 nines with 1 additional rank 2

With some combinations you can make up to 8 nines. With very few combinations you can make 9 nines. And a special set of 9 nines is: Q,Q,Q,Q + J,J,J which is extremely rare like a royal flush.

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Last updated 5th February 2007