Yoshi

Contributed by Don Taber

13 cards for each person (2-4 players).

The idea of this game is to get poker hands, (i.e. a pair of 2's, three of a kind, straight,... etc. Each set is called an Egg. The eggs are different point values, depending on the hand. (I. E. a pair is 5, 2 pair is 15, a three of a kind is 25, a full house is 50, a straight is 65, a four of a kind is 100, a Straight Flush is 250, and a Royal Flush is 500. In a Straight (and a Straight Flush and a Royal Flush is 50 points per card over a limit). (5 for a Straight Flush and for a Straight, 4 for a Royal Flush).

Game goal is decided by players.

You get rid of the cards that are NOT in an egg, and get new ones. You can use one card in multiple eggs.

Justin Huneke suggests the following clarifications and modifications. [Further coimments added by JM.]

The game should be played by 2 players - with four players there are no cards to draw as replacements for rejected cards.

The scores for combinations are as follows:

• Pair: 5
• 2 pair: 15
• Three of a kind: 25
• Straight: 45
• Flush: 70
• Full house: 85
• Four of a kind: 100
• Straight Flush: 250
• Royal Flush: 500

[Note: in Don Taber's version, as I understand it, you can add extra cards to a straight or straight flush for 50 points each. The score of 500 for a Royal Flush can be obtained with just four cards - A-K-Q-J of a suit - and each extra card adds 50 points.]

As in Draw Poker, each player has just one opportunity to discard as many cards as they wish and receive replacements from the deck.

[The rule about using one card in multiple eggs needs careful interpretation. For example, if you have a Full House, you also have a three of a kind and a pair. Can you score for these as well? Possibly not. What if you have 10-10-10-8-8-8-5-5-5? From this you can make six different Full Houses: 10-10-10-5-5, 5-5-5-10-10, 10-10-10-8-8, 8-8-8-10-10, 8-8-8-5-5, 5-5-5-8-8. Can you score all of these, for 510 points?]