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12:38 pm - Still datatastic entry minus one
Already been posted to ukgameshows, but deserves wider airing.

There exists a group of four charismatic and successful British poker players called The Hendon Mob who have their own very entertaining web site. On page two of their forum, there is an extremely funny thread about a recent irregularity in the "Countdown" TV word game show and how poker players might adjudicate them.

Got me thinking, though. Has anyone ever played poker using Scrabble tiles? I'm thinking primarily of some variant of Texas Hold 'Em - each player is dealt two tiles at random from the bag, followed by an initial betting round, then five communal letters come out into the middle with betting rounds after the first three letters, the first four and all five. The player who can make the longest anagram from the five communal letters (plus, possibly, the two in their hand) wins the pot; higher-scoring words break the tie between equally long ones.

Looking at this Google search, this might be a reasonably original thought. None of the links suggest that this is a regular occurrence, though they do reveal this amusing if rather shaggy-dog-looking tale about playing Scrabble against a prostitute. (Even the numbers quoted within look suspicious.) I shall consult with Jim Geary, the resident poker/Scrabble crossover. (No, not about the veracity of that story.)
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From:ericklendl
Date:January 5th, 2003 08:06 am (UTC)

Not aware of any Scrabble poker being played

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Interesting idea, though the idea of having to understand what the hell is going on in Texas Hold 'Em brings me out in a cold sweat. I just do not comprehend that game at all (and I'm not sure I even want to - it's the same sort of peculiar pride I have in never having watched a Bond movie)

There is a tale of a London Scrabble League member once going to the wrong address and ending up at a house of ill repute, but if I remember the story correctly no games were actually played. Erm, of any description.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 5th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC)

Heard the LSL story before - can't remember where, though

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It's very simple. The action is always going round in a circle, there's a hundred fifty pounds in the pot even before the players see their cards, Ram Vaswani has the gay waiter, a queen with a trey, John Duthie's been caught with his hands in the jack'n'jill and a flush always beats a straight in this man's army. I'm Jesse May. For LiveJournal and myself, cash me in.

Do you see? It probably helps if you can do the accent.
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From:ericklendl
Date:January 5th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC)

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I fold.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 5th, 2003 08:59 am (UTC)
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Eeeeexcellent. You've got the hang of the game already. Just remember that and you're set to play poker for life.

Lesson two: pushing lots of chips in before you say "I fold".
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From:ericklendl
Date:January 5th, 2003 10:16 am (UTC)

Ooh, well, now then...

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Pushing lots of chips in happens to be one of my special talents. Ideally lightly salted, no vinegar. Perhaps I'm better equipped than I realised.
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From:picklepuss
Date:January 6th, 2003 07:26 am (UTC)

Re: Heard the LSL story before - can't remember where, though

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I'm with you most of the way but I don't understand the pounds? Pounds of money? In bills or change? What denomination?
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From:picklepuss
Date:January 6th, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)
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This seems pretty intriguing, but I think I can top you. Why not incorporate scrabble, poetry, poker, quantum mechanics and sheep. I call it Texas Shear'em. You start with 2 of your own sheep with betting based on the words. Then there are 3 community sheep in the pen and so on. The person who can make the most coherent phrase wins.

Just what the hell is going on over there?

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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 6th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC)

The ways of the Arts Council are... frankly barking mad

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You have "the nuts". I fold. You win.
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From:picklepuss
Date:January 6th, 2003 09:41 am (UTC)

Re: The ways of the Arts Council are... frankly barking mad

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*rakes in massive pile of pounds and heads for currency exchange*

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