June 22, 2011
Chapter 4: Betting Before the Draw.
We have now reached a point in the game where it is necessary to impress upon the mind of the reader the most important general rule in poker: Everything must be done in turn. The non-observation of this imperative law of Draw Poker has occasioned more confusion than all other causes combined.
After each player has received his complement of cards the betting before the draw begins. If no straddle has been made, the first player to the left of the age must " say." If he desires to play he must first make good, that is, he must deposit in the pool a sum double the amount of the ante. If he desires to play for more than this he can do so by placing in the pool any additional amount not exceeding the limit of the game. If he should not care to play at all in that hand he can pass and retire from the game until the next deal. But whatever the first player may do the next say belongs to the next player to the left, who may come in or pass as he pleases. If he comes in, he must make good the ante
Each player must in turn say whether he passes or plays. If he passes he must retire from the game for that deal. If he plays he must deposit in the pool an amount equal to the highest deposit of any previous player, and he may raise this highest deposit any additional amount within the limit of the game.
If any player has deposited any amount in the pool and does not wish to "see" the raise of any subsequent player, he may retire from the game, but in doing so he must sacrifice whatever he may have already deposited in the pool.
If a player raises and no other player sees his raise, he is entitled to whatever is in the pool.
If all the players in the game except the age pass out, the age is entitled to the ante, and a new deal is in order.
In betting before the deal no hands are shown.
The effect of the straddle is to increase the pool and transfer the last say before the draw from the age to the last straddler.