January 06, 2011
Chapter 4. Rules of Draw Poker.
In order to insure pleasure and harmony in playing Draw Poker, it is absolutely necessary that each player should carefully watch the progress of the game and strictly observe its rules. A lack of knowledge of these rules has produced many curious and often absurd ways of playing the game, while the carelessness of individual players has contributed more to confusion and dispute than any other single cause or all other causes combined. In preparing the following set of rules I have not only consulted the best written authorities on Draw Poker, but have borne in mind the usage of the best and most experienced players of my acquaintance.
The implements necessary for this game are a full pack of cards and a set of poker chips. The latter are made from various materials, but the best are of ivory. The should be circular in form, identical in size and of at least three difference colors, representing as many separate valuations. The last requisite is due to the necessity of making change in the progress of the game. The number of players who can comfortably engage in poker at one sitting ranges from two to seven. I have known eight people to play in the same game at the same time, but this number is excessive, as it induces personal discomfort and forces the discard into the draw.
John W Keller - 1889
Tomorrow we will discuss The Limit and other aspects of Draw Poker