Countdown Holdem: Help needed!

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Countdown Holdem: Help needed!

Post by JackHurst » Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:50 pm

Tl;Dr Do you have web development skills and want to help make a game which is a mash up of Countdown and Texas Holdem poker? If so please get in touch!

I'm on a quest to make an online game which is a mash up of Texas Holdem poker and Countdown. The premise is simple: The rules of Texas Holdem poker still apply, but instead of a deck of playing cards, we'll use a deck of letters instead. When comparing hand the player who makes the longest legal word from their card + the table cards wins the hand. If words are of equal length or all words offered are illegal then players split the pot like you would in a tied hand in poker.

Example:
Alice's Hand: S T
Bob's Hand: F A

Table: E E U R T

When showing down cards, Bob offers FEATURE (7) which trumps Alice's offering of TESTER (6) and Bob claims the pot.


There must be people out there with the skills and enthusiasm to want to help with this, so if you think you'd be able to help with developing the game, please let me know!

A great starting point would be finding a good open source poker engine which is easy to mod. You'd just have to replace the deck of cards with a deck of letters and replace the rules for scoring hands against each other with a dictionary validity check + word length comparison.

I've raise a similar topic already on Board game Arena: https://boardgamearena.com/forum/postin ... =post&f=12
I've seen there's something called PokerTH but I am not familiar with it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PokerTH
I can find an open source poker server: https://github.com/floatinghotpot/casino-server

My skillsit is mostly based around Android apps, I could probably figure some of this stuff out but I wouldn't be the quickest.

Thanks! xxx


FAQ:
  • This is just for fun. Games would not be for real money
  • I have a dictionary with words so this is not an issue
  • I have no plans to make this into any sort of business, its just a personl project so us Countdowners can have a bit of fun together in a different format
  • Yeah it has no numbers rounds. Sorry about that if you care about numbers.
  • The seven letter example is just illustrative, of course the numbers of cards etc will be tweaked after play testing.

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Re: Countdown Holdem: Help needed!

Post by Thomas Carey » Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:40 pm

yeah i can probably make this if you wanna host it or whatever
cheers maus

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Re: Countdown Holdem: Help needed!

Post by Johnny Canuck » Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:25 am

Q: What is the longest word in the world?
A: "Gigaparsecs", because there is a gigaparsec before the last S.

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Re: Countdown Holdem: Help needed!

Post by JackHurst » Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:06 pm

Yeah that's where I got the idea from I think. Thanks for finding!

Getting this up and running physically would he easy, the challenge is making a website where players can log on and play it

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Re: Countdown Holdem: Help needed!

Post by Jonathan Willis » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:35 pm

JackHurst wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:50 pm
Tl;Dr Do you have web development skills and want to help make a game which is a mash up of Countdown and Texas Holdem poker? If so please get in touch!

I'm on a quest to make an online game which is a mash up of Texas Holdem poker and Countdown. The premise is simple: The rules of Texas Holdem poker still apply, but instead of a deck of playing cards, we'll use a deck of letters instead. When comparing hand the player who makes the longest legal word from their card + the table cards wins the hand. If words are of equal length or all words offered are illegal then players split the pot like you would in a tied hand in poker.

Example:
Alice's Hand: S T
Bob's Hand: F A

Table: E E U R T

When showing down cards, Bob offers FEATURE (7) which trumps Alice's offering of TESTER (6) and Bob claims the pot.


There must be people out there with the skills and enthusiasm to want to help with this, so if you think you'd be able to help with developing the game, please let me know!

A great starting point would be finding a good open source poker engine which is easy to mod. You'd just have to replace the deck of cards with a deck of letters and replace the rules for scoring hands against each other with a dictionary validity check + word length comparison.

I've raise a similar topic already on Board game Arena: https://boardgamearena.com/forum/postin ... =post&f=12
I've seen there's something called PokerTH but I am not familiar with it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PokerTH
I can find an open source poker server: https://github.com/floatinghotpot/casino-server

My skillsit is mostly based around Android apps, I could probably figure some of this stuff out but I wouldn't be the quickest.

Thanks! xxx


FAQ:
  • This is just for fun. Games would not be for real money
  • I have a dictionary with words so this is not an issue
  • I have no plans to make this into any sort of business, its just a personl project so us Countdowners can have a bit of fun together in a different format
  • Yeah it has no numbers rounds. Sorry about that if you care about numbers.
  • The seven letter example is just illustrative, of course the numbers of cards etc will be tweaked after play testing.
My brother is a computer science graduate and web software engineer, he works for the Quebec province government providing stats and figures. He has made various scrabble games. I will tell him about this

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