HOW TO PLAY CRYPTO COURT POKER
Crypto Court is a frantic and fast-paced game that combines Hold-Em Tournament Poker with a Collectible Card Game twist. In Crypto Court, you craft a deck of Power Cards that channel the skills and strength of The Royal Court to enhance your own unique poker playstyle.
Construct the perfect deck to pair with your poker playing abilities to become the Tournament Champion!
OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT SET UP AND CONTEST RULES
Crypto Court Poker is a contest played in a poker tournament format.
How to Win the Game: Win all of the coins (chips) on the table.
Game Setup: (3-4 Players): Each player starts with 100 coins. The players then shuffle their Power Decks and have The Dealer cut the decks afterwards. The Dealer Button starting position is determined by High Card. (Official Deckbuilding Rules are below.)
Betting Limits: Crypto Court Tournaments have an ANTE system with NO BLINDS. The Dealer Button determines the turn order and, in some cases, the order in which Power Cards are resolved. (More details on Power Cards and how they work are below.)
Official Tournament Ante Structure: $1 -> $3 -> $5 -> $10 -> then increasing by $10 every round after ($20, $30, etc.). Rounds are 6 minutes each, with a short pause for a race-off of the $1 coins after the 2nd round.
(These are our Official Tournament Rules, but If you’re playing at home or for fun, we encourage experimentation with different betting limits and starting stacks to tailor your home game to match the needs of your players.)
USING POWER CARDS
There are 4 Card Types and the different types of Power Cards are played at various points throughout a standard poker hand. There are also 2 Special Conditions that affect Power Card play (See Deck Building Rules tab below.)
Power Cards are what sets Crypto Court apart from traditional poker games, adding CCG strategy game elements to spice up the iconic game of Hold-Em Poker. Power Cards allow players to supplement their own poker skills with extra advantages and abilities, or to disrupt the villains' (opponents') strategies. The Power Cards are versatile and able to enhance existing poker strategies or create entirely new ones.
A major skill of Crypto Court Poker is Deckbuilding - collecting and constructing the perfect Power Card deck to enhance your own poker playstyle and gain an edge over the villains. When playing Crypto Court, you have two hands at a time: your Power Card Hand, and your Poker Hand (hole cards).
Each player draws 1 Power Card at the start of each hand. There are ways to draw additional cards through Power Card effects. When a Power Card refers to drawing cards, it refers to drawing additional Power Cards, unless it specifically states that it affects hole or board cards instead.
You can hold up to 3 Power Cards in your hand. When you go to draw a 4th card, you can either keep it and discard one of your existing cards, or you may discard the “new” card and keep your old hand.
The rule is Draw -> Discard, NOT Discard -> Draw.
4 CARD TYPES
Set-Up: Set Up Cards are played at the start of each hand. A hand starts after you draw your power card and are dealt your hole cards, but before Pre-Flop action starts. If multiple players play Set-Up cards in the same turn, the cards are resolved first to last in betting order (clockwise starting from the button).
Round: Round Cards are played on your turn during betting rounds. If it’s a player’s turn to check, bet, raise, or fold, they are able to play a Round Card.
Showdown: Showdown Cards are played at the end of the hand. A hand ends after a winner is determined – either by all of the villains folding or during a Showdown. Showdown Cards are like “quests” where a task is given – and you are able to play a Showdown Card if you completed that task during the current hand.
Winning a Pot refers to winning after all of the villains have folded - before the end of the game.
Winning a Showdown refers to winning after the river betting round - and having the strongest hand after all remaining players reveal their hole cards.
Counter: Counter Cards can be played at any point during the game, even when it's not your turn, but only “in response” to another power card being played. This is done after a player has played a power card, but before its effect is resolved. However, you do have to be an active player in the hand. (You can’t play a counter card if you folded already.) And yes, you are able to Counter a Counter card.
When multiple Power Cards are played “in response” to each other, the cards are resolved with the most recently played first. It works the same as “The Stack” in Magic the Gathering or the “Chain” in Yu-Gi-Oh, if you’ve played other collectible card games.