I came up with a card game variant, combining Texas Hold 'Em and Cribbage, with a friend. You basically follow Hold 'Em play mechanics, and the best hand at showdown is the 5 card hand (2 hole cards + 3 board cards) with the highest cribbage score (counting runs, pairs, 15s, and 1 point for having any Jack. 4 and 5 flushes are allowed if both hole cards are used).
I ran several Monte Carlo simulations and there are definitely advantages to certain starting hands.
So, the questions:
- What else do I need to think about/test to call this game final?
- How can I determine the optimal betting structure, one that promotes skill over luck (limit/no limit/pot limit)?
- How can I best share my game with people who will play it?