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Czechoslovakian Hold ‘Em

noun; derivation
A type of poker, variant on Texas Hold ‘Em A type of poker, variant on Texas Hold ‘Em. Each player is dealt 5 cards, then a round of betting proceeds. The first 3 cards of the community 5 (the flop) are turned up, and there is another round of betting. Then, each player has the option of keeping his or her 5-card hand and playing it as a stud hand, or of discarding 3 of his or her 5 cards and playing the rest of the hand following the rules of Texas Hold ‘Em, with a 4th and 5th community card turned up and rounds of betting following each. Origin & Source: This game is actually a variation of a variation of Texas Hold ‘Em that my friends and I made up one night during a late, idle evening of poker. The first variation, which I’d learned back home, was called Irish Hold ‘Em and has the same rules as Czechoslovakian Hold ‘Em, except without the option to keep all 5 cards after the flop. When I first proposed playing a round of Irish Hold ‘Em, a series of jokes followed about what the changes between Texas and Irish Hold ‘Em may be, and she subject of third-world countries came up in the ensuing conversation. Thus, when someone mentioned creating a game based on Irish Hold ‘Em but with the 5-card stud option, the most prominently mentioned country in the previous discussion, Czechoslovakia (before it became the Czech Republic and Slovakia), became the game’s namesake.
 
Ok, dealer’s choice of Hold ‘Em: Texas, Irish or… Czechoslovakian.
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Last modified: 10 June 2008


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