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David Wiens
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We're having a poker night tonight and I'm wondering about good games to bring for the people who lose out of the game before the end. I'm thinking about liars dice and maybe Backgammon or Lost Cities for when there are just 2 people out. Maybe some other fillers like For Sale, No Thanks, etc...
Any suggestions for short games that fit the 'vibe' of a poker night well?
 
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Vegas Showdown, though it might be a bit too heavy. Wits & Wagers might be a good choice. Those both might be too long and take precedence over poker, though, thus destroying the "poker night vibe" entirely.

Zendo might be a better choice. People can enter the game freely and have just as good a shot at determining the master's rule, since all the information from previous game turns remains on the table at all times. People can also leave the game without affecting the other players; only the master has to stick with it until the rule is guessed. (As a bonus, you don't have to use Icehouse pieces and could instead use whatever poker night paraphernalia you had around.)
 
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Mark Crocker
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"Ave Caesar". I sprung this on some "tunnel vision" poker players, and it went over fine, even though most of us were s**t faced and most of the learners have the attention span of a hamster. There is a file showing payoffs, (yes, it's my file), in the BGG game listing. You must play for stakes.

"LCR" is another brainless diversion...but you've got to play for money.
 
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I would suggest Felix the Cat in the Sack. It has bidding, some bluffing, and a start player marker which is almost the same as a dealer button. It's pretty easy to teach and learn, and games last about 20 minutes.
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If participants still want to be betting once they've lost once, may I suggest Martian 12s, a game for 2 Treehouse sets which scales 2-5 players. It was designed after my brother asked me to come up with a game his Poker buddies would play and enjoy.

Martian 12s was just announced as the winner of the Winter 2008 Icehouse Game Design Competition . . .
 
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I'd recommend Double or Nothing, as it has gambling-style theme, and will get those "press your luck" juices flowing.

Plus, there are probably about a zillion copies around here for trade or cheap sale, as Tanga gave them away for the price of shipping around the end of the year.
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chinese poker. very fun with two, plays up to four, and actually plays well using points instead of money.
 
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David Wiens
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toku42 wrote:
I'd recommend Double or Nothing, as it has gambling-style theme, and will get those "press your luck" juices flowing.

Plus, there are probably about a zillion copies around here for trade or cheap sale, as Tanga gave them away for the price of shipping around the end of the year.


Right on. I actually have a copy of Double or Nothing that I've never played and basically forgot about. Great suggestion.
 
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Matt Robertson
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Cash & Guns is a big hit too.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/19237
 
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Kevin Nesbitt
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For a very poker-ish feel try: Doolittle & Waite

 
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