School - Guts:
Sequence of Events:
1. At the beginning
of every new round players sitting at the table choose to ante or
sit out. The ante is the same as the Table stake. A $0.50 table will
have an ante of $0.50.
2. Dealer deals each
player 3 cards face down.
3. Each player
chooses to either stay "in" (play on) or opt "out" (fold). This
process is resolved simultaneously so that each player sees all the
other players' choices at the same time.
4. The players that
are "in" show their hands to the table. The player with the best
hand wins the pot and the losing players each must replace the pot
as their penalty for losing.
5. NOTE - In "Monty
Carlo Guts" ALL the losing players each replace the pot, in
"Survivor Guts" the loser with the lowest hand is the ONLY player
that is required to replace the pot.
For all Guts games,
the minimum a player can sit down at the table with is 100 times the
ante. For example, on a 10-cent ante table, the minimum that a
player must bring to the table is $10.
Carlo Guts and Survivor Guts
are both three-card games "3 Card Guts" that are played in
rounds, which are made up of one or more hands. This is very
important to remember as it provides the general framework of the
game. To join a Guts game, you must wait for the beginning of a
round. As the number of hands in a round may vary, you may find
yourself sitting out for a short time. We will discuss how a round
ends a little later, but once a new round starts you will have the
option to ante.
The ante is a
buy-in set by the table stakes. For instance, on a $1 Guts
table, the ante would be $1.
Players who do
not pay the ante must sit out the hand and the rest of the round
along with the other players you are dealt three cards.
You and the
other players will simultaneously choose to either stay "In" the
hand or go "Out", and thus muck your hand.
If you stay
"In", your cards will be shown, while if you decide to go "Out",
your hand will be mucked .
If you choose to
be "Out", you are out for the hand but not the remainder of the
If you do not
make your decision in the time provided, the game will
automatically muck your cards and put you "Out".
Players who have
stayed "In" now have their cards shown simultaneously, while the
players who chose to be "Out" will have their cards mucked at
the same time.
The player or
players with the best cards win the pot.
If all players
in a round go "Out" of a hand the pot is carried over to the
next hand and all players ante for the next hand.
The hand ranking
is unusual in these 3 Card Guts games. The ranks include
straight flush, three-of-a-kind, straight and flush, as well as
pair and high card.
flushes are determined in much the same manner as in traditional
poker games, except that each is made of three cards only.
It is also very
important to note that in 3 Card Guts, a straight beats a flush.
If the hands are
still tied, then the highest card not held in common (the
kicker), determines the winner of the hand.
If the hands are
absolutely identical in ranking, then the pot is split evenly
between the winning players.
17. Players who
stayed "In" but did not win the hand must match the total amount
of money that was in the pot, up to the limit.
10 cent ante tables = Max pot replacement ante of $5
25 cent ante tables = Max pot replacement ante of $10
50 cent ante tables = Max pot replacement ante of $15
$2 ante tables = Max pot replacement ante of $50
IMPORTANT - In "Monty Carlo Guts" ALL the losing players
each replace the pot, in "Survivor Guts" the loser with the
lowest hand is the ONLY player that is required to replace the
The hand is now
over and a new hand will begin, with the pot already growing
from the last hand, if indeed at least one player opted to be
"In" and lost.
19. If you
declared yourself "In" on a hand and you lose and you do not
have enough money at the beginning of the next hand to match
that new hand's pot, you will sat out for the remainder of the
round. In this situation players will get an extra 5 sec to grab
more money from the cashier before the hand begins.
Players who were
"Out" must ante to remain in the round, or sit out.
were "In" and lost the hand, having paid the pot at the end of
the last hand, do not need to ante.
If there was at
least one winner of the previous hand and no players who
declared themselves "In" but lost, then the round is over.
New players and
players sitting out the previous round may join at the start of
the new round.
It is an important distinction to note that the ranking of these
hands is different from traditional hand rankings. From highest to
lowest the hand ranks are straight flush, three-of-a-kind, straight,
flush, pair and high card.
The hands below
are ranked in the order of highest to lowest:
Three of a kind:
The house takes a small amount of each pot won as a fee for
providing the gaming service. This fee is called the "rake". The
rake in Guts games is set to 3% of the pot won. The maximum that
will ever be raked from a pot is $3. Example: if the pot is $120
rake is $3 not $3.60.