Panguingue Poker

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Now that you've learned the basics of panguingue poker, there are a few finer points to include as well. For one thing, once you're first dealt your hand of 10 cards, you retain the right to play your hand or "sluff" it. Should you choose to sluff you simply sit out the current round and lose your ante but no other chips. Remember, players must eventually pay the winner for his or her formation of conditions.

Another nuance of panguingue poker is splitting melds. Melds may be split in half only if the addition of new cards in that meld creates two equal melds. If you have a four, five, six, and seven, that meld can be halved by adding a three and a jack (remember, eights, nines, and 10s have been removed from the stock).

More Subtleties of Panguingue Poker

In online pan poker, as in regular pan poker, you receive chips for forming conditions when you split melds. You may also "force" a card if the one you discard adds to one of the next player's pre-existing melds. He or she may not draw from the stock in that case.

It is permissible to remove a card from an extant meld to help create a new meld provided that the removal leaves the existing meld intact. Thus, if you hold a three, four, five, and six, either the three or the six may be taken from the meld, but not both. Once all 11 cards have been melded, that player is said to be "going out," and a new hand is dealt.

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