OBJECTIVE OF TRIPOLI: Have the most chips after 3 rounds!
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4-7 players
MATERIALS: Poker chips, board to mark and receive the stakes
NUMBER OF CARDS: standard 52 card deck
RANK OF CARDS: A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
TYPE OF GAME: Gambling
AUDIENCE: All Ages
INTRODUCTION TO TRIPOLI
Tripoli, or as it is also often referred to, Three in One, is a contemporary version
of the 500-year-old European game Poch. The game can be bought in store in
North America under the names TRIPOLEY, Rummoli, Michigan
Rummy, and Royal Rummy. However, in German, people can still purchase the
original version- Poch (Le Poque).
The game consists of three stages. The first stage, players who have certain
cards in hand collect their stakes. In the second stage, players play in a similar
manner to Poker, and the last stage is reminiscent of Michigan or Boodle.
The game uses a board, or cloth, as depicted below in order to mark and receive
The game also utilizes chips (or pennies work) to bet.
THE DEAL & THE STAKES
Prior to dealing out the cards, players are required to place 9 chips on the board.
One chip goes to each of the spaces labeled: 8-9-10, King-Queen of Hearts, the
Kitty, Ten of Hearts, Jack of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, King of Hearts, Ace of
Hearts, and Pot. Some spots may have unclaimed chips from bets from previous
games, simply add yours to these.
Once the stakes are placed, the dealer passes each player one card at a time,
face-down. The dealer also deals out a spare hand at the same time. Some
players may have more cards than others.
The dealer may, if they don’t like their hand, exchange it with the spare hand.
They are not allowed to examine the hand prior to swapping. The dealer’s
original hand becomes the new spare hand. Hands may not be combined.
The dealer may also auction the spare hand to the highest bidder. The hand
remains unseen in the scenario as well. The player who buys it discards their
hand and pa