I had an idea today. For months, this forum has been discussing bingo play, high skilled players beating up on the lower stakes tables, and similar topics. It got me thinking with my Game Designer hat on, and I came up with a variant of Hold 'Em that might interest players who would like to outlaw certain types of players.
I call it Texas Hold’em Junior.
The way it works, everyone at the table must ante a BB ahead of the flop. There’s no raising pre-flop. Everyone is in to see the flop for exactly one BB. The flop consists of all 5 streets, all at once, no rounds of betting the flop, turn, and river. Once you see all five cards, you can look at your hand and see what it made, and bet accordingly. Bet as much as you want, raise as much as you want. Then everyone shows and whoever has the best hand wins the pot, ties of course chop.
I don’t see this as a better or more fun version of the game of Hold’em, and probably it’d get boring pretty quickly, but it might work as a training game for players who would like to see what their starting cards would make, and are frustrated when other players bet too high for them to feel comfortable calling.
After you’ve had enough of that, then you can start to appreciate the game elements that were removed from NLHE, and maybe start to appreciate betting on the streets and preflop.
A less extreme version of Hold’em Junior would be to allow betting on each street after the flop, but have no preflop action other than the mandatory BB ante.
If nothing else it’d be interesting to play sometime and see how the game feels.