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Misère

  1. Noun

    Any variation of poker in which the traditional hand rankings are reversed such that the lowest hand wins in a showdown rather than the highest hand winning.

    EXAMPLE: "We were playing misere and I kept getting high cards."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    SYNONYMS: Lowball

  2. Noun

    A rule variation in which the object of the game is to lose under a particular group of rules.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Example: In a ring game traditionally played for high hands, misere would be a lowball version of the game. A misere tournament would be one in which players attempted to be the first to be knocked out rather than the last to be knocked out, though this would require additional variations to prevent players from merely blinding off.

    EXAMPLE: "I've never played a misere tournament and probably never will. I think it would be kind of fun, but I can't imagine convincing the players in my regular home game to play with such a weird variation."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    RELATED TERMS: Lowball




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