The Jack-pot

If all the players reject their cards, declining to play, ante's stake

remains in the pool; and the deal passes to him. Before he deals, however,

he and every other player must put into the pool a sum equal to the ante.

The next hand is called a Jack-pot, and the game cannot be opened by any

player unless he has at least a pair of knaves in his hand. Any better

hand entitles him to open the game of course, but he must have at least

two knaves. If there be no players in a Jack-pot, the stakes still remain

in the pool, every player again puts in a sum equal to the ante, and the

deal passes on as before. In this second Jack-pot, however, two queens

is the lowest hand with which the game may be opened. If there are again

no players, the pool is again replenished, and the next game cannot be

opened with anything less than two kings; then the Jack-pot comes down to

two knaves again, and continues the same series of minimum hands--2 knaves,

2 queens, 2 kings--until the game is opened by a player holding the

requisite or a better hand. A Jack-pot having been opened, the winner

takes the accumulated pool, and the succeeding game reverts to the ordinary

conditions, i.e. may be opened by any player in his turn and without

reference to his hand. If a player open a Jack-pot, and all the other

players pass, he must, before he can claim the pool, show, by laying

his cards face upwards on the table, that he really does possess the

minimum hand necessary to open the game with. If he have the minimum hand,

or better, he takes the pool; but if he have not, the next game is a

Jack-pot, just as if the previous game had not been opened, and the

player who opened the game improperly must pay a sum double that of

the ante into the pool as a penalty.

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