Jokers as high cards
I have seen in some home games, they use the joker as the highest card, higher than an A. However, it can't be part of a flush (it has no suit) and it also can't be part of a straight. That, along with the fact that there are only 2 in the deck diminishes its power considerably. The only thing it's good for is making the highest pair (which is unlikely because there are only 2) or playing as a kicker.
The question is in this game how do you play hands with jokers in them?
In Holdem, two jokers is still a great preflop hand and should probably try to get in pre, I guess. It loses a lot of value post flop because it can't flop a set, it can't play as a high card in a flush or straight or anything else... How do you think jokerjoker vs AA fairs?
How about a hand like Joker Ace or Joker King? Are these hands any good? If you hit an ace or a king with those hands, you have the nut kicker, but your chance of hitting the flop diminishes because of the joker.
How about in stud? A hand like Joker-9-9 almost seems like trash while A-9-9 is a good hand if the aces are live. Two jokers in the hole would still be a great hidden hand to make jokers up, though. However there's no chance to make hidden trips. Even if you had split jokers, I think people would rarely believe you and would likely pay you off with a lower two pair or even one pair hand.
What if you have a pair of jokers in 5 card draw? How good is this with no chance to draw to trips?
What are your thoughts on playing jokers?
Last edited by Akhanar; 06-14-2012 at 12:55 AM.