Players' front, middle and back rows are compared, and each row won is worth 1
point. If a player has won 2 of 3 rows, they win a total of 1 point (1+1-1).
Additional points are awarded for a 'scoop' and also for sub-hands (rows) that
qualify for royalties.
SCOOP - If a player wins all three rows, they have 'scooped' the opponent and
receive a three point bonus. In total, scooping is worth 6 points: 1+1+1 for
winning all three rows, and 3 for the scoop bonus.
TIES - An example of a common tie: player A wins two of three rows, e.g. the
front and middle with a pair of 66 in front, and player B wins the back row
with a straight. player A wins 1 point for taking 2 of 3 rows plus the 1 point
royalty for 66 in front, for a total of 2 points. Player B, however, is awarded
2 points for the back row straight, and the scores cancel each other.
Another tie possibility happens rarely but will occur when, for example, player
A wins one row, player B wins one row, and both players have the same hand in
the third row (885 in front, i.e.).
FOULING - The penalty for fouling is -6 points; in other words, an automatic
scoop for the opponent if they have a properly set hand. If a player has a QQ7
in front and QQ654 in the middle, this is a fouled hand. QQ7 in front and
QQ982, however, is a proper set and is not a foul. If both players foul, the
hand is a tie at 0 points.
ROYALTIES - Any sub-hand (row) that qualifies for royalties also gets points in
a properly set hand. The royalty chart below shows the point values per poker
hand made. Typical royalties can be +4 for a back row flush, or +7 for a front
row pair of Queens.
All royalties are paid, so if player A has a flush in the back row (+4 points)
and player B has a full house (+6 points), player A pays a net of +2 points to
MULTI-WAY SCORING - When playing 3 handed, the first player dealt cards (first
to act or under the gun) settles with each successive player until all debts
are paid. Then, second to act player settles with the others, and so on. If a
player fouls their hand, they automatically owe 6 points to each of the other
players plus any royalties owed. Again, all royalties in non-fouled hands are
Back Row Royalties
Straight-2 points Flush-4 points Full House-6 points Quads (4 of a kind)-10 points Straight Flush-15 points Royal Flush-25 points
Middle Row Royalties
Three of a Kind-2 points Straight-4 points Flush-8 points
Full House-12 points Quads (4 of a kind)-20 points Straight Flush-30 points Royal Flush-50 points
Fantasyland is an essential 'bonus' component to the game. You qualify to 'go
to Fantasyland' if you have QQ or better in the front (without fouling).
When a player goes to Fantasyland, the other players are dealt and play a
normal hand. They are dealt all thirteen cards at once, and they set their
cards after seeing how other players set their hand. The button does not move
for the Fantasyland hand -- it is considered an extension of the same hand.
STAYING IN FANTASYLAND - Quads or better in the back row or Trips in the front allows a player to remain in Fantasyland