Posted by Dr Fro 8:07 AM
A decent resource if you are looking for rules for your home game. However, I disagree with one aspect of his Pig rule. (I had forgotten about this wrinkle until Judge brought it up a couple weeks ago)
If person A declares Pig (going high and low), person B declares low and person C declares high, and it works out that A does have the lowest, but C beat A for high, of course A wins nothing. But according to the rules above (and what is the most common set of rules) is that B and C split the pot. While I know this is common and I expect it to be the rule by default when nobody says otherwise, I think that it is not the best rule. B didn't actually win lo, so he should receive nothing and C should get the whole pot. It is somewhat analagous to playing O/8 and two people don't qualify with "8 or better", so the high wins it all.
However, if A and B tie, then A is disqualified* and B does legitimately win 1/2 the pot. (A very technical argument could be made that B only wins 3/8 of the pot, but I won't go there). C takes the other half and gets the odd chip.
*Now that assumes that ties disqualify the Pig, which again is the common and expected rule. However, this variant makes little sense to me and is completely inconsistent with other poker rules. In poker, ties alway result in a split pot. I would say that the Pig quarters the low and takes the high.
Since I will probably never convince a table full of 8 to make these rules, I will simply never declare Pig. There is way too much downside under the common rules.