Kobayakawa is a minimalist betting tactical game. The Pico of Poker (as it was described to me). The game antes one coin, and then deals each player a card, plus flips a card face up.
Going (once) around the table you can either:
- Draw a card, then keep one card (hidden) and reveal the other (discarding it).
- Replace the face up card in the center (you flip up the top one and replace, no choice).
After this, there’s one round of betting. You can bet or fold. After everyone bets, you reveal. The lowest revealed card gets to add the center card to theirs. Highest value wins. (Under the gun winning ties). That’s it.
Another clever micro game. Not sure how deep this is but worth playing a few times. I don’t think there’s really much bluffing in this, but I only played it once. It’s tactical. And, yes, a card game. Getting hand after hand of middle cards is not the way to win.
I think you could be a great poker variant with this idea. (Imagine hold em where the worst revealed hand got to add the previously visible 8th card to their hand….)
Rating — Suggest (due to Novelty, we’ll see).