William Reynolds, grandson of William Westmoreland Reynolds, helped design poker tournaments. He didn’t invent poker but he certainly helped the game to catch on. William was a tireless promoter of the game and is credited with pioneering the birth of two different poker games – Texas Hold’em and Omaha.
Poker became the rage at Williams Island during the turn of the century. William was very well known for using free cards to indicate whether he should raise or fold, something many players today may also do. Because of this, William’s unique style attracted many players to poker games. Some of the legends of poker include Charley Corbett, Bill Weir, Bill Potter, David Norton, and Terry McBride.
Charley Corbett, the inspiration for Jack Nicklaus’ career, was an early-morning poker player. He learned to play after losing a bet in a board game he was playing with friends. Because of his bad luck, he decided to join the poker club and brought along a pack of brand new poker cards to Williams Island.
David Norton was another pioneer at Williams Island who played in Charley Corbett’s poker game. He was a rare combination of being a master poker player and being a smart customer. He frequently offered to split a stake in an upcoming game with a fellow member. When he folded during a game, a wise player would make a bet against him.
On one of his trips to Brooklyn, Terry McBride entered the Brooks Resort for a night of gambling. While there, he decided to meet up with his friend Charley Corbett. Soon they both joined the Williams Island poker game, so named because it was co-ed.
They joined a larger group of men, both women and children who shared their poker games. They formed a strong bond and soon became tight friends. As the games wore on, they kept getting together for a better game, and by the end of the night, they had become the neighborhood regulars.
Today’s world has brought a new form of poker tournaments. Players can compete online, sometimes for prizes, and sometimes for fun. Some players enjoy making money betting on games they like and others enjoy watching other players lose.
In the past, the best players of the game were usually those who showed up and were part of a good table atmosphere. Today, however, more women are coming into the game, and they want to participate. Many localities are realizing the need for a tournament for both men and women.
Those who are part of the Women’s Round Table Tournament play a relatively easy game. It’s similar to Texas Hold’em, except that the cards are dealt according to the same size card table used in the normal tournament. Since the cards are smaller, there are fewer cards, but the game is similar. The two players sit opposite each other at the table and the players take turns calling or folding.
Two-Player Games. This game is played with three or four standard poker cards and players are seated across from each other at a small table. There is a set of seven cards called the pot, and a table is set up behind the dealer. Each player, starting with the player to the left of the dealer, places three cards face down in the pot, and the dealer takes three cards from the pot.
Two-Hand Tournaments. One set of four cards is dealt and all four are then set face down. The cards are dealt in pairs. Each player takes a turn dealing, and as they do, the two sets of four cards are dealt one at a time.
Once all four are dealt, each player plays a pair and keeps the first card. Once a pair is dealt, the dealer turns over the other four and the players deal one pair at a time. Once all of the four cards have been dealt, the dealer turns over all of the remaining cards and the cards are dealt again.