PokerPenning™ follows the same hand strength rules as a standard five card poker game, with the Royal Flush being strongest and the High-Card hand being weakest.
Please note that a Royal Flush must be ace through ten, suited (same suit) and, while a straight flush may be any suited consecutive cards, a team may not connect the 8 to the ace. For example, a suited king, ace, 8, 9, 10 is scored as a flush, not a straight flush. A suited 8, 9, 10, J, Q is scored as a straight flush.
Scoring simply multiplies the team's speed by the value of the penned “hand” for a final score. Please read the logic behind PokerRodeo’s™ Scoring System (patents pending).
To qualify, the team must pen five cows, including the designated hole card, clean in the allotted time. One dirty (unintended) cow is allowed past the judge’s foul line but at the time of scoring, only five cows are allowed on the pen side of the foul line. The “hole card” that is announced when time begins must be included in the penned herd to qualify. Time stops and the score is calculated once a total of exactly five cows, including the hole-card cow, are penned clean. A sixth dirty cow is allowed behind the foul line but must be moved to the herd side of the foul line when time is called. In the case that more than six cows pass the foul line at any given time, no-time will be called.