“It’s you verses the greedy golem! Test your skill and take the monster’s pot!”
What You’ll Need: A deck of cards, plus an amulet and coins to track bets. A golem deck is identical to a realworld poker deck, except the cards go from 1 to 13 in four suits: flesh (hearts), clay (spades), stone (diamonds), and iron (clubs).
How to Play: Golem is a player-vs.-player card game similar to five-card draw poker, but with a “golem hand.” Golem is played in a series of games; one game must be completely resolved before the next begins. The player to the right of the dealer gets the amulet to start the night.
The dealer deals five cards to each player. Starting at the amulet, each player can bet, raise one coin, or fold. Anyone who folds is out of the game, and can’t come back in until a new game begins.
Next, each player may discard up to two cards and receive that many back from the dealer. These discarded cards go face-down on the center of the table. Another round of betting occurs, starting at the amulet.
If, at any point, only one player hasn’t folded, he wins the pot—the house taking 5 percent—and the game is over.
If at least two players are still in after all bets are called, those players reveal their hands. Then the dealer “ups the golem.” The golem hand—those cards discarded when players had the chance to draw new cards—is revealed, and if the player with the best hand beats the golem, he wins the pot, and the game is over. But if the player with the best hand does not beat the golem, that player must put into the pot an amount of coins equal to what’s already in the pot, and all cards are collected so that a new hand can be dealt for the players who were still in at the end. This continues until someone wins the pot. The house takes 5 percent of the final pot, and then the amulet moves one position to the right and a new game is dealt.