Science and poker are both two passions of mine that I've been thinking about combining for quite awhile. While there are decks out there that feature scientists, Element Poker is different because it not only features 52 key elements from the periodic table but players will learn the relationships between them in order to make pairs and win at the game. This is your chance to play poker and learn about the elements at the same time on beautiful high-quality linen cards. The elements included in the game are in color on the periodic table below.
The 52 Elements in the game are in 13 groups identified based on their common characteristics or uses. These groups are indicated on the reference cards below with the 13 orange icons.
How to Play
Playing Element Poker is not complicated. All of the typical hands in regular poker can be made in Element Poker too with some slight variations.
Making a Pair
In order to make a pair (or three or four of a kind) in Element Poker, you must match the groups in the upper left. For example, hydrogen and carbon make a pair because they both have the heart icon in the upper left and are therefore both essential elements for human life.
Making a Flush
To make a flush, you must match the card color for five elements. Elements are either blue (transition metals), red (representative metals), yellow (nonmetals), or green (oddballs).
Ties are annoying in general and are a lot more rare in Element Poker than in standard poker. Whoever has the card in their made hand with the highest atomic number wins. Plutonium is the highest element in the game and is therefore a valuable card to have.
Making a Straight
The atomic number is also used in order to generate a straight. Since it's more difficult to get a straight in Element Poker than in regular poker, this hand is more valuable than a full house! [See below for the hand rankings reference card.]
The Atomic Straight Flush
The ultimate hand in Element Poker is the very rare atomic straight flush! Match 5 elements of the same suit and in atomic number order and your hand can't be beat!
Each deck comes with enough reference cards for a nine-player game and the hand rankings included can be used for Texas Hold 'Em or any other typical poker variant.
A Shoutout to My Fellow Teachers
Element Poker is a game that is designed to be enjoyed by anyone that likes card games and/or science. But as a high school science teacher myself, I wanted to make sure that Element Poker was something that teachers could both afford and use effectively in the classroom. That's why I wanted to offer a classroom set of five decks at $45 to make sure you can get the game in your students' hands without breaking the bank.
Connect with Us!
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Risks and challenges
Like any other project, it is possible that issues or challenges can occur. That being said, the work developing the game and determining shipping has been done. I'm excited to get Element Poker in your hands!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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