How to Play the Midwinter Madness Games

By Asa Brown

Midwinter Madness has announced the games for Casino Night at Semi. These games include Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette. All of these games have many different variations. Here is how to play them:


Poker, as a game, is currently undergoing a bit of drop in popularity, as least based on viewership of the World Series of Poker. According to Sports Media Watch, 1.15 million people watched the World Series of Poker on ESPN in 2016, down 1% from 2015 and a full 7% from 2013.

Either way, the game is a entertaining game shared both by young and old. There are many different kinds of the game, from well known (Texas Hold’em), to racially insensitive (Indian Feather Head Poker). In any variation, players end up with five cards. The best combination wins. See them ranked:

  1.    Straight Flush

All cards are of the same suit and in sequential order.

      2.   Four of a kind

Four cards with the same number.

     3.    Full house

A three of a kind and a two of a kind.

     4.    Flush

Cards of all the same suit.

     5.    Straight

Cards in sequential order.

     6.    Three of a kind.

Three cards with the same number.

     7.    Two pair

Two pairs of cards with the same number.

     8.    One pair

Two cards with the same number.

     9.    High card

The highest card in a hand.


Roulette is very simple. To play, bet on a color or spot. There are 38 slots. Of 36 of them, which range from 1 to 36, half are red and half are black. The additional two spots are 0 and 00, which are green. Blaise Pascal, who popularized Pascal’s Triangle, invented the Roulette wheel while trying to create a perpetual motion machine.


Blackjack is a game between a player and a dealer. The player is dealt two cards, one face down and one face up. The goal is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you go over 21, you lose. All cards are the face value except for face cards, which are ten, and aces, which are eleven or one.

Have fun at Casino Night!