"The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius." - Julius "Big Julie" Weintraub
For card players, it's easy to have a deck of cards around, whether you're at home, at a bar, or on vacation. It's not so easy, however, to lug around a set of poker chips. While keeping score for some card games (e.g., hearts, gin rummy) is simple enough with pen and paper, tracking poker transactions through the course of a hand--let alone an entire match--can be tedious without playing chips.
Chipless Poker is a simple app that allows two players to play heads-up poker without a set of playing chips by tracking each player's winnings from hand to hand. Note that a physical deck of playing cards is still required for play.
The first iteration of the app will cater to players of popular poker variant no-limit Texas Hold'em, with four rounds of betting (preflop, flop, turn, and river) per hand. To start, players input their names, the blind structure, and their buy-in amounts. The players can then determine (or the app can randomly select) who starts first in the dealer position. During each betting round, once the cards are dealt, players take turns using the app to input their betting decisions: check, call, bet, raise, or fold, along with the amount of their bet sizes.
Throughout each betting round, the app updates each player's stack size as well as the pot size to reflect the money wagered. After the conclusion of each hand, the app updates the players' stacks to reflect wins and losses, and a new hand begins.
Additional features include tracking the total hands played in a match, storing the results of each individual hand during the match, storing the results of matches, and sending the results of matches to the players.
Future iterations of the program can accommodate variations of poker with different betting structures (fixed limit, pot limit, antes, etc.). In addition, the app can also be expanded to accommodate games of more than two players and to replace the need for a separate deck of cards by incorporating more than one iPhone or iPod touch.