Requires a special deck called the Earth Sun Moon deck
EARTH SUN MOON PLAYING CARD DECK
This deck has 52 nonstandard cards
There are 4 suites. They are designated:
FULL Black circle
NEW White circle
WAXING Black Crescent
WANING White Crescent
Each suite contains 13 cards:
ORDER CARD NOTES
2 Mercury Inner Planet
3 Venus Inner Planet
4 Earth Inner Planet
5 Moon Inner Planet
6 Mars Inner Planet
8 Jupiter Outer Planet
9 Saturn Outer Planet
10 Uranus Outer Planet
11 Neptune Outer Planet
12 Pluto Outer Planet
1- Shuffle deck.
2- One player is chosen as the dealer.
3- Players ante in.
4- Five cards are dealt to each player
Cards are dealt face down unless house rules state otherwise.
Play starts with the player to the dealers left and proceeds clockwise
5- In turn each player may discard up to 4 cards and receive replacement cards.
6- Players may now, in turn, raise the ante.
Other players must match the raise or drop out.
7- Players reveal their hands. The highest combination wins the pot.
In order from lowest to highest:
Two Pair of adjacent planets (Example: Jupiter & Asteroids)
Two Pair of Earth & Moon
Inner Planets Straight
Outer Planets Straight
Three of a Kind
Four of a Kind
Four Moons & New or Full Earth
Inner Planets Straight Flush
Outer Planets Straight Flush
Use Comets as the first choice for Wild Cards (Asteroids second)
The order of the Moon & the Earth are interchangeable when forming a straight
The order of the Neptune & Pluto are interchangeable when forming a straight
(Pluto's orbit is elliptical. It is sometimes closer to the Sun than Neptune is)