I don't know how Ryan infected our pristine WSOP only mixed game with that blasphemous game, Pass the Trash but that thing sure is addictive. The way Ryan explained it to me, his dad plays it with additional betting rounds. I think one after the deal and another after the swap? Ryan's (sound) reasoning was that it eliminated some "extra" betting rounds but now that I've mulled it over some more I think that the early rounds are there to build a pot (as opposed to antes/blinds) and also mix in the soul crushing element of being dealt four to the straight flush and wanting to pump the pot and then bricking after the swap but being tempted to still represent it.
The hands take a while as is so I don't know if we would be interested in adding another one but what do people think about a "pro-flop" round of betting?
I also forgot to bring the alternate set of game cards which show the current game and stakes but I really want to try stepped limit with PtT next time because I think it will add to the game. For that matter, I think stepped limit would add to any limit game by gradually raising stakes and allowing a greater degree of pot control and being able to price people out.
And as a side note, I read in Super System I that Stud hi/lo USED to be played as a declare game as well. I'm sure it still is in some circles but the "cards speak" version is so much easier for casinos to run plus it will churn more hand/hour through. Just think about how hard declarations would be when your opponent has THREE hidden cards!