Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One Poker-hen 101

Poker Madness! Today we learn more about One Poker. What's the trick here!?

Thanks to Sonickrazy for the translations and to Crump Biggums for the cleans.

One Poker-hen 101

 "Give each player 2 cards and it becomes a totally different game!"

Now we get to see the real meat and potatoes. We learn how two people interact from beginning to end in a single round of One Poker. First, they are dealt two cards, which they get to look at. Then, they put these card into a card reader and Mother Sophie scans the cards. She displays whether each card is High or Low (Up, Down) and displays that information to their opponent.

After that, they choose which card to use and put it face down. They keep the remaining card in their hand. After that, it's time to bet. We don't know what kind of betting they could be doing. It could even be something like Sky High poker where you can raise infinitely. More on that another time. After betting has concluded and both players have matched bets, they reveal their hand. Whoever's card is higher wins the pot. The two cards that were used will be mucked, discarded into Mother Sophie's mechanism.

Afterwards, Mother Sophie will use her "Hand of Heaven" to deal one card to each player. The player now have two cards in their hand. it's important to note that as far as we are aware, every single card you get from Mother sophie must, at one time or another, be put onto the field. We haven't heard about anything like an exchange for cards, but getting 2 low cards at the very start is dangerous. Depending on the stakes and your odds, Kaiji could right from the start be dealt 2 low cards. Depending on how low, they could each represent 2 losses. Saving your high cards can also be a strategy as well. We still don't know how a lot about how Mother Sophie's mechanisms work, so we will have to wait and see what those rails below Mother Sophie are for.

Another note from Sonickrazy: We decided it was best to include accurate poker terminology instead of having stuff like "raise" as "putting in chips" or "showdown" as "revealing the cards". As such, each chapter will have poker notes at the end in case you need them, so you can skip to the last page to find out what each word means.

10 comments:

  1. I wonder if they will use the same deck and the game will end when there is no more cards. If this is the case, you can simply count the cards and have a huge advantage.

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    1. I think they actually are going to use the same deck or a set amount of decks. It also sounds like you won't even need to count cards since all the cards that have been used will be displayed by Mother Sophie.
      I'm really excited to see where this game goes. You really need to understand your opponent in this game if you want to win so I feel like Kazuya is at a slight advantage here since it seems he has already seen Kaiji's other battles. I can't wait to see how/if Kaiji gets out of this one!

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  2. Down-Down might not be as bad as Kaiji thinks though, as a 2 will beat an ace and 2 is still categorized as a down card. Just the opponent having an ace and you having down cards will be enough to bluff a bit.

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    1. Yes, but who would play an ace against a down-down hand? You're still at a disadvantage in terms of bluffing, because if your opponent has an up, there's a 6 in 7 chance (to begin with) that it's not an ace. So if you bluff big, you're opening yourself up to punishment when they call it.

      Having down-down is telling your opponent that an 8, 9, 10, J, Q or K is 100% guaranteed to win. You really can't bluff in that situation unless you somehow know for a fact that they have an ace AND no other up card to play instead.

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  3. Thanks, as always, for doing the Kaiji series!

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  4. Woo hoo! I guess it's finally time to update the FKMT Hit list! :D

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  5. Ughhhhhh I've been meaning to update that for like a year now, it's so out of date

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  6. Interesting how Kazuya almost purposely skipped the whole betting phase. On most poker types there's no shame in folding, it's usually the best choice until you have something good, or know your opponents enough to bluff.
    But here apparently you absolutely HAVE to play your cards in order to eliminate them, so Kaiji in this case, being stuck with two low cards means that sooner or later he'd have to take a loss by calling a bet in order to eliminate one of his "crappy" low cards.

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  7. I feel that the Up or Down of a card will come into play soon in regard to if Mother Sophie goes up or down

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  8. what are the rails for? would going back just kill you? it doesn't look like it'd be that high of a fall

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