Tuesday, December 8, 2015

One Poker-Hen 102

One Poker continues. What mysteries about Mother Sophie will we learn this week?

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

One Poker-Hen 102
"If you can't earn Mother Sophie's love, you won't be able to do anything!" 


So we learn a few more things about One Poker here. We learn that the entirety of One Poker will be played using three decks shuffled together. With that amount of cards it wouldn't be terribly hard to count cards based on what you get. Basically there is 12 of each card. 12 Aces, 12 Kings and so on and so on. These cards are then fed into Mother Sophie's Hand of heaven, which looks to be a relatively simple dealing contraption. If you played through all the cards in a row, starting with the fact you get 2 cards at the beginning, they would have to play 77 hands in a row to reach the end. 
 
One one thing about this game is, from my perspective, the goal is to keep going as long as possible. The further into the game you get, if you have a good memory, you can start to tilt the odds in your favor. As cards start to be depleted you can learn that 4 queens have been used 7 kings have been used, 3 jacks have been used and all aces have been used. With this info, if you have a king you instantly win any heads up bout, so you can raise and raise. It's more or less a more complex version of Restricted Rock paper Scissors, except you don't get to know how many are left. but if you have a good memory, the picture can become more clear.

One thing that I am curious about is the Big Blind and Small Blind, if there are any in this game. That will denote the amount of bets that will be coming out in the beginning. The whole betting system hasn't been explained very well, so we will have to wait for more info on that. You haven't explained everything yet Kazuya! What are the rails for!? 

2 BILLION YEN!?

6 comments:

  1. I still don't understand how you're supposed to fold to minimize your losses. If one person has High-High and one has Low-Low, what's keeping the first one from betting the 2 billion right then and there?

    Also the cards are registered on the board aren't they? so you don't really need that much memory, just know what cards to look for on the board.

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    1. It doesn't matter if you bet 2 billion yen, if the other player only bets 1 yen and folds immediately, then you'll only win 1 yen.

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    2. But if you fold there is no showdonw -> no cards are discarded -> Kaiji still have low, low and Kazuya has high,high. On the other hand Kaiji can check (not invest any Y) and fold to every Kazuya's bet, keeping game in eternal draw.

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    3. Presumably the hands are placed before bets are made, so even if you fold, the game advances and the hands are recycled. Probably there'll be a minimum bet of 10K or something, so even in the stalemate case of up-up vs. down-down, cards are recycled and money changes hands.

      That's how a down-down could beat an up-down - say you have a 3 and a 7, you convince your opponent that you're just playing the hand to change cards in order to lure out their down, and then nail it with your higher down.

      I'd like to think there'll be more to it than that, but FKMT's the master at creating unexpected strategies for seemingly simple games, so I have faith that it'll be great regardless.

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  2. It doesn't really look like you'd need a good memory, since all the used cards are listed on the scoreboard, right?

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    1. Well I'm thinking ahead for further down the road. The first 20 rounds or so you won't really be able to glean very much information even though the cards are on the board. There'd still be a lot of cards left so information would only be 2-3% effective. I assume after 20 rounds the scoreboard resets and we see the next 20 rounds displayed. The next 20 rounds would definitely be heavily influenced by the first 20 rounds, if you can remember what was played.

      If they find a way to list ALL the cards on the board even after 20 rounds, then I'd be surprised. Though, depending on how the betting and raising goes, it might not even last 20 rounds.

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