Tuesday, February 2, 2016

One Poker-Hen 110

Kaiji scores a stunning victory against Kazuya! Will his luck hold? Has Kaiji curried Mother Sophie's favor? What will his next card be!?

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

One Poker-Hen 110

 "If he'd raised, he would have won!"
 
I have to say, there was a pretty good amount of stuff we learned in this chapter. Not EVERYTHING that I wanted to learn, but a good amount. And how about that Kaiji winning twice in a row? His dream to win 3 times in a row has almost come true. Too bad he didn't bet anything except the minimum. It was quite unfortunate that Kaiji drew another 2, but Kazuya drawing almost as dead with a 3. So as it stands now, Kaiji has a 2 and Kazuya has a high card. Judging from how he reacted at the start of the game, I can say most likely he had a low UP card, like an 8 or 9. So Kaiji has a 2 and Kazuya has around a 9 most likely. 
 
Kaiji is still trying to figure out the game here. Is it actually fair? Is Kazuya just putting on an act so that the performance looks believable? Would Kazuya even need to do that? What would he have to gain from that, aside from a boatload of money. Does Kazuya even care about Kaiji's money? When Kaiji ran off to get Chang and Mario, he left his money with Kazuya, completely unguarded. Kazuya could have easily taken it and run off. But he didn't. He must be after something else. If he is, then winning is what he's after. Not the prize, but the act of winning. If that's the case what does he stand to gain from just winning?  More answers are on the way. We just have to wait a while for them.

We finally get to see what the rails are for! I've been waiting and waiting for this. So after someone loses a hand, they slide backwards. The blacksuit said that every time a life is lost it moves back one position. If you look closely at page 210-211 you'll see an overview of the rail system. If you look closely you'll see what appears to be marks on the rails to indicate a distance of one life. If the art is correct and the distance they traveled stays true to what you see there, there's a distance of 3 lives before someone reaches the end of the rail system. If that is true, does that mean the game ends when someone reaches the end of the rail? If THAT is the case, Kaiji can't win all 2 billion of Kazuya's money unless Kazuya does an all-in move and Kaiji accepts, or visa versa. At most with single bets Kaiji could win 600 million, that IS of course, if all this conjecture is correct, which we can't assume just yet. Also getting to the end of the rail system is something a bit more sinister and mysterious.
 
A hole. I can only guess that this hole is what it looks like. A hole. Remember that they took an elevator to get to the top of this game and then climbed up a ladder after that! They must be very high up. Now this is also just conjecture, but if the person strapped to the chair was dropped from that height, I couldn't see them walking off with a couple broken bones. And that's just if it's flat concrete. We have no idea what that hole is about. We know nothing about it.

Well, we do know ONE thing. Kazuya is only 1 life from being directly over that hole. What that means exactly... Well, let's save that for next week. Volume 2 of One Poker-Hen is about to begin!
 

21 comments:

  1. I feel like the game is way too simple for it to be that long and NOT have any cheating on it. Hope it can stay interesting no matter how it goes, though I'm really not sure how it can be with those simple rules.

    Thanks for the chapter, as usual!

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  2. Oh my god this is getting good.

    > Judging from how he reacted at the start of the game, I can say most likely he had a low UP card, like an 8 or 9.

    People pointed this out before but chances are, Kazuyas 2nd up-card will be another ace. With 2 aces he would also act strange against 2 down cards.

    If that's the case, we will actually see Kaiji win another round and may take a look down that hole.

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  3. Kazuya definitely has another ace, it's the only thing that fits the logic of the game so far and it explains why he seems to be struggling. Either that or Kazuya is literally going against probabilities on purpose.

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    1. I disagree. There is no cause for being down getting two aces. Think of it like this. You got two queens. That sounds like a really good hand right? But Kings and Aces can beat it. With Kings, Aces can beat it. With Aces, deuces can beat it.

      But that's the wrong way to look at it. You need to flip it around and ask what can you beat with the cards you get? Aces can beat literally everything else, but ONLY lose to deuces. They are by far the best card with the least drawback. There is NO reason to be disappointed to get double aces.

      The real limit here is between Kings and Aces. Kings you have to worry about UP cards beating you. Aces you have to worry about DOWN cards beating you. They are more or less the same in that regard. So having KING KING would be the same as having ACE ACE. What you really need to worry about at that time is what your opponent has.

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    2. That's some pretty shaky reasoning (and thinking about it even further you don't seem to be arguing the right point, you shouldn't even be thinking about double-anything hands considering you know one card is an ace), but how about we actually look at Kazuya's plays to see conclusively that he is either an idiot, attempting to pull off insane Akagi level tricks at completely inappropriate times or he had two aces.

      Suppose his UP card is anything other than an ace, in the first hand he saw he was against DOWN-DOWN. His options are either play the lower card for 100% chance at winning or play the ace which has a non-negligible chance of losing.

      Now for the next hand he has a 3 and an UP card against DOWN-DOWN. It gets a lot trickier to make a logical argument here because of the existence of bluffing strategies, but if you solely wanted to win the hand then it would be best to play your UP card and try to raise since there's no reason not to.

      So if he started with ace and something else, he made an absolutely indefensible decision in the first hand and a terrible decision in the second. If he had two aces, however, he had no choice in the first hand and then in the second hand he had a more difficult decision (which is something we even saw in the manga) because Kaiji could've guessed that he had two aces and there is a somewhat decent chance of DOWN-DOWN containing at least one 2.

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    3. Why would Kazuya's troubled face when he got an UP UP (supposedly ACE ACE) in the first round turn to joy at seeing Kaiji's DOWN DOWN. It makes no sense. If he was worried about deuces Kazuya wouldn't have reacted joyfully to seeing Kaiji's DOWN DOWN. You can't go from worrying about your opponent striking you out with DOWN DOWN when you draw ACE ACE to happy as a school boy at seeing your worst nightmare come true.

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    4. Imagine that Kazuya got 2 Aces. He wanted a battle, but if Kaiji gets an UP, than Kaiji may raise the stake and lose, ending the game. And with 2 Aces there is no need to choose the card, so this stage becomes boring. The interest in the game dissapears. But when Kaiji got DOWN-DOWN, the game could proceed

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    5. You're saying he made that scared, worried face because he got such a good hand he was afraid the game would end too fast? I seriously, seriously doubt that. That's not who Kazuya is. He isn't the kind of guy who would fret over that. He'd just grin and say that's that while chopping Kaiji's head off.

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  4. Kazuya expected to probably lose the 2nd round, but he's mad that Kaiji's victory was the most efficient one possible, i.e. he didn't make him waste a 6 or 7. He'd want to save the great UP card for something stronger. And if it's really an Ace, then obviously he'd fear Kaiji figuring it out or just trying his chances again if he got another 2. It's the optimal move, since realistically you won't be doing more Ace-countering and it's better to seek an UP card than to hope to make your opponent fold with a 2. Unfortunately for Kazuya, Kaiji is dumb.

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  5. The fact he got upset at DOWNDOWN means that his UP is an ace.

    Also getting upset that Kaiji refuses to see the value in having a 2. Pre-minefield Kaiji would NOT be cursing the only card that can beat the Ace.

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  6. The more Kaiji wins the more nervous I get. Zawa zawa...

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  7. Now that Akagi is almost caught up, when you eventually get caught up to Kaiji and Hero, what series will be your main weekly focus?

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    1. Ya Kurosawa and Akagi are almost caught up, you gonna do more kaiji a week!?

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    2. They're only doing Akagi because people paid a lot for it, so I don't think anything's gonna cover that, and they said they were gonna go back to HERO once that Kurosawa volume was done.

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    3. Well fuck akagi only comes out once a month, they gonna slack in the mean time?

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    4. "Slack" in the mean time? What the heck is wrong with you? Acting so entitled and all, they've been doing two series a week for a while now, and I don't think that's gonna change because some guy wants more kaiji chapters.

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    5. It's gonna be sad that we will get back to 2 chapters a week. But we're getting all this chapters for free so you shouldn't complain. And we even get Akagi mounthly now if people keep donating. So it isn't all bad.

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    6. It's bad now and it's gonna be WORSE later.

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  8. With the goon explaining how Kazuya misplayed the first hand, I'm certain that he tried to lose on purpose or that there's something more to this. The pattern with Fukumoto is that the observers (goons, Ohgi, etc.) are ALWAYS worse at gambling than the players. They explain what's already occurred to 70% of readers in order to clue in the other 30% so that everyone's on the same page when the surprise is sprung.

    There is no way we can take these first two rounds at face value.

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    1. Actually in that one fukumoto character book, Ohgi s stats are better than Yasuoka s

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  9. I don't get it. Why Kazuya didn't play up card in last round when he was up/down and Kaiji was down/down? Was he afraid of repeating round 1 or what?

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