Monday, June 19, 2017

One Poker Hen 159

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Kaiji is UP! UP! UP! 159 is UP!

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

"This 14th hand is already over."

Kaiji raises! Kazuya steams! He swelters! He boils over! His readings continue to evaporate! It seems like Kaiji is unreadable! This seems to be the turning point.

Kazuya seems to have lost his composure since Mario and Chang doubled down with Kaiji. Kazuya isn't thinking rationally yet. He hasn't slowed down and calmed his nerves. It's like a runner who has lost his footing and is staggering trying to keep himself from falling. His mind is clouded, his judgment obstructed. If he doesn't slow down and think about this match, he may very well make a mistake. Chang made that face when Kaiji picked up his card, but are we truly sure it is the DOWN card? Has Fukumoto taken us for a ride again?
 

20 comments:

  1. What a risk! The game is really showing its true colors now, and I feel like it DOES show that Kaiji's learnt from his experiences about not settling for less. Of course, now that it looks like Kaiji has the upper hand again, I can't imagine how the game's gonna end! Thanks for always translating so regularly, Im always eager to continue the story~ :)

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  2. Thank you for being so reliable!
    This is a big part of my every week

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  3. I noticed that Kazuya is especially irrational now because he imagined Kaiji's DOWN card as a 5, when both he and Chang already said out loud that he has a 2.

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    1. Chang objected to Kaiji playing the 2, but he never said aloud what card it was. Chang knows better than that. So there's no way for Kazuya to know for sure what Kaiji's down card is.

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  4. Obviously Kaiji put the down card, It's clearly a bait.

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    1. Maybe, maybe not. The bait could be the other way around.

      The only way for Kaiji to win with a down card is for Kazuya to fold, at which point Kaiji wins 1 life and he preserves his up card.

      If Kazuya checks and calls Kaiji's bluff and Kaiji used his down card though, they're all dead. But if Kaiji used his up card in this situation, he wins 2 lives instead of just 1, at the cost of his up card.

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  5. And thank you to you guys for being such a consistent and dedicated group!

    I never try to predict how these games will go, tbh. I feel disappointed whether I'm right or wrong, so I forbid myself from speculating and just read XD

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  6. Well fuck it, raise too, if it is the up card you lose, something you already know would happen, but if he got ahead of himself and played the down one you can end him right there.

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  7. Actually I think Kaiji shouldn't be bluffing here because there one big factor which is too temping and making it really hard for Kazuya to let his card go and fold. If Kayuza calls and catches the bluff, he can finish those 3 guys off right here, right now. And being so pissed on then right now makes picking this opportunity high probable.

    So after this hand Kaiji will prolly have 4 lives.

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    1. If Kazuya's anger is real, he should call. But we might get an Akagi/Urabe-style "your anger wasn't real after all" scenario if he does indeed fold. Personally, I think his previous lost rounds to Kaiji will make him value his lives too much.

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  8. Kaiji could be going for the double bluff by playing his UP card. At this point Kazuya should expect Kaiji to do something risky by playing the down card and Kaiji could take advantage of that.

    IF he goes with the double bluff and tricks Kazuya he could win back 2 lives plus his own red life.

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  9. As i said last week, I do believe it's the up card. No matter what, in this situation Kazuya can't fold because the worst possible situation is for him to fold to a down card, and also, because from his perspective it's illogical for Kaiji to raise. So yeah, i'm sure Kaiji has played his up card here.

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    1. Folding to a down card with your strongest one is the worst-case scenario. Which isn't the case for Kazuya, since he clearly played 6 instead of 7. Kaiji doesn't know what cards he has; it could be a pair of 3s or 7s. But he does know that Kazuya would rather play a weaker card here, making him less likely to call. The raise CAN be bait and makes so much more sense that way. If it was an absolute rule that your opponent wouldn't want to fold against a weaker card *no matter what*, nobody could ever bluff.

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    2. SPOILER: It's the down card, Kazuya will look at how chang and mario are composed and calm and he will think it would be impossible for them to remain calm while kaiji plays a down card, so kazuya falls for the bluff.

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    3. Thanks, fuckwit. I'm sure somebody here somewhere asked for that.

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  10. I would like to start this post by thanking FKMTKrazy for their amazing job translating so many fantastic stories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    That being said the debate here is did he play the up or the down. If he played the up he is guaranteed a win no matter what Kazuya does. It is a flawless victory raise or fold. If he played the down card he creates the fear in Kazuya and if he folds then he creates the situation where the next round he might be up up with Kazuya is down down.

    HOWEVER I think we are missing the bigger part of the story. Every single one of Kaiji's gambles to this point has included cheating in a major way. But based on Kazuya's reactions and just pure nature this seems to be a genuine no strings attached gamble. And that is super weird. Amazing I am loving it but Kaiji's glory comes when he takes a cheater and cheats him harder. That is the pattern that is the story. So where is the cheating?

    Also if you have read this far thanks Please feel free to comment I know I will be checking this post periodically until the next one comes out. . . But while I have your attention, any idea when we will get more Pen Chan? I bought you Volume 2 so you could do the whole thing; just asking.

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    1. You expressed why i think he played the up card perfectly (no matter what Kazuya does, he wins without risk).
      I don't think there is cheating involved in this part, literally for the first time, which, at least to me, makes this whole game really interesting, can Kaiji win without cheating? Also, it's the first ever game where you really have to just read your opponent, as was proposed in E-card oh-so-long-ago.

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    2. Kazuya's fuckery during the Salvation Game and the fact that he failed to explain a good half of this gamble in advance makes me think there must be something more to this. Kaiji was right that he wouldn't do something as overt as giving himself pocket Aces as the very start, but he IS the son of his father, who believes it's your fault if you get cheated.

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  11. As we have previously stated, this is a match with so much more on the line than money. Kaiji is gambling no only his own life but the life of allies that have proven that they are not willing to betray him, something with goes directly against Kazuya's worldview and might infuriate him so much that he will lose his cool, the smartest move would be to just accept the loss, fold and move on, but can he? I think Kaiji have played his up and is trying to captivate on Kazuya's frustration

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  12. Thank you also for your great work! Like it is said, its a nice part of my week too,

    Said this, KAIJI WENT WITH DOWN, for sure!

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