Monday, July 3, 2017

One Poker Hen 161

One Poker continues with chapter 161! Dare I say, if this chapter was checkin' me out at the bar, I would be damned if I didn't walk right over to it and promptly trip and knock myself out in front of it.

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

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"In every consideration, he should be playing his UP card!"

Here it is! Kazuya tries to dig into Chang and Mario's facial expressions for the first time. This opens up another layer of One Poker. Normally when you play poker, you only have 1 face to read your opponent's expression. Kazuya has three. This is certainly a weak point that Kaiji should address in my opinion. Without being able to discuss strategy for maybe faking Kazuya out, maybe telling them to turn around and face the other direction might be prudent. It might seem cruel, but it may truly be in their best interest. Unlike Kaiji, they have no experience with gambling. Mario is especially bad at hiding his thoughts and keeping himself together under pressure. However, as we have learned in Kaiji, your weaknesses can also become your strengths. I feel like Kaiji needs to embrace this problem more than anything. If you push the problem away, it could certainly come back to bite you.
 

6 comments:

  1. The metaphor about Chang and Mario was interesting, I didn't even think about looking at THEIR reactions! Im alsi curious to know what you meant by using them to Kaiji's strength? The only thing I can think of is somehow hiding the card from the both of them, but I don't think he'll actually do that.
    At this point, it looks like Kazuya's gonna call regardless, I think. Thanks for updating like always!

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  2. Thanks for updating! Amazing work

    So, IF Kaiji played the 2 then I bet he hid this fact from Chang and Mario and made them both think he played the UP card in order to make them look calm. Kaiji is using Chang and Marios reactions to his advantage much like he did with the 49ers against Ootsuki.

    Fine play Kaiji! Now I'm sure he has played the 2.

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  3. I think we're going to see a few chapters with Chang as the POV character not seeing what Kaiji bets, or something like that. And those can be fun as well, since Chang is a smart character

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  4. I'd rather not see the chinchirorin trick repeated again? Go back to when Kaiji selected his card, they obviously saw it. They were strong enough to bet their lives against such terrible odds, let's give them the benefit of the doubt that they've realized gambling isn't about being an open book. They've handed their lives over to Kaiji and complaining already fucked them over once, it's time to trust him. They're serious about it. If they were the sort of retards to panick even at THIS point, they wouldn't have cleared the Salvation Game.

    Anyway, like I said last time, calling is so objectively correct here that trying to figure out the card can only hurt Kazuya. This is an aspect of FKMT antagonists I don't like: trying to reason shit out even when the odds are overwhelmingly in their favor. Like with Urabe vs. Akagi. People wouldn't rely on themselves with such odds.

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  5. Just wanted to thank you guys for all the excellent scanlations you do. Fukumoto fans are blessed to have you guys around.

    Also wanted to specifically thank you for continuing to plow through this arc, despite its bad reputation and many many raws left to go. Never give up!

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