Month: August 2020

How To Play Video Poker Hands Profitably?

by Mark Bass

In studying the universe of video poker, the reader cannot do without considering all kinds of situations that take place in this game. Of course, when playing video poker, it makes sense to simply follow the basic strategy (or even Auto Hold) - this is quite often done by people who play only for pleasure and do not seek to earn something from it. But for players who are categorically not satisfied with this kind of approach, this article was created.

So, the overwhelming number of cards received by video poker players from the deal does not force them to think about the gameplay, since it is often obvious which specific cards are better to keep and which cards should be discarded and discarded. At the same time, situations often arise that are far from easy to deal with, and this happens, first of all, if there is a choice between 2 different combinations.

A bit of specifics

Let's consider this situation. Suppose the player preferred the Jacks-or-Better game and received such cards - 3,4,5,6,4 (offsuit). So we got 4 consecutive cards on a straight.

At the same time, 2 fours can be kept - perhaps later they will be reinforced with 1 or 2 more fours, as well as tris or any other pair. Thus, the player has chances of getting a quare or a full house.

In this situation, it is important to study the mathematical expectation in each specific case. It is very simple to calculate it, there are a huge number of all kinds of computer programs that will help with this. The indicator in the example we are analyzing reaches 82 cents from a bet of 1 dollar (provided that a pair of triples is kept). The indicator drops to 68 cents if there are 4 cards left on the straight. Thus, it is easier to keep a low pair than 4 cards per straight.

For a better understanding of the topic of the question, we will give one more example. So, the video poker machine gave out such cards - 8,9,10, J, J (offsuit). Based on the above, there is no way to fold a pair of jacks, which is paid on the paytable, even if you are hoping for a straight. The increase is caused, first of all, by the fact that the cards have a jack, therefore, you can win not only when a straight comes, but even getting 1 more jack.

What does it mean?

An important point is that if you have higher rank cards in your hand, then the mathematical expectation will be increased. Let's say you get 10,10, J, Q, K (offsuit). Which way should you go - trying to get a straight on big cards or keep tens? In this hand, the mathematical expectation reaches 82 cents per dollar on a pair and 87 cents on 4 cards for a straight at a dollar rate. And here, it turns out that catching a straight will be much more profitable.

This implies the following - it would be preferable to leave a small pair and discard cards to a straight. But, at the same time, if the cards on the street are able to form a paid pair - in this case, this option is easier to keep. If out of 4 cards on a straight, only 2 can form a paid pair, then the mathematical expectation is approximately the same.

What can be done if 4 cards come to a straight, placed out of order (with a so-called "hole"), as well as an unpaid pair? Example - 8,9,9,10, Q, K offsuit? Collect these straights only if at least 3 of these cards are able to make a paid pair. Otherwise, keep small pairs.

Speaking about flushes, it makes sense to catch them on almost any 4 cards, regardless of whether they are in order or not in order. The risk is justified, first of all, by the high payment for the combination and if you have 4 cards on a straight flush, give up the paid pairs (including a pair of small cards).

Mahjong Solo – The Rules Of Eastern Gambling

by Mark Bass

Today Mahjong is gaining incredible popularity throughout the world. This game is presented in several varieties, its variations can turn into a logical task, a game of 2 opponents, or gambling entertainment. It is gambling mahjong that is used today in most gambling establishments, it is also called solo mahjong, the analysis of the rules of which is the subject of this article.

Few rules

Despite the simplicity, you still need to get used to the game, and for a rather long time. At the start, the player receives 14 tiles on which various symbols are applied. In a separate window (on the so-called wall), 24 tiles are depicted, which are laid out with pictures down so that it is impossible to peep the suits.

The essence of solo mahjong is very simple - you need to choose 1 of the tiles and find the same one on the wall, using no more than 3 attempts for this. According to the rules, there are no restrictions on the use of already postponed tiles, but this is only relevant for solo mahjong, since this cannot be done in classic mahjong.

What kind of knuckles are there?

In total, there are 5 suits in this game, of which 3 are digital, and the remaining 2 are alphabetic. Digital suits are called so - points, won, bars. For each suit in the game, there are 9 numbered tiles with different pictures.

The remaining 2 letter suits are called dragons and winds. The winds have 4 knuckles, which correspond to the west, east, south and north winds (respectively W, E, S, N). Dragons have 3 knuckles - white, green, red (Wh, G and R, respectively).

In the solo variety, most casinos offer only 4 tiles of the same denomination and denomination. By collecting the dice, the player can collect the following combinations:

  • Pong - 3 tiles of 1 suit and face value.
  • Kong - 4 tiles, which have 1 suit and face value.
  • Chi - 3 consecutive suited tiles.
  • Pair - 2 tiles of the same denomination and suit.

Pay attention to the odds - they may vary slightly in different casinos. Also, combinations can be combined.

How is the game going?

In classic mahjong, the player must score 700 points in order to defeat the opponent. But in the solo variety, everything is much simpler. The player receives 14 tiles, 1 more will be demolished. Next, you have to act at random - we open 3 positions in the wall. Payments will be calculated automatically. We draw the attention of the reader that in a mahjong solo pro the player must independently demolish one of his own dice.

Let's highlight the main thing

So, having studied the above, it becomes clear that a player cannot do anything at all to increase his chances of winning, this is a gambling entertainment game and nothing else. In the Pro version, according to available data, a return of 98% is provided, but you cannot do without a strategy here.