In 2003, when Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event, outlasting poker “pro” Sam Farha in dramatic fashion, poker exploded in popularity and hundreds of card rooms burst on to the scene wanting a piece of the action. Despite the hype dying down a few years after, the “Moneymaker effect” carved no-limit Texas Hol… Read more
Any Canadian poker player that has spent time in other card rooms, particularly those in the United States, can attest to the stark difference in dealer quality based on the gratuity system enforced by the card room.
In the OLG casinos in Ontario, dealers in general (with a few exceptions) are notoriously bad. Speed and competency are severely lacking, and a… Read more
Expected value of “Running it Twice”
First, let’s settle that running it twice (or any number of times) has the same expectation as running it once.
It is intuitive to deduce that the probability of the second run winning is equal to the first run. Simply recognize that the second run out doesn’t actually depend on the first (pret… Read more
If you didn’t know already, the lottery is one of the worst ways to gamble. Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max generally return less than 55 cents per dollar you put in over the long run.
Check out the EV calculator to compute an estimated expectation for any given jackpot.
If you must play, then there are ways to maximize your expected value. These tips revolve … Read more
In reality, the short answer to this question is no, “The Deal” is not a z… Read more
(Update: the jackpot as of 12:30 GMT Friday, January 27 is now over $470,000. Given that there now have been roughly 21.8 million losing entries, if the odds of the hitting the jackpot are truly 1 in 5,197,920, meaning that the jackpot wheel is fair, neither predetermined or unevenly weighted, we should have expected the jackpot to be hit 4 times by now. S… Read more
“The Deal” is a recently released promotion from PokerStars that allows … Read more
Facebook has decided to roll out games on its app. We are reliving the technological cycle that came with MySpace and MSN Messenger in the late 90’s and early 00’s.
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In the latest version of the app, open a conversation with a friend (or friends!), tap on the game controller icon just below where you type your message, and choose a game to start pl
[Update: MSN has removed Backgammon from its games. Probably because of the rampant cheating. For a more fair place to play Backgammon that minimizes the chance of cheating (particularly because of the availability of instant replays) try https://www.gameslush.com/backgammon]
Figured I’d compile this list after seeing several cheaters that … Read more
(tl;dr: You can play against an AI computer user I designed for an online Big 2 game here. The bots are capable of calulcating the expectation for its score for every possible line of play very quickly, resulting in a rather worthy opponent for even the most seasoned Big 2 players).
The dynamics in Big 2 make programming AI for it an interesting problem. The … Read more