Dealer gratuity systems: socialism vs. capitalism in poker rooms

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

The math behind running it twice and maximizing PokerStars’ Card Match EV

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

Is PokerStars “The Deal” a zero-sum game?

In reality, the short answer to this question is no, “The Deal” is not a zRead more

Does PokerStars manually control when the Big Deal jackpot is won?

(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. SRead more

The expected value of playing The Deal at PokerStars

“The Deal” is a recently released promotion from PokerStars that allows … Read more