20 april, 2015

Du Neednt Outthink Computer vinner med John Grochowski

I wouldn’t call Bob a friend. He’s a friendly acquaintance, someone I’ve met several times at book signings. Video poker is his game, and he loves the variety he can find in online gaming. Something was troubling him, and he sought me out.
"Nå, berättade en vän till mig mig om en artikel hon har läst. Det sägs att studera strategier är ett slöseri med tid, att ingen kan slå en video poker dator, så du kan lika gärna lita till lycka." Vad tror du? "

I think someone has taken a fact — video poker games are computerized, whether online or offline — and drawn a silly, illogical conclusion. "How is it silly? I mean, I’m not likely to outthink a computer, am I?" I wouldn’t know. Chess players outthink computers all the time. But that’s not really relevant for video poker players. "Why not?" Because the video poker program is not trying to outthink you. All it does is shuffle and deal the cards. The odds are the same as if a human was shuffling and dealing from a physical deck, except that the computer does it much faster. "But chess is a much more complex game than video poker. I can see where it would be difficult to program a computer to beat expert chess players. Isn’t it much easier for a computer to beat video poker players?"

You missed the important part. The video poker program IS NOT TRYING to beat you. It’s just dealing the cards. When you play computer chess, the program is trying to beat you. I should know. I have a chess program that I beat regularly on level 1 and hold my own on level 2, but it kicks my butt on level 3.

But video poker is not computer chess. If you want to compare it to a computer game, it’s more like Solitaire. The computer deals the cards, and that’s the end of its involvement. You make the rest of the decisions. Sometimes it’s possible for you to win, sometimes it’s not, but your decisions affect the outcome without any further interference from the computer.

"Why do you say the computer is not trying to beat you in video poker? Doesn’t the casino want to take your money?" Of course it does. Casino games are set up so that the odds are in the house’s favor against nearly all players. In video poker, the pay table determines those odds, as well as the game’s payback percentage. But the computer has no decisions to make that would affect the odds.

It’s not as though it dealt five cards, then said to itself, "Hmmmmm, there’s a low pair on board, and a Jack. The experts will keep the low pair, so I think I’ll cross them up and include a Jack among the draw cards." If the program did that, then you could say the computer was trying to beat you. But it doesn’t do anything of the kind. It randomly shuffles the deck, and deals the cards. That’s it.

At that point, its involvement with the outcome is finished. That point is also where the player’s involvement with the outcome begins. You choose which cards to hold and which cards to toss away. And you can do so knowing that you can hold the cards that give you the best chance to win without the computer trying to throw you off with some tricky move of its own. "No tricky moves, because it has no moves?"  Exactly."So it really doesn’t matter that video poker games are computerized?"

Detta har betydelse, men bara för att du kan spela så mycket snabbare på en dator än vad du kan med en mänsklig återförsäljare. Jag har ofta tänkt att video poker skulle göra ett spel roligt bord i offline-kasinon, men det skulle vara så långsamt att det inte skulle vara mycket vinst i det för huset. Genomsnittlig spelare kan spela från 400 till 500 händer i timmen på en video poker maskin, och experter kan spela 800 händer eller mer. På ett bord, som förmodligen skulle sjunka till 40 eller 50 händer per timme. För att göra det lönsamt, skulle kasinon har att inleda något hemskt betala tabeller. "Jag tror att jag hellre skulle ta mina chanser mot datorn." Jag också.

John Grochowski’s website is: www.casinoanswerman.com
John Grochowski är författare till 7 böcker om spel, den senaste är den reviderade utgåvan av spelautomaten Answer Book.
Hans serie böcker inkluderar The Video Poker Answer Book, The Craps Answer Book och kasinot Answer Book.
John Grochowski’s website is: www.casinoanswerman.com
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