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Ghost Post
Icarian Member

 Posted: Thu Dec 02, 1999 11:09 pm    Post subject: 1 Cast your mind back to 1997, and the fiasco of the 'Poker Game' puzzle (see archive). I'm new here, so maybe I missed all the discussion about this puzzle when it first appeared, but the solution page invites us to submit our 'bullet-proof opener' for Player One. How about: Choose four Tens and any other card. Then the best hand Player Two can possibly get is a 9-8-7-6-5 straight flush, and whatever happens, Player One can get a 10-9-8-7-6 straight flush or better. So you definitely should accept the bet.
Andy
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Fri Dec 03, 1999 7:49 am    Post subject: 2 Nice try - but it doesn't quite work. If you are not holding an ace, you may draw only 3 cards - thus your four tens must be accompanied by a card that can help your straight flush, such as a 9. The second player can then draw four kings and the 8 of the suit in which you drew two cards (or the 9 if you drew the 8). Note a possible flaw in the wording of the puzzle - the card sharp says "I'll wager \$20 that I can beat you..." so if you take the bet, and he can't beat you, you win the bet. If this interpretation is accepted, you only need to draw and hold a royal flush - true, he can draw an equal hand, but he's betting that he can beat you. Since he can't, he loses the bet (and you win \$20).
Evil Empire
Soopy's Favourite

 Posted: Thu Dec 16, 1999 10:34 pm    Post subject: 3 The rules of the game also state that a tie causes a re-ante and a change of first player. I remember that the counter for the 4A 10 hand was posted in the old forum but that appears to be a thing of the past. Could someone post the counter so I can quit wasting valuable notepad paper.
Murray
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Thu Dec 16, 1999 11:30 pm    Post subject: 4 Four Kings and one Queen would be the counter. Wait, that doesn't work, does it? I remember screwing with this back when it was a new puzzle. [This message has been edited by Murray (edited 12-16-1999).]
Evil Empire
Soopy's Favourite

 Posted: Fri Dec 17, 1999 3:32 pm    Post subject: 5 I thought it was somthing like the 3 remaining 10's a 9 and a Jack but I can't quite get it
Murray
Daedalian Member

Andy
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Fri Dec 17, 1999 10:35 pm    Post subject: 7 Evil - thanks for the correction - I missed that point. I was interpreting the \$20 as a side bet rather than as the ante for the poker hand - I don't think it was intended that way, but the wording isn't clear. Even as a side bet, though, you wouldn't win the \$20 in one hand - you'd have to play a hand with each person as starter to prove that he couldn't beat you.
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