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Subject: better tie breaker rss

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sunday silence
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From the game review someone suggest that a better tie break is to have the player holding the lower card win because it is harder to know how good your card will be. I agree with this to some extent.

Of course there is an advantage to betting last, so the current tie breaker rule as written rewards the earlier player in the order.

A solution is to jigger the betting order (see the other thread: ) and then use the proposed tie breaker: the lower card wins.

This two step solution also solves another problem: there is no sure thing. In poker, it is considered unfair to have a hand that is sure to win. Hence a straight flush beats a four of a kind although in some types of games it is a bit easier to make. But if you held four aces, you have a sure thing; but Royal flush could be tied with another royal flush in a different suit.

This concept is of some importance in betting games, and although this game does not have much betting, I think this would help the game.


So this two step solution solves three issues:

a) the first to play is at disadvantage, having them bet last resolves this;
b) a tie breaker that favors the lower card prevents the high card from having a sure thing;
c) solves the tie breaker problem more elegantly.

what do YOU think?
 
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sunday silence
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well we played a few more hands, and I'm not even sure this changes things much. the last player still has a nice advantage that he can fold after seeing everything that's been played. He just doesnt have the additional advantage of deciding on whether to go hi or low.

Hmm, maybe need more trials to say for sure. This issue seems like it should be fixable but...
 
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Robert Tsikretsis
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All players return their cards to be reshuffled to make the 15 card deck. The tied players each draw a card. High card wins. Problem solved.
 
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