Tomspur
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March 31st, 2014 at 7:17:14 PM permalink
Flea are you only interested in math drills because you want to improve your math or do you have a means to an end? You mentioned beginner poker training in your OP. Is that part of the reason?
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FleaStiff
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March 31st, 2014 at 8:58:52 PM permalink
On a recent casino adventure, I initially did very well in Blackjack and Baccarat but the dealers all realized my math was very slow and would tell me my card totals. Some dealers also pointed out to me that I was hitting on a dealer up-card of 6. Several times I'd motion for an additional card and the dealer would ignore it and continue along to the next player.

So I've decided to get this arithmetic thing down pat.

On the same recent casino adventure I was also playing several poker variant games for the first time. Having always heard that one needs Jacks or Better to open, I thought that the lowest poker hand was a pair of jacks. The dealer seemed amazed at my ignorance. I know I will be playing lots more Pai Gow Poker in the future so I want to learn the rules and the math of poker and its variants.
tringlomane
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March 31st, 2014 at 9:01:55 PM permalink
I'm curious. Did you think you needed to have a pair of Jacks to open in Texas Hold 'em? You only get two cards to start with! Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Aces are very good hands in that game!
FleaStiff
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March 31st, 2014 at 9:53:14 PM permalink
I've not played Texas Hold 'em or Ultimate Texas Holdem. Did cruise by the UTH table on this last trip and also the Mississippi Stud table. Liked that maximum sixty grand payout legend on the felt.
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April 4th, 2014 at 12:40:43 PM permalink
The clues were several and as in many mysteries, somewhat subtle and often constituting behavior that would be well in the range of normal if not necessarily customary and usual.

First, I mislaid my ignition key somewhere in my home. Now how often does anyone do that? And of those few times, how is it that a cursory search does not reveal where the key is hiding. Normally, I check the table, the computer area, the refrigerator and the area where the cat keeps his playthings, ie. the areas of the carpet where I am most likely to be walking bare foot. It doesn't take long to find an errant car key in your own home. This time it took me two frustrating hours and I finally had to resort to a spare key I had once given to a long-ago companion who, after searching her spare key rings finally found it and was able to send her husband to deliver the key to me. (For the really curious, the answer is no. Not even once have I ever found a missing key in the refrigerator; but I still look there. After all, if you've already opened the refrigerator door, might as well grab yourself a cold one while you are looking for that errant key).

The next clue was my choice of routes. Our DJ members can cue up "Shelter from the Storm" or something just about now. It was a ferocious rain storm and I chose a long way round instead of making use of my local knowledge of short cuts. Now in a particularly blinding rainstorm that can even make sense, but it was not the "mentally sharp" thing to do.

I don't smoke but I don't have fights about or get sickened by it. Its simply that smoking is not one of my vices. Yet, some jerk with the world's foulest smelling cigar affected me almost instantly at a Blackjack table. Of course others complained and the Dealer promptly had him put it out.

I forget one blackjack dealer's exact words but he was asking me if I was "in the game". He did not mean playing, after all I was the only one at his table, he meant more in the sense of awake and mentally alert. He said he was going to "get me in the game" and kept chatting to demand my mental attention.

Now remember folks, while I dearly love all Tray Lizards and consider theirs to be a most noble profession, this was at a Seminole casino wherein I would have to pay for any booze so I was sticking with my Double Orange Juice, No Ice because that way I just have to tip a couple of bucks and never actually pay for the beverage since there is no alcohol. So don't start thinking that I'm drunk as a skunk or anything. Playing that way perhaps but "sober as a judge".

Luck had originally been with me at BJ and Mini-Bacc but my play was poor and above all very slow. Soon luck deserted me too. Dealers started telling me 'you don't want to hit, I'm showing a six' and some dealers started skipping over me. All dealers seemed to be adding my hands for me, even though I'd not asked them to do so. I was just slowing down mentally and not registering the full extent of my deteriorating performance.

Now the purpose of the trip was to extend my repertoire beyond just BJ and Mini-Bacc; I was to learn some poker variants too.
So I was wandering by the very crowded tables of Pai Gow Poker, Double Draw Poker, Mississippi Stud and a few others. I'm not a poker player, but know some of the terminology. I know when they say hand that they are not talking about the height of horse or anything. I may not play poker, but still about "ante", "raise", "fold", etc. After all, I have heard the song about know when to fold 'em and never counting money when you are sitting at the table, so I guess I consider myself of average poker knowledge.

But Geez folks, how long does it take to learn "you put down two red chips in a circle" and then you keep on doing it. And why was I confused about winning or losing the bonus bet when the pay table is printed on the felt though perhaps not quite so large enough. And why was I confused about "Jacks or Better to Open" and minimum poker hand?

Dealers were finding me moody and morose and "out of it". Tray lizards were not throwing themselves at my feet. And I kept having to ask the PGP dealer "what's trump". I was having trouble keeping Barney and Blacks separated and well as dealing with two shades of blue chips, one dollar and twenty dollar value. Of course some of those tray lizards may have been happy about that. Or maybe it was the dealer that was making all those blue twenties disappear.

Well the casino adventures did continue quite pleasantly as did my return drive home. That drive must have been an adventure for me, I can't quite remember it though. I'm sure it was adventure for all those cars and trucks that wouldn't get out my way. And then I start to feel as if I had touched the wrong doorknob or chosen the wrong shopping cart handle as I realized I was feeling a bit under the weather. Soon things got to the point where a day or two go by and I can't even manipulate a key pad properly. I decided "Oh, heck... I qualify for Medicare, I might as well use it and call The Quack. Let him hear about my inadequate keyboarding skills and general malaise that I'm self-treating with Angry Orchard hard cider.

Got to the quack's office and my vital signs showed 65 percent blood oxygenation. Alarms on the equipment go off its 55 or below and you get transported to the ER, so it was a concern to each of us. He was concerned about his billing codes and I was concerned about what was happening. My oxygen levels should not be that low, particularly in the daytime. I should be no less than 96 percent oxygen and I'm showing 65??

Well, I'm on six different meds now and showing real improvement. They don't know quite yet what "bugs" they are fighting so they are using broad spectrum antibiotics and my more chipper self seems to be returning.

The trouble is: that darned ignition key is still "gone missing" and that Purple Barney and his Black companions are gone forever!
goeagles55
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April 5th, 2014 at 10:12:57 AM permalink
A good drill to get card totals down is to simply take a deck of cards and add them as you quickly go through them. If you go over 21, say "Break." When you "break" or get a (hard) total 17 or greater, go back to zero.

In general, and not just for this drill, count Aces as one first, then that total plus ten. (eg. 3,2,3,A, is 9 or 9+10, which is 19)
FleaStiff
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April 5th, 2014 at 12:57:34 PM permalink
Quote: goeagles55

A good drill to get card totals down is to simply take a deck of cards and add them as you quickly go through them. If you go over 21, say "Break." When you "break" or get a (hard) total 17 or greater, go back to zero.

In general, and not just for this drill, count Aces as one first, then that total plus ten. (eg. 3,2,3,A, is 9 or 9+10, which is 19)



Yes, the Wizard's You-tube tape library features a former "cleavage tax" dealer who set up her ironing board, turned on the tv news for distraction and then "talked down the deck".

As an example of the problem: your 3,2,3,A series counts down in my case as: three and two are five maybe, but three and three are definitely six and two makes eight and Oh, Lord.. There is a Ace (heart flutters)... so its eight and 11 ... is that Twenty One or Seventeen...and why are the other players all screaming at me about Go Fish as they walk away from the table and leave their money there muttering about putting that guy out of his misery". Okay, that is an exaggeration of what would happen if the dealer didn't step in and announce "nine or nineteen" to me.

But I'm getting better. Learning to type on the darn keypad to answer the drills and I haven't used a touch key pad for decades.
FleaStiff
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April 6th, 2014 at 8:30:21 AM permalink
Quote: teliot

http://arithmetic.zetamac.com/
Set it for addition only and set the range of numbers from 1 to 11.

Thanks. I have not even had my morning coffee yet but I've doubled my score and had only two fingering errors on the keyboard this morning.
FleaStiff
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May 5th, 2014 at 6:34:31 PM permalink
Just got a score of 36 on a 120 second drill of addition. Had a few keyboard errors that delayed me a bit and had two or three actual errors.

Getting better!
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May 5th, 2014 at 6:44:56 PM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

Just got a score of 36 on a 120 second drill of addition. Had a few keyboard errors that delayed me a bit and had two or three actual errors.

Getting better!



I got a 72 on my first time trying addition, I'll probably try some more later. One actual error, six keypad errors, I keep having to look down at it.
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