DJTeddyBear
DJTeddyBear
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December 11th, 2009 at 10:15:28 AM permalink
Have you ever noticed that on the Solitaire game that comes with Windows, there is a scoring method called "Vegas" ?

You 'purchase' the deck for $52, then win $5 for each card put on the aces piles, for a maximum payout of $260. The 'catch' is this: If you're flipping 3 cards, you only get three 'trips' thru the deck. If you're flipping 1 card, you only get one trip thru.

It's an interesting challenging game.


Here's the question:

Since it's called "Vegas" style, I was wondering if there is (or was) any casino that offers this game, and what the odds are.

Thanks.
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dwheatley
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December 11th, 2009 at 10:49:46 AM permalink
"Cryptologic, Grand Virtual, Kismet / Cantor Gaming, and 3Dice" all provide the software (ref~ www.beatingbonuses.com)

There's a simluation page that estimates the house edge here:

http://www.roziturnbull.com/bill/Solitaire/solitaire.htm

and there's a paper where they try to implement algorithms to beat the game:

http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~ronny/publish/bjarnason2009icaps.pdf
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DJTeddyBear
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December 11th, 2009 at 1:25:17 PM permalink
Well, that answers the odds question. Thanks.


But, considering that in the version that comes with MicroSoft Windows, (and possibly other versions), this scoring scheme is called "Vegas", it makes me wonder if there are any casinos, in Vegas or elsewhere, that offers this game.

I realize that the only way a casino would offer it would be in a machine and not with cards, but is it out there?


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On a completely unrelated computer history point, wanna know why MicroSoft created the game in the first place?

It was the first practical method of teaching people how a mouse could be used.
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