BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

What were they THINKING?

OK, so I did buy it at the dollar store, but this Texas Hold 'Em poker game I've been messing with has a very serious flaw ... one that one would think would have been eliminated just from the logic of the game. Now, most programs for Texas Hold 'Em work on the Limit version, which dictates what bets are possible (i.e., there's no "all in" option), since it would take a LOT of subtle programming to get a program set up where the other "players" were able to be intimidated on a bluff, for example. In this version, there are nine players, and typically only one or two will fold a hand before "the flop". Since the bids are minimal ($3 in the early rounds, $6 in the later), it's easier to "stay in" and, say, hope to make a straight or a flush on "the river".

However, what I realized last night is highly unrealistic is that most players, after the last common card ("the river") is dealt, stay in the game and actually CALL bids in the last round of betting, even though they have nothing. I noticed this when I was the only player folding after "the river", when typically 3-5 players end up with just "mixed cards" at the end of a hand. What were the programmers thinking? Who (in a Limit game with 9 players) is not going to fold a dead hand? Who would (without an expectation of a successful bluff) call a last round of bidding without even a pair? How hard would it have been to program this so that if a player had nothing they'd fold instead of call?

Obviously, I'm going to have to go spend some money on a "better" Hold 'Em program ... as I have beome quite disenchated with this one!

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