November 25, 2008

How Many Times Do I have to Shuffle a Deck of Cards?

Only seven times my friends - only seven times. See below - but given the math - that's how many times more or less. :-)shuffle-cards.jpg

Here’s the rule: To assure cards get sufficiently mixed up, shuffle a deck about seven times. Mathematician, magician and card shark Persi Diaconis of Stanford University, along with David Bayer of Columbia University, created shock waves in Las Vegas when he figured that out back in 1992. Most dealers had been shuffling much less.

But now Diaconis and his colleagues are issuing an update. When dealing many gambling games, like blackjack, about four shuffles are enough. The reason for the lower number is that many games require randomness for only a few specific aspects of the cards, not all. In blackjack, for example, suits don’t matter. Diaconis and his collaborators extended the earlier analysis to account for these variations.

Gamblers and casinos aren’t the only ones who will benefit. One the most useful tools for applied mathematicians — the Monte Carlo simulation — was inspired by the games of chance that are main attractions in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The new card-shuffling results apply directly to this method, promising to save mathematicians computer time.

Read at Science News / Shuffling The Cards: Math Does The Trick

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November 21, 2008

Every Gus Hansen Poker Hand Revealed

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Okay - maybe not every poker hand, but this book outlines how to win big and play like Gus Hansen.

One of professional poker's most intriguing and fascinating players, Gus Hansen has often been called "The Madman" for his crazy, fearless, aggressive style. But you can't dispute the fact that this poker superstar knows how to win--and win big. The holder of the inaugural Poker Superstars Invitational title as well as the only player to win three World Poker Tour tournaments, Gus won his fifth major international title when he became the 2007 Aussie Millions Champion, outlasting 747 players and nabbing $1.2 million. Now, for the first time ever, Gus analyzes the hands that he played during the tournament and reveals his secrets for winning in Every Hand Revealed.

At Every Hand Revealed: Gus Hansen

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November 13, 2008

World Series of Poker Final Table - Peter Eastgate Wins

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We've been watching the World Series of Poker over the past 3 months and finally sat down last night to watch the final two hours. We didn't have Peter Eastgate picked to win, but in the end he pulled it out. Great stuff and click on through for exclusive news and videos of the final event.

World Series of Poker management billed the heads-up portion of the Main Event final table as a heavyweight fight between two pugilists. But 22-year-old Danish poker pro Peter Eastgate had other ideas; he turned the duel into a somewhat one-sided affair and had his Russian counterpart Ivan Demidov on the ropes for the entire night.

The final hand was typical of the win for Eastgate. A seemingly harmless 4c fell on the turn that gave Demidov two pair, fours and twos, but completed Eastgate’s wheel draw. All the money went in on the river and Eastgate’s final knockout punch made him World Champion.

At World Series of Poker - Official Tournament Coverage and Results

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November 5, 2008

Star Wars Lighted Poker Chip Set

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The Star Wars Poker Chip Set includes 200 translucent 10.2-gram poker chips that "glow" like lightsaber blades when in light-up chip case. We've seen this set in person at the Sharper Image before they closed, and have to say - it's pretty solid.

Chip colors:

  • 50 Red Chips- Darth Vader
  • 50 Green Chips - Yoda
  • 50 Blue Chips - Luke Skywalker
  • 50 Blue Chips - Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Decks of casino quality poker cards in foil boxes
  • Death Star dealer button in .25" chromed metal
  • 72 LED lights powered by 4 AA batteries (included)

At Star Wars Lighted Poker Chip Set

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November 2, 2008

Marked Cards - Deck of marked playing cards

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These cards are not to cheat at your home games, but they will allow you to do some pretty cool card tricks before the game. This set of playing cards are marked on the back, allowing you to read the number and suit of the cards. Easy to read and undetectable.

Features

  • Casino quality plastic coated playing cards
  • Highly durable
  • Subtle marks show suit and number
  • Easy to read and undectable
  • Instructions included

At Marked Cards - Deck of marked playing cards

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