Post by Bill Vanek Post by Satoshi Popinjay
I don't know the answer so it would be an even bet.
You might be hustling us.
I just found this on the internet. So it must be true.
People with insufficient knowledge tend to believe that the RNG shuffles
virtual cards. This is why we need to clarify, that, in fact, it generates
a combination of numbers within a predetermined range on a constant basis.
If we take the Jacks or Better video poker game, each of the 52 cards
included in the deck has a corresponding number (between 1 and 52).
Whenever a player deposits coins or pushes the ”Bet One Credit” or
”Bet Max” buttons, the video poker machine's microprocessor collects
five random numbers in a period as short as 1/1000 of a second, after which
it ”translates” them into card images. Now the player has received a
hand, which to begin the game with.
The first five cards are dealt in the above-mentioned manner by all video
poker machines. However, different machines generate replacements for the
cards a player wishes to remove in a different manner. Those machines,
which were manufactured before the mid-1980s, use a ”parallel method of
dealing”. What is specific about the latter is that the machine
simultaneously selects the five cards comprising the hand and the five
replacement cards for the draw. Every replacement card is linked to one of
the cards in the original hand, while also being lined up behind it. Only
when the player decides not to keep a card, the replacement card will be
At the time these machines were made available to the public, there were
people, who spoke against parallel dealing. The reason for it was the fact
that the card a player needs to get a complete winning hand may turn out to
be behind a card they kept, thus, they will not receive that card.
Later, between the mid-1980s and late 1990s, a new type of video poker
machine was introduced, machines that use a ”serial dealing” method.
This means that when the machine deals the five cards in the original hand,
it also selects five replacement cards (which cannot be viewed), that are
stacked in a sequential manner. Regardless of which card the player decides
to get rid of, the first replacement card in the sequence is shown. In case
the player desires to get rid of three cards, the first three replacements
in the sequence will be shown.
There is another method of card dealing, known as ”five and five
dealing”. In this case, the machine does not choose the replacement cards
for the draw at the time when the original hand of five cards is dealt.
After the first deal, the Random Number Generator continues producing
combinations of numbers. Only when the player makes up his/her mind to keep
particular cards, the RNG will choose replacements for cards, that have
And those are all functionally equivalent, in terms of outcomes and their probabilities.