The Mayor

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  1. I'd love to do that, but TBH it's not likely to ever happen. It has been discussed and shot down in the past. Not worth the dev cost, and extremely unlikely to change any minds. We could hire a large room full of professional poker dealers to physically shuffle decks of cards to produce the shuffles for the game, and it would make no difference. We'd get just as many people complaining about broken or rigged shuffles. It's just the nature of online poker. Check the posts for any other online poker game ever made, you'll see the same complaints.
  2. Tiered buy-ins are returning to ranked in the next update.
  3. No offense taken. I understand your concerns. We've never said that we're trying to 'improve the quality of the randomness'. There are reasons behind the existing algorithm, some of which have been stated in earlier posts. We've done the research and testing and are completely satisfied that the algorithm produces every possible shuffle in a uniform distribution.
  4. It's not possible. It will be available for purchase this holiday season.
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    The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club. But you can read about it in Help & Options > How to Play > Events.
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    Ring Game Buy-in Ranges

    Maybe around the end of the year, but no official ETA yet.
  7. Yes, it's on the list, no ETA.
  8. You're right, it's not going to change. We think that rigging the shuffle to match the expectations of people who are unhappy with math would not be good for the game. We're going to stick with the mathematically correct algorithm. Also, the Earth is round, climate change is real, and the moon landings were not faked. The CIA totally killed JFK though.
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    Avatar Action Tell

    Yeah I know you want it changed, and I personally lean that way for all the reasons previously discussed, but the poll results aren't clear. It will likely get changed as things are now, but no decision has been made just yet.
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    Avatar Action Tell

    We'll definitely show the RAM movements, but preset actions are still undecided.
  11. It looks like you're unable to make a connection to the game server. You get to the point where your xbox is told which game/table to make a connection to, and then you never make that connection. This indicates a network problem on your end. First, try doing a hard reboot of your xbox if you haven't already (select 'Restart console' from the home menu - make sure you see the green startup screen). If that doesn't work, reboot your router or modem (typically the easiest way is to just unplug it, wait at least 60 seconds, and plug it back in), and reboot the xbox again afterward. If that doesn't work, you can test whether it's your network or something on your xbox by connecting your xbox to a different network - for example, connect it to your cell phone's wifi hotspot. Or if your xbox is currently connected via wifi, try a wired connection. Let us know what happens.
  12. It does. When dealing cards from a deck, whether physical pieces of paper from a stack of paper, or in computer memory, what you're doing is randomly choosing a partial permutation of 52 things. The standard physical shuffle of physical cards and subsequent distribution of cards from the top of the deck is not mathematically different than distributing cards from random locations throughout a deck that hasn't been shuffled. But physical limitations, and trust issues more than anything, force us into this process of shuffling and dealing from the top. Software doesn't have the physical/trust issues to contend with, so it can just randomly choose cards out of the deck. The basic card shuffle algorithm is to build a shuffled deck by randomly choosing a card from the deck 52 times - the Fisher-Yates Shuffle. The top card is chosen, then the next, and the next, and so on, until all 52 cards are randomly chosen. Then we deal out however many cards we need from the top. In PP, we only need the first 17 cards (or less) - 2 for each player (4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 cards) plus the 5 community cards. Ie., we need to randomly choose up to 17 cards from the deck. It doesn't matter what order the remaining cards are in - that of course has no effect on the hand. So we don't actually need to do that part of the shuffle - it's completely pointless. But regardless of whether we pick 52 random cards or only 17, the basic algorithm is flawed in the context of online poker. It would be possible, and not really all that difficult for someone who knows what they're doing, to predict the shuffle. Our multiple RNGs as described above are designed to add unknowable, true randomness to the pseudo-random number generator, making it impossible to predict the shuffle. We also need to ensure that our random number space is large enough to produce all permutations of 17 cards. Our algorithm gives us this as well, many times over. The initial ordering of the deck that cards are randomly chosen from is irrelevant and has no effect on the probabilities. I mentioned it in that original post only because it's an important factor in the ability for someone to predict the shuffle. When choosing a random card from a deck, the probability of choosing the Ace of Spades is the same no matter what order the cards are in to begin with: 1/52. The probability of choosing TsJsQsKsAs in that order, or any particular ordered set of N cards, is the same regardless of the initial locations of those cards within the deck. For any given pseudo-random number sequence used to choose the cards, different deck orderings will of course produce different deals. Or another way to look at it is that different deck orderings would require a different random number sequence to produce the same deal. The probability of any particular deal is the same regardless.
  13. The shuffle can't be more randomized or realistic, and frankly I resent the accusation. But I'm wasting my breath, again. People who think it's rigged will never be convinced otherwise. Truth and math are irrelevant.
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    You and the other player can get into a private game together, and then you intentionally lose your chips to him.