Re: [stella] Poker Solitaire

Subject: Re: [stella] Poker Solitaire
From: <erik@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 12:53:00 -0500
>Look at this (practically impossible to get) hand:
>10h  Jh  Qh  Kh  Ah
>10c  Jc  Qc  Kc  Ac
>10s  Js  Qs  Ks  As
>10d  Jd  Qd  Kd  Ad
>2h   3h  4h  5h  6h
>If a royal flush and a straight flush are both 30 points, and 4 of a kind
>is 16... that's (5*30)+(5*16) = 230 points. If a royal flush is 36 points, it's
>254 points, which still fits in one byte...
>Can you think of a higher-scoring hand?

Yes.  If the last row is instead 5-6-7-8-9 of hearts, you get a straight on
the upper-left to lower-right diagonal.

>Do you think the royal flush should be worth more than a regular straight
>flush? The standard scoring system counts them the same (30)..

Nah.  It's a matter of luck, and it doesn't make any difference in real
poker either, other than just being an ace-high royal flush.  On the other
hand, it does add more strategic depth to the game.

Why not use a difficulty switch to toggle?

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