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New Game - String Multiplier Poker

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by Realize Gaming, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. Realize Gaming

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    Here is our last of our five video poker games that we have created into a demo and completed the math on. This game is called String Multiplier Poker and it starts by requiring a hefty wager to initiate a three card hand which serves as the multiplier. The main hand is dealt next and the player chooses which cards to hold and which cards to discard. Once the hand is finished, any winning hand in the main hand is multiplied by the multiplier hand. If the player wins in the main hand all subsequent hands are wager free until the main hand is no longer a winner. Additionally, copies of cards in the main hand can upgrade the multiplier hand!!

    It may seem complicated at first but give it a few hands and you will get used to it. I know going into this one, you will either love it or hate it as we have had both reactions to it so far.

    As always, please leave me any feedback you may have.

    String Multiplier Poker:
    http://realizegamingllc.com/demo/stringPoker/2/
     
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  2. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Platinum
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    It took me quite a while to understand what was going on with this game. I only did a quick read through of your post before playing. I still don't understand the rules on how the multiplier hand is upgraded.

    It's an interesting concept, but my opinion is that it's too complex, and the starting bet is too high. Players that get through the familiarization phase might enjoy the game, but I think a lot of people wouldn't get that far.
     
  3. Realize Gaming

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    Thanks for the response @Royal Flusher.

    Basically, the string hand (3 card hand above the main hand) are copies of a standard deck of cards. They have no influence on the main hand. Once the main hand is complete and it is a winning hand, the CPU will choose a copy of a card from the main hand and look to place it into the string hand to form a multiplier. This process continues until the player loses a hand...which breaks the current string hand and ends the game.
     
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    I also agree that the initial bet is rather steep, but it works itself out when I win several hands and I don't need to re-wager. Having a good multiplier and one that either stays for all the consecutive hands or is upgradeable to a better one is another nice feature.

    Here is a link to the same game, but you can choose your hands for the string and/or main hand. We used it in our testing phase, but it is fun to see the dealt royal x100 multiplier!

    String Poker Development Version: http://realizegamingllc.com/dev/stringPoker/
     
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    The odds of a Royal with 1000X multiplier seem pretty slim.

    Supposedly the reason double-super-times-pay has the quirk where any multiplier on a dealt Royal becomes the 20X multiplier, is because without that the odds of a 20X-Royal fall below some legal threshold. Is there a similar issue here?
     
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    @ctheworld check out the "i" button on the game and it may provide you with a more detailed answer you are looking for, but the odds of a royal flush in the main hand and then to be multiplied by the dealt string royal (x100) is very rare, but it does happen. We didn't follow DSTP where any multiplier changes to the x20 in our game. All the math was worked together to arrive at a 99.134% return to player. The starting multiplier, if any, the ability to upgrade it after a win, the ability to continue playing subsequent hands without re-wagering are all factored into the math. Hopefully, that helps answer your question. I will also check with my programmer/math person to see if he has any additional information I may have left out.
     
  7. ctheworld

    ctheworld Bronze

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    It sometimes seems to pick the wrong bonus cards.
    I had 89J and a 10 in my hand, but it kept the bonus cards unchanged.
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    I’ve also had a case with an unsuited straight, where it replaced it with a straight where two cards were suited, but it chose the option where there was a gap between the suited cards rather than on where there was not.


    A 4X bonus bet would scare me away. Would it seem less scary (and maybe easier to understand) if it was presented as a multi strike variant?
    It’s like multi strike except:
    - You pay for 5 hands but get an unlimited number.
    - Rather than fixed multipliers, you build your multiplier by improving a 3 card side hand.
     
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  8. Realize Gaming

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    @ctheworld were you using the first game link? The second one was our developmental version and has a number of mistakes when upgrading the string hand. Most, if not all, of those errors should be corrected in the first demo link.
     
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    ctheworld Bronze

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    I understand that, the question was about how rare, as I thought there were some restrictions on how rare a jackpot could be. (And those restrictions are why DSTP has that unusual rule.)

    I just did a quick internet search and found section 5.2.6 of the “International Technical Standards for Electronic Gaming Machines” (https://iagr.org/sites/default/files/International Technical Standards for EGM (28Oct2014).pdf ) which says
    “The probability for hitting any advertised jackpot must not be less than 1/100,000,000 (at a rate of at least 1 in 100 million plays).“
    I have no idea if that standard is relevant, but it does seem to align with what I’ve read elsewhere.

    Based on the data provided in the game, it looked like a 100X royal would occur a bit less frequently than that, but I’m not sure if I understood your numbers correctly.
     
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    ctheworld Bronze

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    I was using the first link initially, then tried the second after noticing what seemed like a wrong play on the three card hand.
     
  11. Realize Gaming

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    Let me check with my math guy to see if he can provide more specific feedback.
     
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    @ctheworld I was able to get some information from the math/programmer.

    Out of 1 billion rounds, we got: Dealt String Royal (100x): 328,424 times, of which 180,533 times was on the first round (non bonus round) Royal Flush (800x): 44,564 times, of which 24,358 was on the first round (non bonus round).

    Dealt String Royal together with Royal Flush happened 13 times in our simulation of 1 billion rounds. That's a probability of 7.11225961970576e-9 or 0.0000000071122. This combination happened either on the initial round of play, or during any of the bonus rounds.

    Those are the raw results. In the stats page it's rounded, so the actual amount is 0.00000001. Long story short, it doesn't happen very often.
     
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