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## The match Game## THE MATCH GAMEThe match Game is deceptively simple. Its rules of blackjack play are few and easily learned, but it is much more than just a game of chance. It contains mathematical and psychological factors which introduce a skill element and make it one of the most fascinating of all guessing games in the world of gambling. ## The Two-Handed Match GameThe first player tries to guess how many matches his opponent is holding, adds this to the number he himself holds, and calls the total, which may be any number from zero to six. His opponent follows suit, but may not call a total that has previously been called. Two-Handed Strategy. Many people, at first, think that the match Game is purely one of chance; but any beginner who sits down to play against an expert soon discovers that he is losing far too often and that something more than chance is involved. There are two additional factors: a knowledge of the game’s mathematics, and skill in judging the psychology of the other players. The best two-handed playing strategy is based on the following mathematical analysis of the game. ODDS AND CHANCES IN TWO-HANDED MATCH GAME
The miscall. Because the second player has a mathematical advantage, the first player sometimes purposely makes a miscall by guessing a total which can’t possibly win for him. His object is to make the first call revert to his opponent. For instance, when the first caller holds one match, he calls “None.” He cannot win the hand he will either lose or the hand will be a no-game. If the second player does hold no matches and supposes that his opponent’s call of “None” means that his opponent is holding none, he cannot call “None” because the rules prevent this, so he calls “One” and is surprised to find this call wins.
The miscall, when used wisely, is it valuable asset to Match Game blackjack strategy, and can be compared to the bluff in Poker. Zero or 6 Each can be made 1 way ## THE NUMBERS GAMEAlthough playing the Numbers is more of a lottery than a guessing game, I can’t resist the temptation to get it in print since it’s the most popular illegal form of lottery betting in the United States. My own sample findings of what makes the Numbers so attractive to players show that: (I) players are natural suckers for big odds (the-500-for-1 Numbers odds are tempting to most players) (2) Numbers players can select their own numbers and bet their money on their favorite lucky numbers (and what person doesn’t have at least one lucky number?) (3) you can make small bets: 25 cents, 50 cents, and sometimes even pennies. In addition, the action is daily, and the players get the Numbers result the same night from the racing section of most metropolitan newspapers. All of these factors combined make them feel that the Numbers game is honest. |
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