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What is Gambatria?
It is a combination of Gambling and Gematria, which is a system whereby numerical values are assigned to letters and/or words. Gematria usually provides two meanings – the ‘revealed’ form which is the straight numerical equivalent of the word and the ‘mystical’ form generally associated with Kaballah (the mystical branch of Judaism that so engrossed Madonna!) This applies to gambling too. Parts of the math are quickly and easily revealed like the payback. Then there are the parts like the strategy and what to expect that take on a more ‘mystical’ flavor.
The company was founded by Lenny Frome, who revolutionized the casino by developing the first analyses and strategies for video poker. He also had a hand in developing many of the table games you see on the casino floor. Working hand in hand with inventors by refining the math and strategy, Lenny assisted in the creation of Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Spanish 21 and Caribbean Stud Poker.
Since 1998 when Lenny passed away, the company has been run by his son, Elliot Frome. Elliot has made his own marks in the industry by helping to launch Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker, Mississippi Stud, House Money, Boston 7 Stud, Six Card Pai Gow and Imperial Pai Gow.
This week's mailbag included an excellent question about Double Double Bonus video poker. My reader wanted to know that if you are dealt a Full House consisting of three 2's, 3's or 4's, how much are you giving up to go for the big payday (Quads with the A\2\3\4 Kicker) vs. just keeping the Full House. I know that when I'm playing and this happens there is definitely a part of me that wants to go for the big payday. Depending on the order of the dealt cards, I'm almost disappointed that a Full House formed instead of just a Three of a Kind.
Too many Players play casino games by the seat of their pants. This consists of two significant problems. First, Players play hunches. I have a 14 in blackjack and the Dealer has an 8. What do I THINK the next card will be? If you're counting and have a true sense that the next card's value is not quite as random as a freshly shuffled deck, then this concept might be okay. If you just THINK the next card is a 10/Face and choose not to hit, then you are doing nothing more than guessing and not playing the proper odds to increase your chances of winning.
In last week's column I discussed Four of a Kinds and the probabilities of drawing one from a Pair vs. drawing one from Trips. It's interesting stuff, but not necessarily overly useful. We very rarely throw away a Pair to go for Quads. If you have a 4-Card Flush, a 3-Card Royal or the rare - J-Q-K-A you would do so. But not a lot of thought needs to go into playing Pairs.