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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby Kaskavel on Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:06 am

Note that if you already have 3 cards and you do not have a set, chances that you get it on next spoil are 2/3.
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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby zimmah on Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:28 am

betiko wrote:
macbone wrote:Yep, 7/9 is correct.

Here's some analysis:

If you know that the other person has neither joker, the odds he has a set with 3 cards are 33.41%; the odds he has a set if he has 4 cards are 77.80%.


33,41?? why is that? i would v'e said 33.34%.

also about the 4 cards odds, i disregard the 3 first ones, and i just think of the odds of getting a set before receiving my 4th, which would be 66.66%. But if you look at it as a whole, you are right, 77.78%


I suspect he's talking about the board game where you actually draw cards from a limited pool, which will have a slight effect on the outcome. However cards on cc are randomly generated so the math is easier because the pool is unlimited and each new card has an exactly 1/3 chance of being either color.
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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby Viceroy63 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:42 am

Ok; I follow this thread so far but can any one calculate the odds of getting a rainbow (one card of each color) in 4 cards? Now that I would like to see done.

Boys, break out your calculators? :lol:

Oh; And how come we don't have joker spoils? Does anyone know?

I think that is a good question. :D
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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby TDK on Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:46 am

Adding jokers would complicate the random card generator program. I'm sure it's doable, but why fix what isn't broken?
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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby Kaskavel on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:02 pm

Viceroy63 wrote:Ok; I follow this thread so far but can any one calculate the odds of getting a rainbow (one card of each color) in 4 cards? Now that I would like to see done.

Boys, break out your calculators? :lol:

Oh; And how come we don't have joker spoils? Does anyone know?

I think that is a good question. :D



That is 1/3*2/3*1/3+2/3*(1/3+2/3*1/3)=2/27+10/27=12/27=44,44% unless I am too sleepy to calculate right.
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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby agentcom on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:18 pm

Viceroy63 wrote:Ok; I follow this thread so far but can any one calculate the odds of getting a rainbow (one card of each color) in 4 cards? Now that I would like to see done.

Boys, break out your calculators? :lol:

Oh; And how come we don't have joker spoils? Does anyone know?

I think that is a good question. :D


Given that you don't already have a rainbow? Then it's easy cuz you either have 2 of 1 color and 1 of another color or all 3 of the same color. If it's the latter, which only occurs 1/9 of the time, you know you won't be getting a rainbow. But in the 8/9 times that's not the case, you need 1 of the missing color giving you a 1/3 chance of getting a 4-card rainbow, given that you don't have a rainbow in 3 cards. So, you'd have an 8/27 or 30%

If you are starting from scratch and just want to know the odds of getting a rainbow given any four cards, then odds are slightly more complicated.

Your first card is X-colored. The other two colors are now Y and Z.

You need at least 1 Y and at least 1 Z in the next 3 cards.

1/3 chance of getting another X, in which case you need a Y and a Z to come out: odds 2/3*1/3 = 2/9
2/3 chance of getting a Y (i.e. anything but X), in which case you need a Z to come out. The chances of not getting a Z in these next two cards is 2/3*2/3 = 4/9. That means you have a 5/9 chance of getting a Z.

So, 1/3*2/9 + 2/3*5/9 = 2/27 +10/27 = 12/27.

You have a 12/27 or 44% chance of getting a rainbow in 4 cards.
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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby agentcom on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:38 pm

So, you have a 2/3*1/3=2/9=22% chance of finding a rainbow set in 3 cards.

You have a 37% chance of finding one in any 4 cards.

Carrying on with the 4 card math, we need to add some number to that probability to figure out what your chances of finding a rainbow in a 5 card hand.

If you have one of the 15/27 or 63% percent of 4 card hands that don't already contain a rainbow AND you are NOT holding one of the 1/27 or 4% of hands that are all the same color, then you have a 1/3 chance of making a rainbow with your next card. Thus, the chances of making a rainbow WITH your fifth card are 14/27*1/3 or 14/81. Add this to the chance that you already had a rainbow in your hand and you see that:

You have a 50/81 or 62% chance of finding a rainbow in any given 5 card hand.
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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby Viceroy63 on Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:43 am

Oddly enough, I think that I understand.

So If I already have two different colors in three cards then the odds are the same (one in three) of getting a rainbow as getting a set of the same colors.

So I would have a one in three chance of getting something either a rainbow or a flush on that fourth card. One in three is still pretty low.

Thank you for that enlightening comment. =)
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Re: Odds of getting a spoil set with 4 cards?

Postby agentcom on Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:57 pm

Viceroy63 wrote:Oddly enough, I think that I understand.

So If I already have two different colors in three cards then the odds are the same (one in three) of getting a rainbow as getting a set of the same colors.

So I would have a one in three chance of getting something either a rainbow or a flush on that fourth card. One in three is still pretty low.

Thank you for that enlightening comment. =)


Yes, you are right about that. Some of the above analysis only applies to getting a rainbow set though. But if you have a 2 pair, you are equally likely to end up cashing 3 of color A, 3 of color B, or a rainbow.
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