During the pre-cards bull session at this weeks friendly game it was obvious Coop was a little anxious. No doubt still reeling from loss that was tucked neatly in my wallet just in case. Shortly after Vern finally arrived, it was Coop who pushed for the game to begin and Coop who cussed under his breath as Rob, seated to his left, drew high card for first deal. Prop bets are not really used to juice the action at our game but are more a matter of pride. Even so they are usually not proffered in the first round of deals. But when it came to Coop's turn he couldn't wait any longer. "Ok, here's how it works. The buy in's $10 each." He was dealing cards face up by suit to Rob, Huck, Vern and I. "Each of you now has 13 cards from 2 to Ace, aces are high. Shuffle and place them face down and everyone flip over your top card. You'll all turn over cards in succession until you're shot down by the bullet. For every card (not counting the first one) that is flipped and higher than all previous cards, you score a point. No points loses, one point gets you five of your ten back, two points is a push, three points wins $1, four points wins $5, five points - $10, six points - $20, seven points - $50, and eight or more points wins you $100. We played several rounds. Not a bad game all in all. But I'm still wondering; what is the expected (average) number of points for this game? And secondly, what is the expected value of the $10 bet?

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During the pre-cards bull session at this weeks friendly game it was obvious Coop was a little anxious. No doubt still reeling from loss that was tucked neatly in my wallet just in case. Shortly after Vern finally arrived, it was Coop who pushed for the game to begin and Coop who cussed under his breath as Rob, seated to his left, drew high card for first deal. Prop bets are not really used to juice the action at our game but are more a matter of pride. Even so they are usually not proffered in the first round of deals. But when it came to Coop's turn he couldn't wait any longer. "Ok, here's how it works. The buy in's $10 each." He was dealing cards face up by suit to Rob, Huck, Vern and I. "Each of you now has 13 cards from 2 to Ace, aces are high. Shuffle and place them face down and everyone flip over your top card. You'll all turn over cards in succession until you're shot down by the bullet. For every card (not counting the first one) that is flipped and higher than all previous cards, you score a point. No points loses, one point gets you five of your ten back, two points is a push, three points wins $1, four points wins $5, five points - $10, six points - $20, seven points - $50, and eight or more points wins you $100. We played several rounds. Not a bad game all in all. But I'm still wondering; what is the expected (average) number of points for this game? And secondly, what is the expected value of the $10 bet?

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