Vernon is the most conservative player at our weekly friendly game of dealer's choice. So much so, five card draw is now simply referred to as "The Vern" at our table and most other games, well, "that's not (effin) poker." I mention this only to emphasize the pleasant surprise last week when Vern offered this little diversion. "Okay Huck, cut a card. Ace is one; king is thirteen. Good, the eight of hearts. So I take that card and the next seven unseen. I then give you the next eight cards plus two more. So I'll always have one face-up card and a total number of cards equal to the value of that card shown and you'll have two more cards than me. Five bucks says you don't have more cards than I do of the color of the cut card." Rob, Coop, and I begged in as well and Vern went around the table several times. We added a little drama by alternately flipping cards, with the challenger's last three cards flipped in turn by themselves. A pretty good game, actually. But of course I was wondering and have to ask, what are the odds of beating Vern at his own (other) game?

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Vernon is the most conservative player at our weekly friendly game of dealer's choice. So much so, five card draw is now simply referred to as "The Vern" at our table and most other games, well, "that's not (effin) poker." I mention this only to emphasize the pleasant surprise last week when Vern offered this little diversion. "Okay Huck, cut a card. Ace is one; king is thirteen. Good, the eight of hearts. So I take that card and the next seven unseen. I then give you the next eight cards plus two more. So I'll always have one face-up card and a total number of cards equal to the value of that card shown and you'll have two more cards than me. Five bucks says you don't have more cards than I do of the color of the cut card." Rob, Coop, and I begged in as well and Vern went around the table several times. We added a little drama by alternately flipping cards, with the challenger's last three cards flipped in turn by themselves. A pretty good game, actually. But of course I was wondering and have to ask, what are the odds of beating Vern at his own (other) game?

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