In this title only the "Jacks or better" variant of Stanford Wong Video Poker is included. The game represents the gambling 5-card draw poker with integrated Tutor and Stanford Wong as a Video Poker Analyzer. Thus, it is possible to set a bet, deal the hand, ask the tutor about most successful action, analyze the hand, hold certain cards, and win as much money as possible.
Stanford Wong Video Poker is an excellent poker game from Villa Crespo, master of card/casino games. Similar to Amarillo Slim, the game is capable of finding best play for any hand and payoff schedule of your choice, including joker and/or deuces wild. It does the calculations on the fly, and the in-game tutor is impressive. The calculation algorithm was coded based on real-life probability theories and statistics, with input from poker pro Stanford Wong.
Stanford Wong Video Poker is both a game and a tool for analyzing video poker. You have the option of standard playing cards or IGT casino video-poker cards, with or without animation. You can ask the program to tell you the best play on every hand, alert you whenever you misplay a hand, or sit quietly until you want advice on a hand. You also can use the game to run simulations to estimate payback. One-person and two-person tournaments are supported, with the latter requiring both players to take turns on the same computer. The graphics is on the primitive side, but it is adequate, and the interface is easy to learn and use - this was one of the first casino programs to feature mouse support, a comprehensive on-line help, and the tutor feature.
If you enjoy video poker, Stanford Wong Video Poker is a landmark in the niche genre that deserves to be in your library. It has been superceded by Villa Crespo's later games, most notably Amarillo Slim Dealer's Choice, but it still remains a lot of fun and playable even today. Highly recommended!
Dr. Wong's Jacks+ Video Poker is a fun simulation of video poker: not the parlor poker game, but the popular high-stakes game played in most casinos. Like other casino games from Villa Crespo, DWJVP has an excellent on-line tutor, comprehensive statistics, and all the variants and options that make it better than most casino games on the market.
DWJVP not only gives you a computer tutor: it gives you one with "Tolerance Level": adjustable level of help based on your skill/familiarity with video poker. If you set the tutor to "Warn," it will warn you whenever you are about to make something other than what it considers the best play, even if that play is only slightly better than the one you have chosen. If you are confident of your skills, you can set the computer to notify you of big errors and ignore small ones. This setting is based solely on clever use of statistics: Tolerance Level is given as percentage points of deviation from the best play. For example, if the cards you hold have an expected return of 88.6% of the amount of your bet, and the best play has an expected return of 91.0%, the difference is 2.4%. If the Tolerance Level is 2 or less, the tutor will notify you that the expected return for the hand can be improved by holding different cards. If the Tolerance Level is 3 or more, the tutor will not notify you of the error. This means you can trust the computer tutor in DWJVP to give you statistically sound advice all the time - a far cry from the generic tutor in most other games that can only issue canned remarks like "good work" or "you can do better."
The neat Tolerance Level alone makes DWJVP more than deserving of a top game award. But it's also a very good game that boasts decent graphics, competent AI players, and many customizable options. Whether you are a casual or serious gambler, DWJVP has a little something for everyone. Highly recommended!
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