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Download Blackjack Game and Basic Strategy Calculator files (original version)Blackjack Game and Basic Strategy Calculator Version 5.0 Copyright (C) 1999, 2001, 2002 Eric Farmer (erfarmer@comcast.net) Original card images by Oliver Xymoron Blackjack game written using the Allegro Game Programming Library ************************************************************************ *** License *** This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA Original card images have been modified as follows: 1. Converted to 16-color Windows bitmap format 2. Transparent color mask changed to Allegro default Source code for the card images may be obtained at: http://www.waste.org/~oxymoron/cards/ ************************************************************************ *** Requirements *** The Blackjack game and the Basic Strategy Calculator require Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 or XP. The Blackjack game also requires: 1. VGA driver with 800x600x256 resolution support 2. The DirectX run-time libraries, which can be downloaded free at: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/downloads/default.asp ************************************************************************ *** Introduction *** The Blackjack Game and the Basic Strategy Calculator are only two examples of the use of a library of C++ classes that compute probabilities and expected values in blackjack, based on exact probabilistic analysis (see the source files Blackjack.h and Blackjack.cpp for more details). This library is stand-alone, and can be included in your own programs to be used as you wish. ************************************************************************ *** Documentation *** *** Blackjack *** In Blackjack, you can play any of various styles of casino blackjack, with a number of decks and rule variations of your choosing. As you play, exact probabilities of outcomes of the dealer's hand and exact expected values for your hand(s) are displayed. When you run Blackjack, you must first select the file containing the rule variations for the casino you want. Files for several casinos have been included in the distribution. These files are in text format; you can modify these or create your own. Comments are included in each file to explain how the casino variations are specified. Once basic strategy for the selected casino has been computed, you are ready to begin playing. Press the F1 key at any time to toggle the help display of each key's function, or press Esc at any time to quit. To play a hand, use the up and down arrows to set your initial wager. The table limit is $500. Your current balance is displayed in the lower right corner. This is essentially the "money in your pocket;" it decreases as you increase your wager, and vice versa. Press Enter to deal the hand. The numbers to the right of the dealer's hand are the exact probabilities (0 = impossible, 1 = certain) of each possible outcome of the dealer's hand. These probabilities take into account all cards dealt from the shoe. (Tip: insurance is a good bet only when the probability of dealer blackjack is greater than 0.333333333.) The numbers to the right of your hand are the exact expected values (in percent of initial bet) of each available option. These values take into account all cards in your current hand and the dealer's up card. For example, suppose the number displayed for standing is -12.345. This means that if you played out the current situation many, many times, standing each time, with a $1 initial wager, then on average you would lose 12.345 cents. Note that if you select an option other than the one which maximizes the expected value of the hand, the suggested option is displayed below your hand, and you are given another chance to select the correct option. Once all hands have been settled, your new balance is displayed in the lower right corner. Press Enter to clear the table and play another hand. The shoe, displayed in the upper right corner, will be automatically reshuffled when the "new shoe" card (indicated by the red line) has been reached. *** Basic Strategy Calculator *** Press Ctrl-C at any time to quit. When you run the Basic Strategy Calculator, you must first enter the casino rule variations, similar to those specified in the data files for the Blackjack game (see above). Once basic strategy for the selected rule variations has been computed, enter the name of a file in which to save the basic strategy table. This will be a text file, so a '.txt' extension is suggested. (Tip: the basic strategy table prints nicely on three pages when opened in Word 97.) In addition to the table of basic strategy for all possible two-card player hands and all possible dealer up cards, the saved file also contains the expected values against each dealer up card (and overall), as well as the probabilities of each possible outcome of the dealer's hand. You may then enter individual hands to display the corresponding expected values. Enter the dealer's up card, the number of cards in your hand, and the values of those cards. For example, suppose you have a 10, 4, and 2 against a dealer's 7: Enter dealer up card and player hand (Ctrl-C to exit): 7 3 10 4 2 where: 7 is the dealer' up card, 3 is the number of cards in the player's hand, 10 is the player's first card, 4 is the player's second card, 2 is the player's third card. Note that all tens and face cards are to be entered as 10, and all aces are to be entered as 1, not 11. ************************************************************************ *** List Of Files *** The Blackjack4 package consists of the following files: Blackjack.exe Executable for Blackjack game Strategy.exe Executable for Basic Strategy Calculator Readme.txt This file gpl.txt GNU General Public License Casinos\ 4 casino data files Images\ 55 card and table bitmaps Source\ 5 C++ source files for both programs ************************************************************************ *** Revision History *** 5.0 The algorithm for computing expected values for pair splitting has been completely reworked. The specification of resplitting rules is more general, allowing a different maximum number of split hands for each pair (including no splits). Expected values are exact when resplitting is not allowed. All "private" data is now protected. 4.2 A bug in the algorithm for splitting expected values has been fixed. The hand data in BJDealer is now protected instead of private, and a bug in the game's help screen display has been fixed. 4.1 Expected values may now be computed using a sub-optimal playing strategy (e.g., "mimic the dealer"). The playing strategy, as well as rule variations and a progress indicator callback, are now specified as objects, allowing easier extensibility. The player hand and expected value data in BJPlayer is now protected instead of private, and the class and method naming convention has been changed in anticipation of a possible port to Java. 4.0 The engine now accepts an arbitrary distribution of cards in the shoe, rather than an integral number of decks. The engine classes are now const-correct, eliminating problems with compilers not supporting some standard extensions. Also, the game now displays the help screen on startup. 3.1 Additional functions have been added to the engine for computing overall expected values; this additional information is included in the printable strategy table. Also, the game now indicates when an incorrect play has been selected, giving you the opportunity to select the correct play. 3.0 The computational engine has been separated from the user interface. In addition to the text strategy calculator, a graphics blackjack game now allows you to play blackjack while displaying dealer probabilities and player expected values, using the same computational engine. 2.0 A completely new computational engine now computes exact probabilities and expected values for a given number of decks and rule variations. The text interface now creates a printable table of basic strategy for all two-card player hands, as well as expected values for any individual player hand and dealer up card. 1.0 This first version uses an infinite deck approximation; i.e., the probability distribution of card values is not affected by removing cards from the shoe. A text user interface creates a table of total-dependent basic strategy and dealer probabilities.DownloadBlackjack Game and Basic Strategy Calculator files (Version 5.0)

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