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Play draw poker head-to-head with the computer. POKER has a sophisticated style of playing and betting, and is intended to challenge the serious poker player. It's honest. The computer does not know what is in your hand unless there is a showdown. It's smart. The game has different patterns of betting and can observe your style of betting and modify its own behavior accordingly. It's cagey. POKER can bluff in several ways and sometimes makes large bets with bad hands or no bets with good hands. Every action it takes has at least two possible interpretations. The randomness of the shuffling has been tested in simulations involving over half a million hands and the results mirror those expected in normal poker playing. Ante up and deal 'em. Play Blackjack as it's played in the casinos with the computer as the dealer. ULTIMA21 keeps track of the hands played and who won each hand. It also shows your longest winning (and losing) streaks. In addition, you can set up your own options -- resplit aces, double-down on any number of cards, make the dealer stand on 17, turn the sound on during play, and other things to keep it interesting. Hit me!
Disk No: 791 Disk Title: Poker & Ultima21 PC-SIG Version: S1.8 Program Title: Poker Author Version: 5.64 Author Registration: $20.00 Special Requirements: None. Play draw poker head-to-head with the computer. POKER has a sophisticated style of playing and betting, and is intended to challenge the serious poker player. It's honest. The computer does not know what is in your hand unless there is a showdown. It's smart. The game has different patterns of betting and can observe your style of betting and modify its own behavior accordingly. It's cagey. POKER can bluff in several ways and sometimes makes large bets with bad hands or no bets with good hands. Every action it takes has at least two possible interpretations. The randomness of the shuffling has been tested in simulations involving over half a million hands and the results mirror those expected in normal poker playing. Ante up and deal 'em. Program Title: Ultima21 Author Version: 2.00 Author Registration: $20.00 Special Requirements: CGA or EGA. Play Blackjack as it's played in the casinos with the computer as the dealer. ULTIMA21 keeps track of the hands played and who won each hand. It also shows your longest winning (and losing) streaks. In addition, you can set up your own options -- resplit aces, double-down on any number of cards, make the dealer stand on 17, turn the sound on during play, and other things to keep it interesting. Hit me! PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989, 1990 PC-SIG, Inc.
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< Disk #791 POKER AND ULTIMA21 >>>> ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ To start POKER type: POKER (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To print POKER documentation, type: COPY POKER.DOC PRN (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To start ULTIMA21 type: ULTIMA21 (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To print ULTIMA21 documentation, type: COPY ULTIMA21.DOC PRN ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
DRAW POKER by Robert Gellman (C) Copyright Robert Gellman 1987-1989 POKER.EXE plays five card draw poker head-to-head. The program provides a challenge for the serious poker player and helps weaker players sharpen their skills. To start the program, just enter POKER at the DOS prompt. If the file is on a floppy disk, enter A:POKER if appropriate. The first few screens will explain how the program's mechanics work. Try a few hands and you will catch on very quickly. If you want to start playing, go ahead. Nothing in this short DOC file is crucial. I recommend that you read it once, but the documentation is not worth printing. If you want to load this file into your word processor to print, set the margins at 10 and 78. The program attempts to play winning poker. It has a sophisticated style of playing and betting that is intended to win more money than it loses. The program doesn't get tired or lazy, and it doesn't call bets just because it is curious. Can you play winning poker against a tough, disciplined opponent? That is the challenge of this game. The program assumes that you know how to play poker and requires no manual. There are several introductory screens with explanations of the program's rules. Two help screens are available during play at the touch of a button. Now you can play even if you can't remember whether a flush beats a straight (it does!). NOTES First, the program is totally honest. The computer does not know what is in your hand unless there is a showdown. Nor does the computer know what cards are in the deck waiting to be drawn. Second, there is one minor, otherwise undocumented, feature whereby the program actually "cheats" in your favor. After cards are drawn, the program will "remind" you of how many cards the computer drew by displaying one period (.) for each card the computer drew. Given the fast pace of the game (once you get the hang of it), it's easy to miss the message showing the number of cards drawn by the computer. After the draw is complete, the periods appear at the top of the display following "AFTER THE DRAW". On the showdown screen, the periods appear after the word "pot". Third, the computer has different patterns of betting. Some of its betting is random, and it won't always bet the same way with the same hand. The program also observes your play and modifies its behavior in response to your betting methods. The computer is also able to bluff in several ways. The computer will sometimes make large bets with bad hands and no bets with good hands. Like any good poker player, every move the computer makes has at least two possible interpretations. Fourth, a run of very good or very bad hands is just a coincidence. The randomness of the program has been tested in simulations involving over half a million hands. The results mirror those expected in normal poker playing. If you are losing, just keep playing, and your luck may improve. If all else fails, try playing better poker! Fifth, as you play, you will be offered the chance to increase the stakes. The maximum bet (or raise) starts at $10, and it can be doubled twice until it reaches $40. This is high enough for a game where each player starts with $200. Sixth, head-to-head poker results in a high percentage of hands being folded by one player or the other. This is quite normal. Conservative players will fold when they don't think they can win. There will be occasional spectacular showdowns when both players have good hands. But the key to winning poker in the long run is discipline. Play your cards and learn how to exploit small advantages. The program allows you to play dozens of hands in a few minutes. You can acquire a lifetime of experience in two hours. Despite the limitations of head-to-head poker, you can still acquire a good sense of draw poker odds. Remember the challenge: Can you beat the computer? Seventh, the program is freeware. Please use the program and give copies to others. No shareware or registration fee is owed to the author. However, both the program and this documentation are copyrighted by Robert Gellman. No one is authorized to make changes to either. Also, no one is authorized to sell the program. The program may be distributed by software clubs or libraries at a standard distribution charge that recovers distribution costs. The maximum charge permitted without specific permission from the author is $6.00. Lastly, a word about the program itself. The first version was written in FORTRAN in 1969-70 on an IBM 360 Mod 65. The current version was written and compiled in Microsoft's QuickBASIC under DOS 3.1, but it should run under DOS 2.0 or better. The program requires less than 200 K and is compatible with color and monochrome monitors. A graphics card is not needed. Version 5.60 was a major improvement over previously released versions. The card displays and messages were completely rewritten, and the betting routines were sharpened. Most of the visual improvements are the result of PROBAS, a library of BASIC programming routines from Hammerly Computer Services. Later versions were more evolutionary. The source program, which has not been released, is over 1200 lines. A serious programmer/poker player may be able to convince me to provide a copy of the source code. However, you will not be able to use the source code without significant modification unless you have PROBAS. FEEDBACK HELP!!! If you find any errors, please let me know exactly when and how they arose. The program has been very extensively tested, but I cannot guarantee that it is bug-free. My address is on the second screen (hit ENTER at the first screen). User feedback is hard to get. I welcome comments about the program, its mechanics, or poker strategy in general. Any suggestions for changes or improvements will be considered. I know that thousands of copies of this program are in circulation, but I have had very little response from users. If you like the program, tell me. If you hate it, tell me what's wrong. This is how you support freeware! HELP AGAIN!!! If you develop a betting strategy that enables you to win consistently, please let me know so I can make changes. The program does not play perfect poker, but I would like to eliminate any gaping holes in the betting algorithm. Finally, my thanks to the Study Group for poker lessons and to B.C., D.B., and S.A.C. for helping me refine the betting algorithm and the general look of the program. Good luck to the rest of you. You may need it. Robert Gellman Washington, DC February 4, 1988 HISTORY SUBSEQUENT TO VERSION 5.60 Version 5.61 - Fixed overflow for bets over 32768 (!!??) (4/28/88) Revised rules screen; insult frequency reduced Minor betting algorithm change (top secret!) Version 5.62 - Modified the frequency of chances to raise the stakes (7/31/88) Fiddled with frequency and content of insults Eliminated extra keystroke in sandbagging situations Recompiled in QB 4.0b - size reduced by 10 percent Version 5.63 - Revised the rules screen and added a new screen showing (1/10/89) the order of poker hands. Made both screens available at a keystroke. Revised the main screen display. Changed the sound screen and the opening sounds. Small changes to the betting algorithm made the computer a slightly more aggressive bettor. Cutesy card cutting display added. Recompiled in QB 4.5. Version 5.64 - Fixed an ancient mistake. The program misevaluated (1/22/89) competing straights when one hand was a baby straight (A-2-3-4-5). The program was dazzled by the ace and determined mistakenly that the baby straight was higher than any other straight that didn't have an ace. Just goes to show that there is always an error lurking somewhere. My thanks to R. Brosseau and B. Binford for finding this problem. In the coincidence of the year, both wrote me on the same day!
*** ULTIMA 21 DELUXE *** Thank you for your interest in ULTIMA 21 DELUXE. I wish to express my sincere thanks to the honest shareware users for their registrations. Without them, products like ULTIMA DELUXE 21 could not be offered under the shareware concept. ULTIMA 21 DELUXE was written in "PROMAL" which is a licensed compiler from SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES, INC. RALEIGH, NC. Anyone looking for a "C" like language with a much faster learning time and with super speed, I highly recommend this little known system from SMA. This blackjack simulation game requires a 100% IBM compatible PC, XT, AT, (286) or 386 with at least 256K memory, a color or monochrome monitor and DOS 2.1+. A joystick is not used. To start the program, type "ULTIMA21" and press return while the diskette is in drive A:. To load to a hard disk, simply copy the files ULTIMA21.EXE and ULTIMA21.DOC to it and run it as normal from the hard disk. This is a shareware program and you may distribute it to your friends. Under no circumstances may you sell, disassemble, reverse compile, or modify the program in any way from its original form without the expressed written concent of the Author. This documentation file must accompany all copies of the program ULTIMA21.EXE. If you like the program and find it of use, please send a $20.00 registration fee to me, the Author, at my address below: JAY J. FALCONER 901 W. Hononegh Drive Phoenix, AZ 85027 (602) 279-4656 Registration entitles you to 1 free update of the program when a new version is available and will place you on the mailing list for notification of other products and additional ULTIMA 21 releases. ULTIMA 21 DELUXE makes extensive use of direct memory access for super fast screen display and will not work properly with most memory resident programs like SIDEKICK from BORLAND. Be sure no memory resident programs are present when running any of my products. If you are using a hercules compatible monochrome graphics card, then this program will think your monitor is a color monitor. When this happens, full color will be sent to your display and your monitor will not be able to show everything. If this happens, you need to use the DOS "MODE" command to tell the graphics card to work in black and white mode. The command is "MODE BW80" and please read your DOS manual for more information. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ NEW VERSION: 1.2 JUNE 1988 This version has some minor changes to the program documentation and has been enhanced to run on monochrome system as well as on color. The program has beed redisigned to use less memory than before. However, you still need 256K of memory on board. The speed of the screens and operations have been enhanced and the game playing option keys have been made "active" from more areas of the game. NEW COMMAND: Keyboard Usage: When you see the symbol ALT_S, this means pressing the alternate key down and hold it while pressing the S key. This is true for all ALT keyboard usage in this game. <ALT_S> command allows you to change the speed of the game. Speed commands range from slow to fast and have different settings for PC, XT, AT, and 386 CPU's. Please see the screen shown when <ALT_S> is pressed for more information about the new command. When a valid speed command is entered on the program command line at startup, the program will load and run at that speed. Example: ULTIMA21 PC will load the game and run at speed designed for the slower PC processor speed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ NEW VERSION: 2.0 JULY 1988 Game title has been changed to "ULTIMA 21 DELUXE" with the addition of many new and exciting features. NEW FEATURES: <F8> key has two new options. You may now select whether or not the Dealer's "hole card" is dealt face up or down. Also, you may select whether the Dealer wins on "push" hands. Initially, the system will deal the hole card face down and push hands are a "draw" (no winner/loser). Automatic deck integrity check and display. When the game begins or when the number of decks in play changes, the dealer will check the deck(s) to be sure they are complete. As they are checked, the cards will be shown to you on the screen. This insures an honest playing deck. <F2> key now displays a Rules and Features Information Menu for easy look up of playing options and casinos rules. The menu will pop up and allow you to select the topic for more information by moving the highlight bar or by selecting the option's menu choice letter/number. <ALT_B> command will allow you to change the table stakes. You may change/set the minimum bet and maximum bet per hand. Initially, the system sets the minimum and maximum at $1.00 and $9,999.99 respectively. You may set either or both of the bet limits before any hand and can be any value between 1 and $9,999.99. <ALT_C> command will show you the current card count statistics for cards dealt and remaining and the count reflects the number of decks in play. Great for all you card counters. This shows the number of cards and suits dealt as well as the number of cards dealt and remaining. Also, the popular hi/low count is shown as well as other count range statistics. <ALT_D> command will allow you to choose from 1 to 6 decks in play. This may be changed at the start of any new hand. Initially, the game is played with one deck of 52 cards. <ALT_M> command will show you the current memory statistics for your PC's conventional memory. Helpful in checking how much memory is used by ULTIMA 21 DELUXE and available for other uses. Adding the DOS usage and ULTIMA 21 DELUXE usage will give you the minimum free memory needed to run this game. <ALT_P> command will let you "peek" at the next few cards to be dealt from the deck. Great for all you ESP players. <ALT_R> command will let you request the dealer to RESHUFFLE the deck. Could be used to reshuffle the deck after each hand if so desired. This command is only available at the start of each hand. Normally, the dealer shuffles the deck at about 2/3's of the way through. <ALT_X> command will allow you to turn on/off the "fixed dealer's cards" option. When on, you select the 2 cards the dealer is initially dealt each hand. This is perfect for creating or testing playing strategies. While on, the dealer always starts the hand with the same two cards. This will slightly distort the card count statistics. <ALT_W> command will write or save the game in progress to disk to allow you to resume its play at a later time. The saved game is labeled ULTIMA21.SAV as is written to the default disk and directory. Whenever ULTIMA 21 DELUXE is loaded, the system will check for the SAV file. If there, you will be prompted to see if you wish to resume that game. Also, if the SAV game exists, you are asked whether you wish it deleted. Note, each game save will write over any previous SAV file that may exist. Therefore, if you wish multiple save files, rename them to something else so the system will not "see" them as the game save file. <CNTL_C> command has been disabled with the addition of the new command ALT_X to eliminate accidental use. The Control_C command normally aborts program execution and returns to DOS control. The Control_C function has been disabled during the execution of this program. Startup command option to turn off sound effects at program startup. Just add the single word "NOSOUND" after the program name. Example: ULTIMA21 nosound. This was requested by many of my registered users who wanted to play the game at work but did not want the sound to give them away! If you desire to use the speed startup command and the no sound startup command at the same time, enter both after the program name with a comma in between. Example: ULTIMA21 PC,NOSOUND -or- ULTIMA21 NOSOUND,PC The help function and the basic strategy it follows have been updated to follow more "accepted" playing strategy rules. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Author's Note: ULTIMA 21 and ULTIMA 21 DELUXE have received the highest possible ratings from all reviews. In addition, it is to be featured in the November 1988 issue of PC Compute magazine. I know you will enjoy this fun blackjack game and I would enjoy hearing your thoughts about ULTIMA 21 DELUXE. Please feel free to drop me a line. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PRODUCT LIST AS OF 7/15/89: NAME VERSION AND DATE DESCRIPTION PRICE ========================================================================= ULTIMA 21 DELUXE 2.0 JULY 1988 VEGAS BLACKJACK GAME $20.00 COLOR/MONO 256k VERY FLEXIBLE AND EASY TO USE. DOS 2.1+ VIDEO POKER PLUS 3.0 JULY 1988 VEGAS VIDEO POKER $20.00 COLOR/MONO 256k DOS 2.1+ MENU MANAGER 2.0 MAY 1988 HARD/FLOPPY DISK MENU $20.00 MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. VERY FLEXIBLE AND EASY TO USE. COLOR/MONO 256k (384k recommended) DOS 2.1+ POWER SHELL 1.0 AUG 1989 DOS SHELL $20.00 FOR EASY MANIPULATION OF FILES, DIRECTORIES, AND DOS COMMANDS WITH SIMPLE POINT-AND-SHOOT KEYSTOKES. DIRECTORY TREE FUNCTION SUPPORTED. COLOR/MONO 384K, DOS 2.1+ HARD DISK RECOMMENDED For more information on any or all products available, please contact the author at the address specified above. All prodcuts are distributed on standard DOS 360K 5 1/4 inch diskettes. 3 1/2 inch diskettes are also available on request. REMEMBER: This documentation file MUST accompany all copies of the game program ULTIMA21.EXE. Registration of shareware products from happy shareware users is the main incentive for shareware authors like myself to continue to create and support shareware products. Registration is on the honor system and I personally thank all honest shareware users for their registrations.
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