Pay attention to Eva in the second hand.
This page is about a fictional card game within a video game universe. You can usually beat them then if your pocket cards also make something. But you ALSO have that good pair, since it’s on the table. Each turn, everyone has a chance to bet or fold. (The tiebreaking card is known as a “Kicker.”)
Reckless players like Armando are harder to handle. One Pair of Queens plus a King beats One Pair of Queens plus a 4, because the King outranks the 4. No real-world money can be bet, lost or won. They’ll probably Fold rather than risk All In.
Also, if opponents only bet after a pair appears on the table, they may have NOTHING in their pocket. If you’ve also got an Ace, or you’ve got any other pair, you’ll probably beat them!
However, Sazh is taking a risk. The default bet is 10, 100, or 10000 depending on which level you chose.
Video Example: How to Read Another Player – That Same Video
Pay Attention to WHEN Opponents Bet or Fold
Often, reckless players will Fold following the “River” (fifth card) if they still have nothing.
Different kinds of players have quite different approaches, and you’ll be able to adjust your strategy and guess their hands once you’ve watched them for a few hands to figure out who’s what.
NOTE TO HUBPAGES MODERATORS…
By observing patterns in when opponents bet or fold, you can soon learn to guess what kind of hand they’re holding before you’ve committed too many coins to the pot.
When matching your Pocket Cards with cards on the table, you’re looking for the following combinations. (But be careful. Just raise 4X during pre-flop, bet for the Flop and Turn cards, then go All In. It’s part of a fictional story in which one of the characters (right) has to play games in a surreal pocket of the afterlife in order to “win” his son back and help them escape.
If you get to the last card on the table, you’ve got at least two pairs, and Mr. Two Pairs beat One Pair.
Serge the Wimp would have folded after the All In bet. Just be ready to use the Escape Hatch if it turns out that for once, they really did have a hand worth betting the farm for. In the second hand, the player risks raising the stakes to “All In.”
If hands match, then one looks at the Side Cards: those that didn’t figure in the combo. When they get so low on coins that All In for them is no worse than 4x the default bet, they may actually Call your bluff.)
Different players are more or less aggressive. A steady opponent would’ve betted with 3 of a Kind or better, so there’s a good chance they don’t have a great hand. Steady opponents will almost always Call raises and bets. The person with the best hand who hasn’t folded wins the pot — all the coins bet in that round.
Two Example Hands of Serendipity Poker – A Lose and an “All In” Win
From Weakest to Strongest
There are three levels of games: you start with 1000,10,000, or 100,000 coins (the “buy-in). Another strategy is to wait them out if the betting stays within your budget: they may bet at the Flop, but don’t be fooled, they could fold two cards later.
Analysis of Video Above
This means that if an opponent doesn’t bet Pre-Flop, and bets right after the dealer puts a card on the table, then their pocket cards are mismatched, and they just matched that table card somehow. So as soon as she bets, we can deduce she must have at least One Pair of 8s, 10s, or Queens.
Steady players do a little of this and a little of that. In the first one, the player rashly keeps calling even with no hand at all. They’ll often fold on the Turn (fourth) card if they don’t have anything yet, even if it would cost them no additional coins to Check.
Here’s that video I showed you above. They’ll usually Call your raise, then fold, chewing through all their coins very quickly. at least until someone says “All In,” then they fold like a cheap tent.
You’d think Reckless players would be easy to handle: wait until you’ve got 3 of a Kind or better, then go All In, and they’re liable to go All In and wipe out most or all of their coins (for some reason, All In doesn’t take ALL the coins, if there’s been a few turns of betting). (Tip: if it’s a low card, like a two, an aggressive opponent may be betting too highly on a lowly pair of cards and will be easy to beat).
Eva’s shown me before that she’s reckless, although not quite Armando-crazy. Then watch carefully to see whether they bet Pre-flop (which means they have One Pair in their pocket), or place their first bet after the Flop (which means a pocket card just matched something on the table). Now, back to Final Fantasy.
If two players both have the same kind of hand, then the player with the highest-ranking cards in the hand wins (a pair of Kings beats a pair of Queens, for example.)
Poker Hands in Serendipity
Gameplay Basics – For total newbies
I like to chip away at these players with a bet each turn, once I see that my hand will make at least something. They’ll Fold during Pre-flop if they’ve got low, mismatched cards, and they Fold after the Flop if they still don’t have anything They’ll Check with One Pair. I’ve divided them into Wimps (fold Pre-Flop or Flop if they haven’t gotten at least a pair), Reckless (will bet or call even if they have NOTHING), and Steady (in between these two extremes).
The following video shows two hands. For example, if there’s two Kings on the board, any but the wimpiest player will bet on the premise that they have a good pair. Compare their likely hands to what you’ve got, and bet or check accordingly.
If it’s an absolute tie — even the Kicker cards are the same numbers — then the pot is split.
In Serendipity Poker, you try to build the best hand you can from the two cards in your hand (“pocket cards”) and the five cards the dealer places on the table. (This is typical of a Reckless player.)
Let’s look at an example, the video I showed above. Here, she doesn’t Bet until the Flop, so her pocket cards are NOT a pair (or she would have raised the bet during Pre-Flop).
Wimps are easy to handle. Whereas Eva responded with “All In,” recklessly assuming that her One Pair would beat Sazh’s hand no matter what he had. Steady has been going check, check, check or call, call, call to your bets, try All In. Pay attention to when Eva bets in the second hand:
Since she didn’t bet until the Flop, that means she must have matched one of the Flop cards with a pocket card. I think the same-named player always acts the same way, but I haven’t played enough times to be sure. On the other hand, if you are a newbie, please see the bottom of this page for Gameplay Basics, including a free printable poker hands chart!. These are listed from weakest to strongest, so hands further down the list will beat those above it.
This is why Sazh’s “All In” wager isn’t entirely crazy: his One Pair of Kings could beat any One Pair of Eva’s.
Wimps like Serge are the easiest to spot and deal with. I’ve seen him bet on the Flop even with nothing in his hand. It’s possible that when Eva bet after the Flop, she had gotten two pairs, matching each of her pocket cards. They’ll Bet or Raise only if they have something especially good, like a Full House. Yet, if they’ve got at least One Pair, they’ll go with the flow and Call after someone else Bets or Raises… Reckless players will bet the instant they get One Pair, and if there’s another reckless player next to them, they’ll escalate a betting war even if one of the two of them has nothing at all! You should fold and let them take each other out.
Intermediate Tips: Reading Opponents’ Moves
Here’s the order of gameplay.
For ranking purposes, Ace is the highest/strongest card.
The most important point to remember is that opponents treat cards on the table and in their pocket the same way, never taking into account the kicker.
One Pair [Two cards of the same number]
Two Pair [One Pair plus another One Pair]
Three of a Kind [Three cards of the same number]
Straight [Five cards of consecutive numbers; suits need not match.]
Flush [Five cards of the same suit]
Full House [One Pair plus one Three of a Kind]
Four of a Kind[Four cards of the same number]
Straight Flush [Five consecutive numbers, all the same suit]
Royal Flush [10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all the same suit]
I’m assuming most gamers have come to this page AFTER you’ve played Serendipity Poker enough to know the flow of the game: you’re just looking for winning strategies