In an earlier post I mentioned “Spider Solitaire Cube”, a version of Spider where players can compete for real money by playing against each other. There were a number of negative reviews claiming the game is rigged in various ways. Not surprisingly I was wondering if I can prove the deals are rigged using the Ninja Monkey’s random move algorithm.
One problem is that I had to set up an account just to test the theory. So I came up with a great idea: Spider Solitaire Cube has “practice mode” as well as “real mode”, so instead of trying to prove the deals in real mode were significantly harder than random then maybe I could prove the deals in practice mode were significantly easier than random. This idea might seem surprising at first, but if you can learn to think like an Awesome Person this can hopefully become second-nature. With practice mode I avoid the inconvenience of setting up a PayPal account just for the sake of doing “research” that is not going to advance my actual work career in any way.
Unfortunately there is a more serious problem: games are played with a 5 minute time limit. Thus if I cannot beat a difficult hand within that time period then it is impossible to work out the starting layout, and hence impossible to give the correct input to Monkey’s random move algorithm – hence the whole experiment becomes impossible.
So unless I can take my lateral thinking to the Next Level Of Awesome, it seems I have to reluctantly delete the Spider Solitaire Cube app after downloading it like half an hour ago ☹