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 ☹