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Is there skill in rolling a spinner?

A spinner will move along one of two paths every time you spin it (clockwise or anti-clockwise). There is no variation in the spin which could occur with dice, such as bounce, roll, etc. It's always ...
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Are there strategies to counter politics, as defined by Richard Garfield?

In Magic there are several ways a powerful player can overcome politics, in large part because a player can choose their deck. This makes most sense to analyze in the case of repeat play among a ...
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Memorizing the cards dealt in the game

I am not familiar with gin rummy but one method used by memory experts to remember a whole deck of 52 cards is to create yourself a memory palace with at least 18 rooms. You have to do this once and ...
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Is there a quantification of how much skill a game requires?

I can think of two mathematical measures that might be useful, both based around Elo ratings. Is the correct Elo distribution function. Let's suppose Player B beats Player A 64% of the time, and ...
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Are there strategies to counter politics, as defined by Richard Garfield?

I'll focus on the explicit definition of politics in that quotation: When players can target other players in an arbitrary way that differentially affects their game states, we refer to this as ...
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Memorizing the cards dealt in the game

Aldinjo's answer is the best practice if you can find in you the mental power to build that great palace. If for some reason you don't feel you can build the palace, here is an easy walkaround: write....
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Are there strategies to counter politics, as defined by Richard Garfield?

Diplomacy, I'm told, is the ultimate game of politics that isn't the Great Game (which I don't think is on-topic here). Even "politicsless" (can't talk to other players) variants, the goal ...
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Is there a quantification of how much skill a game requires?

Compare the Expected value to the Standard Deviation. The higher the luck factor in the game, the higher S.D(X) - E(X). For example, lets look at a game of Poker with high and low amount of luck: ...
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In 2 player, 10 card Gin, figuring out opponents cards

In Gin, you do get some hard information on what is in your opponent's hand and constantly need to add some intelligent guesses on what is probably the opponent's hand. Hard information: A pickup ...
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