Who is the best poker player when cheating is allowed?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by marsh8472, Sep 28, 2017.

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Who is the best poker player when cheating is allowed?

  1. William T. Riker

    3 vote(s)
    13.6%
  2. Deanna Troi

    1 vote(s)
    4.5%
  3. Geordi La Forge

    5 vote(s)
    22.7%
  4. Worf

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Data

    9 vote(s)
    40.9%
  6. Other

    4 vote(s)
    18.2%
  1. Oddish

    Oddish Rear Admiral Commodore

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    Deanna's empathic abilities never work when she needs them to.
    If he is allowed to choose the deck beforehand, Geordi gets the nod. Seeing through the cards gives him absolute knowledge of every hand.
    If the deck is infrared-opaque, Data. While Geordi and Deanna's lie detection abilities might help, Data's deck-stacking will trump that proverbial ace.
     
  2. dupersuper

    dupersuper Commodore Commodore

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    Data only gets to deal 1 of however many players are playing hands; I'll still bet on the person who can see every one's cards every hand.

    No, he changed the rules...:cool:
     
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  3. Oddish

    Oddish Rear Admiral Commodore

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    Here's a thought. Data simply clobbers all the other players, then walks off with the chips. You never said how extreme the cheating could be, did you?
     
  4. at Quark's

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    Wouldn't it be fun if a scene had revealed that it's Picard that knows the dirtiest tricks, outconning everyone else?

    Come to think of it, would have made for a nice unexpected addon scene after the closing credits and the Paramount logo in All Good Things, the entire group minus Picard and Beverley leaving the poker room being robbed blind - Worf without sash, Geordi without visor, and so on, and Riker and Deanna quibbling about those extra duty shifts they had wagered and lost.
     
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  5. Finngle Bells

    Finngle Bells Bad Batch of TrekBBS Premium Member

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    Not with the approval of those who designed and conducted the test...
     
  6. dupersuper

    dupersuper Commodore Commodore

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    They gave him a commendation for original thinking.
     
  7. Finngle Bells

    Finngle Bells Bad Batch of TrekBBS Premium Member

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    Still technically cheating.
     
  8. Verteron

    Verteron Lux in tenebris lucet Premium Member

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    If the Computer was allowed to cheat, Holodeck Stephen Hawking would beat Data in their game we saw in Descent Pt 1

    After all, it's literally creating the cards out of thin air - Royal Flush every hand!
     
  9. at Quark's

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    It wouldn't even need to cheat so ostensibly. After all, it can also manipulate the cards a player gets (even if by only materialising the markings on them when the player chooses them at the last second).
     
  10. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    You can play poker on the holodeck with your own real deck. It doesn't have to be a holo... deck
     
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  11. JesterFace

    JesterFace Fleet Captain Commodore

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    :guffaw::guffaw::guffaw::guffaw::guffaw:
     
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  12. WarpTenLizard

    WarpTenLizard Captain Captain

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    Guinan...? ...duh?
     
  13. Frindis

    Frindis Ensign Newbie

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    Worf, because nobody would dare to call his cheat while he is showing his war face.