Jul 21

How Do You Recover After a Loss at the French Open? Play Blackjack of Course!

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Last month, up-and-coming tennis player Ernests Gulbis made it to the semifinals of the French Open before being knocked out of the tournament. What better place to recover than the Blackjack table? Well, maybe not. Gulbis went to a Latvian casino after his loss and burned through all of his winnings playing Blackjack. As he told Gazzatta dello Sport, “After losing to Djokovic, I returned to Latvia with my cousin and went to the casino: I bet all prize money won in Paris and I lost it. I like Blackjack, but I lost. I lost a lot.” In case you’re wondering how much prize money there was to lose, it was a staggering $557,000! We bet he didn’t practice on the MobilityWare Blackjack app first!

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Jul 18

Best Moments from Las Vegas 2014

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In our case, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. We want to share with you some of the highlights from our Vegas trip! Despite the 100+ degree weather, and the occasional bad hand in Blackjack, we had a great time.

Making games isn’t the only thing we’re good at. Turns out, some of us are also pretty great bowlers—someone even scored a 170!

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We also made time for a little golf

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And of course no Vegas trip would be complete without indulging at one of the all-you-can-eat buffets

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Between bites, in true Vegas style, we held a raffle. Lady Luck was definitely on the side of some—people won computers, iPads, and other fabulous prizes

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We even had a couple of birthdays to celebrate—both of our co-founders Dave and John turned 60!

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Jul 11

Viva Las Vegas!

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“Las Vegas Sign Keychains” by Steven Depolo on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

The MobilityWare team is on the go. We’re all heading to Las Vegas this weekend for our annual company-wide trip. There’s sure to be some Blackjack (call it research for our app!), bowling, buffets, and all-around good times. If you want to join us next year, check out our Careers page (Learn More) and learn how you can become part of our team!

We’ll be back on Wednesday, so stay tuned to hear all about our big Vegas adventure.

Happy Friday!

 

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Jul 9

Card Counting—Fact or Fiction (Part 2)

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In our previous blog post, we quizzed your card counting knowledge to see if you could detect myth from reality when it comes to counting cards in Blackjack. Let’s see how you did.

  1. Card counting is illegal.

FALSE. Casinos frown upon it. You may be asked to leave if you draw too much attention to yourself. But no, the SWAT team isn’t going to come after you and no one is going to lock you up and throw away the key. That’s because as much as casinos may hate card counting, it is not illegal.

  1. You have to be a super genius to learn to count cards.

FALSE. Sure, in movies like “21”, it’s always the math whiz that shines at card counting at the Blackjack table. In real life, you don’t have to be gifted to count cards. There are some complicated card counting strategies, but there are also some fairly simple ones. So, as long as you can add and subtract in your head, card counting is not such an impossible skill.

  1. Card counting cannot predict the next card to be dealt.

TRUE. Just because you’re counting cards does not mean that you can know what card will come up next. To do that, you would have to be psychic. Card counting isn’t about predicting, it’s all about probabilities.

  1. If you learn to count cards, you’ll win every time.

FALSE. Don’t we wish! Unfortunately, just because you’ve gotten the hang of card counting doesn’t mean you should go putting a down payment on your mansion quite yet. Card counting does slightly improve your chances of winning (giving you about a 0.5%-1.5% edge), but don’t count on winning every time.

  1. MobilityWare’s Blackjack app has some tools to help you learn card counting.

TRUE. That’s right. Our Blackjack game can help you perfect the art of card counting with two different card counting systems, Hi-Lo and Knock-Out (K-O). You can choose which system you want to try under the “Settings” menu.

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Jul 7

Card Counting—Fact or Fiction (Part 1)

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Counting cards in Blackjack is a much discussed, much maligned (or much glorified, depending on whom you ask), practice. But how much do you really know about card counting? Can you tell fact from fiction? Test your knowledge with our quiz below. Which of these five statements are true and which are false?

1)      Card counting is illegal.

2)      You have to be a super genius to learn to count cards.

3)      Card counting cannot predict the next card to be dealt.

4)      If you learn to count cards, you’ll win every time.

5)      MobilityWare’s Blackjack app has some tools to help you learn card counting.

So how’d you do? Stay tuned for our next blog post where we reveal the answers.

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Jul 2

Draw One versus Draw Three Solitaire: Where do you stand?

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“Goats Head to Head” by Daniel Schwen is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 (license)  

The battle line has been drawn.  Solitaire fans stand divided. There are some who prefer the classic, 1-card draw Solitaire, where only one card is flipped at a time. This is actually the default setting in our Solitaire app. It’s more straightforward, and definitely easier. Fans of the 3-card draw option would say it’s too easy. The challenge of three cards being drawn from the deck can be very appealing (although some would say frustrating as it is much harder to win). If you haven’t tried the 3-card draw alternative, go to the “Settings”, turn on the Draw 3 mode, and give it a try.

So where do you stand?

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Jun 30

Solving the Mystery of How to Beat Solitaire

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A couple of weeks ago we blogged about the addicting qualities of our Solitaire app, straight from the mouths of some of our fans.  But what makes Solitaire so darn addicting in the first place? Maybe it’s that constant quest to win, to beat the odds and to see that dazzling display of cards bouncing around your screen upon your glorious victory. That may be easier said than done though. As anyone who has ever played Solitaire will tell you, beating the game isn’t as simple as it might seem.

But certainly beating Solitaire can’t be too hard for science to figure out. Wrong! Fancy-pants mathematicians will tell you that it’s one of the “embarrassments of applied mathematics” that very little is actually understood about the standard Klondike Solitaire. Even something as simple as just figuring out the odds of winning is elusive since mathematicians are unable to get a handle on how many winning hands are even possible. They guesstimate it’s between 80%-90% (http://bit.ly/1qKmP7q), but how many of us are really only losing 10% of the time?!)

You’d think that considering science has already cracked way more difficult games like Monopoly, understanding Solitaire would be a walk in the park. That’s really not the case though, as beating Solitaire continues to be a source of mystery for scientists, mathematicians, and average Joes alike.  But maybe that’s a good thing. If we knew how to beat Solitaire, maybe it wouldn’t be so addicting anymore, and what would be the fun in that!

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Jun 27

Meet Medha, Our New Marketing Intern

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Medha is our newest team member here at MobilityWare. Let’s learn a little more about her!

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Background

I grew up in Cupertino, CA but came down to Southern California to study at UC Irvine (the weather down here is better too!). I’m majoring in Business Administration and have a double minor in anthropology and psychology/social behavior (yes, that’s a mouthful!). In my free time, I love mobile games and biking, but not at the same time of course.

When did you first get interested in gaming?

I really only got into gaming when I got my first iPhone my first year of college. I never really played video games as a kid, but once I started playing on my phone I was hooked.

Why did you decide to come work for MobilityWare?

It seemed like such a unique and interesting job position when I first heard about it, and when I got to meet people from the company at a career fair, I was even more excited. How cool is it to work in mobile games?!

What is your favorite game of all time?

Bejeweled. It was the first game I ever played on my phone, and it got me addicted from there.

If you could be a character in a game, who would you be?

Kim Possible, from the online Kim Possible game. She does all this action and running around. It’s awesome!

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Jun 25

Solitaire, Vegas-style

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Even many long-time fans of Solitaire may not know about an alternative way of playing the game. Under the Vegas scoring system, you “pay” $52 to play (so you’re starting with a score of -52). For every card you play into the foundations (piles), you earn $5. You can only go through the deck once if you’re playing Draw One (three times if you’re playing Draw Three), but you don’t have to complete the game with all 52 cards in the foundations to win. If you get at least 11 cards in the foundations ($55), you come out on top. If you do clear all of the cards, that’s like hitting the jackpot.

There’s also the option of doing “Vegas Cumulative” scoring in our app. In this style of gameplay, winnings and losses carry over from game to game, letting you keep track of your long term winnings or losses.

Both game modes can be found under “Settings” if you want to give it a try. Let us know what you think!

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Jun 23

Meet Brian, Our New Mobile Game Development Intern

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Brian is the latest addition to our MobilityWare team. Let’s learn a little more about him!

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Background

I was born and raised in Irvine, CA, and am getting my B.S. in computer science from UC Irvine. Other than games (duh!), I’m really into photography these days.  

When did you first get interested in gaming?

I first got interested in computers when I was in elementary school, but I always knew that I wanted to build games. I began to get more serious about it in high school, and of course I went on to major in computer science when I got to college.

Why did you decide to come work for MobilityWare?

I met a couple of people from MobilityWare at a career fair and the more I learned about the company, the more interested I became. It seemed like a really exciting opportunity, and when I came in to interview, I saw how friendly all the people here were and what a cool place this is to work. 

What is your favorite game of all time?

Half Life 2. It got me deeper into other games, and it really defined my high school years.

If you could be a character in a game, who would you be?

Gordon Freeman, from Half Life 2. He’s a scientist/one-man army—can’t beat that!

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