Do most computer games cheat at cards and trick taking games? By that I mean to ask if the techniques they use when increasing the difficulty would be illegal for a human opponent in a similar position?
I have not studied the algorithms used at all but am wondering if computer opponents could be seen to be unfairly stacking the decks, so to speak, in their favour. Especially when setting the level above beginner?
Most card games can be played better if the player can remember cards or card combinations that have been played before, however it is illegal to walk into a casino with any sort of card counting software that will give you an advantage.
The human memory is fallible, while the pc can keep a perfect record of which cards have been played, and the odds of being beaten.
Now to quote one web site that gives techniques for programming a computer to play Skat,
“One unique aspect of Skat is that no communication is allowed between players. This means no one knows what cards the other players have on their hands. However, knowing how the cards are probabilistically distributed is crucial to winning the game. There are some complex card-counting and non-verbal communication strategies that we expect the computer to learn by analyzing human playing patterns.”