When we meet Clancy again, he’s not starring in a puzzle so much as the worst casino game ever.
Clancy and his burlap sack-headed opponent are playing Lucas’ version of blackjack — the goal is to get your cards as close to 21 as you can without going over. There’s a twist, though, in that Lucas’ cards deck only has 11 cards that run from 1-11 with no repeats. This gives you a lot of advantages when playing.
There’s no trick here, you’re just playing the game. To improve your chances, keep a few things in mind.
- Make sure to consider all of the cards on the table — you can see them all except for one — which means you can guess what’s left in the deck.
- Try not to take any unnecessary risks early on, but play to win.
- Always assume that your opponent has the best hand possible. For example, if he’s showing an 8, assume that the card underneath is an 11 and hit or stay accordingly.
- Pay attention to when your opponent stays and then hits in a later round. This means they were already over 10, but you got closer to 21 than they’re comfortable with. You can usually guess when they’ve gone over 21 and you’re safe.
When the first round is over, Lucas, of course, doesn’t release you and instead raises the stakes and introduces trump cards. Trump cards let you manipulate the rules of the game — with cards that do things like return your or your opponent’s last card to the pile, immediately draws a specific card or doubles your opponent’s bet.
- The same rules apply and you should play the same way.
- Use your trump cards smartly — you don’t have to horde them, but you shouldn’t waste them either.
- Cards that draw a specific number can be useful even if you don’t get the card. If you play the trump card that draws the 6 and nothing happens, you know what your opponent’s face-down card is.
- If you get a love your enemy trump card, save it. Don’t use it. It’ll be temping, but you’re going to need it later. Try to play around it.
The third round introduces Mr. Saw and this DLC’s only required step. You’re going to need a love your enemy trump card for the last hand of this round. That’s the only way you’re going to win. If you don’t have it at the beginning of this round, don’t worry — there’s a chance you can draw it over the course of the round.
Just keep playing to win. When you get your opponent down to a point where he might lose, he’ll throw out a couple trump cards that will make it impossible for you to win — perfect draw and desperation. The deck has been stacked against you, giving you a 1 and 2 in your hand and your opponent has a 21. You can’t draw any more cards and, even if you have the remove trump cards, your opponent still has a better hand than you do.
The only way to win is to play that love your enemy card. It will draw the "best" card from the deck for Hoffman — no matter what card gets drawn, he’ll be over 21 and you’ll win the game.
You unlock a new game mode when you defeat Hoffman the first time — Survival. You’re back to betting fingers and your job is to defeat five Hoffmans without losing all of your fingers.
Once you beat Survival mode once, you’ll unlock Survival+ — it’s like Survival mode, but you’re betting with electricity and you have to defeat 10 opponents. Trump cards can be used throughout both of these modes. Winning while meeting certain conditions will unlock additional trump cards.
There’s no strategy here, but make sure to spend those trump cards that increase your opponent’s bet when you’re sure you’re going to win — getting through the opponents fast is key to keeping all (most) of your fingers and keeping yourself alive.