Like many card games that start with a randomized deal, there is a great deal of luck involved. Even a master such as myself cannot expect to win every hand as sometimes I simply won’t have the cards. Much of the skill in this game comes from making the most of the cards you are dealt.
This generally means maximizing the numbers of points you can gain on any given hand. Of course this starts with ensuring you are able to go out, but a key way to increase your points is to correctly place a Wodka or even a Grand Wodka.
Getting dealt all the aces plus an additional bomb is a great stroke of luck, but if all you do is secure a single point for going out, it is a missed opportunity as you likely could have gotten more points with a Wodka. In this article we’ll be looking at the Wodka Effectiveness Evaluation Score (WEES) for each of the players who have played more than 100 games in order to identify any patterns that may indicate point being left on the table or other bad habits.
The WEES is calculated from the number of Wodkas and Grand Wodkas placed per game played, along with the average success rate. It is the average number of additional points per game that player secures by succeeding Wodkas and Grand Wodkas.
For example, with my current stats:
|Wodka Success Rate||66.8224|
|Wodkas per Game||0.8492063492|
|Wodkas Succeeded per Game||0.5674600635|
|Wodkas Failed per Game||0.2817462857|
|Net points from Wodkas per Game||0.5714275556|
|Grand Wodkas Placed||74|
|Grand Wodka Success Rate||54|
|Grand Wodkas Per Game||0.2936507937|
|Grand Wodkas Succeeded Per Game||0.1585714286|
|Grand Wodkas Failed Per Game||0.1350793651|
|Net Points from Grand Wodkas per Grame||0.09396825397|
|Combined Net Points (WEES)||0.6653958095|
This is probably as close to optimal as realistically possible. I have a positive success rate with both regular and grand Wodkas, and a relatively high number of Grand Wodkas placed per game. This clearly means I am excellent at evaluating when a hand is sufficiently strong to place a Grand Wodka. I don’t have the highest success rate or frequency for either regular or Grand Wodkas, but all four stats are consistently good across the board resulting in the highest WEES by a significant margin.
|Wodka Success Rate||62.0482|
|Wodkas per Game||0.7757009346|
|Wodkas Succeeded per Game||0.4813084673|
|Wodkas Failed per Game||0.2943924673|
|Net points from Wodkas per Game||0.373832|
|Grand Wodkas Placed||27|
|Grand Wodka Success Rate||55.5556|
|Grand Wodkas Per Game||0.1261682243|
|Grand Wodkas Succeeded Per Game||0.07009351402|
|Grand Wodkas Failed Per Game||0.05607471028|
|Net Points from Grand Wodkas per Grame||0.05607521495|
|Combined Net Points (WEES)||0.429907215|
Sunil actually has a higher Grand Wodka success rate than I do. However when we look at the Grand Wodkas per game it’s at only half the rate at which I place them. From this we can learn that although Sunil does a good job of only placing winning Grand Wodkas, he is likely too conservative in doing so and is only placing a Grand Wodka with an overwhelmingly strong hand. Therefore he is missing out on points he could be getting with slightly lesser hand. This would likely reduce his Grand Wodka success rate slightly, but the average points per game could be increased.
|Wodka Success Rate||62.7586|
|Wodkas per Game||0.9863945578|
|Wodkas Succeeded per Game||0.619047415|
|Wodkas Failed per Game||0.3673471429|
|Net points from Wodkas per Game||0.5034005442|
|Grand Wodkas Placed||46|
|Grand Wodka Success Rate||45.6522|
|Grand Wodkas Per Game||0.3129251701|
|Grand Wodkas Succeeded Per Game||0.1428572245|
|Grand Wodkas Failed Per Game||0.1700679456|
|Net Points from Grand Wodkas per Grame||-0.1088428844|
|Combined Net Points (WEES)||0.3945576599|
Pawntoe4 has the highest number of Wodkas per game with nearly one and also a relatively high number of Grand Wodkas per game. Unfortunately in both cases the success rates are a little bit low meaning that this player is likely placing Wodkas with hands which are slightly too weak. I’m not sure if this player has a system for determining when it is acceptable to Wodka but if so, perhaps it should be re-evaluated.
|Wodka Success Rate||73.0769|
|Wodkas per Game||0.6964285714|
|Wodkas Succeeded per Game||0.5089284107|
|Wodkas Failed per Game||0.1875001607|
|Net points from Wodkas per Game||0.6428565|
|Grand Wodkas Placed||14|
|Grand Wodka Success Rate||12.8571|
|Grand Wodkas Per Game||0.125|
|Grand Wodkas Succeeded Per Game||0.016071375|
|Grand Wodkas Failed Per Game||0.108928625|
|Net Points from Grand Wodkas per Gaame||-0.371429|
|Combined Net Points (WEES)||0.2714275|
Kobbo has the highest success rate for regular Wodkas as well as the highest net points from Wodkas per game. She does also have a very low number of Grand Wodkas per game which suggests that strong hands which could have been a successful Grand Wodka are instead being left to be completed as a regular Wodka, resulting in a smaller number of points gained.
|Wodka Success Rate||65.0485|
|Wodkas per Game||0.8306451613|
|Wodkas Succeeded per Game||0.5403222177|
|Wodkas Failed per Game||0.2903229435|
|Net points from Wodkas per Game||0.4999985484|
|Grand Wodkas Placed||40|
|Grand Wodka Success Rate||40|
|Grand Wodkas Per Game||0.3225806452|
|Grand Wodkas Succeeded Per Game||0.1290322581|
|Grand Wodkas Failed Per Game||0.1935483871|
|Net Points from Grand Wodkas per Grame||-0.2580645161|
|Combined Net Points (WEES)||0.2419340323|
As the founder of the “Never Wodka Club” you would expect Almouse to have a low number of Wodkas per game but strangely thgis is not the case. His stats for regular Wodkas are actually very similar to my own so I have no criticisms there. However he does have a rather disastrous success rate with Grand Wodkas so perhaps he should instead be joining the “Never Grand Wodka Club”.
|Wodka Success Rate||60.6557|
|Wodkas per Game||0.5865384615|
|Wodkas Succeeded per Game||0.3557690096|
|Wodkas Failed per Game||0.2307694519|
|Net points from Wodkas per Game||0.2499991154|
|Grand Wodkas Placed||163|
|Grand Wodka Success Rate||46.6258|
|Grand Wodkas Per Game||0.7836538462|
|Grand Wodkas Succeeded Per Game||0.365384875|
|Grand Wodkas Failed Per Game||0.4182689712|
|Net Points from Grand Wodkas per Grame||-0.2115363846|
|Combined Net Points (WEES)||0.03846273077|
Tann has an unusual approach to this game which is to apparently Grand Wodka any time the initial eight cards look remotely promising. This has resulted in a Grand Wodkas per game double that of any other player but unfortunately this hasn’t translated into success with a very negative net points from Grand Wodkas per game. Because Tann places such a high proportion of Grand Wodkas that means far fewer hands can be a regular Wodka resulting in a low number of Wodkas per game. Even those have the lowest success rate of all the players analysed here so perhaps Tann simply likes the look of red circles.
In summary, there is a delicate balance when choosing to place a Wodka or a Grand Wodka and these stats clearly show that despite what may sometimes be shown on the unofficial rankings or by merely looking at Wodka success rates, I am undoubtedly the best at striking that balance.