Why is the Stackpot™ concept a better scoring system?
Certain games that you play in rounds have a zero-sum scoring system, ie a system where you can get negative points and positive points, and the sum of all points is always 0. An example of such a game is French Tarot. For these games, all you have to do to turn it into a betting game is to determine how much money a point is worth. The scoring system of classic Oh Hell is of a different nature; the scores just keep increasing.
The Stackpot™ design turns Oh Hell scoring into a zero-sum system, while also adding another score holder – the table pot. The pot adds an element of fun that makes the game more variable, and enables gigantic wins and more strategic thinking.
When looking at traditional Oh Hell, there are also a few issues with the standard scoring system. The system dictates that if you succeed to take the amount of tricks that you bid, you get a score of your bid plus 10. Bidding 0 and not taking any tricks is significantly much easier than bidding and taking multiple tricks, due to avoiding the risk of having to give away a trick after you took one. But the score you get is very similar (10), which makes it better to just bid 0 all the time.
There are multiple different scoring variants that try to tackle the zero-bidding (and other problems), for instance one where a successful zero-bid only gives 5 points instead of 10, another where you will always get a bonus of 5 points, regardless of your bid. While these rules definitely will reduce the value of zero-bidding, it doesn’t give an entirely fair balance of all the different bids.
Wikipedia lists 32 different scoring systems. This proves that it has been very difficult to find a fair and balanced standard scoring system for the game.
With the Stackpot™ system, if you bid 0, you will only win your ante back. It’s a solution for when you get a really bad hand, but you cannot abuse zero-bidding to gain scores (or win money). The Stackpot™ system encourages taking risks and bidding higher when the table pot is big, because the reward per trick increases if the table pot is big.
The classic scoring system also makes it very hard to come back from being behind. If you have busted 3 or 4 times more than your opponent after half the game, you basically already know you will lose. The Stackpot™ concept allows you to take a risk and get a high reward when the table pot is high, which can immediately put you in the lead.
Another big advantage is that it enables play without having to participate for 20+ rounds. Sometimes, you may only have time to play 5-10 rounds, and the Stackpot™ cash tables enables this play, and encourages you to play until next Pot Wipe.
This concludes some advantages with the monetary Stackpot™ system that not only enables gambling, but also makes the game more fun!