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To Play or Not to Play

You must be in the proper physical and mental frame of mind before yon play. Are you tired? Emotionally upset? If you are, you should seriously consider not playing at this time because your risk of losing is high. The casinos will always be there-go when your energy level is normal or high and you are mentally ready to exercise the discipline to win. Tired or emotionally upset gamblers risk losing their discipline to stick with a plan of action. If this happens, you are usually beaten before you start.

Missed Blinds and Antes
- The rule is that a player who steps away from a game is obligated to pay the first dealer ante or blinds that come to his position, regardless of whether the game changes or not. Use the dead button procedure and take the required ante or blinds from the player's stack, even though he is not present. (If the player will be absent for only a short period, deal cards to his position. That way; he can play those cards if he comes back in time.)

- After this payment has been made, the player owes nothing more to the table: he is dealt out, and the button, blinds, and ante skip his position on subsequent rounds. (Note that this is not the rule in tournaments, where absent players are required to post all blinds and antes that are owed by their position.)

- When the player returns to the game, he receives cards immediately-no matter what the current game is-because he has already paid for them. The only exception is that in blind games, the returning player can't come into the small blind or dealer position and must wait for the button to pass.
New players entering the game don't have to post blinds or a make-up ante to receive cards, but as with a returning player in games with blinds, they cannot enter the game in the small blind or dealer positions.
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