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When to Leave the Table

How do you know when it's time to leave a table? There are three criteria to use:

Depart on a game Breakdown. In online blackjack games, if you find yourself playing into a strong dealer bias and losing most of your hands, it's time to leave. Don't wait for things to turn. Strong dealer biases can last for hours. Get away quickly.

In craps, if you're having trouble in executing your controlled throw and suffering too many quick seven outs, it's time to leave. If you're playing for fun, remember Huey Mahl's words of wisdom: "We are exposed to the vagaries of dice for very short periods in the overall scheme of things." Anything can happen in the short term. The table may be in a losing trend and this losing trend could continue even though, in the long run, things will even out to the small house edge. If you don't believe that craps tables exhibit trends, observe several games in your next session. You'll see hot tables, cold tables, and choppy tables.

In roulette, if the power sectors are not sustaining and you are not hitting early on, call it off and move on to another games or take a break.

Depart on a Stop-Loss. Part of this decision process is establishing a stop-loss, a point previously established where you decide to quit gambling after losing a certain amount of money. How many betting units will you lose before you quit playing and depart? We've discussed stop-loss considerations with each betting tactic described in this website. You need to review them and adopt the ones that fit the level of risk you are prepared to take.

Depart on a Stop-Win. "This is a concept foreign to many gamblers, but very important nonetheless. A stop-win is the opposite of a stop-loss. A stop-win can occur in one of two ways: (1) You have
set a win goal for this session and accomplished that goal; (2) you're in a hot games and have experienced a nice win.

After the Initial Deal: Stud Games
- Premature cards: Any open cards dealt before the betting for the current round is complete are immediately reshuffled back into the deck, and the player receives a new card after betting completes properly. A player cannot accept a prematurely dealt card.
- A seventh street hole card that is accidentally exposed during the deal may not be accepted by the player. The deal completes normally and the player receives a replacement hole card from the top of the deck.
- If there are an insufficient number of cards in the deck to completely deal seventh street to each individual player, then a single community card is dealt face-up instead.
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