is a corollary to playing discipline, and that is
paying attention to trends. I want to stress the importance
of acknowledging the existence of trends in any games,
in spite of some who discount the use of trends because
of the difficulty of recognizing their exact form,
and starting and ending times. I say, So what if they
aren't exact! We can still use trends, even in their
imperfect form, to our advantage.
No gaming method
or system is precise enough to guarantee a win, but
each gambling games is a statistical entity. And I've
taken enough statistics and probabilities classes
to know that any random statistical entity is subject
to positive trends and to negative trends, or to positive
groupings and to negative groupings.
The most pristine
statistician who argues that each event is totally
independent (and he's right) must surely recognize
the existence of trends, and we real players know
doggone well they exist. Paying attention to trends
works. In the simplest terms:
Stop Playing When You Are In an Extended Losing Trend
Your loss limit or quit point as part of your basic
plan will tell you when that particular session or
dealer or machine is working in a losing trend. That's
the time to take a break or do something else, but
don't chase a losing trend. Remember, the word "due"
should not exist in the gambler's vocabulary.
discipline can be a real high in gambling. Think how
good you feel by closing down your money clip, picking
up your chips, cashing out, taking a break, then experiencing
the exhilaration when you get back in a new games,
a new machine, or a new casino. Try it ...you'll like
I have found
that personal trends are every bit as important as
machine or dealer trends. There are times when any
games or any machine will produce a winner, but there
are also times when no games or machine will win for
you. Recognize a personal negative trend, and quit
playing for a while. Recharge, and start again. If
still negative, take a longer break, but don't chase
a losing trend.
Winning is fun! Losing is not fun. Study the games
you are going to play, set up your games plan, discipline
your play, pay attention to trends, and you, too,
can be a happy person getting on that plane at McCarren!
amount of chips that a player releases into the pot-defined
as chips that are tossed forward or left forward after
being moved from a player's stack-is binding, with
the following caveats:
- When there is no current bet, a player who moves
chips forward and entices a subsequent player to act
is obligated to open.
- When there is a current bet:
1. Release of an amount that is short
of a call by half a fixed bet amount or more is not
binding. This rule is intended to protect a player
who was planning to call a bet but was unaware of
2. Release of an amount within half
a fixed bet amount of the current bet is enforced
as a call.
3. Release of an amount
that exceeds the current bet by more than half a fixed
amount is enforced as a raise.