in particular the penalty for having multiple decks
in play.' A single-deck games with poor rules is almost
always better for the basic strategy player than a
multi-deck games with liberal rules. Example:
Single-deck, double on 10/11 only: -0.25
Eight-deck, double on any two, surrender: -0.40
At websites that offer games with different numbers
of decks, you should almost always play single-deck.
Six- or eight-deck games that do not allow doubling
any two cards after splits are criminal
If the stated action is invalid, such as when a player
says "check" when there is a bet to him,
the statement is not binding.
- If the player states an intention out of turn, he
remains obligated to take that action unless the amount
of the bet that comes to him is changed by a bet or
raise from an earlier player.
- If a player says "I call you," then it's
a call-regardless of whether he blathers on about
raising. He only gets to choose one action at a time,
and when he says "call," he has made his
choice. Casino players love to clobber new bies with
- One perennial dispute is over the question of what
constitutes a verbal declaration to fold. Only utterances
that declare an action (e.g., "fold," "muck,"
"pass"), surrender the pot (e.g., "it's
yours") or direct an opponent to take the pot
(e.g., "take it") suffice as folds. A player
who says something like "you win" or "you
beat me" is not necessarily announcing that he
is folding; he is just as often trying to save face
before he calls and loses.