is a very expensive commodity these days; if you disagree,
just go out and try to borrow some. Money on loan
or credit commands high interest. If you don't pay
the balance on your credit card within the designated
monthly period, you'll find yourself paying one and
one-half percent interest per month, or eighteen percent
a year. That's a big bite. If you go for a new mortgage
on your home, the interest you'll be paying will be
at least 10 percent and in some states, much more;
in addition, you'll find that there are added charges,
such as lawyer's fees, origination fees, appraisal
fees, and so forth that will in reality drive that
figure even higher.
There's no doubt about it. Money is not only expensive
but difficult to obtain. Banks want collateral for
their loans, private lenders want exorbitant interest,
and both are reluctant to give °4Oney for abstract
reasons. They want definite proof about where that
money is going.
In many ways, as we have pointed out, the casino is
like a bank, and the credit it extends is like a bank's
credit. A must show that he or she is qualified for
that loan; how', unlike a bank, the only purpose for
which that cash is on credit by a casino is for gambling
reason for the harsher treatment for intentionally
exposed hands is that they deliberately taint the
fairness of the game. They can also be a component
of cheating. Showing your cards to another player
is usually poor form, but if manners fail, there are
a handful of important rules that are designed to
prevent players from sharing information with each
other that isn't available to everyone else during
fair play. The basic principle is called "show
one, show all:" if a player shows his cards to
another, even if that player has already folded or
the hand is over, he must show them to everyone upon
If the recipient of the hand exposure has live cards,
all players must be shown the tipped hand immediately.
This prevents one player in the pot from having more
information than his opponents about what cards are
out of the deck.
• If the player who saw the extra cards is out
of the hand, either because he folded or because the
hand is over, all players are entitled to see those
cards after the hand is complete. This prevents one
player from being privy to more information than the
rest about how one of his opponents plays the game.
• For similar reasons, players cannot whisper
or otherwise secretly communicate with each other
while either one is in a hand. This is why casinos
often enforce the rule that English is the only permissible
language at the table; to allow any other language
would be the equivalent of allowing covert communication.
• An obvious corollary to these rules is called
"one player to a hand." It means that players
cannot give each other advice on how to play, hands,
even if the advising player has already folded.