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Money 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 purposes.

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Mishandled Hands and Cards After the Deal
The 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 request.
• 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.
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