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Despite the breadth of the IGC blacklist, there are some difficulties in using it against premium poachers. If the player manages to get the bonus at all, then the house is probably not hip to what happened. If the bonus hustler does it right, no single e-casino account will reveal the practice. If the IGC chose to begin collecting names of suspected bonus players, they would be faced with a difficult problem of interpretation. Chargebacks are easy; it either happened or it did not. With bonuses, however, it is difficult to be sure, because regular gamblers often show less action than a skilled matchplayer. There is also great variation in what e-casinos will tolerate. Names tagged as deadbeats by one house would still be on the "A" list at another.
Shared databases also can give rise to competitive abuse - a web casino owner once joked to me that the way to hold on to high rollers (the biggest marketing challenge of the industry), is to tell all the other e-casinos they are deadbeats. At least she laughed like it was a joke.

Ragged as the process may be, getting blacklisted for playing the bonuses is still a distinct possibility; some of the cruder practitioners probably already are. It is wise always to wager enough to avoid suspicion. As the blacklist develops more sophisticated ways of spotting patterns, the advantage player will need to think not just about his record at one e-casino, but about his entire history of play and the portrait it presents. Bonus hustlers need to display the gamblers' jagged chart of big wins and deep losses. How wide should the swings be and how long the play? There cannot be a single answer; just err on the side of too much play - it does not cost that much in expected value. Accept variance as an inevitable stress tax.

 
Multi-Table Tournaments
 
Multi-table tournaments demand some deviations from the example structure we identified for our single-table event. You should definitely allow at least one re-buy, since being eliminated immediately from a big event is such a drag. (An add-on is another reasonable option.) The last remaining players will have more chips in a multi-table tournament than a single-table one, requiring higher levels of blinds and perhaps a fourth denomination of chip. Big tournaments are usually designed to last most of the evening, so instead of doubling the blinds each time, try a more gradual increase through the early and middle levels. Finally, the presence of more players means that you should award prize money to more of them. Table 14.2 is an example of a good structure and payout scheme for a twenty-five-player tournament.
 
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