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The E-casino Industry
 
E-casinos not only spend less to get a dollar, they get more dollars from the player. In casino accounting, the "hold" is what a player leaves behind at the end of the day. The land betting hold is considered to be 40 percent; that is, you walk in with $100, bet it over and over, running up hundreds in action, until you leave with $60 left. Statistics on Internet gambling are scarce, but there is every reason to believe that the cyber-hold is higher. Michael Flint of I-national Gaming says most people who log on to his cyber-dens lose their whole deposit. Flint guesses that the occasional win brings the average hold down to 60 percent. In Australia, the Lasseters company has both land and Internet gambling. CEO Peter Bridge says the average loss per session on land is $44. On computer it's $200.2 Since expenses are low, the extra hold goes right to the bottom line. Land casinos do not have the luxury of connecting to gamblers by phone from anywhere in the world; they have to get them there, feed them, and then put them to bed in a free room if they lose enough. The average Atlantic City slot player loses $3 5 a session, but to get that $35, the casinos subsidize the bus rides, provide lunch, give ten dollars in quarters to get them going, and a $ 5 cash rebate at the end of the day. In 1996, casino profits dropped 32 percent during one quarter of particularly aggressive comp marketing.3
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Starting Hands
 
You will occasionally win Stud pots with a high pair. But when you do, it will almost always be because of bluffing, not the statistical value of your hand. If you call with a pair of aces and win, vcnr basically beat a bluff. And if you bet a pair of aces on the river. get called, and win, it is only because an opponent thought you were bluffing and tried to catch you with a lower pair.
As in most fixed-limit poker games, what starting hands you choose to play and how you play them are critical decisions. Nonetheless, the ability to limp into a Stud hand by paying just the bring-in bet on the first betting round can defer some of that decision until later.
Categories of starting Stud hands are a bit more unveiled than they are in Hold'em, and starting criteria do not lend themselves to the same degree of quantification. But we can still identify some features of a three-card hand that would go into your decision on how to play your starters.
 
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