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Blocking plastic would not stop determined bettors. E-casinos accept bank wires, personal checks, and maybe even suitcases of cash. Many web casinos are well established, and can be expected to keep many of their current customers, even if they have to leave the Internet altogether and connect PCs directly by phone.

It also may be impractical to stop players from using overseas credit processors. Already, foreign cash handlers are preparing to service punters that US banks may have to discard. Pure Commerce of Australia is one company eager for US laws to give it the competitive advantage. Another Australian gambling concern. Lasseters, reports that 75 percent of its online customers are US residents - a ready market for Pure Commerce. Another important initiative is by the Winners Internet Network, which is developing a centralized bank in Liechtenstein to process gambling transactions worldwide. Another alternative altogether is to transact Internet sales via phone bills. A web gambling industry newsletter reported approvingly that phone bills offer "a new e-commerce system to bypass credit cards.8

Preventing gambling at the card transaction level will be moot once virtual cash becomes established. Consumers will be able to buy cyber-currency in one place, then transmit it to an entirely different business anywhere, almost as easily as e-mail. An outfit called Global games is introducing what it calls "Glowbills." These are purchased from their central cyber-bank and can be used at any casino that subscribes to the service. Players can then take what is left of their deposit back to the Glow bank for redemption. Virtual cash is aimed at the entire Internet commerce market, of which gambling is a small part. Once a person buys virtual dollars, the issuer is not concerned with what they do with them.
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Tight and Aggressive Starting Strategy
 
Mathematically speaking, the main difference between fixed-limit and no-limit is that in the latter, players with lots of chips have the capability to greatly diminish the pot odds available to the opponents who might call their bets. For example, in a heads-up $2-$4 fixed-limit game, the pot might be $20 before the last card, and
your bet of S4 would present your opponent with pot odds of 4:1-which would be sufficient for a call with many draws. In no limit, on the other hand, you could bet your entire stack-let's say 5200-that would reduce that same opponent's pot odds to close to 1:1. That would make a call with most draws mathematically incorrect.
 
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