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An even better idea is to have payments handled by a third party. Currently, credit card deposits and redemptions are handled fairly smoothly by the transaction houses hired by the casinos.

This is fine up to the amount of the original deposit, but any payment of winnings is handled by the e-casino staff. Envelopes are often laboriously addressed by hand (see, they do not expect to send out many wins!), and the punter must wait on the caprice of the manager, who often wants to hold onto wins until the player breaks down and starts gambling again. The bigger the win, the more likely the delay. An outfit called Winners Internet Network <www.winr.net> is promoting a cash handling service that appears to be better for the player. Funds are deposited in Winners' bank in Liechtenstein, then forwarded to the e-casino of choice. Then, once the e-casino acknowledges a win and notifies the Network, the player then withdraws money from Liechtenstein instead of Joe's Smokey Roulette Parlor. For sure, the e-casinos would have to release a win, but the process is still a step removed from arbitrary human hands.

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Counting Your Outs
These odds can be affected significantly by how live or dead your outs are. The most disciplined and intelligent Stud player would keep a true count of his dead outs which he has memorized along with all the other cards that have been exposed-and figure his odds from scratch when he has to make a close decision. But I find an indirect approach much easier and almost as effective.
Your odds of making a draw are based on the ratio of outs to unseen cards. All you need to do to keep track of where you stand is to monitor that ratio in the exposed cards. As long as the ratio of dead outs to other visible cards matches the ratio that the drawing Wads in table 12.1 are based on, then the deck is "neutral" for your draw and those baseline drawing odds that you have memorized, remain valid. If the exposed cards are "rich" in your outs, the deck must be "lean," diminishing your chances. On the other hand, if the exposed cards contain fewer outs than they should, the deck will be "rich" for your draw. (Note that you don't consider the exposed cards in your own hand; those are already incorporated into the baseline odds.)
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