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Chemin de Fer

The basic difference in the games of chemin de fer (which is French for "railroad," and refers to the shoe moving around the table like a train) is that the bank rotates among the players. The house acts as a broker, collecting a fee from the winnings of each banker, and therefore assumes no risk. The player who is acting as banker cannot draw down any part of his original bank or subsequent winnings unless either the players do not subscribe to all the bank or, after the completion of any hand, the banker chooses to pass the bank. In this games, the player also has the choice of standing or drawing on 5, and the banker's play is completely optional. In any of these three games, the experienced American player who has observed the European games long enough to become familiar with the variations in procedure would be able to play a professional games just by asking the American Online Baccarat Games rules.

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The Four First-Action Questions
l. How does your starling hand compare to the others at the table? Obviously, ,-on don't want to play a hand that is dominated by an opponent's hand. This is particularly important with heads-up hands that are strong primarily by containing a pair or high-ranking cards: you would be a big underdog heads-up against someone with a higher pair or higher cards. This issue is less important when you play multi-way hands and there are lots of players in the pot, but it is always a consideration.

2. How rnueh will it cost you to see the next card(s)? The cheaper it is for you to take additional cards to your hand, the lower the general strength requirements for what starting hands you will play. (The bigger pot odds from being able to stay in the hand cheaply allow you to play starting hands with lower odds of winning and still have a positive expectation.) This is why you can play a much wider assortment of hands when you are in a blind or have brought it in. The money you already have in the pot reduces your cost to stay in the hand and gives you better pot odds to offset weaker winning odds.

3. How many opponents will stay in the hand with you? If '~ there are going to be a lot of customers in a hand, heads-up hands must be stronger to be playable, while multi-way hands can be weaker.

4. Fould raising be better for you than calling? This depends not only on your cards but on what actions your opponents have taken already. When you have a heads-up starting hand, raising or re-raising is usually superior to calling if it will force out opponents. If it won't force out opponents, a raise can be counter-productive, and the correct play might be to call or even fold. When you have a hand that will do well heads-up or multi-way, a raise is generally correct whether it forces out opponents or not.
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