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If you elect option 2 and continue to win, use a trailing stop-loss of three units. For example, if yon find yourself four or more units ahead in this games, move your stop-loss up as you continue to win. With a four-unit win, your trailing stop-loss is now three units and you have essentially locked up one unit of profit (a win-lock) for this games. As your win level continues to increase, your win-lock increases; a five-unit win yields a win-lock of two units, a six-unit win yields a win-lock of three units and so forth.

If the games becomes very strong, the dealer starts breaking like crazy, and the players are winning, you might be strongly tempted to increase your bet size. But before you do, understand that you can win with flat-betting in qualified games. There is nothing wrong with staying at the same betting level the entire time you’re at the table. Many of our students and instructors have flat-bet their way to a $10,000 bankroll with $25 units. To repeat, you can win by flat-betting because you'll win more hands than you'll lose in games qualified by Online Blackjack Games's winning factors. Not in every games, mind you. That is why we establish and follow solid money management discipline as described in the following pages. The' idea is to get away from bad games quickly-, cut your losses short, and let your profits accumulate in good games.

Whether you should increase your bet pertains to both options 2 and 3. First of all, your objective is to get out of this games with winnings. In most games, player biases do not last that long. If you stay too long, you make the transition from playing to gambling. Your advantage is dissipated. If you want to become an advantage player, play when the advantage is working for you; when it reverts to the dealer, find another games.

In games where your advantage sustains over a number of shoes, the money management techniques that follow will keep you in the games to optimize your win. Follow my recommendations for stop losses and win-locks and you will "get the money."


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Negotiating a Game
 
The appeal of real poker is in its subtlety, not its flashiness. Players will miss that subtlety if it is sandwiched between hands of Seven Twenty-Seven and Pass the Trash with threes and nines wild. They will politely play straight-up Texas Hold'em or Stud when you call it-and they will forget it a minute later. Your real home game will never get off the ground if you acquiesce to the tyranny of dealer's choice.

While you can't let kiddie games make an appearance on your poker table, you can satiate your players' thirst for variety by proposing the rotation system J outlined in chapter 3. If it helps, you can agree to permit some of the more obscure poker games in appendix E, including Five-Card Draw with a bug (a big psychological victory for players who can't conceive of poker without wildcards), Seven-Card Stud High/Low, Razz, and others. This isn't much of a concession on your part; it's actually a big benefit, because playing a range of poker games helps you intellectualize concepts and apply them more effectively in the games you decide to specialize in. Beyond that, even the most serious card players appreciate mixing things up now and then, and a home poker game is the perfect place to do it.
 
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