dealers often reveal the burn card or the bottom card.
It is not unusual to find one who will reveal both.
Occasionally one will reveal the hole card to first
base when checking for a natural. Sometimes you can
see the top card before it is dealt. If you can consistently
see the hole card or the next card to be dealt to
you, it is hard to lose. If I could do this every
day I would not bother to count.
of most break-ins is not hard to understand once you
have known a few. Many of them getcarmed on their
firstjob and have to startover. Almost all of them
are apprehensive at first. The schools usuahy send
them out before they are ready to deal. They go to
the table nervous and tense, and the pit boss usually
aggravates this condition by jumping on them for making
mistakes. There are a few floormen who are under-standing
and patient, but this is not the general rule. The
basic psychology is this: The average break-in has
two goals. First of all, he wants to deal properly
without mistakes; he is on stage, and he knows it.
During the first week or two he gets more heat than
a card counter. Second, he wants to win; almost all
of them feel that winning will get them approval and
thus job security. Oddly enough, this is sometimes
true. Many dealers have been fired for being unlucky.
There is always another reason on the termination
slip, of course; but the truth is that many pit bosses
you want to play in a private game, you can look for
one or you can start your own. Whichever you play
in, you'll find it best to have established starting
and ending times.
Dealer's choice is what you'll find in most private
games, where you will probably see poker variations
not played in public cardrooms.