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Building Speed
 

You have got to be able to count cards quickly, and you have got to be able to do it without moving your lips or doing anything else that gives away the fact that you are counting. You must be able to go through a deck of cards in less than 30 seconds, and it is possible to do it much faster. Hold the deck face up and, beginning your count at zero, flip through the cards, keeping the running count: +1, +2, +1, +1, and so on. At the end of the deck your running count should be zero if you have a full deck and have made no errors. Also practice counting two cards at a time, because in a casino you often will see two cards at a time.

You do not really need to practice with a deck of cards; that just is the traditional way of doing it. Using a software program is a more enjoyable and more efficient way to build speed.

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Home Game Poker
Don't make the mistake of thinking "I've played poker at home and done well; I can skip Part 2 and focus on the rest of the book." Even those readers who have played in dozens of different kinds of home games will find important tips here. A few of the home game (and home game management) tips will help you with your casino and/or Internet poker, too.
 
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