can occasionally make inferences about cards you have
a table at which the dealer has already finished some
hands, look first at the spots with no cards. If a
stack of chips looks like the payoff for a natural,
count it the same as if you had seen the natural.
you are meandering in search of a favorable situation,
you see a table with many small cards but the dealer
scoops them up before you have had time to come near
- much less to count them. As your running count you
may use your best estimate of what you think you saw,
but be conservative. Two biases are acting to make
a group of cards look more favorable than they really
are. Aces tend to look like small cards, but they
do not have the same effect on the count as other
cards that show lots of white. If, for example, you
caught a quick glimpse of what looked like four small
cards, chances are that one of those cards was an
ace and thus you might choose +2 as being a reasonable
estimate of the value of that group of cards. The
other bias is that 10s resemble 8s and 9s rather than
face cards. Just because you see a table without face
cards does not mean that no 10s were there.
You can practice
estimation with a deck of cards. Randomly select a
group of six to ten cards and glance at them briefly.
Write down what you think the count is. Then count
those cards exactly and see how close you were on
your estimate. If you fail to estimate accurately
in practice, do not rely on your estimates in casino
play. If you estimate accurately in practice, then
start your running count with your estimate in casino
play. You should not use estimation when an exact
count is possible.
you can't play Baseball or Pass the Trash on the Internet.
For the most part, Internet cardrooms spread exactly
the same games that B&M rooms do. This will allow
you to learn hold'em, Omaha, seven-card stud, and
the other B&M staples. After you've grown comfortable
with these games, you're far more likely to risk a
visit to a live casino poker game.
as Internet poker is, it will never be able to replace
the live game. Rather, it will supplement it and develop
an entire Next Generation of B&M poker players.