is a play I observed in August 1979 at the Sundowner
in Reno, a place where the dealers were keeping their
own tokes. The woman next to me bet $2 for herself
and $1 for the dealer. The dealer's upcard was an
ace. The woman bought $1 of insurance. The dealer
had a natural but did not pick up any of the woman's
money. The woman told the dealer that $1 of insurance
should protect only $2 of the bet and apologized for
losing the $1 toke. The dealer hushed her with "We
don t do it that way here," and let the toke
ride for the next hand. The customer looked confused,
picked up the toke, and put it with her other chips.
The dealer told her to bet it again, so she did. The
dealer wanted that toke.
let's take two local club players, each of whom is
pretty good-not duffers but no threat to win the World
Series of Poker, either. Let's further say that these
"advanced intermediate" players have attained
that status because they have each mastered 300 of
the 500 necessary skills.
make the two players equally talented and might mean
that against equal opponents, they rate to achieve
equivalent results over the long run, but it would
take an astounding coincidence for each player to
have mastered precisely the same 300 skills. They're
probably good at different things. Let's say that
Player X has mastered skills 51 through 350, while
Player Y has mastered skills 176-475.