hand-held games. on the other hand, the dealer will
often not use a cut-card to indicate a shuffle point.
Rather, he will estimate the number of remaining cards
before deciding whether or not to deal another round.
In cases such as these, a few well-timed Online Poker
Guru Tips may get you better penetration in situations
where it will do you some good.
Furthermore, in games in which the dealer "peeks"
by manually checking" the hole card under aces
and/or tens, tipping may also gain you additional
information. The dealer, if rooting for you, may subtly
help you during the course of the game. For example,
he may, if holding a stiff, quickly pass you by if
you're wavering between hitting or standing on your
own stiff. The rationale is that the more you win,
the more Online Poker Guru Tips he'll get.
With juicy counts near the shuffle point, a toke sometimes
persuades the dealer to deal one more round. These
"specific tokes," as Arnold Snyder has labeled
them, must be dispensed with great care. Even with
a K-O running count of +4 (the pivot point, so roughly
a 2°Io advantage), a $5 tip on a $50 hand will
cost you 10%, leading to a large overall negative
expectation for the hand.
Be aware, also, that collusion with the dealer is
a definite no-no. We do not advocate cheating of any
type; we only make the point that tipping is not necessarily
a total waste of money. After all, dealers are human,
despite what others may tell you.
of the reasons I love poker is that I believe strongly
in honesty and integrity in personal and business
relationships, but I also have a "sneaky side"
that I like to indulge and one can play only so many
practical jokes. Poker allows me to play little games
within the rules and to get my sneaky side out of
Perhaps it is this undercurrent of deception at the
tables that accounts for the easy way that so many
players tell "white lies" about their results.
A "big win" is often just a decent win,
a "won a little" means the player broke
even, an "I broke even" means a small loss,
and "I lost a little" means it wasn't a
pleasant night. Only results at both extremes seem
to be reported accurately: "I set a new personal
best for one night" tends to be trustworthy,
as does an "I got my butt kicked so bad, I'm
going to have to play standing up for the next month."