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Strategic Expectation
 

To estimate how much conditional improvement the Hi Opt provides with 20 cards remaining in the deck multiply the Table 1 entries in the second through fifth columns by.22, .11, .03, and .01 respectively if they indicate a change in basic strategy. For the Ten Count multiply the Table 2 entries corresponding to ten densities of 9/26, 10/26, and 12/26 by .18, .10, .07, and .06, again only if they indicate a departure from basic play. For ten poor decks, multiply the 7/26, 6/26, 5/26, and 4/26 entries by .14, .11, .08, and.05. You will observe that many of the albeit technically correct parameters players memorize are virtually worthless.

The case of 14 against dealer's ten provides an interesting exercise in futility: having paid a bundle for the technically correct Hi Opt parameter and committed it to memory, how much is this information worth? Assuming 20 cards left in the deck and that the player holds 14 against a ten, he will gain .036% above the basic strategy by perfect employment of the sacred index. A superstitious player who only counts sevens and stands when all of them are gone will gain 1.4% under the same conditions, an almost forty fold improvement!

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Your Own Private Banker
 
A set fee is more desirable than a situation in which the banker cuts the pot (somewhat randomly taking money from the pot) regularly. You would be amazed how much $_S here and $5 there ends up taking out of a game by an evening's end. If you play eight hours at 40 hands per hour, that's 320 hands. The banker won't cut every one of them (some of the pots are too small), but if he takes a $5 chip out of three-fourths of the hands, he's removed $1,200 from the game!
A game may also employ a professional dealer. This situation is more common for a private tournament.

The players agree that everyone will contribute toward his pay with toking (tipping) optional. Usually a banker-host and a professional dealer are entirely different people. Sometimes a game has just a banker-host. He may deal all of the time or the deal may just rotate among the players. Often the banker-host plays if there is an open seat but gives his seat up if one of his "cash" players arrives wanting a seat.
 
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