what'll happen more often than anything else. "But
wouldn't that be a total of 60% heads instead of 50%?",
you ask. Yes it would be. That's because those 10
extra heads (in the first 20 tosses) weren't likely
to come up, but they did. Still, the most likely thing
to happen from here on out is always the most normal
thing! There is absolutely no tendency for tails to
come up next.
But then, how do things balance out in the long run?
Stay with me -- we're almost home. Let's say that
because of such a wacky start, you decided to extend
this little flipping experiment out to one million
tosses, including the 20 flips you've just finished.
How many total heads are you most likely to have when
you're done? Remember -- all the remaining tosses
should produce half heads and half tails. Then you'd
have 500,010 heads, total -- still the same 10 heads
above 50%. But the overall percentage of heads would
fall to 50.001%! That's what's meant by, "Lop-sided
results are not corrected; they just fade into the
Do you see what's happened here? The ever-accumulating
number of normal outcomes has diluted the impact of
those first 20 straight heads until they've become
days, you can find almost any kind of tournament on
the Internet that you can find in a B&M room.
There are also quite a few that you can't find in
B&M rooms because no one has a casino with enough
tables and dealers for 8,000 simultaneous players.
Single-table Internet tournaments deserve special
mention, because these sit-and-go affairs allow players
to gain hugely valuable shorthanded tournament experience.
If you normally play tournaments entered by 200 or
more players, you won't reach many final tables. If
you enter lots of Internet single-table tournaments,
you are in essence playing a final table every time
you play (albeit without the huge money pressure or
the need for a poker face).