most casinos, the dealers do not check hole cards
under 10s. This practice was started by Howard Gross-man
at Nevada Palace in East Las Vegas in May of 1981,
but did not really catch on until started at Caesars
Palace in Las Vegas in November of 1982. Before, dealers
at all casinos in Nevada checked hole cards under
10s as well as under aces. Here is a reader's letter
I would like
to compare experiences with other players on the value
of toking. I find that with the right dealer it is
extremely useful to toke, perhaps especially on the
big bets for oneself. When there is a 10 up it is
very common for there to be an involuntary gesture
concerning the strength of the hand. The eyes sparkle
happily for an instant, the jaw tightens almost imperceptibly
(oh-oh, better hit that 16), etc. If the benefits
concerned only the toked hand, I guess it would not
be profitable business, but they tend to flow over
onto all the hands, at least in some cases.
a letter from Daniel Forbes from back when dealers
checked hole cards under 10s:
a website on dealers and their helpful hints. The
coldest, cruelest dealer can change with a toke or
two, if the toking is done properly.
|Before It tan
End with Money, It Must Start with Money
this reason, entrants usually don't know how large
the prize pool will be in any given tournament. For
events with several years of history behind them,
it is usually possible to create an educated guess.
In some very large tournaments, the promoters guarantee
a big number for first place. The World Series of
Poker drew headlines for a number of years with its
$1,000,000 first prize guarantee for the $10,000 buy-in
Championship Event, until the number of entrants grew
so large that the 2000 guarantee jumped to $1,500,000,
and hit $2,500,000 in 2003.
The WSOP numbers have been growing so rapidly that
now the promoters simply promise a first prize of
a certain round and impressive size based on a given
number of entrants. Barring some kind of economic
upheaval, first place in 2004 will certainly be at
least $3,000,000; I wouldn't be surprised if the number
of entrants more than doubles in 2004, which will
mean either a $5,000,000+ first prize or (more likely)
much better payoffs to other high finishers."
A million bucks just doesn't buy what it used to.