One suspects there must be some sort of restorative
force gravitating toward the full deck advantage,
so let's look at a third hand, begun with whatever
is left for play after the second hand is finished
(this sort of continuous dealing was used until recently
at the Nevada Club in Reno - the play itself decided
when the dealer reshuffled). True enough the player's
advantage rises on the third hand, but only to 4.48%,
not as high as for the full deck. Subsequent hands
in this continuous dealing process have the following
Hand Number Expectation (%)
30 and all thereafter 2.31
So the player's
long run expectation, with this mode of continuous
dealing, is 2.31%, less than half the expectation
for the full deck!
money game players quit if a game gets short-handed.
They don't like the game's different nature. If you
want to win tournaments, don't be one of those quitters.
Stay in the game and enjoy the opportunity to play
for a long stretch with only three or four opponents.
Another way to gain this experience is to play a lot
of one-table (also called single table) tournaments.
These are usually satellite tournaments in brick and
mortar cardrooms, but many online poker sites offer
regular one-table tournament starting at all hours
of the day and night. The advantage here is that you
don't have to wade your way through 195 opponents
to be 1 of the 5 players left: You only have to get