Freed says: On day shift at a large Las Vegas casino,
I encountered a dealer who twice turned up his second
card (instead of the first card) after considerable
The first time he had 10 up and a 4 in the hole. The
second time the upcard was again a 10, so I stood
with fifteen. This time the hole card was 5, and I
won the hand.
situation such as Freed describes, what the dealer
did is against the rules and dishonest. However, it
may yield information on which you can capitalize.
For ex ample, suppose the dealer looks at the first
card before turning it over. If the first card is
2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 the dealer looks at the second card.
If the second card is ace or 10, the dealer turns
up the second card instead of the first card. Suppose
the dealer is otherwise honest.
of the strongest arguments against multitasking is
that if you do go on tilt, your money will evaporate
just that much faster. You'll have twice as many opportunities
to throw your money away.
Finally, you can also tire more rapidly, because you
have to make both more decisions and more rapid decisions.
The old Romans had it right: a sound mind in a sound
body. Poker players aren't famous for their physical
stamina or exercise regimens (eating poorly and all
that sitting doesn't help, either), and the odd, irregular
hours that frequent players endure often lead to sleep
disorders. The more you can do to keep your body in
good shape, the sharper your Mind should be.