Woulda' Shoulda' Coulda'

Please do everybody a big favor. Don't be one of those players who constantly second guesses everyone else's moves. That can't help you one bit. Here's a common, every day example;

Like a typical mope, first base stands with his 12. Center field doubles down and buys a 10, then third base hits and busts with a 9. The dealer turns over a Jack in the hole, then promptly pulls a 7 for a total of 20!

First base immediately pounds the table in anger, objecting that if everybody woulda' just stayed pat the dealer woulda' busted with center field's 10. Center field argues right back that his double on soft 18 was the proper play and that third base shoulda' stood pat, which woulda' saved the breaking 9 for the dealer. Third base defiantly points out that he's gambling with his own money and can play his own hand any effing way he pleases. Does any of this sound familiar?

It goes on all the time and it's such a waste! What good can it possibly do to notice what woulda' happened if everybody did what they shoulda'? Is basing your next decision upon the most recent result a winning strategy? No -- it's not!

Here's what I mean. Just suppose that when third base hit his 13, the next two cards came out in reverse order. That is, the 7 came first (instead of the 9) giving him 20. Then the 9 came second (instead of the 7) to break the dealer? What lesson could you possibly learn from that?

Should you then start hitting all your 13's against a 3 from third base to force the dealer to break? Or would the message be to stand with 12 against a 3 from first base when there's a bad player at third? Of course they're both bad plays, so taking any pointers from their results can only mislead you. The reality is, you never know which way the cards will change if somebody alters their play. So the best thing for you to do is just to;

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The Following Illustration Shows a ParryPoker.com "Play Money" table

Note the box in the lower right for typing in player chat, the button option to join the game's waiting list, the bar that connects the player to live chat with a floor person who can answer questions or resolve abusive chat issues, the player chip counts immediately next to their screen names, and the easy graphic representation of chips, allowing the next player to act to know exactly how much money he must bet to call or raise.

Another problem with playing two games at once is that you might accidentally push the wrong button. Assume that you are playing at Table One and you set to press the "Fold" button, when suddenly the game software yanks you back to Table Two. You continue with the motion and accidentally hit "fold" when you have four kings. You don't have to be horribly uncoordinated for this to happen. Probably every online player in the world has had this happen to him. Folding a big winner is your worst result, but it isn't much fun to accidentally re-raise a hand you planned to fold, either (although I confess I did this once and everyone else folded, giving me a quite accidental pat and proving yet again the power of a raise).

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