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Avoiding the Losing 7
Achieving an advantage is all about avoiding the losing 7, and the rhythm roll is executed to avoid the losing 7. The longer you hold the dice without throwing the losing 7, the higher your advantage and the more money you can make. It's as simple as that. On the first throw of a new cycle (called the "come-out" in craps jargon, that is, coming out for a new number, the 7 and 11 are winners while the 2, 3, and 12 are losers. Any other number is your point-4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

Once your point is established, the 7 becomes the losing number and your objective is to avoid it at all costs, because as long as you avoid the 7 and keep throwing "numbers" (craps jargon for 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10), you keep on winning (2, 3, 11, and 12 are neutral numbers, not losers, and 11 is not a winning throw after the come out roll and the point is established).

Again, this is what a rhythm roll is all about-avoiding the losing7.
Ladder Climbs
Naturally, if more than one table is being paid, some of the percentage money indicated will be shifted to the extra tables. Usually tournament officials pay roughly one table for each hundred players, so a tournament in which 120 players started might pay one table, while a tournament in which 170 players started would probably pay two tables. Payoffs are almost always made in multiples of one table, so 9, 18, or 27 players (or more, if the field is large enough) get paid in hold'em events, while 8, 16, or 24 players get paid in stud events).

As you can see, each time a player survives while another player gets knocked out, the survivor is ensured of earning a bigger payoff.

For this reason, players who are sitting with very short stacks sometimes go into an ultra-conservative mode, hoping that two larger stacks go to war with one knocking the other out. Even though this means that the winner of that hand now has a much better chance to win the tournament (or at least to get one of the top payoffs), the short-stacked player has managed to inch his way up the payoff ladder.
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