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Calculating the player

We have stated earlier that a player break-even point is achieved when the shooter accomplishes a seven-to-rolls ratio (SRR) of 6.14. Therefore, a player advantage is achieved by surpassing 6.14.

I have found through my own experience and teaching other" that a skilled rhythm roller can accomplish an SRR of 8. So an SRK of 8 is used as the assumption for computing the player advantage for the 6 and 8 place bets.

But in assuming the shooter has achieved a SRR of LS (that is one 7 every eight rolls), I must change the random-outcome distribution shown in Figure 4, which is shown as a bar chart in Figure 5, to reflect a SRR of 1:8. Therefore, I must alter the random outcome distribution shown in Figures 4 and p and use a weighted distribution. This is shown in Figure 6, which I still now discuss.

Figure 5 is easily understood by considering a standard of 36 rolls of the dice: 7 occurs six times, 6land 8 occur five times, and so on. Adding up the frequency of occurrence, you get 36.

But now we change this frequency distribution to factor in our advantage-of a 7 occurring only once every eight rolls instead of once every_ six rolls. To make the calculations easy to understand, we'll use a sample size of 48 rolls instead of 36. I construct a weighted outcome distribution of 48 rolls, including six is (48 rolls divided by six 7s equals 8, or one 7 every eight rolls; SRR = 8).

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Chopping the Blinds

The "no flop, no drop" rule has led to a practice in some states called chopping the blinds. If everyone, except the blinds, folds, the two blinds will often agree to chop. This means that each blind takes his money back. This practice deprives the house of a rake on this hand and because heads-up pots tend to be small, often the players would rather move on to the next hand and not incur a rake.

You're under no obligation to chop as long as you're consistent. No one will object if, when you first sit down, you announce "By the way, I just want everyone to know I don't chop." That way, there can be no question of wrongdoing if, the very first time the situation arises, you happen to find yourself holding pocket aces. If you agree to chop the blinds when you first sit down (and that's when you should ask or be asked-things can get a little dicey if you wait until the potential situation first arises), you should chop every time.

When you are a cardroom rookie, you might do well to avoid chopping the blinds until your face is a bit more familiar. Although no house rule prevents players from reneging on an agreement to chop, it is considered one of the lower, more disreputable plays in poker.