Calculating
the player 

We
have stated earlier that a player breakeven point
is achieved when the shooter accomplishes a seventorolls
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 randomoutcome 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 advantageof 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).





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 headsup 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 askedthings 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.

