a crew of dealers is friendly and helpful, I believe
the players should tip, or toke, them, whether or
not they're winning. Sometimes a word or two from
a dealer can make the players a bit of money or save
them from losing money. If a player has forgotten
to take odds on his come bet or hasn't backed up his
line bet to the limit, competent and aware dealers
will make it their business to correct this oversight.
Sometimes in a hectic games, after a player has received
a payoff on a come bet or some other wager, he may
forget to pick up the chips and will leave them in
the wrong betting area. A dealer who is alert will
point out this mistake and can save the player a bit
In the heat of battle, in the middle of a hot games
of craps when a player has a lot of bets working for
him, it pays to have a dealer who's on his toes and
who has the interests of the players in mind. Tipping
keeps that interest at a high pitch, but I don't suggest
toking a dealer unless he's competent and helpful.
Hostile dealers don't deserve anything, no matter
how much a player wins. Neither do greedy dealers
who push for tokes. But when a dealer is doing his
best, by all means make a few bets for him and for
most common way players toke dealers is by making
center proposition bets for them. A player might throw
out some chips to the stickman and say, "All
the hardways, one and one." This means that all
the hardway bets are covered, with one chip bet for
the player and one for the boys, which is the most
common term used for a crew of dealers.
hold'em, a dominated hand is one that's currently
beat and has three or fewer outs. This is the opposite
of a live hand in the sense that a live hand has a
lot of cards it can catch to improve but a dominated
hand doesn't. Dominated hands are to be avoided.
Suited cards aren't dominated. Being suited adds a
lot to a hand, often enough to compensate for the
potential of kicker problems. It adds to the value
in ways that are important even if you don't make
a flush. It makes the hand live, giving it outs other
than its pair outs.