dealer - whether human or programming function - wagers
no money and gets no hand to play, but is simply there
to run the games, deal the cards, and push pots to
winning players. Additionally, the dealer must randomly
shuffle the cards so the deal will be fair.
While human casino
dealers are professionals who take pride in their
work, they're no match for computers in some respects.
In Internet online poker games, the games software
executes a far more random shuffle and far more rapid
deal than even the very finest house dealers can achieve.
should be comfortable with such a change. If any player
is not, the best rule is that the stakes do not change.
If your group wants to use a majority rules approach,
any dissenters should be permitted to leave early
without embarrassment. Players should be consistent,
though. A player who pleads for doubled stakes one
week while losing should not object on another occasion
when he is winning.
Usually, the player who has pleaded for the increased
stakes to get even loses even more during that last
period. If this regularly happens, particularly to
someone who cannot afford the loss, you need to decide
just how serious you are. Whether or not you have
a moral duty to look out for another player's best
interests really depends on whether the game truly
is a "friendly" game, or whether, as is
often the case in poker, everyone is trying to maximize
his own winning chances.
If your game is truly friendly, even though for serious
stakes, it makes sense to help a player protect himself
from his short-term bad judgment. Most of the time,
even when the players like one another, everyone is
presumed to be "a grown-up" and must protect
himself. In such situations, you may still want to
protect a player from himself, figuring that you can
shear a sheep many times, but only kill him once.
It is often better to ensure the longevity of the
game than worry about temporary unhappiness of one