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Let It Rides Tournament Eligibility


In the brochures available from Shuffle Master Gaming, the company states that "if your winning hand is good enough, the casino will ask you to fill out a Tournament Registration form. All the forms are submitted for ranking at the end of the Qualifying Round. The top 100 hands are invited to participate in the Let It Rides The Tournament"' Playoffs. . . ."

It seems that a "qualifying round" lasts for three months. When you're playing Let It Rides at a casino during this period of time, you're in the qualifying round if you're placing your dollar on the tournament spot. Will you have a chance to go to the playoffs with a four-of-a-kind hand? Very, very unlikely. Even a small straight flush, such as 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 of hearts probably won't get you there.

In the October 1995 playoff tournament, Shuffle Master picked the top 100 hands plus all ties, and in this case the number of eligible players came to 133. Speaking to a representative from Shuffle Master Gaming about this, I was told that a royal flush will automatically get a player into a tournament playoff. In October 1995, the weakest eligible hands were eight high straight flushes, that is, hands consisting of an 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 of the same suit.

As the games increases in popularity, the eligible hands will become stronger and stronger, and may eventually be limited to just royal flushes. When you do get a royal flush, however, you will automatically be eligible for the tournament playoffs.

How will you know if you made the tournament playoffs if you didn't get a royal flush? If you have been deemed eligible, you will receive a registered letter and a phone call inviting you to the playoffs. Once you're in the playoffs, as we shall see, you're guaranteed prize money!

The Long Run
Everything evens out in the long run. There are two things wrong with this statement. First of all, the long run is a very long time-it is in fact forever. It's an infinite length of time. You never get there, you just get closer and closer. But also, everything doesn't really even out.

The reality isn't just that nothing evens out, it's that the long run is a very long time. In the 1930s, the British economist John Maynard Keynes argued that governments must combat the worldwide depression by spending money they didn't have. That went against the conventional wisdom of the time. Contemporary economists of the time argued that government intervention wasn't needed, that in the long run the invisible hand of Adam Smith would make any corrections needed to bring the economy back. Keynes's response was, "In the long run we're all dead." The long run is a very long time indeed.
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