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The Video Online Poker Games Machine


When you sit down at a video online poker games machine you'll be faced with the following buttons:
Draw Hold Hold Hold Hold Hold
Deal Cancel Cancel Cancel cancel Cancel

Thus, there is a hold/cancel button under each card in addition to the draw/deal button off to one side. There may be other buttons for choosing credit or cash in payoffs, but for the time being we'll concentrate on the draw/deal and hold/ cancel buttons, for they'll permit you to play the games correctly, and make decisions that will determine whether or not you're going to end up a winner on any particular hand.

There's also a slot to take in the coins. Let's assume you've put in five coins. What you'll see on the screen all this time is the previous hand that was played. Perhaps you've just sat down at the video online poker games machine. Disregard the previous hand played. It doesn't affect you at all. First, insert your coins. The previous hand will still show, but when you press the Deal/ draw button, a new set of five cards will appear on the screen. Let's assume you see the following:
5(H) 10(S) K(C) 8(D) 2(H)

So far you see a pile of junk, with no payoff available immediately. Now, even if the hand was one in which you didn't have to draw a single card-if you had five cards of the same suit, which qualifies as a flush for example-you'd still have to go through the second step of video online poker games before you can get paid off. That step is the draw. With the flush, you'd press the hold/cancel button under each card, and a "hold" would show under each card. Make sure that you see that word "hold" under each card on the screen. After you do, press the deal/draw button, and all five cards of the flush will remain. Then you'll get your payoff.

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It's Not My Fault
What happens with Phil, I think, is that he makes the normal attribution error: when he wins he crows, when he loses he thinks the cause is something outside of himself. But since he doesn't really internalize ideas of chance and randomness that external cause can't just be happenstance, he has to put a face on it-it's got to be the other guy. I don't mean to be picking on Phil, he's just the best-known example of attribution error in poker. We all do it to some extent.

I think many poker players suffer from this. They want there to be a reason for everything. They know probability, and they know odds, but in their gut they don't accept it. There has to be a reason. This could have been avoided if someone hadn't screwed up.

I think Phil falls into this category. He knows the odds. But deep in his gut he doesn't accept the idea that things just happen, that things can really be random.

And it takes a very long time for this randomness to start to look stable.
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