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‘Check or Bet’

The proper role of the dealer

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Oct 30, 2009


You may recall my writing that it’s natural to want to be a participant, and that in order to be a successful player, you have to fight this natural human emotion. I believe that this also pertains to the dealer. It is natural for the dealer, as it is for any other human being, to want to be the center of attention. But this is not the right way to deal poker. The game is about the players and the money, not the dealer, just as contests such as football, basketball, and boxing are not about the referee. A good dealer tries to be as inconspicuous as possible. An excellent dealer can run a game without making you aware that he is even there, assuming that the players are reasonably experienced. I have ranted a number of times about dealers who treat the players in a condescending way, as if ...

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