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How to Begin a Session — Epilogue

Know the rules

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Jan 18, 2011

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When I completed Part VII of the “How to Begin a Session” series in the last issue, I thought I was done. But I got an e-mail from a close friend, telling me that I had left out something important. Specifically, he told me to include the fact that too many players sit down in a game without knowing the rules. He was not referring to “what beats what.” He was describing a common phenomenon in which a player, accustomed to playing in a specific cardroom, travels to another and assumes that the rules are the same. As we all know, of course they are not. Here are a couple of quick examples: Almost every day at Bellagio, some visitor puts in the third raise in a limit game and says, “Cap it!” In most Las Vegas casinos, a cap is a bet and four raises, not a bet and ...


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