Compared to the occasional game, the regular weekly game is easier to organize because players can plan for it in advance. A regular weekly game also provides more frequent opportunities for money extraction. But most important, poker players get more emotionally and financially involved in games that are regular and frequent.
If a game is about to collapse because certain players are losing at rates beyond their financial limits, the good player may temporarily reduce the betting pace or stakes. Or, occasionally, he may temporarily reschedule the game on a biweekly or monthly basis instead of reducing the betting pace or stakes.
To keep the Monday night game going on a weekly basis, John Finn increases the stakes until some players are losing at rates beyond their financial limits; he then lowers the stakes. He may raise and lower the stakes several times before permanently establishing them at a higher level.
In going to higher stakes, the losing tolerances of players increase as they adjust and get accustomed to their greater losses. When John lowers the stakes, the big losers are usually the first to insist on returning to higher stakes.
Sometimes John stabilizes a shaky game by bringing in new players. Those new players not only contribute to his income, but they also help hold the game at higher stakes. By controlling the betting pace and stakes and by adding new players, John has kept the highly profitable Monday game going on a regular weekly basis for the past six years.
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