Originally Posted by jonassteele
Can anyone explain the actual math behind it? Or give some sort of non-Guillermo flaming response that will definitively prove to him that Alan was correct?
if it is fair for 3 players to begin playing poker 3 handed, then it is fair for alan to join this game. past hands have no relevance to anything.
if alan can't join this game, then no poker player can ever join any game without being responsible for paying blinds for each hand the table played before he arrived. this isn't a tournament - alan leaving his chips sitting on the table for 30 minutes then returning is no different from him not playing at all then walking up and wanting to join the game.
think about the opposite situation - say alan was playing 3 handed, then left and returned to a 6 handed game. does the table owe him money because his odds are worse now?
in a 3 handed game, your odds of winning are 1/3, and you need to win 1/3 of your hands to break even. in a 6 handed game, your odds of winning are 1/6, and you need to win 1/6 of your hands to break even.