I call this the "bunching factor." It has nothing to do with poor dealing, though.

If you're playing 10-handed hold 'em and the first seven players have folded before the flop, there's a better-than-usual chance that the few remaining players hold aces. Why? It's because when opponents fold, it's more likely that they folded something other than aces.

This means that statistically there are more aces left that could appear in the few remaining hands. While this isn't an overwhelming statistical factor, it is significant enough that you should be more selective about the hands you raise the blinds with from the button (dealer position) when everyone else has folded than you would be if the deal began three-handed!

This "bunching factor" applies to other games, too — especially draw poker.

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