they want to keep <b>you</b> at the table. losers are forced out of this game. winners are not forced out -- they can stay in the game. unless, by staying too long in a situation where they have no edge, they become losers, and are forced to walk away. it's better to walk away a winner, to recognize when you're entering a situation where you have no edge, and just leave. i notice prop firms are always on their traders to 'be at the desk all day and trade like a <b>professional</b> should.' i think this is foolish, for the trader. but it's just what you'd expect from the house. a trader needs to walk away when he has no advantage. the house wants him there all the time because that plays to their advantage. if you can walk away with a profit, you can stay a winner. if you couple the house's tax (commissions) with the tricks that are played on the floor with your order, you see that the odds are very much against you most of the time, so it's all the more important to sharpen up your focus and pick your spots.