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That is, I am not counting the fact that if your budget is not high enough then your ad might not show up because either the budget is blown, or Google is "metering" impressions to spread them out during the day.
In other words, I am wondering if your ad will always show up somewhere in the list, assuming the budget is adequate?
In any case, I think the question in this post is still not answered fully. They say after the asterisk that even ads that have met their daily budget are displayed.
To make my question more specific -- does this mean in effect that virtually all bidders show up somewhere in the "More Sponsored Links?"
It cannot really mean this, because if you enter some keywords that would have huge numbers of bidders, sometimes there are no "more sponsored links" pages at all, implying nobody is bidding.
Additionally, it would be easy to find out how many bidders there are in this way. However, that does not seem to be the case either.
So what is the resolution of this paradox?