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Card counting isn't considered illegal. Casinos have the right to deny service to anyone, and of makes sense to deny players from playing a game in which they have an advantage versus the house. This isn't cheating in any sense of the word. 994 P.2d 1151 (2000) CHEN v. NEVADA STATE GAMING CONTROL BOARD and Monte Carlo Resort & Casino: This case ...


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Blackjack dealers have no options, they follow a strict algorithm that will depend on their casino. The dealer waits until the players have exercised all their options, then the dealer reveals his hidden card and hits until he has at least 17 (most common). The only variation I'm familiar with is a rule where the dealer will hit a soft 17 (any 17 with an ...


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Card counting ISN'T illegal. (Unless you use a "device" such as a computer to do so in Nevada, which is a felony under Nevada law.) Card counting is frowned upon because it violates the UNWRITTEN "law" (that the casino is supposed to have the edge). From the CASINO's point of view, it is a case of "if this isn't illegal, it ought to be." Hence they take ...


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Just a little addition to the previous answer: Imagine you have the opportunity to play blackjack against a thousand people. You have a few advantages, but also have to play by strict and predictable conventions, but the thousand can play in any manner they choose. You also know that one of those thousand is capable of card-counting. You wouldn't risk your ...


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A lot depends on how the house perceives you as a customer. If you are a "regular" and have played many rounds with them in the past, they will likely deal to you alone today, even if you only play one hand. If this is your first time, and you've been betting the minimum, that's kind of a different story. The house may then decide that it's not worth the ...


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I am no expert but this would be my answer. I would play it as a soft 12, like a soft 13, and hold on to a good position (18 to 21) unless it becomes a hard number. This seems to be the most practical solution I could think of.


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This is a very complicated question. There are several factors to consider that make it impossible to answer without knowing a lot of details that you left out. Taken to the extreme, imagine a blackjack deck with 1 million extra Aces. In such a game, the player would have the advantage if the dealer was required to hold on 17. The player can hit until they ...


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When a shoe is shuffled (or reshuffled), all cards are shuffled, then the cut card is placed near the back of the shoe. This card is only an indicator that the shoe needs to be reshuffled at the end of the current hand. Thus, cards behind the cut card can and will be played into the hand. The purpose of the cut card's placement is two-fold: first, it's to ...


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If you are not card counting, the house has its edge/hand no matter what. For N hands, you just multiply the house edge by N to get the new house edge. If you are card counting, the question gets more complicated, but one additional hand is not likely to make a difference between favoring the player and favoring the house. Any difference in player edge is ...


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The dealer knows what both of his cards are. In casino play, the dealer has no options. He always has to hit values below 16/17 (the exact number varies by casino), and has to stay when his cards are higher. In non-casino play, often the dealer is just another player and has the same options as you. This is not really blackjack and will not use the same ...


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In a loose sense, players can collaborate by signaling each other their hole card when the deal is one up one down. this allows far better optimization by almost doubling the known number of cards for the sharp who counts. Especially true if one or more goes for small bets and lots of draws. The more cards are known to a sharp, the better he's able to ...


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Looking at it purely mathematically, given that there is no hidden information, there is no difference between a "team" of blackjack players playing as you describe, and one player playing multiple hands. So why don't card counters typically recommend playing multiple hands? Card counting works because the player's winrate is dependent on the distribution ...


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I think that if one was betting table minimum and the other max bet x 2 or or close to it, with the small player in front of the gorilla, taking advantage of the count if they know it, and trying to hole card the dealer, they could make a decent living. The ideal situation would be the gorilla playing 5/6 with the small player at 4. The small player would ...


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Casinos are much like any other business; if they want, they can tell you that you are no longer welcome for any reason, or no reason at all. There are some exceptions, primarily the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prevents "places of public accomodation" (basically any property that welcomes the average Joe coming in off the street) from refusing service ...


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I think winning an excessive number of times get you thrown out of a casino. And the casino will then try to find "good" reasons like card counting or whatever dodgy moves you made. If splitting tens is one of them, and you placed a high bet and you won a lot, then certainly the casino will use that to support their claim. If you just split tens and then ...


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The answer to this is most likely no since a casino wants players to maximize their bets and placing any kind of limit that would keep a player betting lower would not be in their best interests. Minimum and Maximum bets at a table are established to maximize the amount that a casino can win while limiting a player to take advantage of long term odds to win ...


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Like other executives, dealers, pit bosses, and "floor (wo)men" in casinos are concerned about "career risk." This could occur if they lose too much money to the "public" for the casino. Hence the concern about card counters, who will "make money" off the casino (or at least have a positive "expectation.") In the example of the person who drew a three to 18 ...


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You're obviously going to hit, so the only question is whether to double or not. Since you have about a 70% chance of ending at something 16 or lower on a double, you really have to be looking for the dealer to bust. There's no chance of you busting, so if the dealer is showing a lousy card like a 5 or a 6, doubling seems to make sense. Otherwise, I'd just ...


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Yes, there are flash cards in the excellent book by Ken Uston titled "Million Dollar Blackjack" This is a great book with interesting stories and strategies for different house rules. Applies to counters and non-counters; single, double, and multiple deck games. Vegas, Reno, AC rules explained as well. I think you can find it for less than $20. Good luck ...


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A way for colluders to gain an advantage in blackjack is the "Big Player" tactic, discussed in my answer to this question: Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack? And in one of his "Bringing Down the House" series of books, Ben Mezrich talked about how a skilled player would insert the "cut" (and shown) card at exactly a particular place in ...


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Extra aces (without extra other cards) increase the chances of blackjacks. If we assume a normal deck, there are 4 aces, and 12 faces; this means a blackjack is (4/52)*(12/51)=48/2652, or about 12/663. If we add 4 extra aces, it instead goes to (8/56)*(12/55) = 96/3080 = 12/385. just over twice as many blackjacks, before accounting for splitting two aces. ...


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You are correct that the best seat is just before the dealer. The reason for this is that you get extra information before deciding whether to hit or stay. Keep in mind that in your example, you would still have the same decision whether to hit or stay when sitting on a 16 and the dealer showing 11. The only difference, is that sitting to he right of the ...


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Typically, you are not the only player at the table. So if ANYone stays, the blackjack dealer must reveal his hole card to that person/people. But if everyone busts, that's a different story.


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Random article from Google Stand on soft 17 Eight decks No mention of shoe emptying rules Splitting up to 3 times (total of 4 hands) Double down after splitting is allowed Not explicitly mentioned but unlikely due to one card after split Ace One card each after splitting an ace (and no resplit) Ace and ten after split is 21 The dealer does check for ...


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The above rules are good, but there are a couple of things you can do to improve your odds. With a total of hard 16, against a dealer's T, it is very close whether you should stand or hit. You should hit if the count is at all negative, because you will make a winning hand often enough to compensate for the times that both you and dealer would have busted. ...


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The dealer first has to determine if he has blackjack. This is done by having the 10 pointers and Ace being marked in a way that the dealer can tell if it is a blackjack but otherwise can't tell. (Note that the dealer can't tell if they have two aces or 20) If the dealer has a blackjack then once the players have chosen whether or not to get insurance that ...


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Are you sure this is something you want/need? Many casinos do not care if you play with the strategy card on the table in front of you. Some casinos also provide them if requested. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110602191708AAVZtUx http://www.blackjackinfo.com/bb/showthread.php?t=520


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It's hard to say for sure, because there aren't a lot of places that prevent you from splitting aces, so there isn't a lot of strategy available that I could find about a soft 12 that says anything other than "split them, duh." From what I could find, it looks to me like the consensus is to play a soft 12 just a bit more conservatively than a soft 13. One ...



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