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Mar
22
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@SamIam: That's because Kenny Uston fought and won a state court case against them. But they can shuffle up after every deal.
Mar
22
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@KeithS: It used to be more like 0.6%. Then the casinos reduced the payouts on blackjack from 3 to 2 to 4 to 3, in some cases even 5 to 4, which took their edge above 1%.
Mar
21
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@KeithS: The house does have an advantage over the player on PLAYING. But card counters overcome this advantage by betting big on certain "good" hands and betting small on (most other) "bad" ones. That's the point of counting cards. Meaning that if card counters were forced to "flat bet," they would lose.
Mar
15
answered Can “aggressive” or unusual play in blackjack get someone thrown out of a casino?
Mar
15
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
Actually, it is not the "mechanic," that makes for card counting. What card counters (mostly) do is to vary their bet sizes in their own favor. See my answer below.
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answered Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
Mar
13
comment Can “aggressive” or unusual play in blackjack get someone thrown out of a casino?
I accepted your answer based on your comments (not on the original answer). So I've taken the liberty of attaching your comments to the answer. You delete the comments if your wish. (Unless you prefer to leave them in and "roll back" the answer to the original.)
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Mar
12
comment Can “aggressive” or unusual play in blackjack get someone thrown out of a casino?
I consider your answer "warm." My understanding is that the casino will first look to see if someone is winning. If he is, then they'll make an evaluation of his play; is he "lucky" (a tourist) who is playing "randomly" or is he "doing something" (cheating or card counter). But I once read a card counter's book that opined that you could get thrown out just for breaking "unwritten rules" like by splitting tens. After all, if you break those "rules," you may also break the "unwritten rules" against card counting.
Mar
12
comment How are the maps provided with Diplomacy supposed to be used?
@You can, of course. But then you can't "recycle" them for future games--unless you make copies.
Mar
12
comment What are some good introductory rules to bridge?
@JoeZeng: It's the points that win. Winning the rubber USUALLY wins the game for you. Unless the opponents scored a lot of "penalty" points that cancelled out your rubber bonuses.
Mar
11
answered How are the maps provided with Diplomacy supposed to be used?
Mar
11
comment In Diplomacy, Should You Have Separate Country “Draws” For Players of Different Experience?
"A strong player will walk all over weak ones regardless of which country they are assigned." I once heard of a history class where students had to play Diplomacy as a class exercise. The two best students wanted to be on the same team. "Fine," said the teacher, "as long as you play Austria-Hungary." They got crushed.
Mar
11
answered Preventing early elimination from ruining someone's first game of Diplomacy?
Mar
11
answered What are some good introductory rules to bridge?
Mar
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asked Can “aggressive” or unusual play in blackjack get someone thrown out of a casino?