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An Ace has a value of 11, unless it would bust your hand, at which point it becomes 1 Quoting from Wikipedia (due to lack of an official online source for blackjack rules): If a player holds an ace valued as 11, the hand is called "soft", meaning that the player cannot go bust by taking an additional card; the value of the ace will become 1 to prevent ...


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In Black Jack, you play against the dealer, not the other players, and one of the main mechanics is deciding whether to hit or not. This decision becomes trivial and meaningless if you could know exactly what the dealer has. You hit if you have less than them; stand if you have more than them (if they have 17 or more so that they won’t hit). Hiding one ...


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The dealer has several options when exercising his duties. His employer wants him to generate as much revenue as possible, which means: Dealing as many hands as possible Giving the players a fun experience, along with some tiny hope that they could get an edge naturally Detecting advantage players (card counters) and using counter measures to thwart them, ...


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Option B, but not for the reason you think. You have made two errors: When you take insurance, you may insure only up to half of your original bet, turning what would ordinarily be a loss into a push at 2:1. In this case, if your wager was $200, you could insure for up to $100. Once insurance is "closed," the dealer checks to see whether he or she has a ...


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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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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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After doing a lot more research and sometimes even stumbling across answers for this while looking up other topics, I found a few good reasons why someone would use a suit aware system. I had way better results found when looking up the more well-known Red Seven counting system rather than the KISS II and KISS III methods which are not as commonly known as ...


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You shouldn't have much trouble at all finding a chart.. What you are looking for is known as Basic Strategy Replace any double/split with a hit, surrender with fold if your simulation does not allow it. Edit: As Hymie pointed out in the comments, splits are not always a hit.. in fact many splits you would stand on. A close approximation would be to use ...


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First off Ace value is either 1 or 11 (this is why face+ace is a blackjack) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackjack Second you choose what it is worth, but most places will assume you want 11 unless it will bust you So in your hand you can choose between 12,22,22,32


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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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From Wikipedia: $2.50 chips are mostly used for blackjacktables, since a "natural" (a 21 on the first two cards dealt to a player) typically pays 3:2 and most wagers are in increments of $5. However, the Tropicana Casino and Borgatain Atlantic City, New Jersey, and others, have used $2.50 (pink) chips in $7.50 to $15 and $10 to $20 poker games. They have ...


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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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I've never played in Atlantic City, but I have played in casinos in several other places, and I have never encountered a game where the dealer doesn't show the hole card every time, even if there are no player hands in play due to busts or blackjacks. I'm pretty sure gaming laws or regulations require this in most places.


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The hand is always scored to give the best possible value for the player, such that they have the highest score they can get without going bust. The player never chooses the values or the score; it is decided by the rule and the cards on the table. A+A+X will always be valued as 12+X, unless this would bust, in which case it must be valued as 12 (since the ...


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The answer is almost certainly no. Card counting is used primarily to determine how much to bet - a standard strategy might look like: -1 or smaller: find a better table -1 to +1: bet table minimum (still in casino's favor but worth waiting around) +1 or higher: start betting big (the game has tilted in your favor) Now I haven't run the simulations, but my ...


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The dealer cards only are relevant if there is at least one player that passed. If all players are busted or had 21, there is no need for a turn for the dealer. Dealing the dealer cards face up influences the play of the players. For example, if the dealer has a 18, no player will pass on 18 or lower.


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It depends on the house rules, which may be either determined by law (or subordinate regulation) or by the casino by publication. The dealer will often make the rule explicit by stating that splits aces don't become blackjacks. In this case they cannot push on the dealer's blackjack, because they only have a 21 at best.


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I don't know how American casinos handle this, but in Austria there is the same problem with euros. There is no 0,5 euro chip, so you simply get a regular 50 cent coin.


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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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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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The short answer to your question is YES. This is the whole reason for counting, to understand how to change your bets and strategy to account for the count and to take advantage of the change in the odds. This is also how casino's know that you're counting. Once they are deep into the deck, you start betting higher, which is a signal to them that you're ...


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Wikipedia's article for basic strategy says to stand when dealt a hard 18-21, at all times, regardless of the dealer's face up card. Given a game with the following parameters: Four to eight decks The dealer hits on a soft 17 A double is allowed after a split Only original bets are lost on dealer blackjack https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackjack#...


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The dealer is required to show the hole card even if all players bust. There isn't a casino anywhere that I've played where that isn't the rule of the house. Not showing the hole card would open the pandora's box of the casino dealing a fair game- regardless of whether or not that would even be a realistic probability.


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Assuming the Player Has Blackjack If you take the insurance: If the dealer has Blackjack you will earn $1.00 on the hand. If the dealer does not have Blackjack you will earn $1.00. ($1.50 - $0.50) If you don't take the insurance: If the dealer has Blackjack you will earn $0.00. If the dealer does not have Blackjack you will earn $1.50. Ultimately you ...


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This answer is yes, a total arrived at with an ace counted as 11 is a "soft total,." This comes into play with the "soft seventeen" rule that reduces a player's expectation slightly (by 0.2%). This happens with a hand if a 1 makes it a 7, and an 11 makes it a 17. (The two starting cards might have been 3-3, 4-2, or 5-A). Normally, a dealer needs to stand ...


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According to this site: Any blackjack hand that contains an ace counted as an 11 is a soft hand. So it does not matter when the ace entered the hand.


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Why not make the software self learning? There are several strategies. Code them all (preferably parameterized). Now start a sequence of simulations and compare the results for each strategy. You can then drop the worst and add adaptations of the winners. Then continue. Until you are satisfied by the result. For the final product, use some of the winning ...


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The big problem I see right off the bat is that just counting the two card hands wouldn't give you an understanding of the cards left in the shoe, it would be too imprecise: Here's the 2 card hands you could (ever) possibly stand on: 12 (vs some dealer up cards) 13 (vs some dealer up cards) 14 (vs some dealer up cards) 15 (vs some dealer up cards) 16 (vs ...


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The disadvantage of your system is that it is imprecise, as discussed below; the advantage is that it is a "nonstandard" method of card counting, and you may get less "heat" from the casino. But I think you're onto something here. First, there are 20 10- and 11- valued cards (counting aces) in the deck, and 32 other cards, in a ratio of nearly 2 to 3. ...


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