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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Does the distribution of cards in a multiple
deck game cut down on the frequency of win/lose streaks in a row. I am wondering this because I use a progressive betting system and it seems that multiple deck don't swing around so much.
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Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

Dear Stevenkeys,

Off the top of my head I would say no although I have never seen or done any studies on this. You may want to ask Walter Thomason who is the author of Twenty First century Blackjack and a strong proponent of progressive betting systems (heís done quite a few computer studies) if he has any data. You can email Walter at waltersbj@aol.com.

Regards,

Henry

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Henry,
I am heading to Las Vegas at the end of the month and would appreciate any information you have about blackjack tournaments and who is doing the best dealing.
What do you think about Laughlin?
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Dear Phil,

To my knowledge there arenít any major blackjack tournaments in Las Vegas at end of January (the next one is Feb 5-8 at Stardust). There are several mini- blackjack tournaments where the entry fee is usually less then $50 and the prizes are nominal. They are held on Sundayís at Silverton & Sunset Station; Mondays at Speedway & Longhorn; Tuesdays at Fiesta, Longhorn, & Silverton; Wednesdays at Longhorn, Palace Station, & Lake of Las Vegas; Thursdays at Fiesta, Longhorn, Vacation Village, The Reserve & Sunset Station; Fridays at Longhorn; and Saturdays at Longhorn. Itís best to call the casino ahead of time for details. Make sure the tournament returns all the playersí entry fee in prizes (ask them if they do).

Laughlin is a nice area and worth a trip if you are in Vegas. There are also blackjack tournaments in Laughlin. I donít personally play there because the blackjack games are not as favorable as the casinos in Las Vegas.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

PS: We list the blackjack tournament schedules for major tournaments in Blackjack insider newsletter. Go to www.BJInsider.com/newsletter.shtml to sign up.



Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

 

Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,
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> > Hi Gayle, I love all your info and all your partners @ BJInsider.com. I
was
> > just up at Primm ( stateline ) NV on a Tues and was a little
> > disappointed to
> > see that none of the 3 casinos had a $2 blackjack table. If
> > they're going to
> > lock us seniors out of the tables whatever happened to blackjack
> > machines? NO
> > ONE has them anymore!
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> > Best regards,
> > The "Ask the Pro" Staff
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Dear Helen,

Blackjack machines do not generate much profit for the casinos, which is why many do not offer them (they make much more profit from a conventional slot machine so when casino floor space is at a premium a slot manager will often opt for the more profitable slot machine vs. a stand alone blackjack machine). You may find some video blackjack games in the multi-game slots machines like Ballyís Game Maker.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

 

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Hi Henry a really quick one for you.
I live in New Zealand
Where the dealers hand is played differently to most of the States in that they only get one card showing until the last player has taken their card.
What i want to know is does your book discuss this option and is it a better player or dealer bet with these rules.
I do know that it seems there is more pressure on the last box to call the cards so as to dictate the dealers final cards
Thanks Sparks
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Dear Sparks,

You are speaking about the European rule where players lose their double down and split bets if the dealer ends up with a blackjack. The edge increases for the casino with this rule. Michael Shackelford reviewed this rule in Blackjack Insider #4 including the complete basic strategy. Go to www.BJInsider.com/newsletter.shtml.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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I've read about "counting rounds" in blackjack (e.g. 5 rounds to 1, 4 rounds to 2, etc.). What does this mean?
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Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

Dear JNCPOFF,

Card counters refer to this as the Rule of 6. In single deck games, 6-n rounds will be dealt to n players prior to the reshuffle. So if there are 2 players you should expect to be dealer 4 rounds before the dealer reshuffles. If casinos deal less rounds then 6-n then the game is not usually good for card counters (i.e. the penetration is lousy).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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