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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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In a multiple deck(6)should a player hit a hard 16 against dealer with a 10 showing? ALSO HIT 13 against a DEALER showing a 2 .thank you.
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Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

 

Answer:

Dear Bill,

Yes you should hit hard 16 against a dealerís 10 face card in a multiple deck game. However, if your hard 16 consists of three or more cards that include a 4 or 5, then you should stand (eg. 4/7/5). Also if surrender is available, you should surrender hard 16 (but not 8,8) against a dealer 10.

If you have a 13 and the dealer shows a 2, the correct play is to stand not hit.

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 few years ago I went to Vegas for the first time. I was sent there by the company I worked for and spent a lot of time in the casinos observing dealers/players. I remember a casino that was infested with blackjacking dealers. The penetration was terrible, at about 1/3 deck and the dealer was blackjacking himself at just about every shuffle. I didn't play at this casino, just observed!
A couple of years went by and I went back to Vegas with some friends. I had told them about this particular casino and they wanted to see it for themselves. Sure enough, they were still doing it!
I have bought used casino decks with cut corners and, upon inspection, found the Aces to be marked.
I have seen a table with young and older dealer taking turns..the players winnings would increase with the young dealer and decrease as soon as the older dealer took his turn!
My line of work puts me in the casinos but since I'm on duty, I can't play...just observe!
The previous to let you know I'm not a complaining losing player. I took your test and got all 15 questions correct.

I don't know how blackjack is in your neck of the woods but I'm convinced that Vegas is infested with corrupt dealers/casino management that abuse the average player with impunity.

Would you know of a good book on the subject?

Yours,

Francisco Aloy






Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

 

Answer:

Dear Francisco,

The best book on cheating isnít a book, itís the video series on Gambling Protection by Steve Forte. However, there is a book I can recommend ĖHow to Detect Casino Cheating at Blackjack by Bill Zender (www.gamblersbookshop.com).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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I am a skilled blackjack player, I can count cards and play special indices based on a true count. What I am looking for is good place to meet legitimate card counter so I could join a team.
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Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

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Answer:

Dear Frank,

I can recommend four sources in cyberspace where you can "meet" other legitimate card counters and discuss joining a team. The first is www.BJ21.com hosted by Stanford Wong. There are several discussion groups but the one I recommend for what you want is the Green Chip membership. The next site for card counters is a freebie at http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/blackjackcardcounterscafe. The host is John May, author of Get The Edge in Blackjack. Another site that counters frequent is Arnold Snyderís www.RGE21.com. And the last site you may want to try is Michael Daltonís www.RGEnet.com. Good luck.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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what are the colors for chips for gambling chips, other than wit for 1, green for 10 and black for 100?

Tanks

Answer:

Dear Dave,

With just a few exceptions, the standard colors for casino chips (or checks) are $1-white; $5-red; $25-green; $100-black; $500-purple.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin
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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Can you offer advice on the two or three best video tapes on blackjack including basic strategy and some card counting instruction and money management.
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Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

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Answer:

Dear Bill,

I can humbly recommend my video Blackjack: Deal Me In for the basics, money management, and some reference to card tracking (I was filmed in a casino and the casinos managers wouldnít allow me to go in to great details about card counting). Another good video that covers the basic strategy and card counting is the Business of Blackjack. Both videos are available from Gamblers Book Shop in Las Vegas (1-800-522-1777 or www.gamblersbook.com).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin
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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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I have turned over in excess of $6,000,000 over a 7 month period with an on line casino for a profit of .65%.+another $500,000 last 10 days
Lost $21,000...It felt like a"switch" was used...Your comments please. Too many BJ's resulted in a push and didn't get one 10 in doubling against a 5 or 6 in 30 attempts. my average hand for this doubling against a five was 17....I won due to them busting..but no 10's. After 25 years of playing BJ,,Ifeel like I have been cheated,I'm still in front but closed my account with this widely advertised on line casino....wher do i go from here. I have kept excellent records for the last 35,000 hands. I have been barred from several casinos here in australia due to counting that i obviously can't employ on the internet....sorry this is a bit long winded..but would appreciate your commenys. Thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully respond.....Bill O'Mara from OZ.

Dear Oz,

Unless I know your betting level, bankroll and your edge in the game I canít determine if your loss of $21,000 was due to cheating or just normal fluctuation in the game (I suspect itís the latter)..I would suggest you read the book BeatWebBJInsider.com by Bill Haley (www.gamblerbookshop.cpom). Bill has a list of ratings services that he recommends including Internet Gaming Commission, Interactive Gaming Council, Ethical Online Gaming Association and others. You could also report your experience at rec.gambling.com newsgroup. Another option is to buy the software BJ Risk Manager where you put in you bankroll, average bet etc. and it will calculate your risk. Finally you may want to check out www.gamemasteronline.com for info on different internet sites that offer blackjack and which ones have the best rules.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin


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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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What is the recommendation on how to launch a new casino table game? I have developed a New Game and have received Approval from the Nevada Gaming Board, which requires no field trial.

Can you point me in a direction to bring this concept to the market?

Answer:

I would suggest you contact one of the major supplier/marketers of table games Ė D.P. Stud (1-702-383-5959); Masque Publishing (1-303-290-9853); Mikohn (1-800-336-8449); Shuffle Master (1-702-897-7150); GAMMA (1-209-966-3830).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Splitting 8's and A's when the bank has 10 or A (neutral deck)is recommended by your article on splitting. Better to lose 43% than 52%, you say. I get the point, but let's say you play 100 such hands at $1 in an evening - why is it better to lose 43% of $200 than 52% of $100? Please explain why a $34 hole in my wallet is good news.
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Dear Carl,

You misread the article. The $43 loss when you split 8ís is factored per $100 of the original bet (not $200). If you want to do it your way, you would compare losing 52% of $100 by hitting (=$52) vs 22% of $200 when you split (=$44 or actually $43 if you donít round numbers).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Where can I find the 2001 calendar for Black Jack tournaments in Las Vegas?

Thanks for your help!

Ernesto JR
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Answer:

Dear Ernesto,

If you sign up for the free biweekly Blackjack Insider newsletter youíll find an updated schedule of major blackjack tournaments going out at least 3 months. Sign up for the newsletter at www.BJInsider.com/newsletter.shtml.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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