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Dear Henry,
what are the true odds on getting any blackkjack and getting one of the same suit?
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff

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Dear Adjara,

I calculated the probabilities then checked with math wiz and Blackjack Insider columnist Michael Shackelford. Iím glad I did because Michael found an error in one of one of my calculations.

Probability of getting any blackjack is 4.82%.

Probability of getting any suited blackjack is 1.21% (I originally calculated 0.6% cause I forgot to multiply my result by 2).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by [name withheld]

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I am a mathematical person and was wonderering if you have ever come across how many pat hand combinations exist for 6 decks? I don't care how unlikely some of them are (ex. 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2=18) I do not care about suit. thanks
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Dear Eric,

I have never seen the answer to your question nor have I ever attempted to compute an answer. I asked math wiz Michael Shackelford (Blackjacxk Insider columnist) if he could figure out the answer. His response was "This is rather time consuming to figure out. Iíll have to pass on it". Iím afraid this is a wee bit tougher question then most of us have time to spend on. Sorry.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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Dear Henry,
I'm sending this question again as I cant work it out for sure myself.So.....................what are the true odds,in a six deck shoe of getting the following,7,7,7 of any suit and 6,7,8 of the same suit.If possible a break down of how you arrive at these odds would be greatly appreciated.

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Dear Jules,

Math wiz and Blackjack Insider columnist Michael Shackelford states: "It is harder to get the 7,7,7 than 6,7,8. For example in a 6-deck game the probability of a suited 777 is 4*combin(6,3/combin(312,3)=0.000016. The probability of a suited 6,7,8 is 4*6^3/combin(312,3)=0.000172.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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which las vegas hotel is the best
for multi-deck blackjack????
by best i mean double down on any card,
surrender,and so on.
as for YOUR experience.
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Dear Mike,

The casinos in Las Vegas that have the best rules for 6 deck games for basic strategy player are:

Aladdin, Bellagio, Caesarís, Hard Rock, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, New York New York, and Venetian (6/8 decks with ds,ls,rsa,s17). Be careful because most of these casinos also have other games with less favorable rules or also have tables with 8 decks.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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how do i play for more points?
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Dear Vicdevil,

You need to be more specific by what you mean "for more points".

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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Hi!
I read all your blackjack strategies ,
but you`re not show The Basic Strategy Deviations Indices, is any chance you can put them (the whole indices) in your web site or send me one by e`mail !
Thank you very much !

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Dear dan,

No need to learn any more then a dozen strategy indices. Go to the following URL for the list of these most important indices:

http://www.BJInsider.com/articles/adv_bj_strategies_part5.shtml

If you want an entire list of 50 or so you need to purchase the book, Profesional Blackjack by Stanford Wong.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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pls provide tips on gaining edge over blackjack shuffling machines
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Dear Steven,

Read Michael Shackelfordís article on Continuous Shuffling machines in Blackjack Insider Newsletter #8 availble at www.BJInsider.com/newsletter/blackajck/archive/.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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what does take to be a professional blackjack player?
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Dear Taffy,

You need to know:

Basic playing strategy

Card counting

Betting and changing your playing strategy based upon your count

Enough bankroll to see you through the short term negative swings

Lots of patience (your advantage is long term)

To get a more detailed look at becoming a professional blackjack player check out these books:

Blackjack Autumn by Barry Meadow; Las Vegas Blackjack Diary by Stewart Perry; Burning the Tables in Las Vegas by Ian Andersen, and How to make a $100,000 aYear Gambling for a Living by D. Sklansky & M. Malmuth.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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