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Readers Q&A #13


Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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how many times can a dealer get 17 in a 6deck shoe an 8 deck shoe
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Dear Magic4rose,

I checked with our math wiz Michael Shackelford and he states that the dealer will get a 17 approximately 13.8% of the time.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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what is the best position at Blackjack. First base or last.
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Dear Curly,

If you are a recreational blackjack player it makes no difference where you sit at a blackjack table. My recommendation is to sit at the far left next to the anchor position. This will give you a little more time to study your hand and determine the right play.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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event: Can I use a cheet sheat at the black jack table. I am going to Atlantic City. Thank you

date: Steve

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Dear Steve,

Yes you can use a cheat sheet at the table. In fact most casino gift shops sell a small plastic laminated card for this purpose. I recommend you not lay the card on the table. Rather hold it in your hand (on your lap) and refer to the card when you forget a specific play.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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In a two deck BJ game, how do you figure the true count??
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Dear Don,

In two deck games you compute the true count by dividing your running count by the number of unplayed decks of cards. I usually use half deck increments. For example if your running count is +3 and one half deck has been played, there are 1.5 unplayed decks of cards. Your true count is +3 divided by 1.5 or +2.

Regards,

Henry

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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Are the rules in the New Orleans casinos similar to Vegas?
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Dear Mike,

The blackjack rules are similar. However, you wonít find single deck games in the New Orleans casino. They offer only 2, 4 and 6 deck games. The rules are pretty standard Ė dealer stands on soft 17 and players can double down after a pair split.

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Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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If I have a hand and I split then douple down for example. so now I have three hands out of my orginal hand and the dealer has a "10" showing. If the dealer has "back jack" does he take all three hands or just my original bet.

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Dear Dominic,

In US casinos you would only lose your original bet. In European casinos you would lose your original bet plus all the other pair split/double down bets that you made on the hand.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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I am learning to play the game and have made up flash cards I will be
playing on the boats in the great lakes for the most part but some of the
books have different basic strategy and I thought that maybe you could help
me pick out the best one to learn. also a good computer program that I can
get.




Thanks

Mark
Dear Mark,

There are several books that contain accurate basic strategy. Two I could recommend is Knock Out Blackjack by Vencura & Fuchs (contains a good generic basic strategy) or my own Blackjack: Take The Money & Run ) contains basic strategy for different number of decks and rules). You could also get the basic strategy on the Internet by going to www.blackjackinfo.com. Two good software programs that will teach you the basic strategy is Blackjack 6 7 8 and Blackjack Trainer. They are available at www.gamblersbook.com.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

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What do you think about techniques for determining when the dealer is cold?
Where could I find these techniques?
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Dear Chris,

Iím not convinced that over the long term using techniques for determining when a dealer is cold will alter the playerís expectation. You can find these techniques in books by Jerry Patterson (Break the Dealer & Casino Gambling).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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