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Readers Q&A #14

Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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When playing in a six deck shoe that allows late surrender; it is proper to surrender on 15 vs, a ten. But if the 15 is a 7&8 we should hit. Why?
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff

 

Dear Rico,

The 5 and 6 are two of the most important cards for you when you must draw to a 15 (you will make a 20 or 21). If you are holding a 7 & 8 then all the 5ís and 6ís are still in the deck . Under this condition you would not surrender a hard 7&8 hand against dealer ace but rather draw.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE TO PLAY BJ IN RENO?
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff

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Dear Bill,

In Reno, the casinos that have the best blackjack rules are the Sundowner (single deck), Silver (single deck), Atlantis (single deck), & Pepermill (single deck with dealer hit 17 and no restrictions on doubling). There are also good blackjack games in nearby Sparks at these casinos: Alamo (single deck), Baldiniís (single deck), Nugget (single deck), Rail City (single deck), & Western Village (single deck).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by hellrazzor21.

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henery, do u think that the cards come out in a secquence that evry time u can win, with exception to if some cards r hit or not? then the dealer will beat u bearly, or he will pull bj off face.if u dont bust . ive benn playing lots latley and i get up about $800 bucks and leave, but its seems easy i can lose like 7-10 hands per 6 deck shoe if i play by myself but if someone else is there i find it even easier.thats Alberta gaming rules to. mayb some advise to how to spend free time?? brain gets boggled
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Dear Monkeman69,

You are just experiencing the normal fluctuations that occur when you play blackjack. Losing 7-10 hands in a row can occur and having one or more players is immaterial. My advice is to learn card counting so that you bet more when you have the edge Ė thatís how you can beat the casinos at their own game.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin
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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Should a basic strategy player hit on soft 18 vs. 9, 10, or Ace when the soft 18 consists of more than 2 cards?
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Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

 

Dear Kevin,

Yes even if your soft 18 consists of more then two cards you should still hit it if the dealer shows a 9,10, or ace.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Hi, I just read the book "the world's greatest blackjack book" of Lance Humble. This book talks about Hi-opt1. Does this system work under actual casino conditions?

Hendrick - Belgium
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff


Dear Hendrick,

Yes the system works well especially for single deck games.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

 

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Is there a strategy for
plating with no whole
card and if there is can you please attach
it with your email.
THANK-YOU
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff

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Dear Terry,

There is no strategy for playing without a hole card unless the dealer takes a playerís double down or pair split bet if he has a blackjack (European rules). For the strategy for the latter see www.wizardofodds.com specifically the section on blackjack.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Will card counting work if the casino is using a shuffle machine?
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff

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Dear Teemu,

No it wonít for the most part. However, the pros keep trying (see John Mayís book, Get The Edge at Blackjack).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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What kind of a betting strategy do you recommend for a non-counting basic strategy player? Is it better to bet the same amount each hand or to use some kind of progression? Or, does it not make a difference at all? If a progression is better, what would you advise for someone with a $300 bankroll?
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff

Dear kevin,

I donít recommend progressive betting unless it is tied into card counting or at the minimum card scanning. You should only increase your bet when the remaining unplayed decks of cards contain more high value cards then low value cards. Youíll only know that by card counting. Fred Renzey has a simple card counting system that I highly recommend for bascis tratgey players. See issue #14 & 15 of Blackjack Insider for details (www.BJInsider.com/newsletter.shtml)

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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IS THERE ANY ADVANTAGE IN PLAYING AT LST BASE OR THIRD BASE. THANK YOU
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Dear Zitzu,

If you are a recreational player there is no advantage playing 1st or 3rd base.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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I would like to know more about critical index- have some literature but do not understand it.
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff
Dear Conrad,

A critical index is the value of the true count where a player should depart from basic strategy. For example, you would normally stand on hard 16 when the dealer shows a 10. However, if the true count were +1 or higher, you should stand. See my advanced blackjack articles on www.BJInsider.com for more details.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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