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Readers Q&A #15

 

Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Good day, how do you do,
i would like to know if it is best to play when there are more then 2 people against the dealer, rather ten the dealer and me. And also wher would i find a simple card counting system ?
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Mark,

If you are a non-counter, it doesn’t make a difference how many other players are playing with you. If you are a counter, the least players the better. You can find a simple card counting system in the book Knock Out Blackjack by Fuchs & Vencura or check out the simple card counting system by Fred Renzy that appeared in the Blackjack Insider #14 & 15 (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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Hi, In New Zealand when the hands are dealt the dealer does not deal themselves a face down card. Instead they just take the next card from the shoe after the players have finished with their hands.

Does this make any difference mathematically?

I can't see how it can. As i see it the only reason for the dealer having a face down card dealt is so that Dealer Blackjacks can be checked faster and saves time.

Also is there a chart or similar that allows a player to work out the house edge under the rules where he plays?
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Dear Simon,

With the European rule in effect, a player loses both double down and pair split bets if the dealer ends up with a blackjack. This rule requires a change from the normal basic strategy. You can find a printable table of the basic strategy for European Blackjack rules on www.wizardofodds.com. If you want to generate your own basic

strategy table for any rules, you can do so at www.blackjackinfo.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 a friend that plays BlacJack. He uses a counting system He call "the theory of fives". where the only cards he counts are the fives. He says he can't explain it to me. and I can't find anything on it anywhere. Could you comment of explain or tell me where I can find this system. I currantly use the Hi-Lo count system. this would be much easier if it is anygood.

Thank You
Chris
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff

Chris,

The counting system your friend uses is the Revere Five Count and it appears in Lawrence Revere’s classic book, Playing Blackjack as a Business. The five count was developed for single deck games. You keep track of the number of 5’s played and when there is a shortage of 5’s left in the unplayed cards the player has the advantage and bets more (if there is a n excess of 5’s, the player is at a slight disadvantage and bets less). There are other simpler counting systems that are more powerful then the Five Count. Check out Knock Out Blackjack by Fuchs 7 vencure or Blackjack Bluebook by Fred Renzy (also read the Ace-Ten Count by Renzy in Blackjack Insider #14 & 15 (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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Why shouldnt I split pair of nines when the dealer shows a 7? But if the dealer shows 2-6 and 8 and 9 I should split them. Why is it more dangerous to split when the seven shows?
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Dear Daniel,

You are in good shape with a pair of 9’s (18) against the dealer ‘s 7. If you split you’ll make money in the long run (you will win 36% of all the money you wager). If you stand on the 18 you’ll win 40% of the money wagered. Both strategies will win you money but you will win 4% more (40-36) when you stand vs split.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Are there any reputable dealer schools in the Colorado area? By the way, I've just discovered your web site and really appreciate it!

DGH
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Dear DGH,

Try this site for information on dealer schools: http://www.casino-dealer-training.com/

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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At a poker party the other eve. featuring Blackjack the dealer was turning both cards up to the players and one down and one up to himself. My question is how much advantage did he have?
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Dear Zeke,

If the game had typical Las Vegas blackjack playing rules then there was no advanatge for the dealer, In fact in multiple deck casino blackjack games that’s exactly how the dealer deals the cards (players get two cards face up and the dealer gets one face up and one card face down). ‘

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Where are the best places to play blackjack in Atlantic City?
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Dear Elmo,

Coincidentally I just returned from Atlantic City and played blackjack at a very good 4 deck game at the Sands (which I highly recommend). Check out our Atlantic City blackjack newsletter for more information on best places to (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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Mark Pilarski and I were interested in where the term, "five card Charlie", came from. We know it means getting 5 cards without going over 21 in blackjack, but was there an actual guy named Charlie? Or maybe a game called Five Card Charlie?
If you have any information, we would appreciate it.
Sincerely, Terrence Murphy, aka: VP Pappy
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Dear VP Pappy,

I’ve searched my library of books and couldn’t find anything about the term "Five Card Charlie". Sorry, but I’ll post your question in an upcoming issue of Blackjack Insider newsletter and perhaps one of our subscribers could help.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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How does math relate to gambling?
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Dear Evens,

All the casino games including slots is based on odds and probabilities. The casinos know exactly what the odds are for a player winning a bet and they then go ahead and pay the player at lower odds. The difference between the true odds and the payoff odds is what creates the casino’s advantage.

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Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Hello,
Do you place any value in counting 5s and aces? If so, how should betting be adjusted on favorable counts?


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Dear Ihouser,

The ace-five was popularized by Ken Uston in his classic book Million Dollar Blackjack. A;though the count system is easy, it has a relatively low playing and betting efficiency compared to other simple count systems. My advice is to try the unbalanced KO count (Knock-Out Blackjack) or Renzey’s Key Card Count (Blackjack Blue book).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Dear Henry:
Are there any decent Double Deck games in Ontario, Canada casinos (Windsor, Niagara)?

Thank you, Ray
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Dear Ray,

As far as I know, there are only 6 and 8 deck games in the Ontario casinos. Sorry.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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