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Readers Q&A #34

Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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What is the easiest way to card count in balckjack?
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Best regards,
The "Ask the Pro" Staff

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Dear Loriroma,

The easiest way to card count in blackjack is to use an unbalanced card counting system. One of the better ones is the K-O Count which you can find in Vancura and Fuch’s book, Knock Out Blackjack. fred renzy also has several good unbalnced countign systems in his book Blackjack Bluebook. Renzy also wrote about unbalanced counting systems in Blackjack Insider # 22 and he presented a mini-count for beginners in Blackjack Insider #21 (www.BJInsider.com/newsletter.shtml).

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by Lux.

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When you split two aces and get a blackjack. Is it then countes as a neutrual or as a common 21? Is it the same way when you split two tens (which you of course not should) and get a blackjack?
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Dear Robert,

When you split aces and draw tens you have a 21 not a blackjack. The latter occurs only when your initial two cards dealt to you total 21 (in the case of aces the two aces were the first two cards dealt to you). Ditto for splitting 10’a. If you draw aces you have 21 not blackjack.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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I'm heading to vegas for the second time on Dec. 16th, could you give us a rundown of the most favorable games right now. Love your newsletter. Thanks

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Dear Weezerc,

If you are a basic strategy player the BJ games with the lowest house edge (<0.3%)can be found at these casinos:

Aladdin - 6 and 8 decks

Bally – 2 decks

Bellagio – 2 and 6 decks

Caesar’s Palace – 6 and 8 decks

El Cortez – single deck

Four Queens – single deck

Frontier – 2 deck

Golden Gate – single deck

Golden Nugget (s17) – 6 deck

Horseshoe – single deck

Lady Luck – single deck

Las Vegas Hilton – 2 deck

Luxor – 2 and 6 decks

Mandalay Bay – 2 , 6 and 8 deck

MGM Grand – 6 deck

Mirage – 2 (s17) and 6 deck

NYNY – 2 and 6 deck

Riviera – 2 deck

Rio - 6 deck (s17)

Sam’s Town – 1 deck

Silverton – 1 deck

Slots of Fun – 1 deck

Sardust – 2 deck

Texas Station – 2 deck

Treasure Island – 2 deck (s17)

Venetian – 2 and 6 deck (s17)

If you are a counter the top 5 games right now are:

El Cortez – 1 deck

Lady Luck – 1 deck

Treasure Island – 2 deck (s17)

Mandalay bay – 2 deck

Mirage – 2 deck

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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If it exists, where can I obtain the proper basic strategy for a BJ game in which you can double down on any number of cards? I recently played a game like that at the Reno Silver Legacy, but I just used the ordinary 6-deck H17 strategy, not knowing if there was a more fine-tuned strategy for a game with that unique rule.
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The "Ask the Pro" Staff

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Dear Kevin,

You can find the basic strategy for doubling on any number of cards in Stanford Wong’s book, Basic Blackjack.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Henry,

Ever hear of "No Bust" Blackjack, also called "21st Century" or "California" Blackjack? Well, I've been playing it out here in California, and coming out ahead so far. Its quite entertaining because of the several different rules (jokers, naturals, banking, push if bust less than dealer, etc.) The only thing I don't like is paying the "collection" to the casino each hand I play. I was wondering if there is anywhere I can see odds on this (quite different) variation of blackjack? Have you ever played or heard of this game? I've looked all over your site and some others, and nothing on this variation.
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Dear Chris,

Sorry but I don’t have information on the game you mention. However, the collection can drain your bankroll and BJ games with a lot of different rules usually means trouble (if you only get even money for a blackjack be very careful). Suggest you post on www.bj21.com (west region) and ask for information about the game.

Regards,

Henry Tamburin

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Dear BJInsider.com Expert Guide,

The following question was asked by

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Thanks alot for your forum, Henry...it's extremely useful for a beginner, like me!

A few Q's for you:

1- Do you know where I can find various wallet-size Basic Strategy
cards for various games? I keep finding ones for only 4-deck games...

2-Do you know if there are flashcards
for card counting on various decks..single,
2-deck, 4-deck, etc...

If these training
cards don't exist, feel free to steal the idea & I will take my normal 50% cut...haha!

Best Regards & Thanks Again, Henry!

George

Dear George,

I market a wallet size basic strategy card for 4/6 decks (call 1-888-353-3234 for a catalog). Otherwise try www.gamblersbook.com or www.gamblersgeneralstore.com.

Try using The MKE Blackjack Practice deck (flashcards). Also available at either site above. Given a choice it’s easier to use a computer software program to learn counting (like Blackjack 6,7,8)

Regards,

Henry Tamburin


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