Edward Thorp - The Man Who Beat The Casino

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Edward Thorp - The Man Who Beat The Casino

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Next time you find yourself at a blackjack table, adding and subtracting ones as you count your way through a shoe of cards, and, hopefully make a bit of money in the process, take a moment between hands to thank Edward O. Thorp. He is the university math professor turned stock-market genius who invented card counting, wrote a bestselling book called “Beat The Dealer” and can be considered the father of modern advantage play.

Four years before the 1962 publication of Thorp’s book, he was contemplating ways of beating roulette and had already created the world’s first basic-strategy card – those pocket-sized laminated rectangles that tell players each correct play to make in blackjack. As related in his new book, “A Man For All Markets,” in 1958 Thorp and his wife decided to spend their Christmas holiday in Las Vegas, playing a bit of blackjack.

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AP Heat: Dragon 7 and Panda 8 Known Card Play at Baccarat

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AP Heat: Dragon 7 and Panda 8 Known Card Play at Baccarat

By Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.

One of the most persistent and powerful methods used to beat baccarat has been to use the knowledge of the rank of exactly one card in the shoe, (see this post). A "known-card" AP patiently counts down the shoe until their card reaches the window where it is eligible to be dealt in the following round, that is, the card is one of the next six in the shoe. The AP then follows a fixed baccarat strategy that tells him which wager to make to take full advantage of this information.

One procedure that can lead to an exposed card is known as the “ribbon spread.” Bill Zender explains the ribbon spread as follows:

“The dealer will remove approximately 20 to 25 cards from the front of the eight decks following the cut. The dealer will spread the cards face down on the layout, and starting from the dealer’s left count each card. Once the dealer locates the 14-th card, he/she places the plastic cut card between the 14-th and 15-th. The entire spread of card are picked up in order and placed behind the eight decks.”

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Official: Casino Gambling is Coming to Japan

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Official: Casino Gambling is Coming to Japan

By Michael Kaplan

For a moment, please, put down your playing cards, holster your chips and consider the possibility of a most cultured gambling experience: delectable sushi served at select blackjack tables, fine sake and rare Japanese whiskey poured in the high-limit room, and, after hours of nosebleed gaming conclude, a silk kimono hanging in an elegantly minimalist suite. That exotically sophisticated experience may be ours, because casino gambling comes to the land of the rising sun. Japan is the latest nation to approve the legalization of casino play and now we're hoping to get the better for it.

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AP Heat: Card Counting the Knockout Baccarat Side Bet

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Card Counting the Knockout Baccarat Side Bet

By Eliot Jacobson Ph.D

Baccarat side bets that consist of a group of related wagers have a history of big game protection problems. A team of card counters targets the side bet by dividing up the individual wagers among their group. When a team member wagers on his particular side bet, the rest of the team follows by betting on the same side bet. In this way, each member of the team gets the full effect as-if they were counting every side bet on the layout. This "co-card counting" team approach has been applied, for example, to the UR Way Egalite baccarat side bet.

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How to Win at Roulette Every Time

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How to Win at Roulette Every Time

By Nicholas Colon

Many people are enticed by the game of Roulette and specifically is it possible to win at roulette everytime. We’ll, the answer is yes, and here is how:
 

    - Find a Single Zero (European) Wheel: cuts the house advantage in half
    - Get a Playing Partner: A friend or relative to play with you as a partner
    - Playing Techniques: Ways for players to manipulate the casino comp system
    - Avoid Playing Systems: the Martingale and d’Almbert systems were designed to get a players dollars

The objective of beating a casino game is to get more from a casino than he gives the casino. If you lose $1,000 on while playing, but you receive $1,300 in free rooms, food, alcohol and show tickets you have beaten the casino at their own game. You have gotten more from the casino than you have given them. The following steps illustrate just how a player can do that.

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AP Heat: 7 Reasons to NEVER Count Cards

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AP Heat: 7 Reasons to NEVER Count Cards

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The very first thing people think about when the topic of beating casinos comes up is blackjack card counting. The reason is simple - card counting is everywhere in our culture. For example, an Amazon.com search on books written about "blackjack card counting" returns 182 titles. Even more amazing, a Google search on "blackjack card counting" returns 363,000 results.

There are at least four major movies that feature card counting  (21, Rainman, Vegas Vacation, The Hangover). Card counting is also featured in myriad documentaries, magazine articles, blogs, message boards and YouTube videos. If you don't want to do it all yourself, you can learn how to count cards using simulation software, taking online or in-person training courses or even by hiring a personal trainer.

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5 Ways to Play Double Double Bonus in Video Poker

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5 Ways to Play Double Double Bonus in Video Poker

By Bob Dancer

Double Double Bonus (DDB) is the most popular video poker game in the world. It comes with big hands --- and dry spells. Apparently it’s the right mix of “heaven or hell” for many players.
 

What makes DDB is how much you get for 4-of-a-kinds.

 

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How to Play Soft 18 in Blackjack?

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How to Play Soft 18 in Blackjack?

By Henry Tamburin PH.D.

One of the hands that blackjack players often misplay is soft 18. This is a hand that totals 18 and contains an ace counted as 11. Examples of soft 18 hands are: Ace, 7 or Ace, 3, 4.

The reason the above hands are classified as “soft” 18 is because the strategy for playing them is different from a hand that totals 18 and that either doesn’t contain an Ace (e.g., 10-8), or, if an Ace is present, it is counted as 1 (e.g., 5-9-A-3). (These are known as “hard” 18 hands.)

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A Brief History Of The Casino

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By Louis Wheeler

Whether picking a winner in the battle between gladiators in the arena, or betting on who'd have the highest number after rolling dice, we've been obsessed with gambling throughout history. Dating back thousands of years, the developments it’sgone through have shaped the casino industry we see today, and the likes of blackjack and roulette that we play in our modern casinos and online.
 

To paint a better picture of how much it has changed and to find out just where some of our favourite games have come from, we've taken a step back into the archives to find out the true history of the casino.

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The Future of Edge Sorting

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The Future of Edge Sorting

By Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.

There have now been three court decisions (and two appeals) in three distinct jurisdictions regarding the question of whether edge sorting at mini-baccarat is advantage play. In every case the decision came down on the side of the casino without a determination of criminal cheating. As Phil Ivey's expert in the Crockford's case, I obviously fall into the "edge sorting is advantage play" camp. However, after these decisions, it's a matter of making sense of the verdicts and working outward from there.

As a reminder, there are two versions of baccarat. In one, the players can touch the cards. In this case the cards are "one use." That is, the cards are thrown out after each shoe and fresh cards are brought in for the next shoe. It is obvious that no edge sorting can take place if the game is dealt in this fashion. This version is often referred to as "midi-baccarat" or "big baccarat" depending on the size of the table.

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