How People Try to Cheat While Playing Blackjack

How People Try to Cheat While Playing Blackjack

“Have you ever caught anyone card counting?” As a croupier, working in London’s high end casinos, this was one of the questions I was asked most – often by people who’d never been to a casino, who wouldn’t even know how to play blackjack. The notoriety of this form of cheating is probably due at least in part to Ben Mazrich’s bestselling account of a group of card counting students who won millions in Vegas. Mazrich’s 2002 book, Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, was followed by 21, a 2008 film adaptation starring Kevin Spacey as the Svengali behind the students’ Vegas trips.

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Should You Keep the High Card in Video Poker?

Should You Keep the High Card in Video Poker?

Getting the most out of video poker requires learning to recognize the best possible draw on every hand.

Your video poker strategy decisions make a real difference in your wins and losses. And one of the most important decisions you'll make involves something we can call "The High Card Conundrum."

The conundrum is this: If you're dealt a hand that includes a Jack or higher, and also includes a lower pair, which do you hold? Do you keep the high card and hope to pair it up, or do you keep the low pair and hope for two pairs, three of a kind or something even better?

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How to Play a Hard 16 in Blackjack?

 

 How to Play a Hard 16 in Blackjack?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Play a Hard 16 in Blackjack?
By Henry Tamburin PH.D.

In this article you will learn how to play a hard 16 when you play blackjack.

A hard 16 is a blackjack hand that contains either no Aces, or if an Ace is present, it counts as one. Some examples of hard 16 are:
10-6
7-9
4-4-8
7-8-A

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Everything You Need To Know About The Craps Put Bet

 Everything You Need To Know About The Craps Put Bet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything You Need To Know About The Craps Put Bet
By John Grochowski

When craps players learn the basics of how to play craps online or offline, they’re taught that the time to make a pass line bet is on the comeout roll. If it’s not the comeout, you can bet on come instead, with the same basic odds and gameplay.

But what if you bet on the pass line and it’s not the comeout? Will the casino still accept your bet? Yes it will. A pass bet made on a roll other than the comeout is called a “put bet.”

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3 Common Mistakes of Playing Soft 19 in Blackjack

3 Common Mistakes of Playing Soft 19 in Blackjack
By Nicholas Colon

Ever since Ed Thorp published his book Beat the Dealer in 1962 it has been accepted that the diligent player can beat the casino at blackjack. As a kneejerk reaction to this, the casino owners met and decided to implement a series of changes to the game. After a late night meeting, in a smoke filled backroom, all the casino owners unanimously decided to change the rules of blackjack to make Thorps approach no longer valid.

The result was that practically everyone stopped going to casinos. Occupancy ratings at the Las Vegas resorts dropped almost 90% in the weeks after the changes were implemented. The overnight changes made players think that the casinos were not playing fair. After only a few weeks the casinos were forced to reinstate the original rules. But the casinos decided to implement smaller changes over an extended to period of time to again make Thorps analysis invalid. The casinos went from 1 to 2 decks, than to 4 decks then to 6 and finally 8, as well make changes to the hitting, standing doubling rules.

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How I Learned to Play Blackjack: The Story of Henry Tamburin

How I Learned to Play Blackjack: The Story of Henry Tamburin
By Henry Tamburin

I learned to play blackjack after I lost my meager bankroll in a casino on my very first trip to Las Vegas. Here’s how this happened.

In 1969 my wife Linda and I were living in graduate-student apartments at the University of Maryland. I was working on my Ph.D. in organic chemistry and Linda was supporting us by working an 8‒5 job as a secretary in the Meteorological Department on campus. I spent many days, nights, and weekends in the laboratory doing experiments as part of my studies. We didn’t have a lot of money back then (to put it mildly), and when we were approached by friends (another graduate couple) to join them on their upcoming trip to Las Vegas, we respectfully said, “No thanks.”

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More Powerful Than You Think: How to Play Video Poker with a Low Pair?

More Powerful Than You Think: How to Play Video Poker with a Low Pair?
By Jerry Stitch

If you are like most video poker players, you do not expect a lot when you are dealt nothing but a low pair for your initial hand. It seems like these hands never turn into winners. But, is that really the case? If a low pair is such a bad initial hand. If they are, why do they end up so high on playing strategy charts?

Let us take a look at what you can really expect when you are dealt a low pair and how to play video poker with that kind of hand. A full pay (9 for 1 for a full house, 6 for 1 for a flush) Jacks or Better game is used for the example, but other games have similar results. In order to be accurate with the results, we need to make sure the hands being considered have only a low pair. The information shown below is based on a hand with a low pair only and no possibility of a straight or flush.

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Stadium Blackjack: A New Way to Play


Stadium Blackjack: A New Way to Play

By Henry Tamburin PH.D.

Picture 44 electronic player terminals spread out in a stadium-configured arrangement in a casino. A live blackjack dealer stands in front of the stadium facing the players. Players (in this example, up to all 44) make their bets by touching the casino chips across the bottom of the screen on their interactive terminal. As soon as bets are made by the active players and a countdown timer reaches zero indicating that wagering is closed, a live dealer deals a single (common) hand of blackjack to all players, and deals one card to herself.

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Timed Video Poker Tournament: The Royal Flush Strategy


Timed Video Poker Tournament: The Royal Flush Strategy

By Jerry Stich

Video poker tournaments have been around almost from video poker’s beginnings. They are still popular events today. Many tournaments are free, or they require only a nominal fee to participate. While the prize amounts vary greatly, a first-place prize for a video poker tournament can be several thousand dollars. This certainly is enough to make a player want to do whatever possible to try to win a portion of that prize fund.

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How to Play a Pair of 7s in Blackjack


How to Play a Pair of 7s in Blackjack

By Henry Tamburin PH.D.

When you are dealt a pair of 7s in blackjack you have four viable playing options:

  • Hit
  • Split
  • Surrender
  • Stand

How to play blackjack with this hand and which strategy you should invoke depends upon what the dealer’s upcard is, the number of decks of cards being used, whether double down after pair splitting is allowed, and whether surrender is offered.

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