Blackjack Betting Systems
Poker players generally welcome blackjack players into a poker game because blackjack players are not accustomed to hiding their emotions. In blackjack there is no reason to hide your emotions. (Watch a game of blackjack in progress in a casino sometime and note the way the players act.) When blackjack players move to a poker game, of course, they adjust - a little warning bell goes off in their brain telling them that they better tone themselves down, but it is generally not enough. Long hours of training at Yes, Blackjack Whoopee still tend to leak out around the edges, and these players tend to be more readable. How docs the blackjack phenomenon relate to poker Let's take the following hypothetical example. Let's say you played in a real-money poker game for many years, but you then decided to switch to online computer poker instead, exclusively. (You made the switch because it was easier, more convenient, you didn't have to leave your home, and so on.) You played exclusively...
The first peeking technique is particularly suited for stud and blackjack (but is also useful for draw poker, especially lowball). Suppose the Neocheater is dealing seven-card stud, and only he and one other player are left in the action. One face-down card remains to be dealt. The Neocheater's opponent has raised, probably on three fours plus a four-card flush. The Neocheater must now drop, call, or reraise. With three wired aces, he has his opponent beaten, but could be destroyed if that opponent improves on the next card. Figure 27 Stud and Blackjack, Top-Card Peek Figure 27 Stud and Blackjack, Top-Card Peek In private blackjack, the dealer follows the same procedure to peek at the hit card to be dealt to himself as he checks his hole card or cards. (This peek is not practical for casino 21 because the dealer hits himself according to fixed rules.)
Neocheating is the ultimate evolution of cheating. It is a new kind of cheating--an invisible, incredibly easy kind of cheating. Once a person understands Neocheating, he can quietly beat all his opponents in poker, blackjack, bridge, or gin. four aces to the Neocheater and four jacks to the victim). Yet, the Neocheater seldom arranges such powerful hands or goes for big scores (although he easily can). Instead, he casually uses just enough of his power to give him constant, unbeatable advantages. His steady, hidden attack lets him win consistently and comfortably in poker, blackjack, bridge, and gin. 46 Many card players would cheat if not for (1) their fear of being caught, or for (2) the time and effort required to learn how to cheat effectively. But Neocheating eliminates both deterrents. And as this easy, invisible form of cheating spreads, it will not only increasingly menace players of poker, blackjack, bridge, and gin, but also tempt players to Neocheat in all games played for...
Blackjack, or twenty-one, is a card game played throughout the world. The casinos in the United States currently realize an annual net profit of roughly one billion dollars from the game. Taking a price earnings ratio of 15 as typical for present day common stocks, the United States blackjack operation might be compared to a 15 billion corporation. Though the rules of blackjack vary slightly, the player following the Baldwin group strategy typically has the tiny edge of +. 10 . (The pessimistic figure of .62 cited in the Baldwin's group's work was erroneous and may have discouraged the authors from further analysis.) These mathematical results were in sharp contrast to the earlier and very different intuitive strategies generally recommended by card experts, and the associated player disadvantage of two or three percent. We call the best strategy against a complete deck the basic strategy. Determined in 1965, it is almost identical with the Baldwin group strategy and it gives the...
The dealer glanced toward the mirrors in the ceiling over the blackjack tables and then quickly collected the cards -- including the torn ones. He redealt from a new deck. Over the next dozen hands, John Finn aggressively manipulated his now tense and confused opponents. In twenty minutes, he ripped fifty dollars from that low-stake game and left. As he walked down the aisle of blackjack tables, he glanced back toward the poker area. The dealer and the players he left behind were still staring at him.
Don't really pay much attention to it at all. After enough sessions, however, you begin to sense something at work. You might win 200 on one occasion, but lose slightly more - 260, say - on another. Or you might win 100, but you lose 140, and so on. Gradually, the outline of a larger picture emerges, and it's a picture you've seen somewhere before in the slot machine area of the casino, at the roulette wheel, or at the blackjack tables. Your good times are being milked, squeezed, raked. You somehow don't seem to win quite enough during the good times to make up for the bad times.
A couple months ago, I had the pleasure to make my semi-annual trip to Las Vegas. I play poker online at home, so most of the trip was spent engaging in the forbidden gambling fruits the -EV table games. After three days of losing hundreds at the blackjack tables and sportsbooks around town, I made my first trip to the home of the pros Bellagio's glorious poker room. I was impressed, and the style fit right in with my desire to take it easy and have some fun.
This means playing a lot more hands than the player knows is best and playing them very aggressively. There are different levels of tilt. It's more obvious to witness a player going on tilt at the blackjack table than at the poker table. We've all seen it, and many of us probably have experienced it too. When one is losing, one all of a sudden gets the idea to bet it all to try to win it all back in one hand. Without the advantage of counting at the blackjack table, these players
Peeking -- seeing a card in the deck while dealing -- without making any suspicious movements is easy to master and can be worth a fortune. In fact, certain peeking maneuvers are so easy and invisible that they are Neocheating. Peeking can be an especially useful Neocheating tool for stud poker and blackjack. And knowing (by an invisible peek) the last card dealt to an opponent in lowball offers a crushing advantage. Even in gin rummy, a Neocheater can through an invisible peek always know the next card to be drawn from the deck by his opponent.
Casino card games such as baccarat and blackjack differ significantly from casino games such as craps, roulette, and slot machines in that they are not independent trial processes-that is, the cards that already have been played do affect the odds on subsequent hands. Consider for a moment the game of blackjack, where the cards used on a round are put aside and successive rounds are dealt from an increasingly depleted pack. The cards are reshuffled before a round if the remaining unused cards would be insufficient to complete a round or earlier, usually at the casino's discretion. What the early research on blackjack contained in Beat the Dealer) showed and what has been confirmed repeatedly in the intervening 23 years is that the end pack provides favorable situations often enough to give the player an overall advantage. In Chapter 2, we will comment on blackjack systems, as well as statistical methods useful in detecting casino cheating. The latter subject is important to those who...
Some people compare poker to blackjack. Both are played in casinos for money and involve a mixture of luck and skill. Both benefit from a sound theoretical knowledge of the game, and successful play involves making the optimal play as often as possible. Yet poker is nothing like blackjack. To start with, in poker you play against other players rather than the house, and your opponent plays by the same rules as you. Second, the strategic scope of poker is far larger. A person with a good memory could effectively become a perfect blackjack player with comparatively little study, whereas there is no such thing as a perfect poker player. The key to understanding poker is to recognize the ways that it is like chess, the ways that it is like blackjack, and the ways it is really like neither. Many players fail to achieve success in poker because they fundamentally misunderstand the game. What follows is what every aspiring poker player needs to know. We call them the Five Realities of Poker....
There are some times when we are better off failing in life, even if it's more painful at the time shoplifting, betting a hundred dollars a hand in blackjack, making romantic advances to the boss's wife, and so on. Getting away with these things temporarily would actually lead to worse things for us in the long run. So maybe it's better if we fail at them right away.
Thorp model comes from the world of blackjack. It says, in a nutshell Bet 10 units when things are in your favor and bet 1 unit when the odds are against you. Bet more at the favorable times and less at the unfavorable times. (One common mistake to avoid Don't bet 10 units
Stealing from the blind stealers is a very advanced Hold'em play. I'm not sure t hat it's a winning play, b ut it d efinitely falls into the realm of advanced Hold'em play. Personally, I like r eraising players whom I suspect of stealing the blinds with a hand like any two cards ten and above (called 20 in honor of its value in blackjack), s uch as 10-K or 10-Q. I also like reraising with any ace. This play i s a l ot more effective i f you reraise i n a better position than the original raiser. ( If the raiser is two or three off the button, then being on the button and acting behind the raiser gives you an edge, because you act last.)
In some gambling games, the only decision you make is how much to bet. For instance, in our coin-flipping and die-rolling games above, you just Hip the coin or roll the die and make the appropriate payouts based on the result. Similarly, in roulette you place your wager on one or more numbers and spin the ball. Your expectation is determined solely by the payout structure and the size of your wager. But in other games, such as blackjack or poker, there are additional decisions to make. In all of these games, the correct decision is the one that maximizes your overall expectation. Say you arc playing blackjack and are dealt a six and a five (for a total of 11), and the dealer shows a six.5 You have three choices stand, hit, or double down. To decide which play is best, you must calculate the expectation of each option. 5 You may wonder what a blackjack example is doing in a book about poker. Blackjack better illustrates this point because it is a much simpler game than poker. You can...
While online players can make expensive mistakes more quickly, live players in a casino have their own temptations to deal with. The most obvious of these are the little temptations sitting right outside the poker loom craps tables, roulette, slots, and, for many players, blackjack.24 Everybody knows that these games are losing propositions, but they can be very tempting if you are stuck and want a quick way to get back to even. We say many players for blackjack because, under certain circumstances, it is possible to play blackjack with positive expectation. However, most players don't understand the game well enough to profit from it.
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All other legalized games have a sound and honest operating base that mechanically extracts fixed percentages from all players. Professional players and widespread cheating do not exist for any casino game (except poker) because in those other games, players cannot extract money from other players--and no player can extract money from the house or casino over the long term. Therefore, no true professional player can exist for any casino game (except in poker and perhaps rare cases in blackjack) because no player can support himself by gambling against immutable odds that favor the house or casino.
Moving clockwise from the dealer's left sat (1) the cardroom manager, (2) a professional poker player, who was also a friend of the manager, (3) a poor-playing tourist, (4) a regular player, (5) an empty seat , (6) an ex-poker dealer, (7) John Finn, and (8) a woman who was an off-duty blackjack dealer. Before the next hand, a floorman brought two fresh decks of cards to the dealer. John Finn became puzzled on noticing the cards were in a brown box bearing an orange-shield label from the Normandie Club in Gardena, California. Two hands later, John maneuvered into a strong position and was betting heavily. The manager beat him in a series of illogical but infallible calls and bets that did not coincide with the manager's poker style or ability. Staring straight at John Finn, he pushed the large pot to the woman player -- the heavily-losing, off-duty blackjack dealer in seat 5. She took the money without appearing grateful or surprised by the manager's generous action.
The charts below reflect the recommended action for different starting hands under different situations. Each of these situations are cross-referenced with three different positions, early, middle and late position. This is a guideline only, and the player needs to adapt the strategies on this chart to his specific environment at the time. This is not analogous to a blackjack basic strategy chart where it is crucial to memorize the table. Instead, the importance is on the understanding of the reasoning behind each situation. When you are at the table you can use the same logic to make your decisions.
Imagine if simple techniques were available that would enable anyone -- after only a few hours of practice -- to invisibly relieve cardplayers of all their money. Now imagine if those techniques were available to everyone. What would happen to poker And what about other card games played for money such as blackjack, bridge, and gin Would poker and other card games break up and vanish as this effortless and invisible cheating spreads
Simple and effective Neocheating is today spreading throughout poker games in Nevada casinos and California card clubs. Indeed, Neocheating is already infiltrating private games of poker, blackjack, bridge, and gin. And Neocheating will keep on spreading, leaving no game or player immune from attack. The maneuvers of Neocheating are so subtle and the mechanics so easy that they can be executed with relaxed confidence. Guaranteed winning hands such as four aces can be routinely obtained. And more than one powerful hand can be dealt at a time to ensure a big score (e.g., in poker four aces to the Neocheater and four jacks to the victim). Yet, unlike the cardsharp, the Neocheater seldom stacks powerful hands or goes for big scores (although he easily can). Instead, he casually uses just enough of his power to give him constant, unbeatable advantages. In fact, he may never even Neocheat for himself, but instead simply use Neocheating to shift money from the strongest players to the...
Partially solved through the use of mathematical theory. The intelligent player must have a basic understanding of the mathematics behind the game or games he plays if he is to survive financially or actually profit. There are situations where the player has the advantage. The most-publicized example, of course, is casino blackjack. The game has become tougher in recent years due to casino countermeasures, but blackjack can still be profitable for the sophisticated player. There could be several other favorable games, as the reader will soon discover. As another example, suppose that on the first hand of four-deck blackjack the player bets 12, he is dealt 6,5, and the dealer then shows an ace up. The dealer asks the player if he wants insurance. This is aseparate 6 bet. It pays 12 if the dealer's hole card is a ten-value. It pays 6 otherwise. A full four-deck pack has 64 tens and 144 non-tens. Assuming the deck is randomly'* shuffled (this means that all orderings of the cards are...
Note The Library of Congress does not catalog books about poker under the subject of Gambling. The 375 books listed under Gambling include books on blackjack, boule, cards (nonpoker), cardsharping, craps, fero, horse-race betting, parimutuel betting, probabilities, raffles, roulette, speculation, trente-et-quarante, and wagers . . . but none on poker. Apparently, the Library of Congress does not consider (classify) poker as gambling. 28. Wallace. F. R., Hamilton, M. and William S., Neocheating--The Unbeatable Weapon in Poker, Blackjack, Bridge, and Gin, Las Vegas, I & O Publishing Company, Inc., 1980. A definitive treatment of Neocheating in poker.
In most gambling situations like casino craps and roulette, the odds on any given bet are constant. In others they change, and mathematical expectation can show you how to evaluate a particular situation. In blackjack, for instance, to determine the right play, mathematicians have calculated your expectation
While public poker differs from private poker in many respects, new developments in the more dynamic and cosmopolitan public-poker arena are almost always harbingers of future developments in private poker. Recently, the increasing spread of Neocheating throughout public poker suggests that such Neocheating will increasingly menace private poker and all other card games played for money or prestige. In fact, Neocheating is already spreading throughout private poker as well as into blackjack, bridge, and gin. And as in public poker, Neocheating will probably spread geometrically because it is so safe, easy, and effective to execute. In fact, all who have ever yearned to cheat but were afraid of being caught or were unwilling to spend the years of practice required to master the classical cheating techniques can now Neocheat safely, easily, and effectively. But another reason that Neocheating is spreading -- especially in public poker -- is that the quality of poker itself is rapidly...
Moving clockwise from the dealer's left sat (1) the cardroom manager, (2) a professional poker player, who was also a friend of the manager, (3) a poor-playing tourist, (4) a regular player, (5) an empty seat , (6) an ex-poker dealer, (7) John Finn, and (8) a woman who was an off-duty blackjack dealer. Before the next hand, a floorman brought two fresh decks of cards to the dealer. John Finn became puzzled on noticing the cards were in a brown box bearing an orange-shield label from the Normandie Club in Gardena, California. Two hands later, John maneuvered into a strong position and was betting heavily. The manager beat him in a series of illogical but infallible calls and bets that did not coincide with the manager's poker style or ability. Staring straight at John Finn, he pushed the large pot to the woman player--the heavily-losing, off-duty blackjack dealer in seat 5. She took the money without appearing grateful or surprised by the manager's generous action. Redeal. John...
The fact that for many years a large portion of his income was derived from gambling (usually poker, but occasionally blackjack, sports betting, horses, video games, casino promotions, or casino tournaments). Poker, Gaming, and Life Sklansky Talks Blackjack Tournament Poker for Advanced Players
These are really just examples of the woolly thinking that you may be bringing to the table. Some woolly thinking is in fact so off base that it does not even make sense to most people. Ian knows a person who refuses to play blackjack in casinos because the dealer can see his hand. He believes that this gives the dealer an advantage, even though I he dealer has no decisions to make in blackjack and so cannot use this information. Fortunately for this person, woolly thinking lias led him to a good decision playing blackjack is a losing proposition anyway. However, if you are thinking like this, it is just as likely to lead you to a bad decision. Good poker players learn to completely eliminate woolly thinking from their game.
As we've mentioned previously, a card room makes its money by taking a percentage of each pot for itself. Remember, unlike traditional casino games such as slot machines and blackjack, a player is not competing against the house for the money. In poker, we're playing against the other folks at our table. The house has no interest whatsoever in who wins and loses, so it uses the rake as its source of income. Rake schedules vary, so search around your favorite card room's lobby to find how much they take and at what intervals. As a general rule, online rakes are less than those in brick-and-mortar rooms.
After arriving in California he discovered that poker was legal and began playing in some of the public cardrooms as well as taking periodic trips to Las Vegas where he would play both poker and blackjack. In 1981 he went to work for the Northrop Corporation as a mathematician and moved to Los Angeles where he could conviently pursue his interest in poker in the large public cardrooms in Gardena, Bell Gardens, and Commerce. In 1983 his first article Card Domination The Ultimate Blackjack Weapon was published in Gambling Times magazine. In 1987 he left his job with the Northrop Corporation to begin a career as both a full-time gambler and a gambling writer. He has had over 500 articles published in various magazines and is the author or co-author of 12 books. These include Gambling Theory and Other Topics, where he tries to demonstrate why only a small number of people are highly successful at gambling. In this book he introduces the reader to the concept of non-self weighting...
Honest players should realize that many cardplayers would cheat if not for (1) their fear of being caught, or for (2) the time and effort required to learn how to cheat effectively. But Neocheating eliminates both deterrents. And as this easy, invisible Neocheating spreads, it will increasingly menace players of poker, blackjack, badge, gin, and all other card games played for money or prestige. That is the bad news.
Everyone knows the popular saying Quit while you're ahead. You'll hear it from numerous tourists in Vegas playing the slots, blackjack, and craps. This is actually good advice for those players as they are destined to lose their winnings if they play long enough in games with negative expectation. Poker is different. For winning players, poker has a positive expectation whenever they sit down at the table. For losing players, it is like playing slots or blackjack they will eventually lose all of their money if they play long enough. For both winning and losing players, however, the question still remains When should you quit a session
In the last chapter, I described a system for winning at roulette based on physical prediction. That system was developed largely in 1961 and 1962 in collaboration with Claude Shannon at MIT. One by-product was an even simpler system for physical prediction of the Wheel of Fortune. A story about me and blackjack card-counting in Life magazine, March 27,1964, reported on this in a section entitled Beating the Wheel of Fortune with the Big Toe.
Gambling For a Living by David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth is the ultimate book for anyone interested in making a living at the gaming tables. The book includes chapters on horse racing, slot and poker machines, blackjack, poker, sports betting, and casino tournaments. It is designed to show anyone new to this field how to be successful and what it takes to become a professional gambler. Getting The Best of It by David Sklansky contains six sections discussing probability, poker, blackjack, other casino games, sports betting, and general gambling concepts. This book contains some of the most sophisticated gambling ideas that have ever been put into print.
Table 36 summarizes some of the important cheating techniques that professional poker players use in public clubs and casinos. That table also includes the classical but crude cheating techniques occasionally used by amateurs. 34 Contrary to popular belief, almost any player can master effective, invisible cheating methods with only a few hours of practice. A book, Neocheating -- The Unbeatable Weapon in Poker, Blackjack, Bridge and Gin, by Frank R. Wallace, Mark Hamilton, and William S., identifies and describes in detail those new and easy cheating techniques that professional players are using today in poker clubs and casinos.
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