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  1. Why Are Casinos Run So Badly?

    Thorp’s best-selling book bringing to the masses the secrets of card counting produced a massive interest in Blackjack. As a result, casino profits boomed. This is a logical result. The knowledge that casinos can be beat brings great interest, even though most people do not have the patience or discipline to put that knowledge to use. It isn’t that the techniques are that hard. It’s that most people are too lazy, too superstitious or in too much of a hurry to put the techniques into effective
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  2. Musings – Do Card Counters Contribute to Society?

    The question comes up on occasion, what do card counters contribute to society? Oddly, you don’t often hear the question “What do advertising execs, looking for new ways to push sugar on children, contribute to society?” Or, plastic surgeons that spend their time pumping fat into women’s lips instead of helping burn victims, or CEOs that buy and sell companies, laying off workers, to increase their own power and income instead of trying to create a better product. Or politicians of all stripes
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  3. Double Kiss — SCORES in Unbalanced Blackjack Counts II

    Here we take the discussion further. You should first read post SCOREs in Unbalanced Counts — Is There a Flaw?

    OK I decided to see what would happen if I used two betting ramps. I created one optimized at 97 card penetration and another at 58 cards. The idea is to use one for 4.5 deck penetration and above and one for below 4.5/6. To be absolutely fair, I did this for both KO and HiLo. Now, I calculated the c-SCOREs for every penetration for KO and HiLo using this scheme and plotted
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  4. Dealer Blackjack Bust Rates by Count and Upcard

    Dealer bust rates rarely interest me, although many of the worst books on Blackjack discuss them a great deal. They simply don’t mean that much. But, the questions keep on coming. Modern Blackjack Page 438 discusses overall dealer ending hands by count. But, one set of stats I have never seen is the dealer bust rates by count and by dealer upcard. So, for the next time I’m asked, I put together a chart that I’ll post here.

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    Dealer bust rate by
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    Updated 06-19-2012 at 10:18 AM by Norm

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  5. Why Does REKO Card Counting Work?

    REKO is a simplified version of the KO count where only one index value is used for all indexes with any number of decks. So, there is no need to memorize index values. It has been suggested that REKO must therefore necessarily have poorer performance than KO. Not true. BOTH REKO and KO are simplified and compromised versions of KO Full. But, REKO is easier. That does NOT mean it is an inferior compromise. The method that the original KO uses for its indexes and IRC is very clever. But, not as accurate
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    Updated 03-28-2013 at 07:46 AM by Norm

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