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  1. CVData Multi-core and Hyper-threading Advice

    I’ve been missing for a couple weeks, spending my time in upgrade Hell, moving to a new machine. The good news is that this has given me a chance to experiment with hyper-threading advances.

    Most PCs sold these days have multiple cores. A growing percentage have hyper-threading, which theoretically allows two threads per core. This means that a supporting application can run more quickly by splitting its tasks into multiple threads. Unfortunately, only a tiny percentage of applications
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  2. Advantage by Count Chart for REKO

    I was asked for a chart of advantage by count for REKO, six decks, H17, DAS. Only the single-deck chart is in the book. Soo, below is the chart given 75% penetration and four billion rounds. I charted both TBA (Total Bet Advantage) and IBA (Initial Bet Advantage) to provide another purpose to this rather boring chart. Initial Bet Advantage is the advantage counting only the initial bet (not added split and double bets), and this is what we care about as risk must be based upon the initial bet.
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  3. Blackjack Dealer Hands by True Count

    Page 466 of Modern Blackjack provides a chart on overall dealer hand totals and bust frequencies. But, I was recently asked for a chart that provides this information by true count. Why not?

    I ran 21 sims, six-deck, S17, DAS, 75% penetration, six players using the Hilo card counting strategy. True counts of -120 through +10 were simmed. Six players were simmed to ensure that the dealer must nearly always complete her hand. Note: As explained on page 466, the number of players affects
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  4. Musings: Don’t casinos know this stuff?

    I received an e-mail from a major AC casino yesterday asking for the effect of the H17 rule. Not a complex new side bet, or esoteric rule, but one of the most common, published rules in the Blackjack world. I received an e-mail from a large Asian casino last week asking if I would analyze the play of a Baccarat player they believe was using a strategy from a popular Baccarat book. I didn’t respond as I don’t work for casinos.

    But, what struck me odd is that major casinos would even
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  5. The Effect of Ridiculous Players

    The complaint from card counters is common: Stupid players are destroying the count. There is a high count, I bet large, and some player in front of me takes too many cards and ruins the count. It has been explained many times that, on average, this has no effect, and I will not repeat the explanation here. But, as is true so many times in Blackjack, there are exceptions.

    In single-deck Blackjack, some casinos deal a fixed number of rounds, and some a fixed penetration. But, there are
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