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    One really can't make generalizations about side counts. But what do I know? I'm just a minimum wage worker.
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    One really can't make generalizations about side counts. But what do I know? I'm just a minimum wage worker.
    I was a successful shepherd successfully transitioning to Red Rose Tea Tasting prior to becoming a generalist on blackjack side counts. It’s been rewarding.

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    I calculated the break-even point for Lucky Ladies. I used a hi-lo count and assumed that the number of Aces dealt so far was 1/4 of the number of T's. (In other words, that the True Count was in fact a "true count" specifically of T's.) The break-even point was TC of 4.

    I can't remotely imagine a casino dumping a side bet just because it's beatable. If you could sell magazines from an outdoor kiosk and save 10% of your costs because you don't have to pay rent, but 0.1% of your stock got stolen, would you stop the business because its profit margin was "only" 9.9%? (I'm generalizing here to make a point.)

    I deal THREE side bets - Lucky Ladies, 21+3 Extreme, and Blazing 7's. And OMG do people play them. I've been tempted to try to track them for an evening, just by working the main bets out of the left side of the rack and the side bets out of the right side. But if I don't ask permission I'll have my floor bitching at me that he can't read my rack, if I do ask permission they'll very very likely say no, and to top it all off I have to get my relief dealer to either do what I'm doing, or work only out of the left side.

    Interestingly, they just made the minimums and multiples for all side bets $5 (except Blazing 7's, which always was exactly $5), although bets for the dealer can be any amount. We stock $2.50 chips in the rack and it wasn't uncommon for someone to bet their stray pink ($2.50) chips on side bets; some people would get change in pinks and play them on side bets. It surely wasn't an operational reason; the "worst" math I remember having to do was a 25-to-1 payout on a $12.50 bet, and even that's not rocket science.

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