Live Dealer Casino Games – Part Two

Everything is simple in the roulette: a gambler stakes on and waits for a result, after that he stakes on again etc. In the blackjack every player in course of the game makes decision whether or not to take more cards, split or double. It depends on his decision what cards would be opened by the dealer, how many points the dealer and the gambler would have.

As a result, the live dealer blackjack becomes a copy of the game in offline casinos – several tables for 5-8 players, after each player has finished his hand, the dealer will complete his hand, and then pay or collect the player bets. It turns the game is quite expensive for the casinos. Nevertheless, live blackjack is available in many online casinos.

An interesting option was offered in the casino DublinBet – “live blackjack with the early payout”. The whole idea of the game is to obtain cards with a total point value as close to 21 without going over 21. The game is played at one table in three boxes. The dealer plays not only for himself but for the player following the optimal Basic Blackjack strategy! So even if a player cannot play he will get his mathematical expectation of 99,5% without any problem!

If you believe in your capacity to anticipate the next card in the shoe and feel that the optimal solution to hit or to split can be wrong – you can take money offered by the casino (early payout) without waiting for a next card coming. It is clear that the amount of payout will depend on your score and the dealer’s opened card. Unfortunately, according to the players’ estimations, in case of an early payout a player loses about of 3% of the mathematical expectation.

The option is interesting not only for the players but for the casino too – they use only one table for all players as it is in the roulette. As for the players – they cannot make mistakes and take non-optimal decisions.

The baccarat becomes less popular but still appreciated by the gambling community. There is no problem to make “live” version of the game. Baccarat players don’t take any decisions in course of the game, the dealer draws the cards according to the established rules (in this case it would be more correct to call this game mini-baccarat which is popular nowadays). The cards counting or other techniques don’t give a player any advantages over the house. Nevertheless, thanks to its popularity mini-baccarat is available in almost all casinos with live dealers.

Many online casinos with live dealers are targeting Asia. The point is that the player from this part of the world are extra suspicious of the honesty of online casinos. They want to see the game with their own eyes! Sic Bo came from Asia. Alike craps the game is quite simple. The dealer throws the dice and payouts depend on the outcome of the roll of the three dice. A player does not take any decisions, he does not influence the dealer’s actions – it is ideal game for the live dealer casinos.

When online casinos became popular, it is no surprise that new generation of the casinos would come to the gambling stage thanks to the internet technology and human beings passion to play these funny casino games.

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Casino Games History Or How People Have Learnt To Count Cards Part 5

Heroes of our Time.

What is the present situation in the sphere of war between the counters and players? Are there people to follow nowadays? Fortunately, despite great changes in the game itself and in the counteraction of casinos-players, blackjack is till alive and very popular. Thanks once again to Edward Thorp.

Now we are living in Internet era. If Uston at his time was able to stand apart from the crowd only due to his self-spin off and publicity, now everyone can easily communicate with blackjack stars.

Peter Griffin – is a great mathematician, blackjack theory developer, now the deceased. No expert of black jack would utter a word without referring to Griffin. Arnold Snider is a prominent player, strategy developer, the author of many books. A man of an excellent soul with a perfect sense of humor, always contradictory. Stanford Wong as always a little reserved and a bit of introvert, but extremely scrupulous and always fighting against the casino. Don Schlesinger was able to explain the most intricate detail of blackjack in simple and clear language.

Internet abounds in many resources where you can meet the greatest world players and ask them any question you like. There are still so many questions left unsolved.

A lot of unique books were published; new systems and game techniques are being developed. Every day gambling forums answer and ask thousands of questions. The players are getting more educated, intelligent and well-prepared. In spite of evident worsening of the rules, blackjack still can be won.

Casino is more and more paranoiac to “Advantageous” players. Attempts to worsen rules and terms of the game even to the prejudice of their own reputation and profits, mass blacklists, efforts to legalize beneficial for them laws – all these are not only American. During half-century of the struggle, the casinos did not understand that they are cutting their own throat. The fact that you can win at blackjack attracts so much money. More than 1% of world players are hardly of any risk to casinos. However aiming to save every single dollar, the casinos are spending millions of dollars on the most advanced computer technologies, programs for personality identification, computer databases, they are creating new devices for fighting the counters. Moral ethical norms are often violated and the legal limits are abused.

Happy end.

What future holds for an ordinary counter? There are only two opposite opinions so far.

The gloomy one:

Technologies will kill the game. The casinos will develop some electronic dirty trick that will not allow a professional competent player gain an advantage. Blackjack will die away turning into another slot-machine. The casinos will poke on all the players, all the blacklists will be united into a common one and the game on advantage will cease to exist.

The optimistic one:

“What one person has built, the other can easily dismantle”. Blackjack just can’t get away from it!

First, the players will always continue to invent something new responding to the changes in the game. There is no such thing created by a person, that can’t be overdone by another person. Second, casinos finally should realize that major part of their profits is due to the theory that blackjack can be won. Transformation of this intellectual game into fighting with stupid slot-machine will deprive casinos of the money.

Personally I hope that human intellect will win. Let the war between the casinos and players continue for ever. Let both parties rack their brains how to beat each other. Let this struggle be vehement, but honest and respectful to the rival.

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Casino Games – How Professional Blackjack Started

There are a lot of myths about gamblers who were playing professionally before publication of the basic strategy for one-pack game by Americans Cantey, McDermott, Maisel and Baldwin in 1958. But all that was before them still remains a legend. The four statisticians performed their calculations just with the help of hand calculator. However it was their publication in the American Journal of the American Statistical Association causing much excitement among both gamblers and statisticians, and blackjack was considered a game a common player might probably win. Encouraged by popularity of the article in the magazine, copied and learnt by heart by many players, the originators published a book “Winning Blackjack”. Nowadays this book is a scarce edition and it enriches the home library of many professional gamblers.

In 1962 Edward Thorp this time using computer technologies calculate and published in his book Beat The Dealer not only the basic strategy of playing but also card counting. Thorp states that blackjack differs from roulette, craps and other games of luck, the result of every hand in blackjack depends on the previous dealing – it really matters which cards drew back form the game and which remained in the pack. Most of the stuff calculated by Thorp is still precise, but all the serious modern gamblers should read this book only for historical interest.

Thorp’s system called “10 count system” was meant for one pack game which enjoyed great success in all casinos of Nevada. It was extremely difficult for learning, so most of the gamblers gave it up. However, Nevada’s casinos restricted some rules, for example, doubling down only on 11 points. The media told the whole world about it, and Thorp with his book became known all over the world and the casinos that showed themselves to disadvantage had to return former rules. Realizing that under such circumstances crowds card counters would be trying to beat the house, operators of gambling houses introduced two procedures – shuffling after withdrawal of the trim card and multi-packed games.

Thorp’s systems was very difficult to use in practice. But for the computer conference in Las Vegas in 1963, the game would remain on the same level. On a whim, the conference organizers decided to include a Panel Session on “Using Computers in Games of Chance and Skill.” It was just a whim of the organizers to include a section “Using computers in games of chance and skill”. Thorp was designated as Chairman of the Panel and experts on the various casino games, including blackjack, roulette and baccarat. The room filled up and overflowed with computer gamblers. Hundreds of conference attendees were pushing and shoving to get into the room.

The crowd, of course, had been drawn by Thorp. They were expecting revelations on the game and anticipated using his imparted wisdom immediately following the session to make a killing at the blackjack tables.

After one or two more presentations that mainly corrected and modified Thorp’s system, Harvey Dubner was introduced. He described the approach. Dubner kept a count of remaining high cards (10,J,Q,K,A) and low cards (2,3,4,5,6) as the cards were played and divided its difference by total cards left to play. He called the result the High-Low Ratio. His presentation was enthusiastically received by the standing room only crowd and he was given a round of applause at its conclusion. Here at last, many were saying, is a system that is practical, that can actually be used in the real world of casino play. Thorp incorporated “high-low” system into the second edition of Beat the Dealer published in 1966 and since then over 100 professional books on blackjack, team games, hidden computers, shuffle tracking and sleepless nights for casino securities all over the world.

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Blackjack Is Not a Team Sport! 5 Facts You Have to Know About the Casino Game

Everyone is always afraid of messing up another players cards. People look around like a lost child at the fair wondering if they hit will the rest of players at the casino blackjack table get angry. They wonder if I stay will the casino blackjack dealer get 21?

Here are 5 quick facts you have to know about casino blackjack.

Fact #1 The casino games are designed to beat you! Blackjack is no exception, the casino will win your money if you stay too long or if you are uneducated about the game of blackjack. So it does not matter if you hit or stand if you play blackjack too long you will lose!

Fact #2 In order to give yourself a fighting chance of winning at blackjack, you have to know Basic Strategy. This is what is on all the little cards you always see people sneaking a peek at when they are at the blackjack table. Memorize the basic strategy and if you are caught like a deer in headlights when you are at the blackjack table ask the dealer what you should do, not another player.

Fact #3 If you are not sure how to effectively play your blackjack cards, you should definitely play at one of the lower limit casino blackjack tables. Players there are generally on the same playing level as you would be on and it will be more about the fun than winning a million dollars at blackjack.

Fact #4 If you insist you know what you are doing and decide to play blackjack at a real casino table, and you do realize you need a little guidance so you swallow your pride and ask the casino blackjack dealer what you should do, listen to his/her advice. Do not by any means deviate from the blackjack dealers instructions. They deal hundreds of thousands of hands yearly, they know what they are doing. Regardless of the outcome of your blackjack hand please do not forget to tip your blackjack dealer for the advice. The blackjack dealer does not have to help you win but if you show your gratitude by throwing the blackjack dealer some tips or tokes as they are called (short for token of appreciation) you might just find that the blackjack dealer will help you more often. Besides it is just good karma! * Some casinos frown upon asking the blackjack dealer how to play your hand so make sure you are not breaking any rules.

Fact #5 This is a big stress reliever, it will leave you in a state of mind that will allow you to have fun and make money. The other players will not give you your money back if you do miss play your hand in hopes that the rest of the people at the blackjack table will win. So do not ask them if they want you to hit or stand. It is your money play it they way you want to. Observe a reasonable etiquette but at the end of the night if you are broke do you think they are going to buy you dinner because you held your 16?

So remember blackjack is not a team sport! It is a casino game that will beat you every chance it gets. Arm yourself with knowledge and learn how to bet to maximize your chances of walking away with your money.

Bryan Fulton has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Vegas Dealers II in which he is seen demonstrating various dealing techniques. He has been called upon to train many of the new hires that casinos bring up through the ranks internally. Bryan Fulton has personally coached thousands of customers on effective playing strategies as well as his secret winning strategies.

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