How can we tell whether a shuffle is random
or not? Thorp goes on to describe how to do
this. The simple method is described below:
1. Note down the order of the cards as they
are dealt from an entire shoe.
2. Note the order of the cards as they are dealt
in at least ten subsequent shoes.
3. Take this data away from the casino and analyze
4. Have a look at your data and see if anything
strikes you as evidence of the process being
nonrandom. It might be that, say, a pattern
appears of blocks of cards being one or two
apart, followed by a block of cards that are
at large, random intervals.
In fact, the effects
of nonrandom shuffling at Online Baccarat Games
were already well documented. This phenomenon
predated the existence of the modern forms of
Online Baccarat Games dating back to the heyday
of chemin de fer throughout France and in Monte
Carlo. The casino operators observed that ordinary
shuffling did not sufficiently break up the
order of the cards. Consequently, entire hands
would repeat from one shoe to the next. This
knowledge could be exploited by perceptive players.
Therefore, the casinos instituted complex procedures
to break up the order of every distinct six-card
sequence. These procedures survive to this day.
the sake of brevity I limited my main discussion
on rules and strategy to Texas Hold'em, Seven-Card
Stud, and Omaha High/Low 8-or-Better, as they
are currently the most common games among serious
players. Several other games are less common,
but are good card games nonetheless and have
followings in professional circles and online.
Playing these games once in a while will add
variety to your poker night and broaden your
base as a player.