advantage distribution for the tie is comparatively
stable when the deck structure is intact, hence the
small effects of removal calculated by Griffin. Conventional
linear count systems, however, assume a standard deck,
and with extreme concentrations of cards in small
subsets this assumption can be wildly inaccurate.
The huge shifts in edge which are necessary to detect
in order to gain an advantage, occur with the rise
in the total number of denominations eliminated from
the pack, although the specific denominations are
relatively unimportant. To a certain extent, this
is empirically verifiable. With only one card of any
value remaining, the tie wager enjoys an advantage
of between 5W and 800 percent. With two denominations,
the advantage falls slightly, as the possible number
of outcomes is doubled. By the time we reach five
or six denominations, the advantage (if any) becomes
marginal. This "concentration theory" is
not only relevant to Online Baccarat Games, it is
a necessary addition to the fundamental theory of
card counting, and to the mathematics of sampling
To learn these rules, and to note the cards accurately
as they are dealt, may seem daunting. Actually, with
application the task becomes relatively easy and can
be learned perfectly with a few months practice.
When a player does detect a favorable situation, he
will never know his precise advantage, a serious drawback
to this system because it can lead to over betting.
It should not, however, unduly trouble the well financed
player. When these occur, the advantages are often
high-on average around 20 percent-though they can
rise to as much as 450 percent. I once detected a
situation in which there were only l0s and 5s in the
deck, which yielded approximately that great of an
edge. A bet of $10,000 resulted in a win of $90,000!
an Omaha-8 game that is loose, passive, and staffed
~by six or so players-often the case in a Home Game-1
am prepared to defend the claim that hand selectivity
is more important after the flop than before it.
From a purely statistical basis, the gap between the
best Omaha-8 starting hands and the worst ones is
not nearly as great as it is in Hold'em . Starting
hand criteria in O,naha-8 are based less cm absolute
hand strength than on avoiding traps into losing draws.
It is chasing these losing draws, not calling with
bad starters, that costs Omaha-8 players the most
money. If you have a (rood understanding of the strengths
and vulnerabilities of hands after the flop and you
have the discipline to drop draws that you know are
unwise, seeing the flop for one low bet can be a great
value with a lot more hands than standard guidance
allows you to call with.