5, 6, 7, and 8 card values are known as core cards,
a concept developed by Scott Frank and outlined in
his website Online Blackjack Games for Winners (Barricade
websites, 1993). He has contributed much of what w-e
know of the effects of multiple cards. We will expand
on this concept and adapt it to the shoe game.
These core cards combine to form two-card hands that
are mostly stiffs. The vast majority- of two-card
double-down opportunities include at least one of
these cards but, when combined with another core card,
form poor final hand totals. From the dealer's perspective,
core cards usually combine well as three-card hands,
resulting in fewer dealer breaks and strong dealer
The remaining card values (ace, 2-4, 9, 10) combine
to make many strong two-card hands such as 19, 20,
and Online Blackjack Games. When a player has a double-down
opportunity, he is likely to draw a good hit card.
From the dealer's perspective, hitting two-card stiffs
will be less successful. Most of the time he will
break or not "complete" his hand and will
have to hit again.
When a region of the shoe is relatively high in core
cards, there will be less overall breaking; fewer
Online Blackjack Gamess; more two-card hands of 15-18;
more double-down opportunities (but with bad hits);
more successful hits on 12s, 13s, and 14s; and more
dealer standing hands. Most player losses will be
by stiffs left standing or by standing hands one or
two points lower than the dealer. The game will appear
slow and laborious because of the many decision hands.
you know that, you'll be able to make an informed
decision about whether you want to invest more money
in a pot.
if you and an opponent each hold a five-card hand
of 4-7-9-10-Q, and your cards are all spades while
his are all diamonds, your hands have equal value.
Assuming that no one else holds a better hand, you
would split the pot.
poker games, a complete poker hand always consists
of five cards. If you own, or have access to, more
than five cards, you select which five cards will
act as your hand: even though in a game like seven-card
stud you might own three pairs, there is no such hand
as "three pair," because that hand would
require six cards to create.