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Dealer Bias
 
When the majority of rounds in a shoe contain a high proportion of core cards, a strong dealer bias exists. This condition is often the result of 10s being concentrated into small areas of the shoe. Tens will appear to come out in many small concentrated clumps or a few large clumps.

If core cards become clumped together in a small area of the shoe, as the 10s were in the preceding example, a player bias will exist. The majority of rounds will be relatively depleted of core cards. There will be a relatively higher proportion of 10s, 20s, and Online Blackjack Gamess; fewer double-down ,opportunities (but with better hits); less successful hits on 12s, 13s, and 14s; and more dealer breaks on stiffs. Most player losses will be by breaking or by standing hands two or more points lower than the dealer.

Like-value cards tend to clump together due to the play of the game and casino shuffles. For this reason, it is not unusual for clumps of two or more core cards to occur, because core cards are consecutive in value. The same is true for high-value cards (9s and 10s) and low-value cards (2s-4s). The types of unequal distributions described in the previous examples affect overall player winning and losing. The types of distributions where one, two, or more dealer favorable cards clump out of play result in overall player winning at a table. Winning factors draw attention to themselves and can be detected by the astute player.

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Do yourself a favor and don't become a slave to mindless superstition. Don't request a deck change just because you lose a pot or two. This generally just annoys the others and slows the game down (a bigger sin in a time charge game). A new deck stands as much chance of worsening your luck as it does of improving it and you'll lose the respect of the game's better players.
 
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