If you take
the ten cards from the previous picture out of a
six deck shoe. what started out as a 1/2% basic
strategy house edge now rises to 1.2%! So when you
see high cards all over the place,
on down the line. Playing here would be even more
likely to cost you money than if you'd picked your
table blind. What you really want is the opposite
I think it's ironic that players will often get
up and leave the table just when an advantageous
shoe presents itself. Now why in the world would
they do that?
How do you
feel when this revolting situation develops at your
table? Every player had a fair to excellent start,
busted off -- and then the dealer ripped off a five
card 21. Pretty disheartening isn't it? This is
the point where typical players might jump up and
storm off in disgust. Ahh, but they shouldn't!
At times like these, Joe Average will tend to feel
that the dealer's "hot" -- or the cards
are cold -- or the shoe is stacked in favor of the
house. But it's most likely not! All that's happened
here is that many of the cards which tend to help
the dealer and hurt the players (small cards) have
come out. As a rule, a barrage of small cards will
kill you, just as they did in the previous illustration.
But there are only so many small cards in the shoe.
And when their supply diminishes, the big ones start
coming out and big cards help the players! That's