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-- the card sense to understand that you want to receive as many hands as you can from shoes or decks that contain a significant surplus of high cards.

Other hands that you might try to "thin out" the table with by doubling for an extra dollar are with 12 against a dealer's 3 or 4 up. They carry just about the same cost penalty. But there are still two additional hands you can double for the full amount with, and the beauty is -- they'll both be the correct play for the situation! Yet, they're apt to agitate players at your table into leaving. What are they?

Remember the Magnificent 7 Hands? When the board contains a flock of extra babies, it's to your advantage to double down with Acel7 against a 2 or with Acel8 against a 6! At a crowded table with a heavy shoe, either of these two doubles might easily serve the dual purpose of earning you extra money while thinning out the table for the upcoming advantageous rounds!

This chapter on grooming your game beyond basic strategy has shown you only those refinements that do not require you to be a card counter per se. Even using them all though, you'll have a tough time trying to erase that last 1/2% disadvantage. But if you can reduce a 0.5% disadvantage to a 0.2% disadvantage (which is entirely feasible using the fine-tuning methods in this chapter), then a $1000 loss for the year becomes a $400 loss. And your roughly 30% chance to actually have a winning year (playing 3 or 4 hours a week) improves to over 40%!

I'm afraid that without keeping track of at least some cards right from the first hand dealt, this is just about all you can do to raise the level of your play. But wait! There is however, one really simple, easy way to keep track of just the critical cards and gain a very small overall edge in the game doing it. And the best part is;

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However, another king showing somewhere on the table radically reduces the mathematical probability in poker games of your opponent's having two kings before he raises because there are only two kings instead of three among the unseen cards. The probability in poker games of your opponent's having two kings is cut to about 71/2 percent. A raise now makes it about 40 percent that your opponent has a three-flush rather than two kings. Depending upon your position, your queens may be strong enough to justify a call. In this case in poker games you read your opponent's hand not just on the basis of what you know about him, the action he takes, and the exposed card you see in poker games, but also on the basis of a mathematical comparison of his possible hands.
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