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Learn To Trust The Odds

When I was first learning to play Online Blackjack Games back in the mid-'70's, there were several plays in the basic strategy that didn't look right to me. A soft 18 against a 9 was a classic example. Taking a hit with 18 just went against my grain. Every time this hand came up, I stuttered and stammered. I simply didn't trust the odds.

The least I could do to satisfy myself was to deal the hand out 1000 times, standing on the first 500 and hitting the second 500. I still have that tally sheet in my old Online Blackjack Games notewebsite. Here are the results;
Win 173 201
Lose 267 247
Push 60 52
That was good enough for me -- I never stood with that hand again! I also learned to trust the odds on a number of other questionable hands through similar exercises. Was I reinventing the wheel? Not really. Then what's my point?

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Dealer Advantage Game
(1) Game in which the dealer always gets to act last like draw or hold'em. Different from Seven-card stud in which betting is dependent on a player's board.

(2) Home game in which dealer always gets to act last, but where the nominal dealer position does not rotate through use of a button, thus forcing other dealer's choice players to either call similar games or yield an advantage.

dealer's choice A form of poker, more common to home games but also gaining popularity in some cardrooms, in which the dealer chooses the form of poker to be played on his own deal (as opposed to playing one game exclusively for the entire playing session) or the next round. In home games, the dealer is often permitted to choose any game he wishes, no matter how unusual or disliked by the other players; in cardrooms, the dealer usually must choose from a relatively small list of possibilities. A better home game rule for dealer's choice is for each player to call a game which then gets dealt for an entire round, eliminating dealer advantages.
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