Nevada casinos introduced particularly liberal double
exposure. The three were Orbit Inn in Las Vegas, King's
Inn in Reno, and King of Clubs in Sparks.
Inn paid 3:2 on naturals at its double-exposure game,
giving you an edge of 1.7% with basic strategy if
you could split unlike 10-count cards (such as jack-king),
and 1.5% if you could not split unlike 10s. Some dealers
allowed splitting of unlike 10s and some did not allow
it. The rest of the details were: five decks, the
dealer hit soft seventeen, natural against natural
was a push, you could double down on any first two
cards, no resplits, and you got paid 2:1 for 6-7-8
suited and 7-7-7. The maximum bet was $100.
Clubs dealt double exposure with two decks. Naturals
paid 3:2 but lost if tied by the dealer's natural,
resplits were allowed to make up to four hands, and
double down was restricted to ten or eleven. The dealer
hit soft seventeen. Your edge with basic strategy
was 0.4%. The maximum bet allowed was $200.
Inn offered a table of particularly liberal double
exposure on day shift Saturdays - no other shift and
no other day of the week. Naturals won 3:2 and won
even if tied, and no resplits. The dealer hit soft
seventeen. Six decks were used. The maximum was only
$50, but basic strategy gave you an edge of 2.1%.
you are trying to convince the other players that
you're a superstitious weak player, the worst reason
to change your seat is because you think an abandoned
seat is "hot." Cards are not drawn to seats
like metal to magnets.
Similarly, losing several hands in a row is not reason
enough to change seats, especially if you're positioned
properly against weak and strong players. If someone
tells you "You're sitting in the death seat,
no one has won a hand there all day," that's
not by itself reason to change. It may be that the
existing players are trying to intimidate you. Such
a warning should, though, alert you to table dynamics
that might be making a seat a tough one.