is a spectacular game discovered by Anthony Curtis,
publisher of Las Vegas Advisor.
Las Vegas had signs over a few of its black-jack tables.
The signs over six-deck shoes promised 2:1 on ace-king
of diamonds. This was worth.04 % - not enough to make
six decks attractive.
table had signs over it, and they offered 3:2 payoff
on five-card hands under twenty-one! Most dealers
paid the 3:2 for five-card twenty-ones also. You had
a 1.9% edge over the casino with only the appropriate
had only five spots. The maximum bet was $500. However,
pit bosses on day shift got excited by bets of $50
or more; they pressured the dealers to win, and sometimes
ordered a shuffle after every round. Swing shift bosses
were much more comfortable with big bets; if you showed
them a good act, they would give you at least two
rounds per shuffle and no heat. The game generally
was closed on graveyard (2 AM to 10 AM); but if someone
was betting big when 2 AM rolled around, the game
would be kept open as long as that player stayed.
are few lost poker opportunities as easily avoided
as the player who loses all but a few chips on one
hand and says to himself, "I'll buy more chips
as soon as I lose these." He immediately catches
terrific cards and beats a good hand, but he doesn't
win very much because he didn't start with many chips.
The only real advantage to playing short-stacked is
that you can't lose a lot in one hand, but that's
a flawed approach. If you have a lot of chips in front
of you, you can choose to keep them safe by folding,
but you can't choose to win a lot when you own a short