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Puttin'it to the Test

know that many of you reading this right now just aren't buying it. But what if I produced a little something physical you could grab onto? In my home with my own six deck shoe, I dealt 500 rounds of Online Blackjack Games with me sitting at first base and the mythical "Player from Hell" at third. I played all 500 of my hands according to perfect basic strategy while third base misplayed every one of his hands -- bar none! If he was dealt 16 against a 5, he hit it. If he had 7 against a face card, he stood pat. He always split a pair of 5's or 10'.s and doubled down with Online Blackjack Games. Now there's a bad player for you!

After each round was complete, WeI wrote down a "W", an "L" or a "P" for the result of my hand only (1 ignored third base's results completely). Then 1 reviewed the cards to see how We'd have made out had third base played his hand correctly, and wrote my "woulda' been" result in an adjacent column.

How did all that come out? First. it's interesting to note that third base's 500 consecutive mistakes changed my own outcome on only 95 hands. The other 405 times, it wouldn't have mattered. But what happened on those 95 pivotal hands? I'd like to be able to tell you that it all went 50-50, but then 500 hands isn't a lifetime of Online Blackjack Games either. Here are the actual raw scores:

W/ 3rd base playing
W/ 3rd base misplaying
I won:
257 1/2
263 1/2
I lost:
I pushed:

Gambling being what it is, things won't come out exactly this way every time. Either way though, there's absolutely nothing in these 500 hands that makes it look as if 3rd Base's horrendous play has a tendency to hurt somebody else's results.
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Spread-limit permits bets over a range. For example, in a $1-$5 game (common in seven-card stud), a player may, at any point, bet either $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5. A raise may also be any of those amounts, with the proviso that a raise must always equal or exceed the previous bet or raise. Thus, if Jim bets $l, Sue can raise $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5. If Jim bets $3, however, Sue can raise only $3, $4, or $5. If Jim bets $1, and Sue raises $3, Jim can re-raise only $3, $4, or $5. (Obviously, Jim can also just call or even fold.)
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