To estimate how much conditional improvement the Hi
Opt provides with 20 cards remaining in the deck multiply
the Table 1 entries in the second through fifth columns
by.22, .11, .03, and .01 respectively if they indicate
a change in basic strategy. For the Ten Count multiply
the Table 2 entries corresponding to ten densities
of 9/26, 10/26, and 12/26 by .18, .10, .07, and .06,
again only if they indicate a departure from basic
play. For ten poor decks, multiply the 7/26, 6/26,
5/26, and 4/26 entries by .14, .11, .08, and.05. You
will observe that many of the albeit technically correct
parameters players memorize are virtually worthless.
The case of 14 against dealer's ten provides an interesting
exercise in futility: having paid a bundle for the
technically correct Hi Opt parameter and committed
it to memory, how much is this information worth?
Assuming 20 cards left in the deck and that the player
holds 14 against a ten, he will gain .036% above the
basic strategy by perfect employment of the sacred
index. A superstitious player who only counts sevens
and stands when all of them are gone will gain 1.4%
under the same conditions, an almost forty fold improvement!

A
set fee is more desirable than a situation in which
the banker cuts the pot (somewhat randomly taking
money from the pot) regularly. You would be amazed
how much $_S here and $5 there ends up taking out
of a game by an evening's end. If you play eight hours
at 40 hands per hour, that's 320 hands. The banker
won't cut every one of them (some of the pots are
too small), but if he takes a $5 chip out of threefourths
of the hands, he's removed $1,200 from the game!
A game
may also employ a professional dealer. This situation
is more common for a private tournament.
The players agree that everyone will contribute toward
his pay with toking (tipping) optional. Usually a
bankerhost and a professional dealer are entirely
different people. Sometimes a game has just a bankerhost.
He may deal all of the time or the deal may just rotate
among the players. Often the bankerhost plays if
there is an open seat but gives his seat up if one
of his "cash" players arrives wanting a
seat.
