Let's assume we're playing head-up in a 2-deck game.
For a double deck, the IRC is -4 and the key count
is +1. We'll employ the K-O Rookie system with a unit
of SS and a spread of 1 to 3 units.
The dealer shuffles
and we're ready to go. At the start, the running count
is the same as the initial running count of-4, so
we bet just $5. The cards come out and we're dealt
5.6 while the dealer has a 4 up. Following basic strategy,
we double down, and receive a y for a total of 20.
The dealer turns over the downcard. a queen, and draws
an 8 to bust. We win $1 ($5 for the original wager
and $5 for the double). The RC is now -2.
Because the RC
of -2 is still below the key count, we again bet $5.
This time we're dealt 8,8 and the dealer has a 6 up.
As prescribed by the basic strategy, we split our
8s. On the first hand we're dealt a jack and stand.
On the second we receive a 5 and stand. The dealer
turns over a 6 (for a total of 12) and hits the hand
with a 7 for a total of 19. We lose $10 ($5 on each
of our split hands) this round. Now the RC is +l,
which is equal to the key count. We have the advantage!
We go ahead and bet $15. May the cards with us.
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the final starting number is known, the stacks for
nonstarters are removed. This explains why sometimes
a tournament with 105 starters who are each given
$1,000 in tournament chips finds itself with something
like $105,895 in play. The extra chips come from stacks
that got blinded off and then removed.
In some events, the draw resembles a raffle with seat
cards that say "Table 4, Seat 6" and "Table
9, Seat 1" actually drawn one at a time from
a rotating drum. It's more common in the technological
age for a computer to spit out assignments randomly
and for a Tournament Assistant (TA) to have a large
stack of preprinted random seat slips waiting for
players as they check in.
Players get the next seat in the stack when they buy
in. The player just behind the fellow who draws Table
3, Seat 7 does not get Table 3, Seat 8 (barring an
unusual coincidence). He gets a random seat and is
not allowed to ask for a different one.