discussed the technique of back-counting, which allows
you to avoid poor counts. Let's apply the same concept
in a different context. Say you're playing in a 2-deck
game and one deck has already been dealt. The standard
RC should now be near 0. If it's, say, -6 instead,
your expectation is obviously negative. You may want
to pick up your chips and find another table, rather
than play out the last few hands. Or, you may want
to take a well-timed lavatory break. With proper timing,
you can get up, stretch your legs, hit the restroom,
and return in time for the end of the shuffle and
the start of a fresh deck, thus successfully avoiding
playing in several hands with a probable negative
To this end,
the K-O count can be played with an "exit strategy."
An "exit condition" is a pair of numbers
consisting of an exit count and an exit point. If
you're at or below the exit count at the exit point,
you leave the game. This is an advanced strategy that's
most useful in shoe games.
in the standard counting scheme, we start the K-O
IRC at -20 for six decks or -28 for eight decks. The
exit strategy consists of the following conditions.
Use the table
entries as follows. First locate the column corresponding
to the game in question (6 or 8 decks). Then, determine
the appropriate exit points from the left-most column.
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 three-fourths
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
banker-host and a professional dealer are entirely
different people. Sometimes a game has just a banker-host.
He may deal all of the time or the deal may just rotate
among the players. Often the banker-host plays if
there is an open seat but gives his seat up if one
of his "cash" players arrives wanting a